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Neue Wache (Berlin)



Unter den Linden

Subway: Hackescher Markt

Bus: 100, 200, 348

Open: 10am- 6pm daily





Description of Neue Wache

Neue Wache is a war memorial constructed in 1816- 18 after a design of architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. This beautiful neo- Classical building was originally used for the royal guards as their guardhouse, however between 1930 and 1931 government of the Weimar Republic turned it into a monument to honor German soldiers that were killed during World War I. In 1960 it was re- dedicated as the Memorial to the Victims of Fascism and Militarism to fit politically correct nature of its time upon its reconstruction. Apparently it wasn't enough so after last restoration of 1993 it was re- dedicated again to all victims of war and dictatorship.





Under the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. Between 1816 and 1818, the New Guard was built as a guardhouse for the King's Guard and a memorial for the fallen soldiers of the Wars of Liberation and the Napoleonic Wars . The New Guard served until 1918, the end of the monarchy , as the main and royal guard . On September 18, 1818, on the occasion of the visit of Tsar Alexander of Russia, soldiers of the Alexander Regiment marched with a ringing sound in the " Great Wax Elevator Unter den Linden"As a post to the New Guard. The military ritual henceforth took place with minor changes and longer interruptions after the First and Second World War until German reunification in 1990.




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