Located near the upscale Europa centre, the Neo-Romanesque structure of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church can sometimes be considered something of an eyesore- surrounded as it is by glossy department stores and upmarket retailers. The sharp, broken roof and crumbling façade of the old church certainly stick out from the crowd- the gleaming blue glass of the new church, however, fits right in.
Originally built in 1895 in memory of Germany’s first emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm I, the old church was the only building in the centre of West Germany that avoided bombing in World War II. Consequently, it has been preserved as half ruin in an act of commemoration.
Inside, visitors can view the remarkable murals of the old church, decorated in an iconographic style with striking golds and blues. Read up on the history of the church and its namesake, purchase various church themed gifts, or take tours and presentations. Just next door, the New Church serves its expected purpose, but the Schuke organ with its 5000 pipes, combined with the memorial to the protestant martyrs of the Nazi regime, guarantees a service like no other.
Address: Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Berlin Charlottenburg
Transport: Underground: S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf U9, Bus: Berlin, Breitscheidplatz 100 200, Berlin, Europa-Center (M19 M29 M46 N1 N2 N26 N3), S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf (100 200 N2 245 M45 N9)
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 9-19, Church Services on Sunday at 10 and 18.00
Contact: Tel.: 030 – 2185023 Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: Free Admission
Guided Tours: Mon-Sat 13.15, 14 and 15; Mon, Fri and Sat additionally at 10.15, 11 and 12. (Guided tours by arrangement).