"The Kaiser Wilhelm Church" Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtniskirche Tip by Tom_Fields

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtniskirche, Berlin: 119 reviews and 224 photos

  Kaiser-Wilhelm Church
by Tom_Fields

The Kurfurstendamm, or K-Damm, is one of the liveliest streets in Europe. This is where Berliners go for a good time. But standing in the middle is the remnant of the Kaiser Wilhelm Church.

Built in 1895 to honor Kaiser Wilhelm I, it was nearly destroyed by heavy Allied bombing in World War II. After the war, most of Berlin was rebuilt. But this church was left in its burned out condition as a reminder of those days. Egon Eiermann, an architect from Karlsruhe, designed the new church that stands beside the old one. It has 20,000 pre-fabricated concrete units, with windows from Chartres, France. Completed in 1961, it's been nicknamed the "Compact and Lipstick" by locals. The old wrecked church is nicknamed the "Hollow Tooth." After the Brandenburg Gate, this is one of the city's best-known landmarks.

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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  • Written Feb 27, 2009
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