What To Expect
This powerful tour explores Berlin as the capital city of Nazi Germany. We visit the former Jewish quarter, location of Nazi bunkers, an air raid shelter, anti-aircraft installations, war-damaged buildings, Nazi resistance monuments,WWII battlefields, and more.
By the end of the tour you will:
Understand the circumstances that allowed a maniac like Hitler to achieve power.
Realize both the grim fate that awaited the victims of the Holocaust and grasp what life was like for ordinary citizens.
Draw the connection from the end of World War I to Hitler's rise and consequently his fall to the building of the Berlin Wall.
We begin the tour by examining the former Jewish quarter of Berlin. Here we'll see not just the impressively rebuilt New Synagogue, but also two distinct memorials to Jewish victims and Jewish courage.
One of the many remaining Third Reich buildings we explore is the massive former headquarters of the Nazi air force. This lies directly across from the site of the former Nazi SS and Gestapo headquarters as well.
In the heart of former West Berlin lies the remnants of the impressive Emperor Wilhelm church. It's an inspiring site at the start of one of Germany's most expensive shopping streets and serves as a constant reminder to the impact of war.
See one of the last remaining civilian air raid shelters and hear about how they are now being reused. These were typically topped with anti-aircraft guns and filled way beyond capacity during the bloody Battle of Berlin.
There are a few still-used and very impressive examples of Nazi architecture remaining. Your guide will point them out, as well as war damage to these and other structures, along the tour.
Bebelplatz was the site of the infamous Nazi book-burning on May 10, 1933. We detail here how Joseph Goebbels, mastermind of the Nazi propaganda machine, started and expanded the Nazi party in Berlin.
See all that remains of Berlin's once glorious Anhalter train station. Not only was this where Mussolini would arrive by rail, but it was also used as a deportation station for Holocaust victims.
At the Reichstag - the parliament building in which Hitler never stepped foot - we explain how Hitler rose to power. We also see the memorial to the 96 parliamentarians who eventually gave their lives after voting against Hitler.
Stand over the area of Hitler's bunker as we recount in detail the demise of Hitler and the final days of World War II. As one of the final stops on the tour, we use this area to then explain how the Cold War grew from the ashes of WWII.
This massive new Holocaust Memorial consists of 2711 concrete stella, all at various heights and slight angles. We give you time to explore not only this memorial, but also the contrasting memorial to the homosexual victims to further understand how Germany is coping with its past.
Meals and drinks (unless specified)
Tips and gratuities
Child rates are valid for use of a kid's bike.
There is a variety of child seats, trailers, and kids' bikes available. If kids fit on a child seat or trailer they are welcome to join for free.
Most people begin with our City bike tour and then continue on a subject-specific tour of their interest or our Potsdam Bike Tour. Make no mistake - each of the tours are very different and perfect compliments rather than substitutes. In fact, straight from the meeting point they head in completely different directions. Regardless of what tour or tours you choose, you can always expect the same quality of guides, content, and atmosphere.
This tour operates with a maximum of 20 guests.
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