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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

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Ranked #4 in Berlin things to do
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Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2639430
https://www.stiftung-denkmal.de/startseite.html
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From the outside, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe may seem rather unassuming and pedestrian. You may be drawn over by its curious nature or you may be seeking it out expressly. Either way, ... Read more
the extremely conceptual brainchild of Peter Eisenman and Burro Happold is not to be missed on any trip to Berlin. Step into the maze of concrete blocks and prepare to be swallowed into its incredible depth. Aside from its extremely obvious historical importance and significance, the field of monoliths is extremely physically imposing-- for good reason. You're meant to feel the gravity and weight of the stone as you wind your way through the negative spaces. Despite being an incredible sombre and humbling experience, you'll leave with a new appreciation for Berlin and for history.

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Somber memorial to the Jews killed in Europe. Unfortunately, there are still people who take it respectful tourist posing photos here.

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Barcelona, Spain

It is a very impressive place. Besides, I feel it is great from an architecture perspective.

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El Paso, Texas, USA

The site is to honor all the Jews murdered during the holocaust. Ok so it's stones of different heights no name or anything written on them. But you get that is the purpose. You should check it out if you love the history behind the city. It's not too far from the. Brandenburg gate.

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Singapore, Singapore

This place is a bit 'heavy' to visit - it is a memorial to the Jewish victims in the Holocaust. The blocks of concrete slabs are arranged in grid-like formation and consists of different heights. Between the slabs are cobblestones paths, like a confusing maze and often leaves to individuals for their interpretations.

Underneath, there is an information centre with exhibitions of timeline and displays, including letters of victims that never reached their loved ones.

It leaves your heart filled with sadness when you leave, but it's definitely worthy of a visit.

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San Jose, California, USA

Breathtaking memorial for the holocaust . You walk around between the stones and as you get deeper you get lost and become tiny as the Jews felt when everything was closing on them

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Local from Berlin

Very simple, but striking concept. It has a really profound effect on you as you walk through the pillars as they get taller and taller around you.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

A required stop for anyone visiting Berlin. The external structure is impressive and the museum itself is an important reminder and educational tool for understanding Germany's genocidal past.

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Adelaide

A unique experience. Did some reading into the history of the memorial while we were there that helped set the scene. Very near to the Brandenburg gate, so was easy to just swing by.

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Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany
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A powerful, large scale memorial consisting of hundreds of coffin-like slabs of concrete. Hard to describe the sobering effect of walking through these monoliths that eventually tower over you the deeper in you venture.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Haunting memorial in the center of Berlin. Very unassuming from afar, but once you're inside it is completely overwhelming.

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Graz

Absolutely beautiful. At first glance it may seem weird, but once you get inside that concrete maze you start feeling anxious and overwhelmed by the blocks that seem to be swallowing you.
The information center is underground and you have to wait in a line to get in. it is absolutely worth it. Besides the historical information, it has a room with heart-breaking letters, journals and poems from the victims and their relatives, a room where you can read about different jewish families and find out about their fate after the holocaust and another room with information about the concentration camps and testimonials of some survivors. It's hard to make it through the whole thing without crying.

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New Delhi, India

Simple, meaningful and haunting. One feels completely immersed in the memorial. There's an eerie atmosphere as you walk through the columns. The day I went, the experience was slightly ruined when I saw adults running around playing hide-and-seek. Just shameful

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Knowing the meaning of the Memorial and walking beside this sort of maze made with tomb-like concrete figures, the experience is both powerful and compelling, making it a must visit. I loved the untraditional perspective (an artistic risk, for sure) chosen to represent the horrors of the Holocaust.
Their information center (which was unfortunately closed when I visited) provides a detailed historical background.
What I found very annoying was the disrespectful behavior of several visitors (mostly teenagers but also adults), who were running around, yelling and calling each other, and even standing on top of the concrete shapes.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Very simple and hits the point! At first, I didn't realized that it was a the Holocaust Memorial until someone told me later. It takes up quite a lot of space, so many people see it everyday and in fact, hang out here. This memorial keeps the history of the Holocaust alive and preserves the memory of the event.

It is constructed with numerous concrete rectangular blocks of varying heights giving an ominous and fearful vibe to people walking through the deeper parts of the memorial.

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Calgary, Canada

The Holocaust Memorial consists of the interactive sculptural area covering an entire block and the underground exhibition. The undulating ground and varying heights of the pillars create an interesting space. The free exhibition not only covers Holocaust history but features individuals who perished. The stories are heart breaking.

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Hong Kong, China

The whole place is just a piece of art! I suggest go there when sunrise or sunsets. It will make the place more fun and beautiful, as my picture shows. You definitely need to go there! Walking in those stones lets you feel the power of art. Combining a good weather, it's just so beautiful!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

A truly stunning and nontraditional memorial. Great psychological piece. I recommend reading up on it either before or after you visit it. Don't be afraid to wander throughout to really experience the entire memorial.

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Miravet, Spain

Feels a bit odd to give this five stars = 'loved it' but this is a truly powerful piece of architecture. Haunting and sombre.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

This is one of the most simple yet haunting monuments in Berlin. It allows you, walking, to descend among rows of square columns of various heights, as if you are being swallowed.

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Sydney, Australia

Very near the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial (officially known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) is at once sombre and beautiful, a broad field of grey stone monoliths on a sloping plane. It's an abstract installation to be sure, but wandering lost through the forest of identical stelae is a strangely evocative experience, and there are few places in the world better to contemplate what man at his worst is capable of.

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Aliases: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Holocaust Memorial

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