Haus 1, Ruschestrasse 103 · interesting places nearby
For an overview of the structure, methods and effects of the Ministry of State Security (Stasi), former East Germany's secret police, visit the exhibit inside the feared institution's original headquarters. Marvel at cunningly low-tech surveillance devices (hidden in watering cans, rocks, even neckties), a prisoner transport van with tiny, lightless cells and the obsessively neat offices of Stasi chief Erich Mielke.
Other rooms introduce the ideology, rituals and institutions of GDR society. Panelling is partly in English.