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The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (German: Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), also known as the Holocaust Memorial (German: Holocaust-Mahnmal), is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000-square-metre (200,000 sq ft) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The original plan was to place nearly 4,000 slabs, but before the unveiling a new law was passed mandating memorials to be wheelchair accessible. After the recalculation, the number of slabs that could legally fit into the designated areas was 2,711. The stelae are 2.38 metres (7 ft 10 in) long, 0.95 metres (3 ft 1 in) wide and vary in height from 0.2 to 4.7 metres (7.9 in to 15 ft 5.0 in). They are organized in rows, 54 of them going north–south, and 87 heading east–west at right angles but set slightly askew. An attached underground "Place of Information" (German: Ort der Information) holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.
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Very beautifully designed and impactful. The concrete blocks resemble those killed in the holocaust and the underground memorial has lots of first hand accounts of experiences living through it. Its a short walk from the Brandenburg gate and worth visiting if you can make the time. Please be respectful and don’t eat or leave your trash here as I saw many tourist do.
Important. Tastefully and thoughtfully done. Very emotional and hard to get through the exhibition, but an absolute must for anyone visiting Berlin. We cannot forget. This could happen again with the times we are in. We need to remember our common humanity. An incredible and thought-provoking experience albeit a tragic and sobering one. Thank you for taking on such an important task so well.
Powerful and moving memorial. It’s not normal for me to be truly moved by something like a memorial. It’s hard for something to really evoke any sense of the horror of what happened in the holocaust and although what you feel here is nothing compared to what happened it somehow manages to evoke an eerie sense of unease. You feel so alone despite being surrounded by so many people. Also, people flit across your path and are then gone, it’s an incredible achievement by the designer and not like any other memorial I have been too. If you’re in Berlin you must go here. So much of what you see in Europe is very similar. This is like nothing else.
This memorial is truly a must-see location for Berlin. This memorial creates a very impactful, yet personalized experience for the visitor. Two people could have totally different understandings and conceptualizations of the memorial after visiting. It is also a unique memorial in that it mostly allows visitors to create their own rules for appropriate conduct at the location. The combination of all of this creates a truly memorable experience.
I can’t explain how much i simply love this memorial! First of all, i don’t mean to be insensitive or be uncultured about the purpose of the columns but my, they are amazing. They are an architectural masterpiece and just amazing to visit. It felt a little bit like maze runner with the multiple columns. There is a underground museum which you’ll need to line up for and they have really good information on what happened during the holocaust. My eyes were fixated on the history content, never a dull moment!
Aw man this is really something unique and sobering. They have done a really nice job with making this easily accessible and it’s large enough that a lot of people can be in the area and not be cramped. I always wanted to visit this memorial and it definitely lived up to the expectations. It’s nice as a tourist because afterwards there are restaurants near by. Very cool memorial and well done. I would come back to soak it all in again. Hard to put into words. You just have to see it to understand and feel it.
Do everyone a favor before you come here: research this place. Know what the monuments stood for. With that in mind, practice respect while you're here taking photos etc. While this might be controversial, I would suggest you treat this place as somewhat a field of gravestones. Would you climb or desecrate a grave? Apply that notion to this place. Overall a nice experience. It's free, somewhat unsettling, and gives you a new perspective of the world around you.
Must see when going to Berlin. Make sure to walk through the area to try and image what the artist intended. If you spend enough time you become cold and disoriented a bit. It's imposing and like a maze. Having this as part of a guided tour is useful for context. We took a free walking tour and saw this. .
This was a very well done memorial. It is located right in Berlin. It was easy to find and I got there from public transportation. The above ground part of the memorial has a grid of concrete blocks of varying sizes which you can walk through. There is no explanation of what exactly the blocks represent and it is up to the visitors to find their own meaning in that part of the memorial. In grid their are stairs that lead to the underground memorial. The underground memorial follows the history of the murdered Jews of Europe and is filled with first hand accounts. The memorial was very powerful. This should definitely be at the top of anyone's list for anyone visiting Berlin
Mixed feelings and emotions about here personally. A place to reflect and remember and pay respect to the individuals who lost their lives in Holocaust. It is dull looking in comparison to surrounding buildings but suitably so. Placed where Berlin wall was and significantly placed amongst Government buildings it seems possibly acknowledging the past and present. I appreciate everything about here but we did not spent the longest time here as upsetting. It's a definite go to when visiting Berlin though. Tour bus passes by which we did too if wanting a less intimate view of here. Pics/video from bus attached on as I did not while on ground here. My personal choice I don't know if any rules on this.
A beautifully designed monument in remembrance the World war 2. The place is really huge and amazingly designed. For a new visitor, really need to walk through the entire monument site to get the idea of the monument. While visiting, the visitors really need to careful not to spoil the place with garbage. A must visit place while visiting Berlin. The place is next to Historic Brandenburg gate. A good place to spend a really good times.
The monument above ground is very interesting to look at and walk through, but the museum/exhibition underneath is where you should spend your time. Unfortunately, you won't leave the museum feeling cheerful, but you will have learnt a lot about holocaust, through a very well designed and modern museum. A particularly emotional part, was reading the letters between family members, knowing they will never see each other again. A powerful museum, and a must see in Berlin.
Underneath the memorial blocks lies the museum. It’s a short wait, but well worth it. It’s great to see Germany create this, and reading/listening to all the stories creates a sense of what happened. Well worth a visit, bring some tissues. Note: entrance on the side of those blocks
Very interesting artwork (if you can call it that). Missed the museum underneath but it looked very interesting. Be aware that they shut the doors 30 minutes before it closes. If you get there when it's quiet you can get some excellent photos, otherwise unfortunately there are lots of people walking on the plinths.
Genuinely astonishing area. The area is draped in history. The memorial a great addition to the area. Surrounded by the various Embassy's from around the world. You can easily access the area via the tour busses that run frequently. If it's a cold day it will definitely be worthwhile wrapping up from head to toe. The first bus was warm but the second was horrible!!!!!
Really impressive atmosphere. The museum part is genuinely interesting and very mindfully designed. The audio guide is helpful as well and a nice service. The outside area has an incredibly crushing feeling and can be quite frightening, but always perfectly dlivers the message. Advisable to visit it alone or in a small group, anything larger will totally destroy the atmosphere. I will definitely get back there, the experience is absolutely unique.
It was a very interesting experience to visit the place especially after seeing it in most the movies taking place in Germany. It's very easy to reach the place via public transport. In addition, it is few meters away from the Brandenburg Gate. The place is quite huge and clean. Loved it!
Strikingly powerful. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you step in between the tall blocks it's quite powerful. We were here in the evening and even in the dark its captivating.
It is really worth place to visit. I realized a lot of things such as feeling Jews of Europe at the time and Korean at Japanese colonial era. First, I thought about Jews at the time. They had to avoid and hide completely. They could run away, but they couldn't hide from European completely as you saw the picture. Not only through the Memorial, Jews did do at the time. Moreover, I could come up with Korean who lived at Japanese colonial era through Jews of Europe. Even though Korean didn't want to do or work for Japanese, Japanese treated Korean as animals at the time. Lastly, I felt the Memorial was cold even though it was sunbathed. I could think it meant the dead of the Jews was too cold.
Such a mortifying yet marvellous place to visit. The museum underneath is very powerful but crowded. The memorial is abstract, so it requires some thought to understand it’s symbolic nexus to the Holocaust. I won’t give you any spoilers, plus it’s up to interpretation. May the actions that this memorial remembers never be repeated.
This was a very unique experience. It's very much out in the open amongst traffic and general noise but somehow peacefully quiet when you are upon it. Kids will be kids and therefore disrespectful... Several were jumping and running around (awesome parenting). While noticeable, it didn't ruin the overall experience as this memorial is so grand, I think you're somehow able to mute the distractions. I'm very happy we made time to fit this one in.
Really interesting place. The heart stops when coming through the memorial. The further you go, the higher become the walls and the feeling of depression, fear, loneliness and sorrow shrouds you. The only minus the other tourists (mainly children ). They are stupid and have poor upbringing. This place boasts of great acoustics. And this "children" constantly run through the labyrinth and you can hear their annoying screaming for miles.
Google's stars system only allows for " I love it" I need to be clear that this is not a happy place but it is exceptional with the museum underneath. It's somewhere Evey single person should visit. My 5 star review is down to the emotional impact it had on me and my wife. Let us hope after seeing this something similar will never happen again
This memorial is made up of 2711 concrete blocks to give you the experience of feeling isolated but you are able to be seen from all directions. It is very humbling experience. Underneath is the free memorial you can visit with photographs, letters and individual family stories of events that took place. Incredibly emotional but well worth a visit.
The memorial is free and open to the public. It is a really impressive collection of blocks of varying heights. It is an interesting experience walking through the maze of blocks, particularly in parts where the trail dips and the blocks tower above you. Underneath it all is a free museum dedicated to the stories of the victims of the atrocities. The museum is relatively small and easy to navigate. It can get a little cramped but thankfully they let in a small number of people at a time. There is an audioguide available and a small shop. There are some truly emotional and horrifying accounts of the events of the past in the museum. Some of the stories are difficult to get through and the entire experience can be really humbling. Definitely worth the visit.