Treptower Park in Berlin dates back to the end of the 18th century and runs along the Spree – the city’s most famous river. Perhaps best known for the Soviet War Memorial located in it, this public park is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll and perhaps a spot of people-watching, particularly alongside the river’s promenade.
At the end of World War II, three war memorials were built in Berlin to commemorate Soviet deaths – particularly the 80,000 soldiers killed during the Battle of Berlin. The Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park is a both a memorial and a military cemetery, built to commemorate 5,000 of these men. The memorial consists of two over-sized red flags flanking a walkway through the middle. At one end is a statue of ‘Mother Russia’ weeping, while at the other, a bronze statue of a Soviet soldier stands atop a burial mound.
During Berlin’s separation, parts of the Spree served as border areas and as such there’s a memorial to mark this in the middle of the river itself. The Molecule Man structure is a 30-meter high metallic statue featuring three men facing each other and joining hands, signifying the reunion between Berlin’s neighbourhoods after the fall of the Berlin Wall.