Berlin War Damage in the Mitte district

Scars Of Battle: War Damage In Berlin

With the flames of war finally extinguished in 1945, millions of people across the European continent were left to sift through the ashes and rebuild what had been destroyed. More so than in previous conflicts, the majority of victims of this - the most lethal war in human history - would be civilians. With more than 60% of those killed classified as non-combatants.

Beyond the shocking human cost of this conflict, the streets and buildings in innumerable towns, villages, and cities across the continent had been reduced to ruin. Schools, hospitals, churches, and apartments left devastated. In the former Nazi capital of Berlin, an estimated 600,000 apartments had been destroyed, along with many important public buildings. 

A massive reconstruction effort would be necessary across Europe to restore the comforts of living while the living struggled to come to terms with the dead.

More than 75 years later, however, war damage is still visible in the present day German capital, with the bullet holes and shrapnel damage preserved – intentionally or not – on the streets of the city.

Much of this damage remains to be found in the former Cold War East of Berlin, as the cash-strapped government of the German Democractic Republic saw little benefit in dealing with many of the dilapidated apartments across the divided city and left the exterior walls of plenty of these structures, in particular, in the same condition as they had been found in May 1945.

In this post, we will be looking at some of the war damage still visible in Berlin’s central Mitte district. 

All within walking distance from some of the city’s major landmarks.

All Photos: Matt Robinson/Berlin Experiences


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  1. 6th picture down from the top. Where is this located. I visited that area back in 2009 and I thought it was near Dorththeenstrasse but I cannot narrow it down even with Google Street View

    1. Hi Warren, that is a close-up of the wall on Am Kupfergraben. It is opposite the Neues Museum and Museum Island. Just next to Dorotheenstrasse!

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