Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
A unique memorial against the war and at the same time the undeniable center of West Berlin. In the middle of Breitscheidplatz is the half-destroyed church tower of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The rest of the church was destroyed by bombing during World War II, but instead of demolishing the rest, it was decided to preserve the state after the war.
Right next to it is the modern church building from the 1950s: a flat, octagonal nave and a hexagonal church tower. It is definitely worth going in here, because the countless colored windows bathe the interior in a unique play of colors.
The new center of West Berlin is currently being built around Breitscheidplatz: the redesigned Bikini House, the classic Europacenter and the impressive Waldorf Astoria and Upper West Tower skyscrapers give the place a touch of metropolis that you hardly find anywhere else in Berlin feels.
March 11, 2021
The most famous landmark of West Berlin is the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on Breitscheidplatz. It was badly damaged in the Second World War in 1943. Only the tower ruins remained, which today - meanwhile renovated several times - represent a memorial against war and destruction. The neo-Romanesque Kaiser Wilhelm Church was built between 1891 and 1895 based on designs by Franz Schwechten. The construction of the church was initiated by Kaiser Wilhelm II in order to create a religious memorial in honor of his grandfather Wilhelm I. Franz Schwechten constructed a building in the romantic style with numerous towers, the tower of which, at around 113 meters, was the highest in the city. The interior was also exceptionally magnificent with many mosaics and murals. In November 1943 the Kaiser Wilhelm Church was largely destroyed. In the post-war years, the church ruins became a symbol of Berlin, which had risen from the ruins. In March 1957, the architect Egon Eiermann won a competition with his design, which proposed the complete demolition of the ruin and a completely new building. The question of the whereabouts of the ruin sparked a serious public debate and resulted in a compromise.
September 10, 2017
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