Berlin: a general history (and many short stories)

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Tour Number

Activity Level

535775


Categories

Youth and Family, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, City

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for mature teenagers.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 5

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (basic), German (basic), Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

A walk through the city's highlights - and a talk about its contexts


Do the stories of Berlin - the city of Prussian order and progress, of the Republic of Weimar's disorder and unrest, of Nazi violence and destruction, of the physical and mental division established by the wall - fit into a single narrative?

Let's answer this question walking and talking on the streets of Berlin.

And let's think and explore with our senses what made and still makes Berlin a city of change and conflict, of destruction and creation. Let's see and imagine the city's struggle for freedom (with the revolutionaries in 1848) and the imposition of authority (with the first unification of Germany in 1871); let's understand what led Berlin to be the center of a racial, genocidal imperialism (from 1933); and then to be cut (in 1961) in two different worlds -- West and East -- separated by a "death strip". Let's recall the fall of the wall and the rise of a new, creative, unified but never homogeneous Berlin.

Itinerary

Brandenburg Gate - and the entrance to the Prussian mentality

Memorial of Murdered Jews - a place to think about the destruction of Europe's "minority per excellence"

Hitler's Bunker - was Hitler a crazy man who manipulated masses for the sake of power? Not exactly. Let's try to understand his - unreasonable - "reasons"

Ministry of Aviation - one of the few Nazi buildings still standing in today's Berlin - why is that?

Berlin Wall - how the city was divided - physically and ideologically

Checkpoint Charlie - one of the warmest locations of the Cold War

Gendarmenmarkt - the birth of Berlin's multiculturalism

Bebelplatz - where students read books, and also burnt them

Humboldt University - a place of philosophers, scientists, politicians, and mass murderers

Alexanderplatz - once the heart of communism, now the center of consumerism

(Note: itinerary, duration and other details are flexible. I can adapt the tour in accordance to the travelers' needs. )

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: Brandenburg Gate (Pariser Platz 10117; S-Bahn Brandenburg Tor)

Duration: 4 hours

The itinerary and duration may also vary upon the travelers' request.

Transportation

Walking

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 Euro - Traveller will pay for any additional item: extra food, extra drink, souvenirs etc.

What’s Extra

  • Public Transportation Tickets

Other: Any additional item besides what is included: food, drink, souvenir etc.

A Recent Review of this tour

Rafael gave us a wonderful tour. He is very knowledgeable, organized and thoughtful, and answered all our questions. We saw and learned so much! Thank you for such a memorable day!
Amy R.

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    257 USD PER TOUR(for up to 5 people) (duration: 4 hours) deposit ?

  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    535775


    Categories

    Youth and Family, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, City

    Details

    Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for mature teenagers.

    Friendly: Yes.

    Maximum travelers: 5

    Language(s)

    explanation

    English (fluent), French (basic), German (basic), Portuguese (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

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