We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Walter Benjamin Memorial

Cementerio de Portbou, 17497 Portbou, Spain
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
must see

Above the town, at the small cities cemetery, the memorial of one of Europas sharpest intellectuals... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
jacologne
,
Cologne, Germany
a pleasant surprise

We got to see this memorial by chance, looking for an alternative way to pass our time during the... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2017
R W
,
Tel Aviv, Israel
Read all 50 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“sea” (6 reviews)
“cemetery” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
Cementerio de Portbou, 17497 Portbou, Spain
CONTACT
Website
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
75
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (50)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"walter benjamin"
in 7 reviews
"sea"
in 6 reviews
"cemetery"
in 4 reviews
"stone"
in 3 reviews
"metal"
in 3 reviews
"glass"
in 3 reviews
"sky"
in 3 reviews
"memorial"
in 6 reviews
"tragedy"
in 2 reviews
"history"
in 7 reviews
"town"
in 4 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 11 reviews

Reviewed 9 April 2018

Above the town, at the small cities cemetery, the memorial of one of Europas sharpest intellectuals sits between sea, stone and sky. A place to contemplate history and personal tragedy; sad, striking and inspiring.

1  Thank jacologne
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 October 2017

We got to see this memorial by chance, looking for an alternative way to pass our time during the strike in Catalunya. From the outside the memorial goes unnoticed - a peace of metal, but once you read the story behind it and look through...More

Thank R W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This is one of the most fascinating sculptures I have ever visited. Descending steps encased in metal you look down through glass on to the sea foaming around rocks. I could have sat for hours. Then you turn and look back up at the sky....More

Thank Carol K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

The monument homaging Walter Benjamin is worth a visit. At a walking distance from Portbou main beach. It is a pity that the city hall doesn't keep this monument clean and tidy. It would be a landmark of the area

Thank Tereturi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Walter Benjamin Memorial is a beautiful and emotional memorial to remember the jewish and german philosopher, who suicided in the little town of Portbou (near the border between Spain and France). The memorial evoke an entrance to the sea from cliff without the possibility of...More

1  Thank AlbertSalichs
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 August 2015

I enjoyed learning about Walter Benjamin's history. It was a fascinating visit and also, probably, the biggest attraction Portbou has to offer.

Thank Lee_Dominguez
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 16 July 2015

I travel in the Spanish town of Port Bou, on the track of the right to take end of life German art theorists Walter Benjamin. I'm going in this coastal city in Spain. I am sure that it`s full of sun. While saying the sun,...More

3  Thank TravelerZrenjanin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 October 2014

All the way to Portbou we wondered if we would be the only pilgrims on this grey Catalan autumn day but even off season, on a sunday, the town very quiet, there was a humbled procession of the sort of people who read the New...More

1  Thank senechaldubaron
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 September 2014

It was great that this famous philosopher who was the pre-cursor to post-modernism should be remembered in this little border town. Sad that anti-Semitism cut short the life behind this brilliant mind.

1  Thank slp1112014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 August 2014

This memorial is so touching- it combines the hope with the tragedy in a very creative way of Danu Caravan.Learn the story before you are going there and please search also the grave of Walter Benjamin, and put there a small stone , like the...More

3  Thank Moshe L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 hotels
Hotel La Masia
23 reviews
.23 km away
Hotel Comodoro
51 reviews
.25 km away
Hotel Grifeu
177 reviews
5.20 km away
Miramar Rooms
4 reviews
6.20 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Bar restaurante Riky
205 reviews
.10 km away
Restaurante Voramar
151 reviews
.14 km away
Restaurante Passatges
260 reviews
.12 km away
Portbou Cafe
18 reviews
.34 km away
Nearby Attractions
Diving Center Colera
66 reviews
2.94 km away
Aloes Plongee
115 reviews
3.32 km away
SK Kayak
251 reviews
6.23 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Walter Benjamin Memorial staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit