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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  • Really impressive atmosphere. The museum part is genuinely interesting and very mindfully designed. The audio guide is helpful as well and a nice service. The outside area has an incredibly crushing feeling and can be quite frightening, but always perfectly dlivers the message. Advisable to visit it alone or in a small group, anything larger will totally destroy the atmosphere. I will definitely get back there, the experience is absolutely unique.
  • The Holocaust has, for me, been a delicate topic of discussion with Germans. Here I wouldn't even broach the subject, for fear that there is some sort of easy encapsulation ready to hand. In the past, when even there has been a passing reference to Hitler in my conversations with German nationals elsewhere, it's as if a non sequitur has been uttered. They go quiet, and wait for the moment to pass. Jews say "we must never forget". Is the issue individual responsibility, societal self-awareness, or early international intervention? While in the history of things there have been other genocides, I suspect this one was unique. It defies simple rationalization and categorization. If the important thing is that we continue to ask the questions, the absence of answers indicates where to focus the ethical inquiry.
  • Genuinely astonishing area. The area is draped in history. The memorial a great addition to the area. Surrounded by the various Embassy's from around the world. You can easily access the area via the tour busses that run frequently. If it's a cold day it will definitely be worthwhile wrapping up from head to toe. The first bus was warm but the second was horrible!!!!!
  • Very interesting artwork (if you can call it that). Missed the museum underneath but it looked very interesting. Be aware that they shut the doors 30 minutes before it closes. If you get there when it's quiet you can get some excellent photos, otherwise unfortunately there are lots of people walking on the plinths.
  • The monument above ground is very interesting to look at and walk through, but the museum/exhibition underneath is where you should spend your time. Unfortunately, you won't leave the museum feeling cheerful, but you will have learnt a lot about holocaust, through a very well designed and modern museum. A particularly emotional part, was reading the letters between family members, knowing they will never see each other again. A powerful museum, and a must see in Berlin.
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