Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The ruins of this famous landmark, damaged during World War II bombings, serve as a symbol of the destruction of war.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Charlottenburg
Breathe in Berlin’s royal past while walking through the gardens of beautiful Charlottenburg Palace, which lends its name to this well-heeled neighbourhood. Here you'll find some of the oldest homes in the city: upper-class apartment buildings with ornate facades and marble-floored foyers line the cobblestone streets. Stroll by sophisticated restaurants, through little parks, or around Lake Lietzensee. Window shop down Kurfürstendamm, the most renowned high-end shopping street in Berlin, where you can find all the big designer names. In the evening, visit one of the old theatres close by Zoo Station which were nightlife hot spots in the 1920s, or dine in one of the many international restaurants around Savignyplatz before heading to other parts of town for a night out.
How to get there
  • Kurfürstendamm • 4 min walk
  • Zoologischer Garten • 4 min walk
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4.5
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THINGS2LIVE4
Rocky River, OH2 231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Of all of the church’s that I have seen Worldwide the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is one of the most unique. There is the bombed out (World War 2) remains of the original church. They do this on purpose to remind people of the ravages of war. They also have a new church with beautiful stained glass windows next to the old church. The new church has some of the best stained glass windows that I have ever seen. Check the schedule, they have various performances and actual masses.
Written 19 June 2024
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Janete M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We attended a Berlin Orchestra concert at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Awesome experience. I highly recommend the concert and a visit to this site. Memorable experience. Janete and Bárbara
Written 31 May 2024
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Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Zurich, Switzerland445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
We go to huge trouble to insist upon, celebrate, or even to acknowledge the existence of God.

This site marks three important beliefs - that God exists, that war is futile and that good can come from evil.

It matters not whether you believe any of that, but it is what this important and powerful site declares.

It is important that the original spire and some of the nave of the original 1891 church remains, as a reminder of the futility of war. It was an important psychological moment to make the decision to preserve it as such a memorial.

Probably more important was the decision to build an extraordinary new church and iconic belfry. It was designed by the architect Egon Eiermann ad built between 1959 and 1961, under controversial circumstances, I understand.

The belfry remains shrouded in scaffolding, the church is open, is used daily, for prayer, pilgrimage, events and recitals and is one of the highlights of a visit to Berlin for so many people.

And seek out the subtle and thoughtful memorial to the visitors to the Christmas market who died nearby at the hands of terrorists in 2015. Another reminder of the futility of war.

I wrote recently of the powerful impression that the baroque Cathedrals of the likes of Toldeo and Tours make. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial church is much more subtle in how it declares the existence of God, but no less powerful for that. You just need a more curious ear.

Whether you believe or not, it's still worth a visit.
Written 31 March 2024
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Dianne W
Maidstone, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is an amazing memorial as a symbol of reconciliation. It's all that's left of the big church which was largely destroyed by Allied bombing. Large sections of the original mosaics remain and the cross made from nails from Coventry cathedral is very moving as that church was also bombed so heavily in the war.
Written 23 March 2024
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shackleston
Redcar, UK1 395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It's a great looking building, shows the devastating destruction of war in stark contrast to the beauty of architecture and what can be achieved when we look to create and not destroy. Near a tube and next to a Christmas Market. Not far from the Hard Rock Cafe.
Written 12 March 2024
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Kathinated
Dunfermline, UK790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Partially demolished church, free entry. Displays inside and attractive exterior. In one of the central shopping areas
Written 28 December 2023
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Harrison F. Carter
Auckland, New Zealand12 830 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Was well worth jumping the train to visit... Impressive to see the remainder of the church, and it was especially nice with the Christmas market beneath it.
Written 25 December 2023
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LAW64
Tonbridge, UK1 749 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Interesting to see the old and the new parts - the old has been partially destroyed by bombing and appears to be a building which is in honour of the Kaiser. The new building with the walls of blue glass tiles is quiet and relaxing and has more of a church feel. It would be good to hear a concern here.
Written 13 December 2023
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EODUK
Gillingham, UK643 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Christmas market stalls surround the church so it’s worth taking the time to look inside l, the walls and ceiling have historic murals and the church itself is a reminder of the damage wrought on Berlin in the war. The Christmas market was a great experience for the food and drink along with the atmosphere and lights.
Written 11 December 2023
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tinylass
Sheffield, UK5 796 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Christmas Market was all around the church when we visited and it was all lit up. Worth a visit to see this historic building that was damaged in WWII.
Written 8 December 2023
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