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Germany's central Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is devoted to remembering the millions of Jews who perished in the Nazi-orchestrated Holocaust. New York architect Peter Eisenman came up with... Read More
Germany's central Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is devoted to remembering the millions of Jews who perished in the Nazi-orchestrated Holocaust. New York architect Peter Eisenman came up with a simple but powerful design to convey the enormity of its message: a massive maze of 2711 stelae (concrete slabs) of identical size but varying heights and angles tightly arranged in a grid over undulating ground. Each visitor is free to walk among them, sit on them, take photographs and find a personal connection to the site. A subterranean exhibit provides context, often in harrowing fashion, by training the spotlight on the fate of individual people and families. The darkened Rooms of Names, in which short bios of Jewish victims are read out loud, is especially emotional.
- Memorial: Daily Open 24 Hours
- Visitor Center: Tue-Sun 10am-8pm
- Hours May Vary Seasonally
- Memorial Free
Guided Tour Adult 4; Senior 2; Student 2; Military 2; Child 2
- Best Attractions & Activities: "There are two more memorials honoring Nazi victims nearby: one dedicated to gays and lesbians across the street on the edge of Tiergarten Park and another commemorating the persecution of Sinti and Roma, also in the park, between the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: This vast memorial in the heart of the city captures the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust in abstract but surprisingly emotional fashion.