Berlin's Holocaust Memorial
Located between Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz is a striking and impressive memorial, unlike any we had seen before, to the Jews murdered throughout Europe as a result of the Nazis. The Memorial consists of the Field of Stelae (upright stones) designed by Peter Eisenman and a subterranean Information Centre. The admission is free of charge and you are also free to walk between the columns of stelae and take photos, just be respectful. This is not the place for Instagram likes.
It consists of a 19,000-square-metre site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 2.38 metres long, 0.95 metres wide and vary in height from 0.2 to 4.7 metres. The number of slabs and the design of the monument is said to not mean anything in particular. According to Eisenman's project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere - and they do.
Underneath the memorial there is also an Information Centre / exhibition space. 90 minute guided tours are available for groups of up to 25 for €50 - 60.
Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe
Opening times of the exhibition at the Information Centre:
Apr-Sept: Tue-Sun, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (last admission 7.15 p.m.)
Oct-Mar: Tue-Sun, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last admission 6.15 p.m.)
Field of Stelae: accessible 24h a day
Free entry so no need to book
S-Bahn S1, S2, S25, S26 U-Bahn U55
Bus 100 and 245
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