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Berlin Under the 3rd Reich: 4-hour Private Walking Tour

Experience a Berlin crushed under the bootheel of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism.

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Description

This 4-hour walking tour transports you to a time when Berlin was the dark heart of Nazi Germany – the capital city of a dictatorship that industrially murdered millions, and waged a war that destroyed swathes of the European continent.

Why did the Germans think they needed Adolf Hitler in 1933? How could a civilised people fall so deep into the moral abyss? Why were Jews and other minority groups, both in Germany and across Europe, ruthlessly targeted? What is the legacy of Nazism in Germany today?

This tour answers such questions, giving crucial context regarding the rise of Adolf Hitler in pre-Nazi Germany, providing a comprehensive overview of the National Socialist capital, and telling the dramatic tale of the Battle of Berlin and the collapse of the regime in 1945.

Our guides, experts in the field, will walk you through the old Nazi government quarter where the former Reich Aviation Ministry, an imposing example of Nazi architecture, still stands. You will pass the site of the former SS and Gestapo Headquarters, what would have been the most feared complex in all of Nazi Germany, and stand at the site of Hitler’s Führerbunker, where history’s most notorious criminal committed suicide.

You will explore the former Jewish Quarter, to see the New Synagogue, a target during the pogroms of 1938, and the Stolpersteine – poignant memorials to victims of Nazism. You will also learn about the atrocities of the National Socialist regime at both the Jewish and Roma and Sinti Memorials. Your experience ends at the Reichstag, where the Soviet flag fluttered over the ruins of the Nazi capital at the end of the Battle of Berlin and World War II.

Your guide will then accompany you back to your hotel, or to a drop-off point of your choosing. They will also give you tips and recommendations to help you make the most out of your stay.

As always your experience can be tailored to you, so please let us know if you have any special requests or needs. We are also more than happy to help you with restaurant reservations and museum or gallery visits.

Please note: this tour requires the use of public transportation. These costs are not included in the price of the tour.

Sights included: Reichstag, Jewish Memorial, site of Hitler’s Bunker, Soviet War Memorial, former Reich Aviation Ministry, site of the former SS and Gestapo Headquarters, former Jewish Quarter and more…

Covid-19 Safety Measures:

  • We adhere to regulations mandated by the Berlin State government and/or the State government in the area/s of Germany that our tours visit or pass through.
  • For groups of over 5 people social distancing measures apply – guide and participants must maintain a distance of 1.5m from each other.
  • If you enter any museums or shops on your tour you will be expected to abide by the regulations set by the store or institution.

 

What's included

  • Professional, local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink
  • Museum entry fees (none required for the tour)
  • Public transportation costs

Itinerary

Hotel Pick-up

Your professional, local guide will meet you at your hotel and introduce the tour.

1

New Synagogue

The tour begins in Berlin’s former Jewish Quarter. Marvel at the ornate golden domes of the New Synagogue – targeted during the violent pogroms of November 1938.

2

Auguststraße

Next we delve deeper into the former Jewish Quarter and visit some Stolpersteine and the Auschwitz Trees, poignant memorials to victims of Nazism.

3

Topography of Terror

After a short train ride we will reach the dark heart of Nazi Germany at the former headquarters of the SS and Gestapo

4

Former Reich Aviation Ministry

We then walk on through the old Nazi government quarter and see one of the last remaining pieces of Nazi architecture in the city centre.

5

Georg Elser Memorial

Next we pay our respects to Georg Elser, the everyman carpenter who tried to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939.

6

Site of Hitler’s Bunker

You will then stand at the site of the bunker where history's most notorious criminal committed suicide at the end of WWII.

7

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Plenty of time will then be taken to journey through the iconic field of concrete blocks, and bear witness the atrocities of National Socialism.

8

Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe Murdered Under National Socialism

Moving on, it’s time to learn about other groups oppressed by the Nazis and take a moment to pay tribute to those persecuted as Gypsies under Nazism.

9

Reichstag

At the final stop you will see where the Battle of Berlin came to an end, and where Nazi Germany crumbled, as the Soviet flag fluttered over the ruins of the German capital. The tour ends here.

Hotel Drop-off

Your guide will accompany you back to your hotel.

Important Information

You will be picked up directly from your hotel or a prearranged meeting point.

At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel or, if you wish to remain in the city, your guide can give you recommendations for further exploration.

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