The flooring beneath me snakes up and down like an unpredictable wave. Large pillars of various heights impede my sense of direction and order. I dart behind one block and suddenly I have disappeared. Feelings of disorientation, fear and confusion are all appropriate for I’m exploring one of Berlin’s many memorials, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
While my trip to Berlin was a quick one, these memorials and monuments easily moved me. Any visitor to Berlin will find the time they allotted for Germany’s capital is never enough, including when it comes to seeing all of the memorials this city contains. If you are heading to Berlin on a quick trip, make it your priority to be moved by these three memorials and monuments.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Located in Berlin’s Tiergarten district, in between Postdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is one of the city’s most disorienting yet gripping memorials. Officially opened in May 2005, the memorial carried out the design of Peter Eisenman. It features 2,711 concrete pillars at various heights along a wave-like flooring. Visitors can travel through this up and down memorial, darting behind pillars and disappearing.
The Berlin Wall Memorial
On the night of August 12, 1961, the infamous Berlin Wall would come up, dividing East and West Berlin. This division wouldn’t fall until November 9, 1989, marking the end of the dictatorship. Today, you can see the last piece of the Berlin Wall with preserved grounds behind it at the Berlin Wall Memorial. The Memorial is located in the middle of the capital right on Bernauer Strasse. The open-air exhibit on the former border strip provides visitors with an understanding of Germany’s great division, one that would take the lives of 209 people trying to cross over.
Bebelplatz Booking Burning Monument
On May 10, 1933, an organized book burning by the Nazis took place in Bebelplatz, ironically one of Berlin’s most beautiful squares. Around 20,000 important works of world literature were thrown into the flames, those that didn’t line up with Nazi ideology. While you might not notice a monument when looking at the square, the reminder of the event may be right below your feet. Lurking in the middle of the square is the monument by MichaUllmann. It commemorates the incident with a library embedded in the ground featuring hauntingly empty bookshelves. Nearby a quote from Henrich Heine from 1820 reads, “Where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people.” At night, the tiny window into the underground library lights up, creating a lasting impression.
Photo: BBM Explorer
Want to be moved by these memorials? Check out OneTravel’s flights to Berlin on airBerlin.
Follow us on Twitter for more great memorials!
Editor's Top Picks Delivered Weekly
Visit Kid-Friendly Oslo, NorwayComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Norway’s capital city of Oslo is one of the most kid-friendly destinations in Europe. Here are some ideas for great ways to spend time as a family (and learn about Norwegian culture and history) in this vibrant and cosmopolitan city....read more
Dealing with Homesickness While Traveling: Four Tips for Making Yourself at Home on the RoadComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
The travel deprived often never see the open road as somewhere that might cause aches for home. However, seasoned travelers know that the grass is always greener on the other side. In lands where you don’t speak the language or merely those weekly business trips to points on a map that are certainly not home, homesickness can creep into the traveler’s itinerary. It is only natural, but it shouldn’t put a rain cloud over your trip. If you are battling the homesickness blues on your travels, try implementing a few of these tips and tricks to make the road feel a little bit like home....read more
Taste of London Celebrates 10th AnniversaryComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
The perennially popular Taste of London restaurant festival marks its tenth anniversary this summer with its biggest and best line up to date. The event will be jam packed with world class restaurants, celebrity chefs and lots more foodie fun and activities. The festival takes place from Thursday the 20th to Sunday the 23rd of June in London’s Regent’s Park. The theme of Taste of London 2013 is one of “collaboration and reunion” that is to be realized with UK and international chef talent coming together to celebrate a decade's worth of “culinary magic from the food capital of the world.”...read more
Rennes (France) for KidsComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
A short 3-hr train ride from Paris, Rennes is a wonderful city to visit with kids. Here are my recommendations for kid-pleasing venues and activities in this historic Breton city....read more
Chicago in Your Pocket: Four Apps for Travelers in the Windy CityComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Much like New York City and Los Angeles, America’s largest cities can often overwhelm the traveler. Chicago is no different, where not just its wind can blow you away, but the size of the city can knock travelers to the ground in exhaustion. From the sheer number of places to eat, drink and see, you need a few guides to lead you in the right direction. Travel apps certainly come in handy in these big cities, including in Chicago. Before you leave with thoughts of deep-dish pizza and giant beans, pack these Chicago themed travel apps....read more
Enter Promo at time of check out. Promo code provides $15 or the amount of the promo code, discount for stated routes against our service fees. Use of Promo code is in addition to any applicable instant savings offers. Actual amount of discount varies based on the service fees charged. Service fee discount will be up to the amount of the service fees charged less any applicable instant savings for that transaction or the value of the promo code, whichever is less. Promo code expires on date stated and can be withdrawn without notice.
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2013 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.