Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
4.5
09:00 - 19:00
Monday
09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 19:00
Thursday
09:00 - 19:00
Friday
09:00 - 19:00
Saturday
09:00 - 19:00
Sunday
09:00 - 19:00
About
The ruins of this famous landmark, damaged during World War II bombings, serve as a symbol of the destruction of war.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Charlottenburg
Breathe in Berlin’s royal past while walking through the gardens of beautiful Charlottenburg Palace, which lends its name to this well-heeled neighbourhood. Here you'll find some of the oldest homes in the city: upper-class apartment buildings with ornate facades and marble-floored foyers line the cobblestone streets. Stroll by sophisticated restaurants, through little parks, or around Lake Lietzensee. Window shop down Kurfürstendamm, the most renowned high-end shopping street in Berlin, where you can find all the big designer names. In the evening, visit one of the old theatres close by Zoo Station which were nightlife hot spots in the 1920s, or dine in one of the many international restaurants around Savignyplatz before heading to other parts of town for a night out.
How to get there
  • Kurfürstendamm • 5 min walk
  • Zoologischer Garten • 5 min walk
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craice
Hockley, UK356 contributions
Nice on the outside
Nov 2021 • Friends
Came to Berlin for a couple of days sightseeing. Wanted to go to the church to have a look around and found it closed to members of the public due to it being used as a COVID test centre.
Disappointed 😢
Written 19 November 2021
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MariaF
Lochem, The Netherlands98 contributions
COVID testing center
Nov 2021 • Couples
Such a shame that this is the venue being used as a COVID testing site. There is a nearby cabin for COVID testing, we don't understand why this needed to have been used as well.
Written 3 November 2021
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Bwyd
Jersey, UK232 contributions
Badly Organised
Oct 2021
We walked across part of the city in the rain to see this old church. Only to find it was being used as a Covid Testing Centre. Very kindly we were allowed a quick look at the ornate ceiling in the area being used as a test centre. However we had planned to spend some time there.

Why use this historic building as a Test Centre? Close by there were a number of "builders portacabins", with plenty of space for more portacabins. Within a short distance there were one or two empty shops that could easily have become a temporary testing centre.

Badly organised, with little thought for the many tourists who have only one opportunity to visit the church. Poor.

Things will change no doubt and in the interim best to call them on 02 18 50 23 to check whether they are open for visitors. They do speak English.
Written 21 October 2021
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Carrie G
6 contributions
Stunning Not to be missed.
Oct 2021 • Friends
An absolute must see! The church is currently a Covid testing site so no tours. If you peek inside the doors you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful mosaic ceiling. Hopeful to return when site is fully open to the public.
Written 16 October 2021
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245olegv
Madrid, Spain2,685 contributions
A remarkable monument of the WWII calamities.
Sep 2021 • Couples
This Church is a remarkable monument to the calamities of the WWII. It was destroyed during the bombing of Berlin and it was reconstructed leaving the signs of destruction. These days it is used for PCR tests (what times we live!!!).
Written 19 September 2021
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petra106
Brno, Czech Republic13 contributions
Must see
Aug 2021
This church will surprise you by the interior and unique atmosphere. The exterior is very interesting too, you can check the old church from the near.
Written 6 August 2021
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland21,408 contributions
West Berlin's most famous landmark
Jul 2021
This ruined church on Breitscheidplatz is a striking landmark and a memorial against war and destruction.

The neo-Romanesque style church was completed in 1895 by Emperor Wilhelm II in memory of his grandfather Wilhelm I.

The church was destroyed in the air bombing of World War II in 1943. The main tower (originally 113 meters high) was left upright, as a memorial to the devastation of the war. Next to it, a new church with a belfry was completed in 1961.

The new church building has an octagonal shape. The walls are made of frosted glass panes throughout.
Written 3 August 2021
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Bidule05
France641 contributions
Isabelle (France)
Sep 2020
Near Kufürstendamm we saw the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which was built by King William II in 1895.
We learned that on November 23, 1943, it was extensively damaged during an allied air raid; only the spiers and the entrance hall survived. The church tower has not been restored to memory. It's a war memorial and a striking reminder to Berliners of the horrors of war. Between 1959 and 1961, a new church was built by the architect Egon Eiermann, who incorporated the ruins in his design for the new church, consisting of concrete honeycomb elements with stained glass inlays.
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is the emblematic center of West Berlin and a very fine anti-war memorial to peace and reconciliation We were moved to learn that Berliners call the church “der hole Zahn”, which means “the hollow tooth” because of the look of the damaged main spire.
At night, the steeple and the ruined nave of the old church are illuminated, the spectacle is magnificent !!!
Written 26 May 2021
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Hooray H
London, UK2,254 contributions
Lovely old chuch
Jul 2020
A very impressive old Church or what's left of it. Shame that it was bombed but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
I didn't particularly like the modern additions.
Anyway, we walked past it several times & it added flavour to the otherwise post modern skyline.
Written 29 November 2020
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Julie C
Kent, UK374 contributions
Beautiful
Oct 2020
We went here thinking it was just the derelict part, so we’re pleasantly surprised when we found the newer part.
The inside of this is beautiful - the way the blue light shines is glorious.
We didn’t stay for a service, just visited, but would highly recommend going and spending some time in there.
Written 5 November 2020
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