GedachtniskircheCurrently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: Breitscheidplatz 10789 Berlin., Germany
- Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Ancient Ruin, Family And Kids
Gedachtniskitche or the Memorial Church was a beautiful Romaneque church built by Kaiser Wilhem II in memory of his grand-father. After World War II all that was left of this once beautiful church was a hollow and damaged vestige. A more modern looking church was then built alongside it to keep its own memory as the church has been irreparably damaged. This old vestige and the new counterpart can be seen side by side in Berlin today. Due to the precarious state of the building one is obviously not allowed to go inside the older church but the new one is open to visitors. Additionally a small part of the old church has also been made accessible to the visitors.
The church is symbolic of the destruction that Germany had faced during the war and has become an important site for the modern history of Germany even though the old significance may be somewhat lost.
- Donations are much appreciated.
- On Sunday make a call in the office or take an appointment for mass.
- Guided tours can be arranged on request.
- Wheelchair access is possible and handicapable toilets are available.
- Parking facility is available.
- Bus M19, M29, M46, X9, X10, X34, 100, 109, 110, 145, 200, 204, 245
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37.64% of people who visit Berlin include Gedachtniskirche in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
35.92% of people start their Gedachtniskirche visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Gedachtniskirche
69.12% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Gedachtniskirche
This is a peaceful church to visit. There are two parts of the church which are open to public at the moment. One part has over 22750 stained glass windows in both blue and a bit of red. This part of the church is octagonal in shape and has a predominant presence of a suspended figure of Jesus in crucifix form which is a contrasting bright bronze structure on a rich blue background. The image at first sight left me awestruck. There is also a Karl Schuke organ at place which is impressive. Then on the other side of the church, there is a part of the church which was used for weddings and funerals until 1943 when it was damaged severely in bombing. It was since then left as is and is not used for any ceremonies anymore. The tall figure of Jesus, some of the marble work on the walls, the tiled ceiling and floor with designs is impressive. The dome of the church starts damaged and you can actually see it from inside as well as outside. There are images from commencement of church till date pasted on one section of the church. There is also a tower on the outside which is currently under renovation. As a landmark, this church should definitely be visited.
I really like this church. It was bombarded during the WWII and now Berliner restored it. It located in the heart of busy Berlin, still you can sit around and enjoy street music and having while taking a sip of beer. At Christmas, there is a Christmas market here too.
Very interesting church the contrast between the half-destroyed church and the very modern is stunning. Defiantly worth a visit especially during the night when the churches are lite up beautifully.
Absolutely fascinating place. Make sure you look at the before/after models in the old church to help understand what remains.
Lovely building. Spent some time admiring the external structure but inside is quite something. The pics taken do not so it justice.