The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin

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One of the most moving and controversial sites in the world, The Holocaust Memorial - 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe by using our Berlin journey planner.
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  • Worth visiting, it is free and open air and very close to Brandenburg Gate. My friend explained to me that the stones that always get bigger and higher should make you feel trapped in a labyrinth to.....  more »
  • Such an important landmark in the city. Very sad monument. Represents so many lives lost and affected in this era. Excellent location next to the Brandenburg gate.  more »
  • We saw the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe or the Holocaust Memorial. –We saw a grid of rough concrete blocks of different heights (there are 2711). Below the memorial we also visited the...  more »
  • Absolutely found this brilliant. Such a lovely very well designed monument. Such a very poignant memorial to the forgotten. It was very well done. Really felt over whelmed after my visit. Walked through the whole museum with quite a large crowd of people that had no connection and many nationalities but not a word or sound was made by any person. Everybody was so overwhelmed by what the saw and read. Well worth a visit. Add to the must sees, up there with the icon of checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg gate.
  • I think the fact that Germany have put such a place together, should be applauded. It is quite simple in many respects, but very clever in others. The basic history of what was done is covered, but the main difference from other memorials like this is how it has been personalised. It has a good number of historic accounts of what happened to families and individuals. All in both German and English. The outside is again simple. Most people treat it with respect, but there are still some who feel the need to climb on it.
  • Amazing museum, really comprehensive and well set out. Displays are thorough so you'll need a few hours to get through it all. Quite busy, so sometimes it's hard to get close enough to the displays. There is also a good amount of seating around to take a break and a little Cafe there too.
  • Very impressive monument with a informative museum. It is impossible to understand the horror that has been done, but this place leaves a great impact on the visitors. Unfortunately there are always some people who run and scream between the columns. The staff does a great job by correcting this behavior.
  • If you decide to visit the memorial and the underground museum, it will leave something with you that cannot be described in words. The queue for the museum moves quickly, so hold out, it’s worth it. The whole thing is so so clever and done in a beautiful and intensely moving way that will leave you speechless. Commendations to the people who put their time and brains into this space, I’m sure the valuable research undertaken so far is just the tip of the iceberg.

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