While most people will be familiar with the Soviet War Memorial at Treptow and Tiergarten, hardly any tourists find themselves visiting the Soviet War Memorial in the Schönholzer Heide. This is such a pitty because the memorial is beautiful.
The project for the memorial came up right after the war since Stalin wanted mark its contribution to the downfall of Fascism in Europe and the defeat of Germany. And it wasn’t until 1947 that the construction began and it took until 1949 for this Memorial to be completed. In 2011, it was closed for renovations and, after a little over 2 years and 10 million euros it was reopened in August 2013.
The Soviet War Memorial in the Schönholzer Heide is the final resting place of more than 13.000 soldiers and officers that fell during the Battle of Berlin. It was designed by a group of Soviet architects consisting of A. Solowjew, M. Belarnzew, W. D. Koroljew and the sculptor Iwan G. Perschudtschew.
On a wall around the memorial there are 100 bronze tablets where the names, ranks and birth dates of the soldiers it was possible to identify, are written. This group constitutes about one fifth of the fallen soldiers.
Soviet War Memorial on Schönholzer Heide
When you enter the memorial, you see it is flanked by two large granite pillars with eternal burning flames and symbolic wreaths. After this, you see big gatehouse towers decorated with large bronze reliefs representing the grieving soviet people and various soviet military branches.
When you look into those gatehouses, you can see that each of them contains a symbolic empty urn and a quote from Stalin praising the heroic deeds of the Red Army. The ceiling is a beautiful piece of stained glass that creates a large mural of the Soviet Union.
The Sowjetisches Ehrenmal Schönholzer Heide, you will see that this is not the largest memorial in Berlin (that is the one on Treptow). But this place feels less oppressive, less touristy and more like a cemetery.
If you don’t find creepy the idea of visiting and photographing cemeteries, you might find this an interesting experience. We know the place lacks the wow factor you have in Treptow but it’s a nice day trip into one of Berlin’s less touristic places.
Sowjetisches Ehrenmal Schönholzer Heide
Close to Germanenstraße and Volkspark Schönholzer Heide