If you want to get a sense of the harrowing, widespread tragedy that took hold of the Jewish community during the Holocaust, pay a visit to Berlin's Holocaust Memorial, aka Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This incredibly powerful memorial, near Brandenburg Gate and the Reichtag, is one of the most important places to see in Berlin. Spend an hour or two in this football field-sized memorial to fully come to grips with the evil that was perpetrated during World War II.
Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, the memorial consists of a seemingly never-ending sea of concrete blocks lined up like coffins on a rolling hill, producing an uneasy feeling. Visitors can walk among the stone blocks for free, and the design lends itself to contemplation. Just what the 2,711 grey slabs symbolise is left up to interpretation, but it's hard not to come away from the memorial feeling moved.
It may be upsetting to immerse yourself in this horrendous part of history, but the Holocaust Memorial is a must-visit when you're in Berlin. Underneath the outdoor section, there's a free museum with even more detailed explanations and stories from World War II. It's open throughout the year but closed on Mondays.
Note: Out of respect, it's recommended that you don't climb up or stand on the concrete blocks.
Throughout the Year
Entry to Holocaust Memorial