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Snow at The Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park

Archway at the entrance to the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

Berlin was lying under a blanket of snow all of last week and the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park seemed like the perfect wintry scene.

A statue of Mother Russia at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

A snow covered Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

Kneeling Soldier Statue at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

Nicht Vergessen at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

Soldier Statue (Sergeant of Guards Nikolai Masalov) at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

Someone had made some miniature snowmen who stood guard over the memorial.

A snowman at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

Snowmen at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

A snowman at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

The snow seemed to add an extra dimension to the usual stillness and quiet.

The entrance to a snow covered Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

If you’d like to know more about the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park and see how it looks in summer click here.

Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park

The statue of a Soviet soldier carrying a German child and crushing a Swastika beneath his boot with the sun behind it at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in BerlinOne thing I learned from visiting the Soviet War Memorial in Berlin’s Treptower Park is that the Soviets knew how to remember their dead.

After a recent visit to the Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni, I was determined to see this grander version, which I had read about in my guidebooks before my first trip to Berlin but had still not seen until last week.  And now I’ve already been twice.

When I got my first glimpse of the manicured lawns, the symmetrical beauty of the landscaping and marvellous sculptures, my immediate thought was ‘this is now one of my favourite places in Berlin’.

The mass graves and the statue at the Soviet War Memorial in Teptower Park in Berlin

My first visit was on Monday morning, with the sun behind the monumental statue of the Soviet soldier carrying a rescued German child as he crushes a Swastika beneath his boot.  It was difficult to capture the features of this statue facing into such strong sunlight so I returned on Wednesday evening when the sun had swung round so that it was behind the statue of Mother Russia at the other end of the memorial.

The statue of Mother Russia at the Soviet War Memorial in Teptower Park in Berlin

I entered the memorial from the north so it was only after I had reached this statue and turned to my left that I was able to see the scale of what had been built here.

The red granite and a statue of a kneeling soldier at the Soviet War Memorial in Teptower Park in Berlin

A close up from below of a statue of a kneeling soldier at the Soviet War Memorial in Teptower Park in Berlin

I then walked along the paved slope up to the two red granite blocks and kneeling soldiers that seem to form a gateway to the next section leading to the statue, which is said to represent Sergeant of the Guards Nikolai Masalov.

I walked past the five lawns with their bronze wreaths, marking the mass graves of Soviet soldiers and flanked by sixteen stone sarcophagi and climbed the steps to the mausoleum crowned by the impressive statue.

The statue of a Soviet soldier carrying a German child and crushing a Swastika beneath his boot at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

The statue of a Soviet soldier carrying a German child and crushing a Swastika beneath his boot from the steps at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

A close up of the statue of a Soviet soldier carrying a German child and crushing a Swastika beneath his boot at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

It was after admiring the mosaic tiling of the mausoleum and as I rounded the statue that I felt what I thought was a scratch on my calf and looked down to see a wasp stinging me as the pain intensified slightly.  I managed to strangle the swear word threatening to escape my lips as I remembered where I was just in time.  In the end what I mumbled was something like ‘You bssst’.

The view from the statue at the Soviet War Memorial in Teptower Park in Berlin back towards the red granite gateway

And being stung was probably the only thing that meant this wasn’t a perfect morning in Berlin, enjoying the sunshine and experiencing the awe of a first visit to the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park.

The detail on the base of the statue at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

A tourist takes a photo of the statue of a Soviet soldier carrying a German child and crushing a Swastika beneath his boot at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin

The view from the statue at the Soviet War Memorial in Teptower Park in Berlin over the mass graves towards the red granite gateway

The red granite gateway and statues of kneeling soldiers at the Soviet War Memorial in Teptower Park in Berlin

A close up from below of a statue of a kneeling soldier at the Soviet War Memorial in Teptower Park in Berlin

Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni

The Soviet War Memorial was erected in 1945 in the British Sector of West Berlin to commemorate the Soviet soldiers who fell during the war.

The Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin

The soldier on the Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin

In the background on the right hand side of the next photo you can The Reichstag, the German parliament building.

The Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin and in the background the Reichstag

A cannon and tank seemingly guard the monument, presumably from the hordes of tourists, the traffic on Strasse des 17 Juni and picnickers and nudists in the Tiergarten.

A cannon at the Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin

A tank at the Soviet War Memorial on Strasse des 17 Juni in the Tiergarten in Berlin