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Bebelplatz, Berlin

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Historic Site
Head to Bebelplatz in the central district to view the site of the infamous May 10, 1933, Nazi book burnings, when more than 20,000 books were burned by the nationalist German Student Association. Bordered by the state opera, buildings of Humboldt University, and St. Hedwig's Cathedral (the first Catholic church to be built in post-Reformation Prussia), the plaza now features a memorial to help remember not only the loss incurred during the book burning, but all the devastation that was carried out by the same hands. To fully experience the memorial, visit after dark. Plan to visit Bebelplatz during your Berlin vacation using our convenient Berlin trip itinerary builder.
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  • An interesting tribute to the written word and the power of the page. This is smack dab in the middle of Bebelplatz, so you can't miss it.  more »
  • This is the site of the May 10, 1933 Nazi book burning. You can look through the glass to see the empty bookshelves below. Lots of construction in the area makes the experience less than satisfying - ...  more »
  • A place to remember. Surrounded by the library of one of the universities more prestigious in berlin where he studied people like Einstein and by a religious Church, the only one in the city. Here occurred the famous burning of books. On the ground, underground is the memorial, a series of shelves empty who remember this fact of history.
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  • You really need a guide to explain to you what happened at this very spot. It is of course the place of the famous book burning. This thought provoking stunning memorial is so ingenious, you could so easily miss it. Highly recommended.
  • Enjoyed some rest after a lot of walking. Interesting place where you can read books in memory of those books burnt...
  • Seems to be construction everywhere and there isn't really any easy-to-find information regarding the memorial. Architecture of the university is beautiful, though. Kind of a must-see on a tourist walk down Unter den Linden.
  • A very nice platz that is part of the Humboldt University grounds. The most commanding building here is the Humboldt Uni library. Just beautiful. Do not miss out on the Library Memorial, an inconspicuous piece of glass on the ground, which symbolizes the thousands of Jewish books that were burned on this very ground during the Nazi regime. St. Ludwig's cathedral is nearby.
  • Historical area, if you're with the Free Tour you'll learn a lot. Great street musicians too.