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The Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

While traveling in Europe, I visited my very good friend, Eve (aka venusattack) who was in Berlin for six months. She then brought me to the Holocaust Memorial – A MUST visit for its impressive architectural design!

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in the centre of Berlin is the Holocaust memorial for Germany. The memorial consists of the Field of Stelae (concrete slabs) which contains 2711 concrete blocks arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field.

You can walk in any direction through these slabs without getting lost because there was no set pattern to the stones. It was a sunny day but the concrete walls were cool and they acted as a shade from the sun too. Some of the slabs are only ankle high while others tower over the visitors.

This memorial was designed by Peter Eisenman. The architect hoped to create a feeling of “groundlessness” and instability; a sense of disorientation.

There is also the Information Centre beneath the Field of Stelae. The Centre houses an exhibition about the historical background to the Holocaust.

How to get there:
S-Bahn (Suburban Rail)
Line S1, S2, S25, Brandenburger Tor or Potsdamer Platz
U-Bahn (Subway)
Line U2 Potsdamer Platz or Mohrenstraße

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written by lawypop

4 comments

  1. explorette

    explorette

    This is very impressive. I Had a quick look arund it but not long enough :(

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  2. bulletofmine

    bulletofmine

    now I know what is the block thingy is all about :)

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  3. easilydistracted

    easilydistracted

    beautiful photos, I went a few years ago and it was definitely impressive, its just a shame I didnt have my film cameras then :/

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  4. neja

    neja

    wanted to go there, but none of my friends did

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