"Kaiser-Willhelm-Gedachtniskirche" Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche Tip by smirnofforiginal

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, Berlin: 109 reviews and 198 photos

Just down the road from Bahnof Zoo stand Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtnickirche; a quiet, silent monument surrounded by commercialism, buskers and beggars.

The Neo-Romanesque, Protestant church was designed by Franz Schwechten. Consecrated in 1895 and destroyed by bombs in WWII in 1943. ("interestingly" for me, it was bombed by a friends father who faught (underaged) in WWII before then becoming involved in the Berlin airlifts).

After the war the ruins were removed and what was left, the massive front tower, remains.
At the base of the church you will find the Gedenkhalle (Memorial Hall) and in it is the documentation of the church's history together with original ceiling mosiacs, marble reliefs and other objects from the church. Unfortunately I never managed to get there when it was open but it was still possible to see inside. It remains a building that I am still wishing to explore!

A new church was designed in 1963 by Egon Eirmann and that is the modern, orctagonal blue-glass thing, with free standing bell tower, that is nestled up against the old beauty. In 1963 a new freestanding bell tower was built. Personally, I do not like this octagonal concrete with blue glass addition. To me it looks like an enormous public lavatory... but then again.... what do I know!!!

Address: Breitscheidplatz, Berlin-Charlottenburg
Directions: U-Bahn: Zoologischer Garten
Phone: +49- (0)30- 218 50 23
Website: http://www.gedaechtniskirche.de

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  • Updated Jan 6, 2010
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