The headquarters of the Ministry for State Security (MfS) in Berlin-Lichtenberg was a huge complex with almost 50 buildings and thousands of offices. This is where, for almost four decades, as many as 7.000 official employees organized the surveillance and persecution of the population of the German Democratic Republic.
In January 1990, demonstrators forced their way onto the sealed-off grounds and helped to end the activities of the Stasi. Today this former bastion of SED (East German Communist Party) rule is an educational site about dictatorship and resistance and a learning centre for democracy.
As a place of reflection on the East German dictatorship, the Campus for Democracy is home to the Robert Havemann Society with its archive of the GDR opposition movement and the ASTAK Association running the Stasimuseum. The Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (BStU) has its central archive location here. Individual and group visitors can tour the grounds, the archives and the exhibitions as well as attend events.
Festival of Lights 2019
The former headquarters of the GDR secret police is illuminated! Large-scale light projections on the facades of former Stasi office buildings document history: Of dictatorship, repression and surveillance. Of new beginnings, the Peaceful Revolution and the opening of archives.
During the Festival of Lights three exhibitions will be open on the grounds of the "Stasi Headquarters. Campus for Democracy": "State Security in the SED Dictatorship" about the activities of the Stasi, "Revolution and Fall of the Wall" about the end of the GDR and "Access to Secrecy" about the Stasi Records Archive.
The site can be reached in 10 minutes with the U5 from Alexanderplatz.
18 October 2019, 19:00
Guided tour of the former Stasi headquarters
11.-20 Ocotber 2019, 18:00
Guided tour through the permanent exhibition "State Security in the SED Dictatorship"
Opening hours during Festival of Lights
Access to Secrecy: daily until 10 pm
Stasi Museum: daily until 8 pm
Revolution and Fall of the Wall: around the clock