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Neue Wache, Berlin

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#19 of 168 in Museums in Berlin
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. Make Neue Wache a centerpiece of your Berlin vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Berlin online trip itinerary builder .
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  • Neue Wache, is a leader of the German neoclassical style. Located in the city of Berlin on the boulevard Unter den Linden, near Bebelplatz, opposite the Opera House. Originally headquarters of the troops of the Prince of Prussia, currently is the Memorial of the victims of the war and the dictatorship. Since 1993, the Neue Wache was the central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the victims of the war and the dictatorship. In the middle of the room, under the oculus, with part top lit, is an enlarged replica of the statue of mother with her dead son, Käthe Kollwitz, exposed to Sun, rain and snow, symbolizes the plight of Berliners during the second to World War II.
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  • Well worth a visit. Very particular this work of Käthe Kollwity located inside the Neue Wache.
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  • The memorial is not something you would go out of your way to go to (unless on a special day of remembrance when it fills with flowers) ... but it is right between Museum Island and sites such as Humb...  more »
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  • A must visit place to understand the spirit of the city ; quite , surreal and an apt place for some reflection
  • A good follow-up for the Kollwitz Museum is the Neoclassical temple on Unter den Linden. The architect behind this monument was Karl Friedrich Schinkel who designed it in the 1810s as a memorial to the fallen soldiers in the Napoleonic Wars and specifically the German Campaign of 1813. The building was also employed as a guardhouse for the troops of the Crown Prince, up to the end of the First World War and the start of the Weimar Republic. Since 1993 this solemn space has been dedicated to “Victims of War and Dictatorship”. Kollwitz’s sculpture Mother with her Dead Son is the centrepiece under the oculus where it is exposed to the elements to signify the civilian suffering during the Second World War.
  • Very simple but powerful monument to the victims of war. Unfortunately, not much to see at this specifically, so it's best to see it in a short time as you work your way to the Berlin Cathedral or nearby museums.
  • Even though there really is almost nothing to see, it is overwhelming!
  • good to see abs reflect on history
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