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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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  • Despite the fact that this square is constantly being built and renovated, its historic importance still resonates. It is here where the Nazis burnt the Jewish books in the 1930's in the infamous act ...  more »
  • Berlin Bebelplatz is one of the place for people to go and explore. There are lots of history there. The most important being the site of book burning during Nazi Germany. It has been going under larg...  more »
  • Without a doubt my favorite area. Beautiful buildings and beautiful square, despite the light panel placed on the surface of the road, that reveals a room full of empty shelves (in memory of the stake where the Nazis burned about 25,000 books considered hazardous), is not visible, it was exciting to be in a square filled with history.
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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.