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Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtniskirche, Berlin: 114 reviews and 208 photos

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This old massive red sandstone church or rather its ruins really surprised me. First because it was very high building, second because it looked a little like out of the place - located among modern buildings around, third because it was partly destroyed which made the huge construction somewhat more secret and a little horrible.
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HISTORY
The Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Emperor William Memorial Church) commemorates the life of the first German Kaiser (Emperor) Wilhelm I. The neo-Roman church was built in an ornamental style from 1891–95. Then it was was destroyed in an air raid in 1943. Its ruins were supposed to be demolished to make place for the planned new building in 1956. But thanks to huge, emotional protests of Berliners it was decided to integrate the ruins into the new building.

The church was left and stands till today as a memory of the past, a reminder of the horrors of war for every Berliner. It's a symbol of the city of Berlin, like the Branderburg Gate and Berlin bears.




HOURS:
Church
Daily 9.00 am -7.00 pm

Service (Protestant):
on each Sunday at 10.00 am and 6.00 pm
from June till August additional service in a chapel on each Sunday at 9.00 am

Prayers welcome:
Mon - Fri: 1.00 pm, 5.30 pm, 6.00 pm

Cantata or organvespers concert: on each Saturday at 6.00 pm.

Memorial Hall
Tuesday-Saturday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm



Address: Breitscheidplatz, Berlin-Charlottenburg
Directions: Breitscheidplatz is a square north of the main shopping Boulevard of former West Berlin - Kurfürstendamm.
U-Bahn: Zoologischer Garten (U12, U2, U9) or Kurfürstendamm (U9, U15)
S-bahn: Zoologischer Garten (S3, S5, S7, S75)
Bus: 100, 109, 119, 129, 200.

othercontact: Fax : +49 (30) 217 60 90
Phone: +49 (30) 218 50 23
Website: http://www.gedaechtniskirche.de

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 18, 2004
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