During Nazi Germany, the neo-baroque building that once stood on Niederkirchnerstraße was transformed into the Gestapo and SS headquarters in 1933. The Gestapo was the regime’s Secret State Police and the SS (Shutzstaffel) was a Nazi paramilitary organization. The citizens that showed signs of opposition were sent to the headquarters and interrogated and tortured in the basement of the edifice.
The documents and photographs on display at the Topography of Terror depict the sordid past of the repression instruments used by the Nazi party.
Visit for several hours
This history museum is especially attractive for those interested in history. However, the museum is quite large, and visitors need at least a couple of hours to explore it and read the texts that accompany each photograph.
During the aerial bombings of Berlin, the headquarters were practically destroyed. The only building standing was the Ministry of Aviation (Luftwaffe building). Was it because of secret information related to the building and its content? Were prominent allies imprisoned in Luftwaffe? It is still unclear.
The Luftwaffe Building is the large block that is next to the Topography of Terror and that you can see in one of the photos of the article.
Every day: 10am to 8pm.
U-bahn: Kochstraße, line U6.
Train: Anhalter Bahnhof, lines S1, S2 and S25.