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“If you are interested in JFK come here”
Review of Schoneberg Rathaus

Schoneberg Rathaus
Ranked #272 of 825 things to do in Berlin
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Owner description: Once city hall for West Berlin, this building's most striking feature is its 230-foot clock tower and its Liberty Bell replica, a gift from America in 1949.
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“If you are interested in JFK come here”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

Made the trip to the Schoneberg Rathaus from the centre of Berlin. Its not too far & easy to find once you get out of the station. The building itself is quite impressive, and there is a commemerative plaque on the front to JFK. As we visited only a short time after the 50th anniversary of his assassination, there were several wreaths left on the steps. There is what seems to be a restaurant on the front corner of the building, but we weren't entirely sure if it was a staff restaurant, so we chickened out going to get food. Good easy stop off on the fantastic Berlin public transport system.

Visited December 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Definitely a stop to make off U4/U7”
Reviewed 23 January 2013

While you're engrossed in the amazing history of Berlin, don't neglect to visit the historic Rathaus Schoeneberg and plaza. While you're refreshing yourself on--or just learning about--the Marshall Plan and life during wartime (and probably asking yourself, will it ever end?!), read through the text of the speech given by US President Kennedy here. There are also several architectural features to enjoy.

Visited February 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“JFK said here:" ICH BIN EIN BERLINER"”
Reviewed 26 August 2012

This is the most impressive of Berlin's TOWN HALLS was the hub of WEST BERLIN during the days of the Berlin Wall. Schoenberg Borough is one of the most attractive and colourful residential parts of centre of the City full of Galleries, super-restaurants and markets.

Visited May 2012
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“right pictures, mixed cutlines of 2 townhalls”
Reviewed 2 August 2012

great photos of the Schoeneberg townhall; however, the other pictures show the so-called red townhall which is located in former East Berlin.

Visited September 2011
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“very moving to see the place where JFK made his famous speech”
Reviewed 22 August 2011

The building is quite good to look at, completed in 1914. You can still see the scars of many bullet holes. The Americans donated a bell, nicknamed the “freedom bell”, in 1950, which I understand was rang every day while the Berlin wall existed, which is just short of 30 years. When the wall went up, the West-Berliners were really concerned about whether they would be deserted, as they were essentially cut off from the rest of West Germany. They were in effect living in an exclave of capitalist life, surrounded by Communists who clearly didn’t want them to be there.
JFK’s visit was understandably, of extreme importance! So, when he addressed the crowds and declared “Ich bin ein Berliner”, he was hoping to reassure them of the continued support of the US. Around 450,000 people attended the event.
Very moving to see the building, the plaque on the wall, and the FRESH rose expressing gratitude!

Visited August 2011
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