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What To Expect
Experience Jewish history on this Berlin tour and travel through iconic sites of World War II. Visit the famous Humboldt University and an old bakery with a local taste sample. Walk through backstreets where thousands lived in the past in horrifying conditions. Get close to a true symbol of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall.
Take this fascinating journey through Berlin's recent history - learn in particular about the city and its relationship with its Jewish residents. To start off, we head for the "Palace of Tears," the name of which we'll learn the story behind. We'll explore some historic sites, where Jewish children were believed to be either rescued or, more often, sent to Poland to be killed in concentration camps.
Then we'll head to the famous Humboldt University, a place of research for more than 29 Nobel Prize winners. Afterwards, we shall continue to the Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visit some of its astonishing world class museums. Be surprised to discover the New Synagogue and hear a few stories about the so-called "Night of Broken Glass." Be ready to take some great pictures on the golden dome of the building - a stunning Berlin travel picture moment.
Next, we'll walk to the grave of the famous Jewish philosopher, Moses Mendelssohn. Then we'll get to sample a traditional treat, a hand-made "Berliner," in one old but famous family-run bakery, whose owner once served as a bread baker during the war.
Be prepared to hear some dark stories about the Jewish population in Berlin between 1933 and 1945 - in order for us to find out whether the Germans have truly learned to reconcile themselves with their horrific past. As we walk along some of the backstreets of Berlin, too, we'll get a glimpse of the backyards of Old-Berlin's typical tenement houses, where in the past thousands of workers lived under horrible and adverse conditions.
Meanwhile, any Berlin travel experience will not be complete without a very detailed and up close experience of "The Wall." In one of the few places in Berlin, where it still remains as a symbol of the past, we shall uncover the reasons and stories behind this famous landmark, which was so deadly before 1989. You will hear of how the wall started as a barbed wire fence erected overnight and evolved to its final incarnation as an advanced multi-wall system that came to be a potent symbol of the Cold War.
Through pictures, maps and original documents, above all, your guide will surely give you a unique experience of Berlin, one in which you shall see it transformed before your eyes!
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Children below 6 years old are not permitted on this tour.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.
A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Dependent on weather, wet weather gear will also be useful.
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4 hours and 30 minutes