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.
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.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 Euro - Traveller will pay for any additional item: extra food, extra drink, souvenirs etc.
- Public Transportation Tickets
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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!