Although Treptower Park is far from the main tourist sites, it is worth visiting. The main attraction is a large Soviet War Memorial to commemorate 7,000 of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who lost their lives during the last days of the Second World War. Otherwise, this is the largest Soviet war monument outside of the former Soviet Union. The Soviet War Memorial is part of recent history and should remind us not to repeat history.

The red granite gateway and statues of kneeling soldiers, Berlin, Germany
Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park), Berlin, Germany

The Soviet War Memorial Gardens are beautifully preserved and lead to the main 12-meter statue of a Soviet soldier with a sword holding a German child, standing over a broken swastika. It symbolizes the Sergeant of Guards Nikolaja Masalov (1921-2001), who during the final storm in the center of Berlin risked his life under a heavy German machine-gun to rescue a three-year-old German girl.

A Soviet soldier with a sword holding a German child, standing over a broken swastika
Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park), Berlin, Germany

The Soviet War Memorial is a war monument and military cemetery. It was built to the design of the Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky. Find out more information about the Battle of Berlin in April–May 1945 here. The Soviet War Memorial was opened in 1949, 4 years after the end of World War II.

Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park), Berlin, Germany
People sitting on stone wall during winter

This complex impressed me with the level of preservation. It has been restored and decorated in great shape, regardless of all the years of the Soviet occupation of the DDR. For the glory of the people, we see that history has been preserved as it is, and not modified according to the tastes of the current political situation. Two more Soviet monuments were built in Berlin after the end of the war. One is located near the Brandenburg Gate in the Tiergarten Park and the other in the north of Berlin in the Pankow district.

Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park), Berlin, Germany
Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park), Berlin, Germany

It will take you a little more time to travel from the center to this part of the city where the monument park is located. The fastest way to get there is S-Bahn. Anyone who wants to see the scope, size, and importance of the Soviet role in Berlin, this is the perfect place.

People walking in park in the aftermath of winter time, Berlin, Germany
Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park), Berlin, Germany
A wrought iron fence by a park

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