Must see. A truly unique piece of art dedicated to remembering the holocaust. No photo can do the memorial justice - one really has to walk through it to get the full experience. Not far from the Brandenburg Gate is the solemn and powerful memorial to the holocaust, designed by the New York architect Peter Eisenman.
Set on what used to be the “death strip of the Berlin Wall” are 2,711 concrete blocks of varying heights, in a grid pattern on an undulating open space that lends the memorial a wavelike form.
The blocks are on 54 north-south rows, and 87 perpendicular east-west rows.
The memorial encourages you to interact and reflect, and there’s also an underground gallery ; a network of themed rooms offers background on Jewish victims of the holocaust, with biographies, letters and personal effects of some of the victims.
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.
A fascinating insight to the plight of Jewish people across Europe and Russia during the 1930's and 1940's.
I thought I knew what happened but was way off the mark.
This place will get you thinking.
The visitors centre gives a great deal of detail and presents the details in the views of several families from across the whole of Europe.
All stories are told and written in German and English.
Well worth a visit.
Not far from the Brandenburg Gate.
Incredible to visit. At first it looks like a stack of concrete blocks but as you walk through, it becomes a personal journey. You do feel 'alone' and to your thoughts and the city disappears for a few moments. I am sure it is different for all, which is why it is a special place to visit.
I’m a fan of design and appreciate memorials that ‘get’ to me visually and emotionally. This one definitely does that. The somber yet elegant atmosphere pulled on the heart strings and made me want to learn more and respect the past. Definitely worth a visit.