World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.8 (213 votes)

Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Listed under Tombs & Memorials in Berlin, Germany.

  • Photo of Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Photo of Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Photo of Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Photo of Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Photo of Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Photo of Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Photo of Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Photo of Berlin Holocaust Memorial
Photo of Berlin Holocaust Memorial
Photo by Sherry Ott
Pin It

Designed to disquieten the senses, this four and a half acre site is covered in rectangular concrete slabs 2.38m x 0.95m varying in height from 20cms to 4.8ms, but in all other respects laid out evenly with path ways between them. Underneath the field is an exhibition where the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims are listed.

The site was opened in 2005 after an extensive designing process that began with a competition. The architect, Peter Eisenman, has come under fire because nowhere does it explain what the memorial is to and because the victim’s names aren’t included in the main structure. It’s also been described as ‘too abstract’, ‘unnecessary’ and ‘inappropriate’. But it’s definitely disquieting and eerily like a graveyard without being overtly morbid.

Engineer: Buro Happold

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

Other expert and press reviews

“Pillar Perspectives – Holocaust Memorial Berlin”

From the first moment I saw pictures of the memorial in a magazine back in 2005, it has always looked like modern, scattered graves to me. It evokes a feeling of simple yet chaotic. The Landscape of 2,711 pillars called stelae are open 24 hours a day but… Read more...

Written by  Sherry Ott. Read more on Sherry's blog

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

Similar Experiences

  • Ancient Monuments of Hue

    Hue, set on the banks of the Huong River a few kilometres inland from the South China Sea, has the hundreds of beautiful ruined…

  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

    The iconic skeleton of the Genbaku Dome, epicentre of Hiroshima’s atomic bomb blast is now part of a Peace Memorial Park, dedic…

  • The Reclining Buddha of Polonnawura

    Countless monuments have been raised, over tens of centuries, in memory of the great scenes of Buddha’s life; but this one at P…

Nearby Experiences

  • Hitler's Bunker

    This, now ruined, series of subterranean rooms under the German Chancellery was Hitler’s final refuge in the closing days of th…

  • Reichstag

    Originally designed by Paul Wallot (completed 1894), the history of this awe-inspiring building is intertwined with its noble a…

  • Unter den Linden

    This wide, bright, buzzing street stretches its lime tree- and café-lined way across the very centre of Berlin's splendid Old T…

Related links

Contribute to this page