Topography of Terror


The Topography of Terror Museum documents the repression and atrocities of the Nazi era. It is located on the site where the headquarters of the Gestapo, SS, and Main Security Office once stood. A section of the Berlin Wall is visible along the Niederkirchnerstraße, and is a designated historic monument.

The open-air display in the trenches throws light on the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazis to power, their policy of racial eugenics, and how Berlin was affected through all of it. Excavated ruins are also visible here.

The exhibition at the documentation centre on “Topography of Terror: Gestapo, SS and Reich Security Main Office on Wilhelm- and Prinz-Albrecht-Straße” covers in depth the crimes committed by the SS and police during the “Third Reich”. It documents the works of individual Nazi leaders who authorized and recommended extreme measures, and the plans for racial eugenics, including the Wannsee Protocol which was finalized on this site.

Across the road are the former Nazi Ministry of Aviation of Hermann Göring (now the finance ministry), the former Prussian parliament building (now Abgeordnetenhaus) and Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall.

Topography of Terror and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall(0.5 km)
Little is left of the Berlin Wall at its original site, which was destroyed almost everywhere when Germany was reunified in 1989.

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate(1.1 km)
The Brandenburger Tor or Brandenburg Gate is the only surviving Berlin city gate from the 18th century and a symbol of the reunified city.

Neues Museum

Neues Museum(1.7 km)
The Neues Museum or New Museum on Berlin’s Museuminsel stands as a monument to 19th century art appreciation, museum design and technological innovation.


Kammermusiksaal(1 km)


Viktoriapark(2.1 km)

Kollhoff Tower

Kollhoff Tower(0.6 km)
The 101 metre tall Kollhoff Tower on 1 Potsdamer Platz has an open observation deck on the roof that offers breathtaking views of Berlin.


Panoramapunkt(0.6 km)

Neue Kirche

Neue Kirche(0.9 km)
The Neue Kirche, also known as Deutscher Dom, is one of the 3 buildings of the ‘trinity ensemble’ in the Gendarmenmarkt square, along with the Französische Dom and the Konzerthaus.

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