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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  • Grim memorial but nothing is more grim than the holocaust. It makes you think and wonder. It is a shame people lark about there as if it's a playground. I found it moving and daunting especially at ni...  more »
  • An important monument and personally very strong, I could barely hold back tears from the strong emotions that I was aroused. I think the artist has succeeded in his aim, visit out of respect for the city and victims.
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  • So I'll get the negative out the way. We went when it had snowed. So it was deathly slippery so be careful in the wet/snow. Kids seem to think this is a playground and how their parents let then get a...  more »
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  • A fascinating insight to the plight of Jewish people across Europe and Russia during the 1930's and 1940's. I thought I knew what happened but was way off the mark. This place will get you thinking. The visitors centre gives a great deal of detail and presents the details in the views of several families from across the whole of Europe. All stories are told and written in German and English. Well worth a visit. Not far from the Brandenburg Gate.
  • I’m a fan of design and appreciate memorials that ‘get’ to me visually and emotionally. This one definitely does that. The somber yet elegant atmosphere pulled on the heart strings and made me want to learn more and respect the past. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Definitely something to see. It would be great if this museum would be a mandatory visit for all schools, maybe that way there would be more tolerance and less aggression towards everyone. Great museum and it is free (as it should be of course). Been to Berlin three times and I visited this museum each time. Reserve at least an hour or two for the museum.
  • Well worth a visit, take the audio guide offer as it reveals so much. We spent several hours here, the stories are at a personal level, talking about a family or an individual that makes this so powerful. It's was probably one of the hardest few hours to be reminded just how bad it was. Something we all need to be reminded of.
  • This is a beautiful memorial and very beautifully done. I liked the idea of walking through the slabs as they slope down and up and thinking of all the people who lost their lives and how hard their lives must have been. I didn't visit the information center, but it is a serene place when it is quiet. But beyond that there isn't much to see. It is really a beautifully designed place for contemplation. Before I left there were some kids who started jumping between the slabs and were quite loud and that broke the mood a bit.
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