In the middle of the city is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and imposing place of remembrance and warning.
A place of contemplation, a place of remembrance and warning. Close to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin you will find the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
In 1999, after lengthy debates, the German parliament decided to establish a central memorial site, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The competition to design it was won by the New York architect Peter Eisenman. The memorial was ceremonially opened in 2005.
On a site covering 19,000 square metres, Eisenman placed 2711 concrete slabs of different heights. The area is open day and night and from all four sides you can fully immerse yourself in the fully accessible spatial structure. The memorial is on a slight slope and its wave-like form is different wherever you stand. The uneven concrete floor gives many visitor a moment of giddiness or even uncertainty. Its openness and abstractness give you space to confront the topic in your own personal way. The sheer size of the installation and its lack of a central point of remembrance call into question the conventional concept of a memorial. This creates a place of remembrance, but not with the usual means.
One very special experience is the virtual concert Vor dem Verstummen by Harald Weiss, which is available for iPhones.
A place of information
The memorial to the Shoah is supplemented by the underground information centre, also designed by Eisenman. In a space covering 800 square metres you can find information on the victims and the locations. Themed rooms such as the Room of Dimensions, the Room of Families, the Room of Names and the Room of Sites deal with the fates of individuals, with photographs, diaries and farewell letters. Short biographies take the victims out of their anonymity. Historical photographs and film footage show the sites of persecution and extermination.
Information for schools
As well a guided tours (from €40 per group), schools workshops are available for €85 per group. The tours and workshops are primarily designed for secondary schools.
Opening hours (additional information)
Apr - Sep: Tue - Sun
10:00am - 8:00pm
Oct - Mrc: Tue - Sun
10:00am - 7:00pm
Last entrance 45 mins. before closing, not suitable for under 14s!