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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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  • Explore the memorial above ground but be sure to also visit the museum underneath. It is the personal and family stories that bring the horror of the times into your heart. 
    Explore the memorial above ground but be sure to also visit the museum underneath. It is the personal and family stories that bring the horror of the times into your heart.  more »
  • There was a scaffold fence around the site which is hopefully only a temporary measure as it definitely detracts from the look of the memorial, also there wasn’t any signs telling you how to get in... 
    There was a scaffold fence around the site which is hopefully only a temporary measure as it definitely detracts from the look of the memorial, also there wasn’t any signs telling you how to get in...  more »
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  • This is definitely one of the top things to see in Berlin. It is very walkable from the Brandenburg Gate. It is simple, yet moving. We suggest reading a description about it when you are there or in advance to understand the artist's intentions. You can walk through it. The wavy walkways and tall and short blocks make it very interesting. We spent about 10-15 minutes here.
  • It feels wrong when the rating says "loved it", because obviously it's not something to love, but the place was so worth the visit. The museum was heartbreaking and difficult to go through, but the staff was lovely and making sure to follow the covid guidelines to keep their guests safe. My one wish is that they should put clear signs that what you can listen to on the phones are stories from survivors. I thought it would be audio of the information of the room since there was a lot of text in that room, but my sister decided to listen and told me what it was, so I could listen too, and those stories were the most heartbreaking and powerful ones there. Please put up some clearer signs so more people get to experience those stories. They're important.

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