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

Open Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Category: Churches Landmarks & Historical Buildings

Address: Breitscheidplatz 1
10789 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 2185023

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 77 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating What could I possibly say that hasn't already been said? If you've never visited, then make it part of your first or second trip to Berlin. Definitely do... Read More

John H. Jul-24-2022

5 Star Rating The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is over 100 years old. The church was heavy damaged in 1943 during a bombing during World War II. The newer addition that... Read More

Robyn P. Jul-11-2022

4 Star Rating Called "the hollow tooth" the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a Protestant church on the Kurfürstendamm in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz. Badly... Read More

Michael U. Aug-12-2022

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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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Vblogger takes you on a tour of the Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church including the interior exhibit and the new structures.

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