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Neue Wache, Berlin
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You might not notice Neue Wache at first, which contains the main German memorial site for victims of war and tyranny. The best-known item in the museum is Käthe Kollwitz's sculpture "Mother with her Dead Son," on which Berlin's rain and snow falls directly. You may be left feeling a bit contemplative about the past after visiting this attraction. Make sure you are aware of the location, as some walk by without knowing what the simple building contains. For Neue Wache and beyond, use our Berlin trip builder to get the most from your Berlin vacation.
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  • The loneliness of the sculpture conveys all the feeling that the author wanted permeate in she. The past of this city is really painful and very significant efforts made to get out of it without forgetting it.
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  • Neo-classic building built in 1816 as a guard house for the Prussian military. Designated as a war memorial for dead of any conflict in 1931 and re-designated in 1993 to its current subject. I love th...  more »
  • The building itself, has a neoclassical façade, and built in 1918. To enter, a huge square enclosure (better if there are little people), is all grey... and, in the middle... just a statue: shocking PIETY, of Kollwitz. On the roof, a circular aperture, which leaves filter the sunlight, giving an amazing lighting, creating a spectacular atmosphere...
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  • The best memorial of killed Jews in Berlin. When I walked towards die Neue Wache from behind, I was puzzled why there was only windows without openings on the sides of this building. The puzzle was resolved once I entered. This is a piece of architecture with the entrance and the skylight as the only two openings. Such confinedness and the solemnity of the skylight in conjunction with the statue of a mother underneath provide the right atmosphere for reflection and remembrance. There is also an introduction of the purpose of this building in various languages outside.
  • Very beautiful memorial. When you go inside, you can't help but stare at the sculpture in silence. A hole in the ceiling directly above the sculpture allows a bit of sun light to come into the room during the day. It also exposes the "mother and dead son" to the elements during different seasons (rain, snow, etc.). Incredibly beautiful and moving
  • Probably my favorite place on Unter den Linden, with a beautiful replica of a statue of Käthe Kollwitz called "mother with dead son". It is a place to reflect upon what war means.
  • A must see in Berlin. A very solemn sculpture that looks particular soulful when there's snow because there is a hole in the ceiling.
  • Walk silently inside and stand in front of the statue. Here you can feel an impressive atmosphere, something so overwhelming that makes you forget the rest of Berlin.