The Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church) on Kurfürstendamm is the most famous landmark in the western city centre and one of Berlin’s most important churches.
The church was built by Franz Schwechten between 1891 and 1895, with bells that were the second biggest in Germany at the time. When the church was inaugurated, the five bells rang so loud that the wolves in the zoo started howling. Sadly the structure was severely damaged during the Second World War and the bells were melted down for munitions. Today, it’s our memorial against war and destruction symbolized by the damaged tower. But, as much as we respect our history, we also look to the future and celebrate the freedom we have today. That’s why several events are planned in and around the church which reflect modern times. Like one of our favourites, the In Spirit Series in summer, where well-known jazz musicians play during a summer night jazz experience.