Memorial Church, Berlin

Memorial Church

The memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche) belongs to the standard program, sights of every Berlin tourist! The history of the city is closely interwoven with the history of the church and the building is still a landmark of the federal capital Berlin.

Built in honor of Emperor Wilhelm I

The church was built in honor of Emperor Wilhelm I. The name is therefore actually the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Thus the foundation stone, the church conceived by the architect Schwechten, was laid in the year 1891 on the birthday of Emperor Wilhelm I. The building was completed and inaugurated 1895.

Bombed out in the 2nd War

In the bombings of the It was, as well as large parts of the city of Berlin, the memorial Church bombed out. Since 23. On November 1943 the Berliners remained only a ruin of the church. After the war, there were reflections on building a new church in the same place.

Reminder Marks

Against the demolition of the old tower, which was measured before the war 113 m, after the destruction of 68 m, many citizens of the capital were clamoring. The protests of the population finally showed an effect. Now the architect Egon Eiermann should integrate the old tower into a new building.

He finally succeeded in keeping the ruins of the old church as a reminder of this terrible time. 1963, the new building with its bluish shimmering interior has been completed-in the immediate vicinity of the Kurfürstendamm.



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Admission / Visit:

  • Free without ticket
  • Monday – Sunday: 9 – 19 a.m.
  • Donations for social purposes, preservation of the structure possible.