Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
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The ruins of this famous landmark, damaged during World War II bombings, serve as a symbol of the destruction of war.
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Neighborhood: Charlottenburg
Breathe in Berlin’s royal past while walking through the gardens of beautiful Charlottenburg Palace, which lends its name to this well-heeled neighborhood. 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 theaters 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 • 5 min walk
  • Zoologischer Garten • 5 min walk
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MrsWYN-R
North Yorkshire, UK2,620 contributions
Was so looking forward to seeing inside the memorial church bombed during WW2, unfortunately closed as it is being used as a Covid testing centre - so disappointed, the sign of current times.

The chuch remains are a symbol of Berlin and WW2 history, the remains of the building are quite stricking and photogenic. A new church built next door depicts both new and old and modern day. Inside the new church is beautiful particularly the blue glass shining through the chapel in the sunshine.
Written May 24, 2022
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Elisabeth S
Geelong, Australia6 contributions
Solo
Visiting this beautiful church is a reminder to all of the futility of war. Whilst I do not practice a faith, this landmark building speaks to both the very worst and the very best of human behaviour. It must have been a glorious building before the war. In its current state, it has been made safe but it retains a special beauty in its imperfect state.
Written July 20, 2022
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Carrie G
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An absolute must see! The church is currently a Covid testing site so no tours. If you peek inside the doors you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful mosaic ceiling. Hopeful to return when site is fully open to the public.
Written October 16, 2021
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Bidule05
France1,274 contributions
Near Kufürstendamm we saw the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which was built by King William II in 1895.
We learned that on November 23, 1943, it was extensively damaged during an allied air raid; only the spiers and the entrance hall survived. The church tower has not been restored to memory. It's a war memorial and a striking reminder to Berliners of the horrors of war. Between 1959 and 1961, a new church was built by the architect Egon Eiermann, who incorporated the ruins in his design for the new church, consisting of concrete honeycomb elements with stained glass inlays.
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is the emblematic center of West Berlin and a very fine anti-war memorial to peace and reconciliation We were moved to learn that Berliners call the church “der hole Zahn”, which means “the hollow tooth” because of the look of the damaged main spire.
At night, the steeple and the ruined nave of the old church are illuminated, the spectacle is magnificent !!!
Written May 26, 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,084 contributions
Before the Germany reunification this famous Church was the most famous landmark of ex west Berlin along with the Reichstag. I am so glad they left it that way to remind and warn people on war horrors.
The Church stands in the very center of ex west Berlin, at the beginning of the famous Kudamm st., and by the Berlin Zoo and Zoo Bahnhof (older generations probably remember the (in)famous movie about it).
The original Church (the ruined one you see today) was built at the end of 19c on orders of the last Prussian emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, hence its name. It was damaged during one of many bombings of Berlin, but not at the end of the war, but in 1943 - since then it stands like this. Still, you can enter it, and moreover I recommend it to see the memorial inside with remaining mosaic and frescoes and also learn about the history of both, the old and the new Church on the plaques displayed.
After the WWII there was a competition for building the new Church. A very modern conception of the new Church won - on the west side from the original ruined is the new Church - octagonal in shape, while on the east side is the new bell tower hexagonal in shape. Both of them are built in honeycomb style concrete with thousands inlayed stained glass.
Personally, I don't like the exterior at all. But, contrary to that, due to those thousands inlayed stained glass, the interior is astonishing, so please go in.
We were also lucky to be there during the Mass, which just added to the sublime atmosphere.
Written April 5, 2020
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Clogs
Warsaw, Poland2,945 contributions
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Impressive spot, two churches standing side by side, one serving as a reminder of what was, the other a new shiny tribute to higher powers, done in colourful mosaic. On the steps of the new church there is a memorial of the terrorist attack of 19.12.16, where 12 people were killed. The memorial consists of rmthe names of the victims inscribed on the steps, combined with a gold coloured rivulet streaming down and away from the steps. Unforgettable.
Written September 9, 2020
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1girl_1passport
Vancouver, Canada1,038 contributions
This is another free attraction you can see in Berlin. This was such a unique church with the part of the old building and new one next door. The old part of the church is a very sad reminded of the cost of war and how much history we have lost not just in Berlin but all over the world. Stunning mosaics and lots of old photos of the church before the bombing.
The new part of the church is stunning with the blue stain-glass. We were very lucky to get a chance to listen to the organs play when we were there. This is a must see stop.
Written February 7, 2020
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Yorkterrier01
York, UK2,600 contributions
This church was significantly destroyed in World War 2 with only the tower remaining. However, inside this is a wonderful mosaic ceiling.

Next to the tower is a new octagonal church with a hexagonal tower next to it (covered in scaffold whilst I was there). The modern church is wonderful inside and a lovely shade of blue
Written April 23, 2020
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,924 contributions
My wife, son, daughter and I visited the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in December 2019. I had visited here in August 2018. There are a lot of history and artifacts inside the ruins of the original church. We also stopped into the new church which is located across from the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Very close to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was a lively Christmas market.
Written February 13, 2020
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You can visit the ruins of the old church left as a memorial.

Opposite is the new church which looks plain from the outside but inside the blue tiles are beautiful. Look for the Stalingrad Madonna at the back. Very moving for the history behind it.
Written April 7, 2020
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