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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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  • Not the easiest attraction to find in Berlin, but it is directly across the street from the Humboldt University entrance. It is a glass plate set into the cobblestones. When you look through, what you...  more »
  • A nice platz, definetly worth strolling through. The university, opera house and Hedvig's church. Opera is currently under heavy construction, block the complete cirlce view of the church.  more »
  • This is the sight of the famous book burning and this clever unusual memorial really brings it home to you of what happened here. You really need a guide to explain things to you but it's so worth it....  more »
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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.
  • It is in front of the Humboldt University building. The area is very nice and beautiful, also very touristic. If you like when history mix it up with some representative arts, the memorial to the burned books is a very special thing. Keep your eyes to the floor and locate the open part, with an empty room with white walls and empty shelves under your feet. It is very symbolic.
  • 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.
  • Enjoyed some rest after a lot of walking. Interesting place where you can read books in memory of those books burnt...