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Bebelplatz, Berlin
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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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  • This is a very small memorial, but the importance is major - just like the gay memorial on the edge of the Tiergarten. Read the history of why these spots are important. Visiting them will be more ins...  more »
  • "Square at the Opera house" was the original name of this space, laid out between 1741 and 1743. It is fronted by the State Opera building, the Humboldt University and the St. Hedwig's Cathedral. Its ...  more »
  • This is a very small area, but has great historical significance due to the burned books by the Nazi's. See the empty bookshelves through the glass. 
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  • Right in the centre of Berlin, lying subtly in the middle of the square is a monument to one of the first atrocities of the NS period - The book burning. Surrounded by the University, Opera and other buildings the prominent location in Berlin has lots of history and if you have the chance I recommend making a stop here. Currently (Summer 2016) there is some construction at the Opera so the square is not as nice for photographs but the monument is still accessible!
  • Hard to see through the glass on sunny days - well worth a visit during the early evening where the area is completely quiet and the memories in this place breathtaking
  • On our first visit (about 10 years ago) l thought this to be, along with Gendarmenmarkt (just round the corner), one of the two lovliest squares in Berlin. Unfortunately the seemingly never-ending building work that's been going on for years mars the beautly. Still worth a visit though and presumably the builders will leave eventually.
  • Another nice square with history behind it. This is where the famous Nazi book burning took place. There is a monument to it on the ground as a plaque, but also there is a glass window looking down Into a room with empty book shelves. It has enough space to fill all the books that were burnt
  • Great historic square sadly under major construction while we were there. There's an almost easily missed exhibit hidden under a glass panel in the centre of the square dedicated to the nazi book burnings that happened in the 30s.