Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church
Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church cc licensed photo by Russell Harrison Photography

The Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church is a large active Protestant Church that has retained a portion of the partially ruined old church tower as a constant memorial and reminder of the horrors of war.

The church, named after the the first German Kaiser, Wilhelm I, was planned by his grandson and constructed between 1891 and 1895. The church originally had five towers housing the second largest church bells in Germany, but they were melted for munitions during the war.

During Allied bombing raids in 1943, the church sustained severe damage severing the upper portion of the main spire and collapsing the roof. The allies were not willing to rebuild it after the war, so it remained in ruins for over a decade. If it wasn't for public opposition the remaining ruins would have been completely demolished in the 1950s. Instead, architect Egon Eiermann incorporated the existing ruins into his design for the new church, a modern octogon design with stained glass inlays and a hexagonal tower also with stained glass inlays. The blue light shining through the stained glass windows of the new buildings make them much more impressive from inside than outside except at night when the reverse is true.

In addition to viewing the outside, it's free to go inside the vestibule of the old church where you will see the original intricate mosaics depicting a number of religious scenes. You'll also be presented with a brief history of the church complete with photographs and scale models. Definitely a must see.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: Breitscheidplatz, 10623 Berlin, Germany

Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating Small church and remembrance place. No tickets needed, often outside you can find people selling tickets for upcoming events or (classical) concerts that will take place in this place.
Fingal Grünbauer - 6 months ago

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5 Star Rating What was left was beautiful. Very interesting to see but so sad that it was bombed during the war. A tour is available.
Cathy Yutronkie - 7 months ago

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5 Star Rating There is a great life in this indescribable feeling location
Basel Alkhalaf - 7 months ago

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5 Star Rating The Christmas market was very nicely decorated. The fountain was beautifully decorated. Anyone who needed a Christmas present has certainly found it - we did...
Dani (Mrs Goren) - a month ago

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4 Star Rating large square with the church in the middle of Berlin. A nice big Christmas market in winter. Everything very well secured. Would love to come back.
Torsten Schulz - a month ago

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Directions

How to get to Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church by U-Bahn, S-Bahn

Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Line(s): S3, U1, U2,
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn Station(s): U Kurfürstendamm, U+S Zoologischer Garten

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