The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church) is an indispensable part of Berlin. In 1895, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche was consecrated and is now ruin, memorial and museum in one. At that time, beautiful mosaics of Kaiser Wilhelm I were processed, which you can still visit in the Memorial Hall of the Old Church today.
In 1943, the church was destroyed in a bombing raid on Berlin by the Allies and never rebuilt since then. Quite the contrary; you can count yourselves lucky to see the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche as it is, because actually it was supposed to be teared down to give way to a new building. Thanks to the persistent protests of the Berliners, the transaction could be modified so that the ruin could be integrated in the new building.
The 1961 consecrated new building consists of four building structures and is in the midst of the tumultuous city of Berlin a place of stillness and prayer. The New Church is world-famous for its blue glass walls and if you go inside the church, you will feel a warm and indescribable feeling of peace and tranquillity. Indescribable as said.
The interesting and exciting combination of historic Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche and modern architecture can be visited. You can join one of the daily guided tours of the Memorial Hall in the Old Tower and the New Church. On Sundays, you can visit the Karl-Schuke-Organ with its 5.100 pipes on a guided tour. These tours are free of charge.
Because the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche is primarily a Protestant church, services take place, of course. During the week, short services take place three times a day and on Sundays at 10 am as well as at 6 pm.
After a wonderful breakfast in our hotel, you are well prepared for an eventful day in Berlin. If you have visited the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, then it is definitely worth to stroll along the Tauentzienstraße and the Kurfürstendamm. I just say: shopping, shopping, and shopping.
Have fun in Berlin!