Originally erected in 1818 to a classically-inspired design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel as a guardhouse for the imperial palace, since 1993 this compact building has housed a small, but extremely powerful war cenotaph, the Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany, continuing its use under East German rule as the primary 'Memorial to the Victims of Fascism and Militarism'

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Neue Wache, Berlin

Originally erected in 1818 to a classically-inspired design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel as a guardhouse for the imperial palace, since 1993 this compact building has housed a small, but extremely powerful war cenotaph, the Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany, continuing its use under East German rule as the primary 'Memorial to the Victims of Fascism and Militarism'.

Originally erected in 1818 to a classically-inspired design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel as a guardhouse for the imperial palace, since 1993 this compact building has housed a small, but extremely powerful war cenotaph, the Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany, continuing its use under East German rule as the primary 'Memorial to the Victims of Fascism and Militarism'. The interior of the Doric column-fronted building is intentionally empty, but for a small but moving sculpture by Käthe Kollwitz depicting a mother cradling a dead child. The statue is positioned beneath a round hole in the ceiling, exposing the figures to the rain and snow.


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About Neue Wache

 Unter den Linden, Berlin, Germany

 +49 30 250025

 www.berlin.de

Neue Wache and Nearby Sights on Map

The Bebelplatz

Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels made Bebelplatz (then called Opernplatz) infamous on 10th May 1933, when he used the square across from Humboldt University to burn 20,000 books by 'immoral' authors of whom the Nazis did not approve

Deutsches Historisches Museum

German historical museum covering everything from pre-history right up to the present day

St.-Hedwigs-Kathedrale

St

Pergamon Museum

The Pergamon Museum is partially closed for renovation until 2019

Museumsinsel

Neues Museum

The Neues Museum or New Museum on Berlin’s Museuminsel stands as a monument to 19th century art appreciation, museum design and technological innovation

Deutsche Guggenheim

Compared to New York, Bilbao and Venice, it is a relatively small exhibition place

Altes Museum

The Altes Museum or Old Museum is on Berlin's Museum Island, and showcases the Antikensammlung or Collection of Classical Antiquities of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin with its works of Greek, Roman and Etruscan art

Bode Museum

The Bode Museum on Berlin’s Museuminsel houses the Skulpturensammlung und Museum fur Byzantine Kunst (Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art) as well as part of the Munzkabinett numismatic collection

Alte Nationalgalerie

The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) on Berlin’s Museum Island is a part of the Berlin National Gallery, displaying artwork mainly from the 19th century, ranging from the idealism of early Neoclassicism and Romanticism to the great European movements of Impressionism and Symbolism, including Biedermeier and early Modernism