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The Stasi Prison in Hohenschönhausen is a memorial in Berlin to 44 years of terror and political persecution at the hands of the GDR. This prison was in a restricted military area in Soviet occupied East Berlin and was never marked on any East German map of East Berlin. The former prison of the Ministry of State Security (Stasi) is preserved as a memorial and is unlike any other memorial in Germany. It is a must-see destination and should be combined with a visit to the Stasi Museum too.

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Purchase a Berlin Welcome Card and ride public transport for free plus receive discounts of up to 50 percent with museums and numerous other Berlin attractions.

Here are several guidebooks on Berlin we recommend: Lonely Planet Berlin (Travel Guide); Rick Steves Berlin; and DK Eyewitness Guide to Berlin.

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