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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. Make your Berlin itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • At the beginning of the Unter den Linden this square has a monumental grandeur worthy of being referred to. It is famous because here was where the nazis made the burning of books. Here are the Faculty of law, the Opera House, a famous hotel and the Catholic Cathedral.
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  • This won`t be a long visit just go and see were the Nazi book burning took place. The monument you look into is a white room with white library shelving all void of any books. Thought provoking that t...  more »
  • It is a Plaza in front of the old Royal Library. Near the historic building is a square that is here is made by the Nazi book burning. And remember that the square-built monument. 25000 books were burned by the Nazis on the grounds that "UN-German". Do not forget this thing ever is.
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  • This place is actually a part of a University. The dome shaped church is the main attraction. One may or may not seen this kind of church before. But for me its a new experience.
  • Excellent architectural and historical centre place... The Protestant Church, Humboldt University, and Opera House all visible from just one spot!
  • It is located in the heart of berlin. Great place.
  • Stunning Platz, with beautiful architecture such as the library and churches, as well as theatre, right on Unter den Linden this is where the Nazis staged the famous book burnings, and there is a memorial to this here.
  • Bebelplatz is a square off the Unter den Linden in Berlin in which is the Opera House and parts of the Humboldt University. In the centre thereof in May 1933 the students and academics of the "New Germany" burnt ,20,000 books deemed no longer appropriate to the regime. A sunken memorial of bookless shelves with glass walkover top now symbolises this historic event

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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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