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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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  • Kathe Kollwitz is a great artist. SHe has got an own museum near to Kurfürsterdamm. This monument is excellent. You stop in the middle of the busy city and remember. I would recommend to everyone to t...  more »
  • The building is nice but the real experience is taking in the beautiful and moving sculpture inside and to reflect on all of the victims of war and those left behind to grieve. The agony of the mother...  more »
  • When we visited Neue Wache there were building works in progress and we could not enter the memorial. Nothing dissimilar to the pictures on the internet.  more »
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  • Powerful memorial. Read the text outside, they've got in many different languages. Support intense.
  • 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
  • Such a moving tribute to the fallen soldiers of WWII. We were only able to view the mother and son statue from outside, but its darkness and appeal is overwhelming. Worth a look when strolling along Unter den Linden
  • Very harrowing memorial to the holocaust, definitely worth a visit.