The Holocaust Memorial, or Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe as it is also known, is in the center of Berlin just meters away from Potsdamer Platz
and Berlin's landmark, Brandenburg Gate
. The memorial was dedicated in 2005 to the millions of Jews that were brutally murdered during the Cold War. The memorial consists of an enormous stretch of a Field of Stelae (slabs) in dark concrete to commemorate those who suffered. There is also a subterranean Information Centre consisting of several rooms with exhibition areas which contain documents of the persecution and murder of the European Jews as well as displaying the historic sites of the crimes. The Center also holds all the names of the murdered victims which were obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem. Admission to the Informatin Center is free of charge.
The holocaust memorial is extremely creative and well thought out. On entering the site of the cold concrete slabs you immediately grasp the theme of emptiness, despair and loneliness which is a great tribute to the Jews. You get a feeling that the slabs are like tombstones rather than memorials for the victims which can be quite overwhelming as the site is an enormous stretch. The underground museum is definitely worth visiting, the details they provide of the crimes committed during the reign are extremely thought provoking. The names of all the victims in the Information Center give the memorial a nice, personal quality and also make you very aware of the repercussions the war had on their unfortunate families. The memorial is well worth visiting, you can capture some great photographs! It is in an ideal location close to Unter den Linden
, River Cruises
and the Brandenburg Gate
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Some other attractions in the area include the Reichstag
and Museum Island
Wonderful nearby hotels include Hotel Gat Point Charlie
, Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt
and Eurostars Berlin