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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin

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One of the most moving and controversial sites in the world, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a massive artwork, covering an entire city block. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, it features nearly 3,000 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The work is meant to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and many liken it to an abstract representation of a cemetery. The slabs are approximately 2.4 m (7 ft) long, 1 m (3 ft) wide, and vary in height from 20 cm to 5 m (8 in to 16 ft). They start out at ground level on the outer edges of the memorial and grow taller towards the middle, where the ground slopes downwards. Look for the underground museum, which offers extensive details on the Holocaust and the people who died during it. The site attracts nearly 4 million visitors each year. Plan your visit to Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Berlin vacation builder.
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  • I always go there when in Berlin. It is important to stand there and think deeply about what this memorial is for. Take a moment to think and respect the past, no need to be religious for this. 
  • Bit strange really.literally next door to Brandenburg gate and people sitting on the blocks to eat lunch. Worth wandering in amongst though and have your own moment of reflection. 
  • This memorial consists of the Field of Stelae and an Information Centre. We had to wait about 20 mins to enter the Info Centre as they control the number of personnel inside and due to security checks...  more »
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  • The memorial itself is a fantastic, thought-provoking piece of art. The emotions one encounters walking down the dark narrow channels between the blocks should make it a fittingly sombre experience. If that's what you are expecting, visit late in the day. However, I visited around lunchtime, and the majority of tourists (many children, but also teenagers, and adults) were taking advantage of the monument to play hide and seek. Most were walking or running around with wide grins on their faces. I walked through it, and felt incredibly conflicted. But I can't help but think it is so naturally inviting for children to play there, the artistic intention may have been for the happiness of children to soften and fight against the darkness of the stones and the darkness of the past...
  • A must visit if in Berlin. I had read little on the memorial itself prior to visiting, and so was surprised by the sheer vastness of it, though perhaps not the feelings it immediately evokes. The underground section is brilliantly realised, playing cleverly with space and light that resonates clearly with the obvious awful nature of the subject at hand. The concrete slabs lined up above ground are open to interpretation, and I would recommend against reading others thoughts as to a possible meaning until you've had the opportunity to walk amongst them yourself.
  • It is simply a must. Perfectly done to make your think. Don't miss the exhibition that is beneath the stones. It is also a good balance. They didn't recommend it for children under 14 we dit it with our 12 and 10 with careful explanation. It generated a lot of good questions. We viewed it as a balance to all violent and funny video games. As they said, it has happened once and can happen again.
  • It is best precedent to design for memorial park by Peter Eisenmann. Both subtle yet strong and interactive that you can feel how does it feels to be Jewish back on that dark age. Marginalized and not wanted. Love wins anyway.
  • Very surreal. I love that you can interpret the memorial in so many different ways that fit to your idea of what it means. As for the museum, it really brings a deeply, personal level to the Holocaust as felt by the Jews. Spend time in here and don't rush. Also, take the time to walk through the memorial stones. So many different emotions and feelings are envoked. There's really no way to describe it.