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Memorial Sites in Berlin


Berlin’s and Brandenburg’s Memorials are unique in Germany and in the world. Thematically they can be assigned to the topics National Socialism and Divided Germany.
In these memorial centers we can book guided tours for your group. The booking fee is 30 € incl. 19 % VAT. This does not include eventual admission charges or fees for guided tours.

National Socialism


Topography of Terror
Next to Martin Gropius Building, opposite the Prussian Parliament, behind a battered remnant of the Wall is an area of wasteland: the Prince Albrecht site. Between 1933 and 1945, it was the headquarters’ location of the most formidable Nazi organizations for surveillance and persecution: the Gestapo, the SS leadership, the Security Service of the SS and from 1939 the Reich Main Security Office. With more than a million visitors per year it is one of the most popular memorials in Berlin. The new documentation center was inaugurated in 2010. The newly designed and expanded main exhibition (Topographie des Terrors. Gestapo, SS and Reich Security Main Office on the Wilhelm- and Prinz-Albrecht-Straße) is housed in the new building on an area of 800 m². In the library located in the basement, visitors can browse through an impressive selection of 30,000 volumes. Since August 2010, the changing exhibitions are presented along the excavations on Niederkirchnerstraße and a tour of 15 different stations shows the entire compound in ist full historical dimension. Audio-guides are available as an app for Android and iPhone in German, English and sign language.
Niederkirchnerstr. 8, Berlin-Kreuzberg
Public transport: U+S Potsdamer Platz, S Anhalter Bahnhof, bus M29, M41, M48, 200
Opening hours: daily 10-20, library 10-17 h
Admission: free, public guided tours Su 15.30 (in English), 14 h (in German) for free
Groups: guided tours, max 17 pers., free of charge for school groups, others 70 € (German, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish), please book in advance: Tel. 030-25450970


Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
This landmark in the heart of Berlin is Germany’s most prominent holocaust memorial site, a place of remembrance for the estimated 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. Located between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, it comprises a vast field of concrete pillars designed by Peter Eisenman and an information center underground. The exhibit below documents the persecution and extermination of the Jews and the historical sites where these atrocities were carried out. It receives roughly 500,000 visitors each year. In the neighboring Tiergarten, you will also find the Memorial for persecuted Homosexuals, the Memorial for the murdered Sinti and Roma and the Memorial and information center for the “euthanasia” victims of the national socialist regime.
Cora-Berliner-Str. 1, Berlin-Mitte
Public transport: U+S Brandenburger Tor, U+S Potsdamer Platz, bus 100, 200, M48, M85
Opening hours: Field of Stelae: daily 24h accessible; Information Center: Apr-Sep Tu-Su 10-20 h; Oct-Mar Tu-Su 10-19 h; last admission 45 min. before closing
Admission: free, audio guides 4 €, red. 2 €, free guided tour for smartphones (app)
Groups: guided tours upon request


German Resistance Memorial Center
This is a place for remembrance, political education, active learning, documentation and research. It provides information on the resistance to National Socialism with an extensive permanent exhibition (redesigned), changing special exhibitions and a variety of events and publications. It aims to show how individual people and groups resisted the Nazi dictatorship between 1933 and 1945, using every last opportunity for independent action.
Stauffenbergstr. 13-14, (Eingang über den Ehrenhof), Berlin-Tiergarten
Public transport: U1 Kurfürstenstr., U+S Potsdamer Platz, bus M29, M48, M85, 200
Opening hours: Mo-We+Fr 9-18 h, Th -20 h, Sa+Su+public holidays 10-18 h
Admission: free, audio guides and public guided tours on Su 15 h for free
Groups: free guided tours for groups (from 10 pers.), only by reservation


Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference
This villa, in an idyllic setting at Wannsee, was the place where the organizational details of the deportation and murder of the Jews of Europe were worked out. (The basic decision to eliminate the Jews had already been taken). An exhibition documents the conference, its historical background and its consequences. The educational section of the memorial center offers study courses on National Socialism and Jewish history.
Am Großen Wannsee 56-58, Berlin-Zehlendorf
Public transport: bus 114
Opening hours: daily 10-18 h, closed on public holidays, mediathèque Mo-Fr 10-18 h
Admission: free, public guided tours Sa+Su 16+17 h free
Groups: guided tours for groups from 10 pers. 2 € pp, school and student groups free. Only by reservation


Sachsenhausen Memorial Center and Museum
This complex - the blueprint of an ideal type of concentration camp - was intended as an architectural expression of National Socialism, designed to subject the prisoners literally and symbolically to the absolute power of the SS. Between 1936 and 1945, more than 200,000 prisoners from many European countries were deported to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp where tens of thousands were murdered or succumbed to conditions of imprisonment. From 1945-1950, 60,000 prisoners of the Soviet secret service were held here of which 12,000 died from hunger or disease. Today it’s an international memorial and place of learning. The center organizes on-site projects and other educational events. The surviving buildings contain 11 permanent exhibitions like “Jewish prisoners in Sachsenhausen concentration camp”, “Daily life in Sachsenhausen concentration camp”, “Medicine and Crime”, “The City and the Camp”, “Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen. Events and Developments” or “Soviet Special Camp”. Since 2013, the mostly preserved building “Inspection of the Concentration Camp” houses the permanent exhibition “The Center of Concentration Camp Terror”: it depicts the history of the central headquarters – located in Oranienburg since 1938 – overlooking all concentration camps. Groups can stay in Haus Szczypiorski Youth Hostel, the former villa and official residence of the “Inspector of the Concentration Camp”.
Straße der Nationen 22, Berlin-andere / others
Public transport: RE, S Oranienburg, bus 804 (hourly) 20 min. walk
Opening hours: daily 8.30-16.30, 15th Mar - 14th Oct till 18 h, museums closed on Monday
Admission: free
Groups: guided group tours max. 15 persons 15 €, max. 30 persons 25 €, 25 € foreign language supplement, only by reservation


Anne Frank Center
The center documents the life story of Anne Frank in the permanent exhibition “Anne Frank - here&now”. The many photographs and documents on display trace back her compelling life story. Interesting interviews with her father, her schoolmate and an aider are in store. Even Berlin youths offer their views through audio stations and short films. It also offers a wide-ranging program of activities: project days, readings, talks with contemporary witnesses, film shows and seminars, and workshops on topical themes.
Rosenthaler Str. 39, Berlin-Mitte
opening hours: Tu-Su 10-18 h
admission: 5 €, red. 3 € , family ticket 12 €, under 10 yrs free
groups/guided tours: Guided tour (2 hrs) up to 15 pers. 25 €, up to 30 pers. 50 € plus admission fee 3 € p.p. 5 hours Otto-Weidt-Workshop 50 € (up to 15 pers.), 100 € (up to 30 pers.) plus admission fee 3 € p.p.
Public transport: S Hackescher Markt, U Weinmeisterstr., tram M2, M4, M5


German-Russian Museum Karlshorst
This museum is located in the former officers’ mess hall of a Wehrmacht’s pioneer school. This was where the German army signed the document of unconditional surrender in the night from May 8th - 9th 1945. This was the moment World War II ended in Europe. The permanent exhibition here commemorates the German war of annihilation against the Soviet Union from 1941-1945, and is the only one of its kind throughout Germany. Along with the genocide of European Jewry and the murder of other populations, this war is part of the large complex of Nazi crimes.
Zwieseler Str. 4, Berlin-Lichtenberg
Public transport: S Karlshorst + bus 296, U5 Tierpark + bus 296
Opening hours: Tu-Su 10-18 h; free public tours: Su+public holidays 15 h
Admission: free
Groups: guided tours for groups by appointment only: 45 € (min. 10, max. 17 pers.)


Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma
Between the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (Simonsweg/Scheidemannstraße), stands the Memorial to the murdered Sinti and Roma of Europe during the Nazi regime. This monument created by Dani Karavan consists of a pond with an immersible triangular element on which a fresh flower is placed each day. Furthermore, plaques inform of the marginalization and mass murder of this minority during the Nazi reign of terror.
Simsonweg, Berlin-Mitte
Public transport: U+S Brandenburger Tor, bus 100, M85
Opening hours: daily 24h accessible


Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Center
Close to the large industrial facilities of Ober- and Niederschöneweide, lie the barracks of a onetime forced labor camp preserved in their entirety. Part of it is utilized as a documentation center where a permanent exhibition, tours and seminars introduce you to the challenging subject of forced labor.
Britzer Str. 5, Berlin-Treptow
Public transport: S Schöneweide, bus 160, 165 (stop Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit)
Opening hours: Tu-Su 10-18 h, free guided tours on 1st Su of the month 15 h, private guided tours on request
Admission: free
Groups: programs for groups on request


Allies' Museum
The history of Berlin and the western occupation from 1945-1994. The permanent exhibition starts with the occupation of the Western Allies in their sectors after Germany was defeated in World War II, and ends with the celebrations at the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany in 1990.
Clayallee 135, Berlin-Zehlendorf
opening hours: Th-Tu 10-18 h
admission: free
groups/guided tours: group tours German, English, French 40 €, free for school students (donation desired)
Public transport: U Oskar-Helene-Heim, bus 115, 183


Memorial for Homosexuals Persecuted by Nazis
Across from the Holocaust Memorial, the Memorial for Homosexuals persecuted by Nazis is located in the Tiergarten. It honors the homosexual victims of the Nazi regime and at the same time “serves as a lasting symbol denouncing intolerance, animosity and exclusion of the gay and lesbian community”.
Ebertstr. / Ecke Hannah-Arendt-Str., Berlin-Tiergarten
Public transport: U+S Brandenburger Tor, bus 100, 200
Opening hours: daily 24h accessible, short film in an endless loop
Admission: free


Memorial of the Book-Burning
The memorial commemorates the public burning of 20,000 books by the Nazis on May 10th, 1933. In the middle of Bebelplatz, a glass window in the ground with glaring white empty shelves beneath it symbolizes the restriction on every kind of intellectual freedom under National Socialism.
Bebelplatz, Berlin-Mitte
Public transport: bus 100, 200

Deportation Monument
A goods wagon on this site commemorates the deportation of 55,696 Jews from Berlin between 1941 and 1945.
Levetzowstr. 7-8, Berlin-Tiergarten
Public transport: U9 Hansaplatz, bus 106


Deutschlandhaus
Behind the historically listed façade, a new modern museum has planned its emergence for 2018. Its opening coincides with “Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung” (Foundation Escape, Expulsion, Reconciliation). Next to this permanent exhibition, there will be changing exhibitions covering various historical topics and modern day developments. It will also serve as a documentation- and information center for students and teachers alike.
Stresemannstr. 90, Berlin-Kreuzberg
Public transport: S Anhalter Bhf, bus M 19


Memorial Church Maria Regina Martyrum
Not far from the execution site Plötzensee – where nearly 3000 people lost their lives between 1933-1945 – there’s a church (1963) memorializing the victims who promoted freedom of conscience and faith. The sculptures and paintings, the entrancing daylight… one must witness this architectural work of genius!
Heckerdamm 232, Berlin-Charlottenburg
Public transport: U7 Jakob-Kaiser-Platz, bus 109, M21


Memorial SA Prison Papestrasse
In the former barracks of the Prussian Railway Regiment on General-Pape-Straße, one of the earliest concentration camps was commandeered by the SA Feldpolizei (secret military police) from March to December, 1933. The basement chambers, which were used as prison cells, are largely preserved in their original state. As of March 2013, an in-house exhibition documents the history of this SA (Sturm Abteilung) prison. Free public tours every Sunday at 14h. Advance reservation not necessary. They also offer groups special educational goodies such as free information materials.
Werner-Voß-Damm 54 a, Berlin-Schöneberg
Public transport: S Südkreuz, bus M46, 184, 248
Opening hours: Tu-Th + Su 14-18 h
Admission: free
Groups: guided tours for (school) groups, only by reservation


Plötzensee Memorial Center
This memorial center for the victims of National Socialism from Germany and abroad is a place of silent contemplation. Between 1933 and 1945, almost 3000 people were executed here after being unjustly sentenced by the Nazi judicial system. An information terminal informs about victims‘ fate and biography.
Hüttigpfad, Berlin-Charlottenburg
Public transport: bus TXL, 123
Opening hours: Mar-Oct daily 9-17, Nov-Feb -16 h
Admission: free
Groups: It is a place of silence, therefore no guided tours.


Silent Heroes Memorial Center
The Silent Heroes Memorial Center was inaugurated in November 2008 and it commemorates individuals who helped persecuted Jews during the National Socialist dictatorship.
Rosenthaler Str. 39, Berlin-Mitte
Public transport: S Hackescher Markt, U7 Weinmeister Str., tram M1, M4, M5, M6
Opening hours: daily 10-20 h (not 24.12.)
Admission: free
Groups: guided tours for groups, max. 30 pers., only by reservation


Track 17
Since January 1998, next to the urban train station (S-Bhf) Grunewald, there is the central memorial of the Deutsche Bahn which commemorates the deportation of Jewish citizens from Berlin. It was in 1941 that the systematic deportation of Jewish citizens of Berlin began. Until 1945, more than 55,696 people would be brought from this station to East European ghettos (Lodz, Riga, Warsaw) and later to the extermination camps Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen and Theresienstadt. The center of the memorial consists of 186 objects cast in steel that are placed beside the old platform 17, from which most of the deportation trains departed. Engraved are the date of the deportation, the number of people deported, the point of departure in Berlin and the destination. The vegetation between the rails stands symbolically for a platform from which a train will never depart again.
Am Bahnhof Grunewald, Berlin-Grunewald
Public transport: S Grunewald, bus M19
Opening hours: 24/7/365
Admission: free


Museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind
The exhibition “Blind Confidence - Hidden at Hackescher Markt” shows three rooms of Otto Weidt’s former Workshop for the Blind. During the Nazi era, deaf and blind Jews and non-Jews worked here under the protection of the brush manufacturer Otto Weidt, producing brushes and brooms that were officially recognized as “essential for the war effort”.
Rosenthaler Str. 39, Berlin-Mitte
Public transport: S Hackescher Markt, tram M1, M4, M5, M6
Opening hours: daily 10-20 h
Admission: free
Groups: free guided tours for groups, reservation required, email: fuehrungen@museum-blindenwerkstatt.de


Places of Jewish Life in Berlin
Who were these people who defined themselves as Jews based on their religion and cultural tradition? Where did they live and work, these people who were branded as „Jews“ by the national socialists? How did they fight to survive during times of intense persecution? Media computer scientists and historians of the Beuth Hochschule developed this multimedia app (Android/iOS) which depicts these places of Jewish influence dating back to 1933.


Soviet War Memorial
Memorial in the middle of Treptow Park for the soldiers of the “Great Patriotic War” who died in 1945 in the battle for Berlin - an important example of Stalinist art in Berlin. It is also a graveyard for 5,000 Soviet soldiers.
Treptower Park, Berlin-Treptow
Public transport: S Treptower Park, bus 166, 265, 365


Stolpersteine
The 10x10 cm brass plated stones that bear the individual names and respective information of holocaust victims are strewn throughout the Berliner cobblestone paved landscape, always indicating their final, freely chosen place of residence. Since germinating from the artist Gunter Demnig, it has resonated so well that there are now 47,000 stones in roughly 900 cities.
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