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Crossing the boulevard from the beach at Laboe where U-boat U995 type VII C is displayed, you can find the Marine-Ehrenmal (Eng: Navy Memorial) to honor the German Navy. The high tower of the monument is hard to oversee.
The original monument was erected between 1927 and 1936 to honour the fallen of the German Navy in World War I, but during WWII the memorial was also used to commemorate the sailors and navy men of this conflict.
The memorial consist of the 72 meters high tower and a large memorial square behind it. Underneath the square is a large space where the eternal flame is burning. It can be accessed from the tower entrance or the visitor centre that is across the square.
Inside the Marine-Ehrenmal Tower
You can climb the tower of you wish, we recommend it because the view is stunning. When you enter the tower you can view an impressive relief wall with all ships lost at sea during certain periods in time. The wall depicting the ships lost during WWII is very confronting. Between 1939 and 1945, a 120,000 ships were lost at sea.
Underneath the Memorial Square
From the tower you can take the steps down to the memorial space beneath the square. In the center an eternal flame is burning.
Across the square from the tower is a visitor center with several interesting items on display. Particularly interesting are the scale models of all different types of Navy ships and submarines that are on display in large vitrines.
Visit the Marine-Ehrenmal
For more information on opening hours of the memorial, please visit the website of the Deutscher Marinebund.