The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (in German: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, but mostly just known as Gedächtniskirche [ɡəˈdɛçtnɪsˈkɪʁçə]) is a Protestant church affiliated with the Evangelical Church in Berlin, Brandenburg and Silesian Upper Lusatia, a regional body of the Evangelical Church in Germany. It is located in Berlin on the Kurfürstendamm in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz.
The original church on the site was built in the 1890s. It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943. The present building, which consists of a church with an attached foyer and a separate belfry with an attached chapel, was built between 1959 and 1963. The damaged spire of the old church has been retained and its ground floor has been made into a memorial hall.
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Lars Michael Milo-Sydow | Feb 28, 2018
Absolutely incredible mosaic. Probably one of the best I ever saw. Entrance was free, so if you’re around.. definitely check it out. The new church on the side really surprised us, so definitely check that out as well.
Gary Jelks | Dec 12, 2017
A great place to visit when in Berlin. Around the church in December is a fantastic Christmas Market. Sadly the "tower" containing the bells is scaffolded but the smaller hexagonal building is beautifully lit at night. If you are in the locality during the day you should hear the bells. The sound is magnificent. Not far from the Zoological Gardens and a subway station of the same name. Easy to get to and well worth the visit.
Sinziana Mihalache | Feb 8, 2018
This is what was left of the main entrance of an impressive Gothic church, bombarded in the 2nd World War. It is admirable that the authorities decided to preserve it as such. The mosaic inside is beautiful. The modern altar however reminded me a little of Jesus Christ Superstar, with no sacred elements.
Margarida Afonso | Dec 27, 2017
The Kaiser Wilhelm church was greatly destroyed during the 2nd world war. However, what remaining shows that it was probably one of the most beautifully decorated churches in Germany. The entrance is free and, in the ceiling, are beautiful mosaics showing scenes of the life of the Kaiser as well as Jesus and Angels. There is a small exhibition which tells the history and shows photos of major events from the history of the place. Surrounding the church, during December, there is a lovely Christmas Market where you can eat (I recommend trying the curry wurst) and/or buy Christmas decorations.
Chung Chi Leung | Feb 12, 2018
Was here during the Christmas market season, and this place was seriously beautiful. It's hard not to love this place. There was also a small memorial for the terror attack in 2016, which was quietly poignant.
Paul Flynn | Apr 7, 2018
Lovely place and a fitting reminder of the madness of war. There is also a nice memorial on steps outside the church to the people how died in the truck attack on the Christmas Market.
Helmuts Vindbergs | Apr 30, 2018
Basically it's not church but remains of it. Church were destroyed during WW2 by Allies bombers. Inside remains there are museum. Most interesting there is a mosaic on the ceiling.
Jade Chang | Apr 22, 2018
A ruin of the WWII, the church rebuilt and merged the old classical style and the modern style. It was a perfect blend of ideas!
Américo dos Santos | Apr 18, 2018
A place to imagine what WWII was like. Maintained as it was when bombed, the Gedächtniskirche is also a no-miss place in Berlin. And, of course: if you watched Christiane F. you can see around a Mercedes-Benz logo on a building that appeared on the movie.
James McFarlane | May 19, 2018
The war damaged Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is an iconic image of Berlin. What surprised me were the beautiful mosaics inside which covered the walls and ceiling. I had assumed there would be an simple interior but it's almost like a byzantine church. Inside there are some exhibits and a history of the church. Definitely worth a visit.
KaKa B | May 22, 2018
I loved this building and wish I could have spent longer here..leave time. Didn't pay to get inside and was blown away with place .. Didn't know where to look first. Memorabilia on sale inside for us tourists and plenty of information. Beautiful morals. On main part of busy town centre you won't miss it. Lots of shops, eating places etc around you. Go see for yoursef👍🏻Pics/Video Feb 2018 👍🏻
vincent doblin | Jun 25, 2018
Great historical place (see pictures). The new church is unique with an 5000 tubes organ (many concerts) and its blue glasses. Very difficult parking around and difficult access for handicap people (many stairs). Many shops bars restaurants around, but mostly common international brands.
Ronald Halim | Jun 30, 2018
The church was bombed but survived the horror of the 2nd world war....kinda average looking for a ruined building (seen more impressive ruins).. It was probably an average looking church before it was bombed.
Raul Pino | Aug 3, 2018
Though it was not really an old church when it was destroyed during WW II, the church is a testimonial to the ravages of war. It is free and has a small museum explaining its short history and containing some art. There is a newer bell tower built after the war as well as a very modern church right behind it. It takes at most 45min to explore the exhibit. It is located very close to the KaDeWe department store so easy to kill 2 birds with one stone.
Syd Brown | Aug 12, 2018
Love this church. Destroyed in WW2 and left as a memorial. It sticks out like a broken tooth amongst the posh towering hotels on the KuDamm. I was there when the European athletics were on in August 2018. There is a newer church now beside the damaged tower that is awful to look at.
Yi Xu | Aug 7, 2018
People passed away but the building still stands. The church witnessed the past. Now an artistic way to remind us of the history. Step in to have a glimpse
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