Memorials

Memorials

Berlin's history left its traces in the city and the cityscape. Diverse memorials commemorate Worldwar I and II as well as the era of the cold war. Berlin's history is still fascinating, contrary to the trend in the rest of Germany, memorials are attracting each year growing numbers of visitors.

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"Stufen" (Steps) is a subterranean sculpture made from white painted sheet metal in the excavated ground of the St. Matthäus Church. This permanently installed piece...
The Tempelhof Airport is a piece of Berliner history: already, the stiff, monumental architecture reveals the mark of the Third Reich, whose largest completed building...
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The Anne Frank Center, the German partner organisation of Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, is located directly adjacent to the Hackesche Höfe in Berlin’s Mitte district....
The Anti-War Museum presents historical facts on the topics of war and peace, and features an original air raid shelter from World War II. The privately operated museum...
Between the Hakescher Markt and Alexanderplatz runs Rosenstraße, which together with the Heidereutergasse provides the boundary of a small park in the Marienviertel of...
If you are walking from the boulevard Unter den Linden to the Bebelplatz, you will probably see people who watch together on a spot on the floor. Only on closer...
Since its inception in 1955, the Bundeswehr has lost around 3100 soldiers and individuals in civilan services. Federal President Horst Köhler officially inaugurated the...
It is the scene of several thrillers and espionage novels ranging from James Bond's "Octo-pussy" to "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" by John le Carré: Checkpoint...
The German-Russian Museum was officially opened on May 10th, 1995, the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. It is meant as a memorial of the German-...
The East German watchtower on Potsdamer Platz is now one of the last historical relics to become open to the public. The "panorama observation tower" originally stood...
Around 4 million people left the GDR between 1949 and 1990 in the direction of the Federal Republic – 1.35 million of these passed through the refugee camp in Berlin-...
The Soviets took over a former canteen block in the north-east of Berlin at the end of the Second World War and turned it into a special detainment camp. After the camp...
The area of today’s memorial site Sachsenhausen was one of the largest concentration camps of the Reich between 1936 and 1945. During that time, there and in various sub...
The German Resistance Memorial Center at the Bendlerblock building complex commemorates German resistance against National Socialism. The centre of the memorial is an...
The former ‘Reich’s sports grounds’ (Reichssportfeld), built for the XIth Olympic Games in 1936, is an important, yet controversial historical site. The multi-media...
The historical tour is a system providing historical information within the city. It consists of 30 signs which are distributed between 14 different points throughout...
The poet Heinrich von Kleist died at just 33 years of age. He committed suicide together with his friend Henriette Vogel on 21 November 1811. The grave is located at the...
On 20th January 1942 a fateful meeting of high officials from the Nazi Ministries and the SS was held in the Minoux villa by the Wannsee waterside. Under the direction...
The memorial was designed by the Danish-Norwegian artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset and was inaugurated on May 27th 2008. The 3.60-meter high and 1.90-meter...
This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the uprising of 17 June 1953 in East Germany. Around one million people participated in largely peaceful protests in East...
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Close to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is also found. It is a memorial that is a stele-field which can be...
The Mori Ôgai Memorial at Berlin's Humboldt-Universität is located in the building where he lived while he was in Berlin. It offers the opportunity to study the life and...
The museum tells the story of Otto Weidt's workshop for the blind. During the Third Reich, a number of mainly blind and deaf Jews worked here in a courtyard building...
One of the last well preserved Nazi forced labour camps is located in Berlin Schöneweide. The thirteen symmetrically arranged stone barracks remaining here have been...
The Neue Wache memorial has been the main memorial site for the victims of war and tyranny since 1993. The building, which was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel as a...
A “bet-ha-knesset," that is, a synagogue, is not only a place for praying but also for coming together, teaching and learning. The New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße...
The Plötzensee Memorial Center is a place of quiet commemoration because here almost 3.000 people were unjustly executed between 1933 and 1945 by the Nazi justice system...
During the Nazi dictatorship, the Feldpolizei (Field Police) of the SA group in Berlin-Bradenburg set up a provisional prison which was to become a distinct scene of...
Under the direction of his architect Albert Speer, Hitler wanted to redesign Berlin as "Germania", the capital of the new German world capital. According to Hitler’s...
A memorial was erected south of the Reichstag in October 2012 in order to commemorate the Sinti and Roma murdered under National Socialist rule during the Genocide, or...
Kino International – © Yorck Kinogruppe

Five minutes’ walking distance from Alexanderplatz. Huge hand-painted film posters hang on the sandstone façade of the postmodern building from the 60’s. Though its architecture is striking from the outside, the building’s most impressive features are found inside. With its magnificent chandeliers, retro eastern European style, red armchairs and huge glass front, the cinema’s foyer is a highlight in itself. Be it premieres or gay parties, this cinema hosts all sorts of events where glamorous VIPs mix with students, film lovers and party people.