It took me about four years of living in Berlin to finally see the stunning Soviet War Memorial at Treptower Park. Many people have been telling me about it – most of them being absolutely astonished by the massive impression of the memorial and by the fact that I hadn’t been there yet – and still it took another friend with an inclination to discover the city to do the trip. I live about five minutes a bike ride away from it – never bothered.
Not only is the War Memorial a crucial part Berlins history, it’s also quite a landmark. Next time you wonder what to show your visiting friends and family, skip the tiresome Brandenburger Tor adventure and head over to the Treptower Park. Get some bikes and prepare a picknick on a sunny afternoon, you will not be disappointed. That in mind, I’m always surprised at how much the city has to offer. How endlessly exciting it is to visit even the so-called “sight-seeing” places. I keep thinking this blog will soon hit its last article, and yet – so much more that keeps piling up on the list of things we should probably cover at one point or another.
The Soviet War Memorial was built to commemorate 50.000 soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin during the war in 1945. Although it was opened already four years after the war, it was only finished in the 90s. The memorial is huge, amidst it a very graphic statue. The architecture is somehow very soothing for its elaborate space. Walking through the pathway up to the statue left me feeling like a tiny insect in comparison. What I didn’t know before: the memorial also served as a military cemetery. There are more Soviet War Memorials spread throughout Berlin (there’s a very distinct one in Tiergarten and I believe one in Pankow, but I’m not sure and frankly too lazy to look it up), but I’m sure this one is the most impressive.