World War II and Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin

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Tour Number

Activity Level

400353


Categories

City, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture, Youth and Family

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for mature teenagers

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 10

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (fluent), German (fluent)

A tour through Berlin's tumultuous history of the past 100 years


Starting at Checkpoint Charlie, this popular tour will take you along the former border between the East and the West. By doing so, we will pass the former Reich's Ministry of Aviation (where the infamous Hermann Göring planned the bombings of London and Bath ("Baedeker Bombings") and which today houses Germany's Ministry of Finance, of all things!

We will also get to see the place where Hitler gave his first (non-public) speech in Prussia, back in 1927. Furthermore, we will stop at the Topography of Terror with its excavations of former Gestapo prisons and where one of the last remaining sections of The Wall are still visible. Next comes Potsdamer Platz, which looks nothing like it did 100 years ago, yet is just as busy, and finally, we will reach the location of the Führer Bunker and eventually, the Holocaust Memorial.

The tour ends at the Brandenburg Gate, today a symbol for Germany's darkest but also its most glorious hours.

Itinerary

Meeting up at the corner of Zimmer and Friedrich Strasse (outside or inside, depending on the weater, of Cafe Einstein), we walk our way along the cobblestones which demarcate The Wall that once divided Berlin. Just before we reach the erstwhile Techno-Temple E-Werk, we stop at a building which turned from market hall to concert hall and in which Adolf Hitler gave his first - non-public! - speech in Prussia, in 1927.

Stopping at the Reichs Ministry of Aviation, the Topography of Terror, the Parliament of Berlin, the Zaha Hadid Building, and the Martin Gropius Building - all of which will be explained in detail - we make our way to Potsdamer Platz. For David Bowie fans: the place where he recorded some of his albums will be pointed out.

Covering the Sony Center and the Boulevard of the Stars, we eventually reach the former location of the Führer Bunker before moving on to the Holocaust Memorial, whose design and meaning I will elaborate on in detail, until we reach the Brandenburg Gate, where the tour ends.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Checkpoint Charlie/ Zimmer Strasse corner of Friedrich Strasse

End location: Brandenburg Gate (> with connections to S-Bahn and subway line 5)

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.

Transportation

walking tour

What’s Included

My time, my expertise, and my services as your private guide

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 EUR - If desired, a tea break or short lunch break can be included in one of the coffee shops on Potsdamer Platz.

What’s Extra

Any personal purchases or expenses, public transport fares, taxi fares, as well as car hire plus driver (if applicable)

Restrictions

I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

I am only able to guide groups up to four people through historical monuments and museums.

A Recent Review of this tour

Martin was a great tour guide and made WWII Berlin come alive for us. His stories and unique insights into life in East Berlin during the Cold War era were very insightful.
Vera Bullock

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