Weekly Postcard: Holocaust memorial, Berlin

Weekly Postcard / Photo Friday: a weekly post with a picture that I love, of a place that is worth highlighting.

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Weekly Postcard: Holocaust memorial, Berlin

The official name for the Holocaust memorial is Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It is a memorial in central Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It was built in 2003/2004 and designed by Peter Eisenman. It is very close to the Brandenburger Tor and the Reichstag, located on what used to be the death strip on the Eastern side of the Berlin Wall. Hitler’s bunker, what once was the administrative center of the Third Reich and where he committed suicide, is around the corner beneath a parking lot.

The memorial itself contains 2711 rectangular concrete blocks. It has narrow allows between them. The memorial leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Underneath the memorial is a free information center

How to get there

Take the Potsdammer Platz exit on line U2, S1, S2, S25, or bus lines 100, 200, 347, M41, M85. It is also easy to walk from the Brandenburger Tor, just turn left after you’ve crossed to the former western side, you’ll reach the memorial in a few hundred meters.

What to do

Wander through the alleys. They are to narrow to walk side by side. The designer’s idea was to create an uneasy, confusing atmosphere and I think he succeeded. Get lost in the memorial and in your mind. Visit the free information center underneath the momorial. Then, if it all got too much, get your head empty again, try to shake that uneasy feeling, in one of Berlin’s many bars.

– Irina

No rights can be derived from this post. I did my utmost best to ensure that prices and times are correct, yet errors happen and prices change.

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It contains 2711 rectangular blocks.
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The alleys are to narrow to walk side by side.

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