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Neue Wache

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Address: Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: +49 30 25002333
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This guardhouse, built in Neoclassical style, was a center for East German...

This guardhouse, built in Neoclassical style, was a center for East German soldiers during the Cold War and now serves as a memorial for war victims.

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sobering ... now a memorial for "Victims of War & Tyranny"

Neo-classic building built in 1816 as a guard house for the Prussian military. Designated as a war memorial for dead of any conflict in 1931 and re-designated in 1993 to its... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Weilerbach, Germany
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Weilerbach, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Neo-classic building built in 1816 as a guard house for the Prussian military. Designated as a war memorial for dead of any conflict in 1931 and re-designated in 1993 to its current subject. I love the details on the portico and the statue of mother and son inside under the skylight.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Without knowing so surely this memorial has been used in various forms of symbolic reflection ... Today it seems a tribute to all those who for signs of suffering during the two world wars. An equally beautiful as unpleasant feature of everyday life outside on the street ...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

There's a lot of history in this building, and it's quite interesting to walk inside. Certainly worth a visit.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Neue Watch means new Guard House and dates from 1816 when the New Guard House was constructed for William the Third of Prussia. It was then dedicated as a war memorial in1931. With reunification the location was rededicated in 1993. The statue depicts a mother and dead son. Our tour took us here for a picture opportunity. No disrespect intended... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We stopped here as part of our Berlin city walking tour. Tourists were very respectful when we visited. Our guide shared information before we went in. Please allow about 5 minutes. Good photo opportunities inside and out.

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Odense, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I have been going to Berlin on a regular basis ever since 1990. The amount of not caring-tourists start to worry me immencely. such as in this extremly important, touching must see-place. Go there. Learn the history. Remember the victims. But do so quietly - and keep your bloody selfiestick out of there!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This was one of the stops on our tour. This is a nice statue which sits all by itself in the center of the only room in the building. There is no charge to enter this historic building.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Neue Wache is a former classical styled gate house building containing the sculpture of a mother holding her dead son. An open orifice above the statue allows the varying weather to enter the building and fall upon the statue. It is a place of remembrance for the victims of war and tyranny and both the sculpture and building are equally... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

This is a small, elegant building which formerly served as a gatehouse. Now, the building is empty save a pieta-like statue of a mother cradling her dead son. This is a memorial for the victims of war and dictatorship.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A memorial which is simple but says so much. A mother holding her dead son - a reminder of the terrible price of war in the same way Spielberg illustrated the same tragedy in 'Saving Private Ryan'

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Mitte
The centre of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island. The central location makes this one of the city's most expensive places to live. It is here the oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence of some significant transformations, as well. The gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given way to an international crowd pursuing fashionable designer clothes, the newest food trends and frequenting the many craft shops. Graphic designers have taken up residence in what used to be backyard barns and stables. There are still vestiges of the old days, however. The occasional housing complex is a reminder of the neighbourhood’s past. And if you look carefully, an old 1920s ball house nestled amongst the art galleries and exhibitions of Auguststrasse can still teach you how to dance the old fashioned way.
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