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The site of the Nazi bookburning on May 10, 1933 now houses a memorial to that event: a below-ground room lined with empty bookcases, which you see through a window set in the pavement.
Bebelplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Mitte (Borough)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a moving experience, it’s an underground room with empty bookcases. There is a plaque which roughly translates to “where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people as well”. These were words written by Heinrich Heine in 1820.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are walking down the Unter den Linden then do step into the square, given the historic significance of the book burning. The memorial itself was a window set in the floor at the centre of the square but the window was steamed up...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bebelplatz is a square in Mitte. It is mostly known as the location of the Book Burning Memorial, commemorating the Nazi book burning ceremonies of 1933 in many German cities. Around 20,000 books were burned. The memorial was designed by Micha Ullman. It is a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

Site of the burning of books that kicked off the rise of the Nazi party. It is a good starting point for a walking turn around the Unter den Linden

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 7itamar7
Reviewed October 21, 2018

This square is where the Nazi German Student Union organised a book burning of authors considered decadent. There are interesting buildings in the area to note.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Here during WWII the Nazi's burnt about 25,000 books thought to be dangerous for the Third Reich. In fact there is a glass square you can look down into and see empty bookcases to remember the event. There is a also a plaque with the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

If you’re not a History lover, however have watched Indiana Jones or any documentaries that show the Nazi Party adepts burning around twenty thousands books, that’s the famous square. Today’s beauty surpasses the dark days a million! Emotional monument underneath and significant quotes at the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank naiadepro
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Bebelplatz is located along Unter den Linden opposite the Humboldt University. It is known as the location of the book burning by the Nazis in the 1930s. The square itself is nice enough but isn't remarkable of itself.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KGB777
Reviewed September 8, 2018

The peer houses the library at one end, the university at another and a museum on another. Quite a big peer which makes for stunning shots. Can be quite overwhelming. Good for a short 10-15 minute stop

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank TheWanderingHat
Reviewed September 7, 2018

I passed through Bebelplatz after visiting Gendarmenmarkt during my visit to Berlin in August 2018 and early September 2018. Bebelplatz is surrounded by many beautiful buildings and leads out to Unter den Linden. Bebelplatz is known in history as the site of the Nazi book...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Feedback on Itinerary (4 Replies)
My son (19) and I are in Berlin May 27-30 (half day on 5/27, full days on 5/28 and 5/29. What do you think of this itinerary??? Day 5 – Berlin (Monday May 27) 12 Arrive at Airport 1:30 Arrive at Hotel 2:30 TV Tower – view of Berlin 4:00-8:30 Fat Bike Tire Tour (We will drive by/see: - Checkpoint Charlie - Berlin wall (Niederkirchnerstrasse) - Hitlers Bunker - Topography of Terror - Luftwaffe Ministry - Brandenburg Gate - Victory Column/Soviet War Memorial - Reichstag - Museum...More
May 19, 2013|
Response fromthmoore|
I'd suggest the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse rather than the East Side Gallery
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One Day In Berlin in September! (12 Replies)
My daughter and I will be in Berlin for only 7 hours and would like to see as much as possible. (We are "WALKERS!") We arrive by train at 11 AM and leave at 6 PM. Are considering one of the free walking tours (from 1 PM - 4:30 PM). Tour meets at Branderberg Gate. Goes to: Pariser Platz The Brandenburg Gate The Reichstag The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe The Site of Hitler’s Former Bunker Luftwaffe HQ The 17. June Memorial The Berlin Wall The Former SS...More
March 12, 2013|
Response fromBornheimgirl|
Why the "free" tours rather than one of the higher quality walking tours available? You are expected to tip the guide who may simply be working from a prepared script, rather than any personal knowledge of the places you stop. The guides also have to pay the company a fee for every single person that starts their tour, so, the pressure is put on you to tip and tip well. Try Insider Tours or Original Berlin Walks instead. Their guides are professionals and your tour will reflect this....More
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Your opinion on my 5 day Berlin itinerary ;-) (7 Replies)
march,9 (sunday) · Checkpoint Charlie (30minutes) · Gendermenmarkt (1h) · Unter den Linden (1h) · Holocaust Memorial (01:30) · Brandenburger Tor (45) · Reichtag (1h) · Natural History Museum (01:30) closes at 18h. march, 10 (monday) · Kunsmarkt Strasse 17junni (1h) · Tiergarten (1h) · Gemaldegalerie (2h) · Neue National Gallery (01:30) · Filmmuseun (worthy for a 1st time tourist?) · Potsdamer Platz (30min) · Topography of terror (worthy for a 1st time tourist?) march 11th...More
February 22, 2014|
Response fromthmoore|
I think you would be far better taking a Walking Tour on your first morning (several are recommended in the Thngs to Do link in the green bar at the top - from this link go to 'activities' for choices) You will see many of these places on a tour and you can then go back (with some idea of where they are in relation to each other / how to get there) if you wish to spend more time there. If you wish to go inside the Resichstag you need to book a tour in advance (highly recommended) thought you...More