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Outside view of the Stasi-Museum
Stasi-Museum © Stasi-Museum / ASTAK, Foto: John Steer

For the third time, we invited Instagrammers to exclusively explore a piece of Berlin with us. This time, the site of the former Stasi headquarters provided a variety of themes for the photographers. Next to the Stasi Museum we had the unique opportunity to gain insight into the Stasi buildings, which otherwise have restricted access. In our blog you can learn how you can see a large part of them.

The Stasi Museum and House 7

Anyone can of course enter the Stasi Museum: it is open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Public tours are also available: Every Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm in German and 3:00pm in English. You can also take a look at the Stasi Records Archives: The archive tours are always held on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:00pm-7:00pm. In addition to the magazine room (the room with the files), additional rooms are also included in this tour. Furthermore, tours on the premises  are also offered by the Stasi headquarters. They take place once a month on a Saturday from 10:00am-11:30am (next dates: August 6, September 10, October 8). You can also book private tours for 10 or more people. Here are our favourite pictures from House 7 of the Stasi grounds and the Stasi Museum (1):

House 7

  • View from the balcony of the sixth floor:
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  • Spiral staircase in the 5th floor
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  • The Stasi Records Archives
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The Stasi Museum

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House 18

  • Great Hall
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  • Movie theatre
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House 18 also housed the former service and supply wing of the Stasi - with a supermarket, hair salon, book shop, and dining rooms. Employees therefore did not have to leave the premises during their breaks. You, too, can a glimpse of House 18, because the "Cinema Museum Berlin e.V." takes cares of preserving the cinema. As part of this, the Cinema Museum offers tours every Saturday for those who arrive at 1:00pm at the roller door corner Ruschestrasse/Normmannenstrasse. This gives you a look into not only the biggest photo archive in the Berlin film theatre buildings, but also at the functions of the classic film screening demonstrated by the reel - from standard screen to super widescreen. P.S. If you would like to see more, all the photos from our Instawalk can be viewed at the hashtag #visit_berlin_instameet on Instagram and Twitter. And the Stasi headquarters (@stasizentrale) also regularly uploads new pictures to Instagram for you!

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