Essence of berlin

Potsdamer Platz: Cabaret, Culture and Communism - Private Live Virtual Experience

This interactive virtual experience explores Potsdamer Platz – the phoenix of skyscrapers, 'Berlin's Time's Square', that has risen from the ashes of the Berlin Wall’s ‘death strip’.

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Description

There is no better location to see the transition of Berlin’s history than at Potsdamer Platz. From a transportation hub to entertainment metropolis in the roaring 1920s, it is difficult to imagine that for 28 years this cabaret capital belonged to the desolate death strip that bordered the Berlin Wall. Home to the first traffic light system on the continent and falling directly between the Soviet, American and British sectors during the Cold War, Potsdamer Platz is packed with history. Check out the Sony Centre modelled on Mount Fuji or delve into the cultural delights of the renowned Philharmonic and Culture Forum. Stop by the Hansa Recording Studios where the legendary David Bowie recorded his album “Heroes” and enjoy the impressive architecture that once again surrounds this incredibly historical space.

This is a private live virtual tour. Our professional, local guide will be showing you Berlin’s most fascinating sights in real time, directly from the streets of Berlin. You will be connected via video call and you can then explore the city together. With your experienced guide you will see more than just the Berlin of today, you’ll also get a glimpse back in time because each tour is complemented with an excellent selection of multimedia. You will be shown historic photographs and videos to help with explanations, stories and the historical context of Berlin's incredible and turbulent past. You can’t get any closer to history without a time machine!

The entire tour is designed to be as interactive as you desire. You can ask questions, you can request to go back and look at something again, you have all the freedom and participation of a private walking tour, all from the comfort of your own home.

The video calling software used for the tour is called Zoom. You will need to have it downloaded on your laptop, tablet or cellphone – with a connection to speakers or headphones – in order to participate in the tour. Also, remember to keep an eye on the time difference when choosing a time for your private virtual experience, as all times stated are in Berlin time!

What's included

  • Professional local English speaking tour guide
  • Private virtual live tour via Zoom app
  • Gratuities

Itinerary

Kulturforum

Beginning at the Kulturforum in the former West Berlin, we are surrounded by the Berlin Philharmonie, the Neue Nationalgalerie and a perfect view of the modern Berlin skyline. Combining culture with history, we then visit the memorial to "Aktion T4", the Nazis Euthanasia program.

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Sony Centre

We will make our way towards the Sony Centre, a futuristic ensemble of post-reunification buildings. Here Berlin's illustrious film industry will be brought into focus.

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Potsdamer Strasse

Visit Berlin’s equivalent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, "The Boulevard of the Stars", where the film industry elite, past and present, are celebrated.

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Potsdamer Platz

From the busiest traffic thoroughfare in Germany, to the Cabaret Capital of Europe, Potsdamer Platz has seen more than its fair share of history. Becoming the widest stretch of the death strip when the Berlin Wall stood, we will witness the vast changes and Berlin’s rebirth in this central city spot.

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Linkstrasse / Tilla-Durieux Park

A close-up look at the architectural master plans of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.

Köthener Strasse

See the legendary Hansa Tonstudio, where David Bowie recorded his "Berlin Trilogy" of albums, including "Heroes". Built right on the edge of the Berlin Wall, many famous artists, taking inspiration from the unique surroundings, recorded some of their best known work here, including Marillion, the Pixies, U2, REM and many others.

Important Information

Our tours run between 8:00AM and 7:00PM Berlin time.

After booking your experience, please send us an email to let us know what time you would like for it to start. For bigger group bookings of over 15 persons please contact us directly for a price quote.

The video calling software used for the tour is called Zoom. You will need to have it downloaded on your laptop, tablet or cellphone – with a connection to speakers or headphones – in order to participate in the tour.

Also, remember to keep an eye on the time difference when choosing a time for your private virtual experience, as all times stated are in Berlin time!

If booking less than 48 hours in advance, please check availability with us first, by sending an email to info@essenceofberlin.com. Our office hours are 9:00AM-5:00PM on the weekdays and 9:00AM-2:00PM on the weekends.

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