Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin

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One of the most moving and controversial sites in the world, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a massive artwork, covering an entire city block. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, it features nearly 3,000 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The work is meant to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and many liken it to an abstract representation of a cemetery. The slabs are approximately 2.4 m (7 ft) long, 1 m (3 ft) wide, and vary in height from 20 cm to 5 m (8 in to 16 ft). They start out at ground level on the outer edges of the memorial and grow taller towards the middle, where the ground slopes downwards. Look for the underground museum, which offers extensive details on the Holocaust and the people who died during it. The site attracts nearly 4 million visitors each year. Plan your visit to Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Berlin vacation builder.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It is open air memorial. It's seems like maze, but you always can get out just go ahead. Kids are jumping from one block to another which is very a pleasant for me (it's my personal opinion).  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Simple structures, blocks off gray rectangles. Simple you say, probably trivial? Yet the feeling you get when visiting this place, in the stroll among these monuments are arranged almost like a maze, is really weird. Appealing, not to be missed!
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  • August 18, 2017
    Symbol of the city to visit disapearing inside the maze. Very modern, perhaps best expresses what it is proposed not to forget.
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  • This is a unique and impressive facility. Not just the sculptures on the top but the museum underneath. The museum itself is very sobering and somber. Almost silent inside as people absorb the atrocities that occurred. Definitely not for young children, not just as they could spoil the ambiance but some of the content is very graphic. The sculpture on top is a lovely way of representing the loss in a more palatable manner. For this reason I personally do not have a problem with people walking, running and talking up there. My Grandfather fought in the war and he would always say when seeing a child playing on a war monument. "We fought so children could live free and if playing on the memorial makes them smile then it makes me smile too". If you want silence to enjoy this place come early in the morning or in the evening as I often do when visiting Berlin, or go underneath to the museum itself which is where the real memories are.
  • It's free to browse the area and it's located close to the Brandenburg gate so it's easy to find. Upon arrival you'll notice the optical illusion that makes it appear as if the stones are all the same height. Yet when you wander into the centre of the memorial the stones are actually extremely tall and the ground level drops. It's quite a unique place and definitely worth checking out if you're nearby. Very nice memorial and reminder of what happened.
  • The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a great idea itself but not very well executed. First of all, it's mandatory to remember this part of Germany's history and the fact that this memorial makes people aware of the horrors that have happened in Europe already justifies its existence. On the other side, the memorial itself looks more like a misplaced playground consisting of a large number of grey blocks and you can often see children running around and playing hide and seek. I'm aware of the fact that the memorial is supposed to look bare and bleak but there isn't anything remotely interesting to see or visit here. An actual museum or different type of monument would have been much more efficient in my book.
  • Go in, experience the Memorial. Read every text plate, look at every photograph, listen to every sound record. Interesting thing is; most people, myself included, first wander around the top of the Memorial (the blocks). After they go into the Memorial and experience it... they look at the blocks with a more haunting feeling.
  • Amazing experience to see something and get to decide what it is supposed to represent. A great place to meet up or to spend some time in contemplation. Need to be a bit wary of pick-pockets (in all touristy locations)

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