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Neue Wache

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Address: Berlin, Germany
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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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Lost for words.

So simple, so robust, so impressive. Standing here, with our tour guide telling us a little more about the statue and it's backstory, I was lost for words for a little bit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So simple, so robust, so impressive. Standing here, with our tour guide telling us a little more about the statue and it's backstory, I was lost for words for a little bit. Recommend!

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Chester-le-Street, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Thought provoking. Lighting and rain will help the image come to life.

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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A truly special place, on the busy Inter Den Linden, but once inside the silence is deafening, a fitting monument to all the victims of war.

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Neue Wache is quite special as it's in fact an empty building with a gate in front. Inside the open space an oversized pieta is sitting, holding her dead son. On a cold day you'll get the chills if you think about the reasons why it was put up here. So on your walk along Unter den Linden to... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Neoclassical Neue Wache , located on the north side of Unter den Linden, is worth a visit while strolling down the boulevard. Originally built as a guardhouse for King Frederick William III of Prussia's royal palace (which was just across the road), it is now a memorial for the victims of war and tyranny. In the memorial's center, beneath... More 

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Hudson, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In a small building along the Unter den Linden near the University and German historical Museum, it is easy to overlook this touching memorial. A former guardhouse for the Emperor, it stands as alone, open to the sky. Inside there is simply the statue of a mother cradling her dead son. It serves as the tomb of Germany's unknown soldier... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Neue Wache is a Neo-Classical building located beside the German Historical Museum and near Museum Island on Unter den Linden. This building was designed by German architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1816 and was originally a guard house for troops of the Crown Prince of Prussia. During the 20th century it served as a war memorial. Since the Unification of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel a famous german architect. And have been used as a guardhouse in early days. Today it is a memorial for the Victims of War with a sculpture of Käthe Kollwitz, Mother with her Dead Son. Regard it as a must-see.

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Wimborne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Visited as part of a Berlin Walking Tour and had it not been for our excellent guide would probably have walked past on our way to Brandenburg Gate. Take time to read the descriptive plaque.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

On looking at the outside of this building you would not guess at what it contains.Inside the atmosphere demands respect and solemn reflection. It is a very sobering , moving monument.

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