Hands down one of my favourite museums I’ve been to is the StasiMuseum in Berlin. I am absolutely engrossed by the idea of communist countries (which now are in a post-communism state) like East Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, etc. I love diving headfirst into as much knowledge as I can get. When I heard about the Stasimuseum, I knew it was something I had to see for myself.
Ok, so after the fall of the DDR, the people stormed the building of the Stasi (East German Secret Police) and destroyed it – mainly because they could now. The Stasi did their part to help, they shredded loads of files before the people actually got to the building. The offices of the top ranks were left pretty much alone, and so in the museum you can see the offices exactly as they were back in the day. They also have rooms upon rooms detailing how the Stasi spied on people (FYI – they can make anything into a camera.) and also how they catalogued people by scent. It was really awesome.
I only snapped a couple of photos before someone told me photos weren’t allowed, so I’ll share those with you!
The entry is incredibly cheap – €5 per adult! If you’re at all interested in spying, East Germany, secret police or communist eastern Europe, then this is a must-see! I absolutely loved the museum. The only downside was that all of the exhibits were in German, with very little English translation, so sometimes things were a bit lost on us. We pieced together some things since Rambo studied German in high school and I’ve picked up a few words here and there. Luckily, most of it is looking at actual things and it’s super easy to work out what they are.
Also getting there was a piece of cake – we took the U5 from Alexanderplatz to Magdalenenstraße and then just followed the signs to the building.