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Bebelplatz, Berlin

Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Quite a nice but yet again,soulless place, commemorating the nasty things that the Nazis did, even to their own people- lest that be forgotten!  more »
  • Bebelplatz is one of the most impressive squares surrounded by a plethora of stunning buildings - it also has the book burning memorial.  more »
  • Nice spacious elegant square featuring an old clock, the Humboldt University Law faculty, St Hedwig cathedral and the State Opera building. There is a spacious parking below. On the square there is a....  more »
  • An interesting simple square surrounded by a university, a cathedral, a library and an opera. In the center is a monument to books burned by the Nazis. The monument looks interesting, but it can be invisible for the tourist due to the fact that it is underground. There is only a small glass window on the ground level through which it can be seen. The implementation is interesting, affects perception.
  • Standing in the Square admiring the beautiful architecture was a delight. Standing in the middle of the square trying to imagine the air of uncertainty and some or euphoria for others all when the books were burning definitely goes beyond my imagination.
  • To stand on the site where the books were burnt was unreal. I was not aware this was a factual place until I researched Berlin war facts, always thought it was just part of the Indiana Jones movies, how naive was I. Very big square which was very easy to find and free. Poignant.
  • There are tons of neat buildings with different architectural styles in this square. Don't forget to look for the glass square in the middle of the square, where you can see a below ground monument that looks like a room full of empty bookshelves!!
  • Nice, They let you enter into the cars if you ask them for that. Very cool.

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