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“JFK said here:" ICH BIN EIN BERLINER"”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Schoneberg Rathaus

Schoneberg Rathaus
Ranked #269 of 806 things to do in Berlin
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Owner description: Once city hall for West Berlin, this building's most striking feature is its 230-foot clock tower and its Liberty Bell replica, a gift from America in 1949.
Berlin, Germany
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“JFK said here:" ICH BIN EIN BERLINER"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is the most impressive of Berlin's TOWN HALLS was the hub of WEST BERLIN during the days of the Berlin Wall. Schoenberg Borough is one of the most attractive and colourful residential parts of centre of the City full of Galleries, super-restaurants and markets.

Visited May 2012
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“right pictures, mixed cutlines of 2 townhalls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

great photos of the Schoeneberg townhall; however, the other pictures show the so-called red townhall which is located in former East Berlin.

Visited September 2011
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“very moving to see the place where JFK made his famous speech”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

The building is quite good to look at, completed in 1914. You can still see the scars of many bullet holes. The Americans donated a bell, nicknamed the “freedom bell”, in 1950, which I understand was rang every day while the Berlin wall existed, which is just short of 30 years. When the wall went up, the West-Berliners were really concerned about whether they would be deserted, as they were essentially cut off from the rest of West Germany. They were in effect living in an exclave of capitalist life, surrounded by Communists who clearly didn’t want them to be there.
JFK’s visit was understandably, of extreme importance! So, when he addressed the crowds and declared “Ich bin ein Berliner”, he was hoping to reassure them of the continued support of the US. Around 450,000 people attended the event.
Very moving to see the building, the plaque on the wall, and the FRESH rose expressing gratitude!

Visited August 2011
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