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Museum in der Runden Ecke, Leipzig

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Once the office of the Stasi (secret police) in Communist East Germany, Museum in der Runden Ecke now serves as a museum and details the history, structure, and methods of the Stasi. Explore the former offices and study surveillance devices, counterfeit stamps, disguises, and more. You can also see a faithful reproduction of a cell from the former Leipziger Stasi detention center for prisoners awaiting trial. Don't miss the exhibit dedicated to the Peaceful Revolution, which overcame the 40-year dictatorship. Audio guides are available, but guided tours must be booked in advance. Make Museum in der Runden Ecke a part of your Leipzig vacation plans using our Leipzig journey planning site.
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  • Shocking. Great English audio guide. Thank you for leaving the building in the same creepy state it was in when East Germany fell. The disguise room and paper shredding rooms were my favorite but the....  more
    Shocking. Great English audio guide. Thank you for leaving the building in the same creepy state it was in when East Germany fell. The disguise room and paper shredding rooms were my favorite but the....  more »
  • Excellent museum starkly detailing the activities of the stasi. Plenty of exhibits. There’s an English audioguide which is generally informative but can’t really in fairness adequately cover all of... 
    Excellent museum starkly detailing the activities of the stasi. Plenty of exhibits. There’s an English audioguide which is generally informative but can’t really in fairness adequately cover all of...  more »
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  • Based on the volume of documents and unique artefacts piled up here I would love to give a higher score but an exhibition as analogue as this don't deserve more in 2022 (even if we consider the time travel starting right at the entrance with the cumbersome process of the ticket purchase - strictly with cash). A huge pile of documentation was cramped into these handful of rooms, one can borrow (that's practically the entrance fee) an audioguide, which tries to ... Well.. guide and put into context this enormous amount of information installed on the walls and in cases. There supposed to be some sort of storyline but it's loosely enforced and feels a bit random - probably the English guide couldn't cover every detail available on display - almost exclusively in German only. Still remembering these times, the involuntary time travel made a heavy impression but the whole exhibition cries for a rework - maybe a tad bit less information with greater focus and accentuation would help to understand even for the younger generations how Stasi became this powerful & frightful machine by the time of the Berlin wall's fall. Definitely worth a (2 hours) visit.
  • A must visit in Leipzig. An eye-opener about the Stasi activity here. I learned a lot here today. It's cheap. Marvelous how they used so much authentic material here

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