Not far from Checkpoint-Charlie in Kreuzberg is the Jewish Museum. It is the largest museum of its kind in Europe. Since its opening in 2001, it has been a genuine addition to the national and international museumscape and is one of Berlin’s most visited museums.
The building of the Jewish Museum, designed by the well-known architect Daniel Libeskind, is one of the outstanding institutions in Berlin’s museum landscape. In an exhibition area of over 3,000 square metres in the Libeskind Building and the former Kollegienhaus, a permanent exhibition invites visitors to explore two millennia of-German-Jewish history and culture. These include the windowless Holocaust tower or the garden of exile outside the building. Quite extraordinary is the installation Shalechet – Fallen Leaves by Menashe Kadishman, consisting of 10,000 sheet steel faces on which visitors can walk. They serve to commemorate the murdered Jews and victims of the war.