Military memorials and cemeteries in Berlin

Soviet War Memorial (Tiergarten)

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The Soviet War Memorial (Tiergarten) is one of several war memorials in Berlin, capital city of Germany, erected by the Soviet Union to commemorate its war dead, particularly the 80,000 soldiers of the Soviet Armed Forces who died during the Battle of Berlin in April and May 1945.

The memorial is located in the Tiergarten, a large public park to the west of the city centre, on the north side of the Strasse des 17 Juni (June 17th Street), the major east-west thoroughfare running from the Brandenburg Gate to the Siegessäule (Victory Column).

History

This memorial was erected in 1945, within a few months of the capture of the city. Early photographs show the memorial standing in a wilderness of ruins, the Tiergarten having been destroyed by incendiary bombs and then stripped of timber for firewood during the last months of the war. Today, it is surrounded by the extensive woodlands of the reconstituted Tiergarten. Although the memorial stood in the British sector of Berlin, its construction was supported by all the Allied powers. Throughout the Cold War, Soviet Guards were present at the memorial, sent out and changed regularly by Soviet occupying forces troops in the Soviet sector.

Design

The memorial, built from stonework taken from the destroyed Reich Chancellery, takes the form of a curved stoa topped by a large statue of a Soviet soldier. It is set in landscaped gardens and flanked by two Red Army ML-20 152mm gun-howitzer artillery pieces and two T-34 tanks. Behind the memorial is an outdoor museum showing photographs of the memorial's construction and giving a guide to other memorials in the Berlin area. A large Cyrillic inscription is written underneath the soldier statue, which is translated as "Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in battle with the German fascist occupiers for the freedom and independence of the Soviet Union". The Soviets built the statue with the soldier's arm in a position to symbolize the Red Army's putting down of the German National Socialist state.

The memorial was designed by architect Mikhail Gorvits with the monument of the Soviet soldier by sculptors Vladimir Tsigal and Lev Kerbel.

The memorial today

The memorial is still a site of active commemoration. On the anniversary of VE Day, (8 May), wreath-laying ceremonies are held at the memorial. It is a site of pilgrimage for war veterans from the countries of the former Soviet Union. It is also a popular tourist attraction, since it is much closer to the centre of the city than the larger Soviet war memorial at Treptower Park. The memorial is maintained by the City of Berlin.

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Tor Rauden Källstigen
18 March 2012

Let the view blow your mind.

Emre K
21 March 2016

Russia (USSR) was here!

Moritz Dorn
7 April 2015

Enjoy the view

Ieva G
31 December 2014

Make sure to visit the memorial in Treptower Park as well if you liked this

Enrique Gutiérrez Arzate
16 December 2014

Just enjoy the view... Fly

J. I.G.
19 November 2014

Short walk from Brandenburger Tor

Davin Chua
10 November 2013

It's just near the Brandenburg Tor, so might just walk over to have a visit

Yana Di
9 May 2013

Вечная слава героям…

Natalia Titova
23 May 2013

Сюда надо брать цветы. Очень трогает, что памятник советским солдатам в таком прекрасном состоянии и в Берлине. Хорошее место.

Svetlana Kolosova
9 May 2013

Два шага от рейхстага

Artem Kh
9 May 2013

С днем победы!!!! Уррраааааааа!!!!

Vasiliy Grachev
8 November 2015

Слава советским войнам - освободителям

F H
20 March 2013

Geschichtsträchtiger Ort unweit Brandenburger Tor - auch abends einen fotografischen besuch wert!

Jonathan Fernandez
8 April 2012

IMPRESIONANTE! Más de 5.000 soldados aquí enterrados. Al final hay una estatua de un soldado que sostiene a una niña en un brazo, en la otra mano una espada y bajo el pie destruye una esvástica nazi.

Şakir Çakın
28 May 2017

Sovyetler anıtı. Berlin Kapısına çok yakın. Görülebilir. Eski tank ve silahlar var.

Victoria Zhiganova
3 May 2017

Случайно нашли! Находится возле ворот!

Carlos da Silveira
7 September 2015

Me impresionaron las frescas rosas rojas por montones a los pies del monumento 🌹

Andreas Mozer
7 August 2015

Sehr beeindruckendes Bauwerk mit zwei echten Panzern und einer Haubitze.

Olga Stieben
22 April 2015

Вечная память героям! На этом монумент можно лицезреть легендарный Т-34. Также это место захоронения 2000 солдат.

Vladimir Popov
13 May 2014

Давно хотел побывать именно на этом месте. Вечная память и слава Героям!

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Straße des 17. Juni 4, 10557 Berlin, Germany

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Fri-Sat 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
Mon-Wed 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
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