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Matthäuskirche information

Berlin , Germany
+49 30 262 1202
Getting there
Sbahn: Potsdamer Platz
Ubahn: Potsdamer Platz
Bus: M29, M48, M85
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Opening hours
11am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Standing a bit lost and forlorn within the Kulturforum, the Stüler-designed Matthäuskirche (1846) is a beautiful neo-Romanesque confection with alternating bands of red and ochre brick and a light-flooded, modern sanctuary filled with artworks, including the subterranean sculpture Steps by Micha Ullman. Views from the tower of the Kulturforum and Potsdamer Platz are free but only so-so. A nice time to visit is for the free 20-minute organ recitals at 12.30pm Tuesday to Sunday.

German resistance fighter Dietrich Bonhoeffer was ordained a Lutheran minister here in 1931. A few years later the church was scheduled to be transplanted to Spandau to make room for Albert Speer's Germania, but then the war – and history – took a different turn. Alas, Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazis on 9 April 1945, one month before VE Day.