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Allied Victory Parade 1945: The Forgotten Parade

Earlier this year, we covered the anniversary of the British Victory Parade that took place on July 21st 1945 – this month we take a closer look at the Allied Victory Parade of September 1945 when the four Allied powers gathered their troops to celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany. – It didn’t quite turn […]

Potsdam Conference 1945: Day-By-Day

This month we take a look back at the Potsdam Conference.  Seventeen days in the summer of 1945 that would change the course of human history forever. This would be the first, and last time, that US President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin would meet. Allies united in […]

Stolpersteine: Personalising The Void

In our latest blog post, Berlin Experiences co-founder Olivia discusses how one of Berlin’s most important memorial projects succeeds in making the personal tragedies of the Holocaust more relatable: – When I first travelled to Berlin, I discovered a subtle yet deeply affecting memorial for the victims of the Holocaust – the Stolpersteine. Translated, the […]

British Victory Parade 1945: Desert Rats! May Your Glory Ever Shine!

The thump of the 3rd Royal Horse Artillery’s 25-pounder-guns at 10 am on Saturday, July 21st 1945 was intended to represent the last time that British artillery would be fired on the streets of Berlin – and the start of the British Victory Parade. The procession would take place along the very same street where […]

Beyond Two Beers: Berliner vs Kindl & Sampling The Craft Beer Scene

May 1945. Berlin was a city of ghosts and ruins. Allied bombing had laid waste to vast swathes of the city centre, decimating the German capital’s infrastructure. Industry was crippled. Large-scale brewing operations had been torn apart by the high explosives that rained from the skies. In the years that immediately followed World War Two, though, […]

Eight Strangest Berlin Wall Escapes

As of Monday the 5th of February 2018, the Berlin Wall will have been down for longer than it stood: 28 years, 3 months, and 28 days. Erected on the 13th of August 1961, The Wall divided Berlin for 28 years during the Cold War and claimed the lives of, as official records currently state, […]

Zentralfriedhof Freidrichsfelde

Berlin Experiences founder, Matt, recently started contributing to the Atlas Obscura – here’s an interesting look at Berlin’s Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde, also known as the Memorial to the Socialists: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/memorial-to-the-socialists-zentralfriedhof-friedrichsfelde “Established in 1881, the Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde was Berlin’s first non-denominational municipal graveyard – a pauper’s cemetery that would later become the final resting place for many of […]

Top Ten Must-See Berlin Museums

–  Berlin has museum culture at its heart. Radiating from an entire island in the centre of the city – complete with an ensemble of museums – chronicling six thousand years of human history. A vital constituent in the European narrative, it is not hard to argue the case that Berlin in its entirety is in-fact one huge open-air […]

THE Guide To Private Tours In Berlin

***DISCLAIMER*** For the record, I should state that I have worked as a guide offering private tours in Berlin for more than a decade. In the process, I’ve met thousands of wonderful people and worked alongside the best tour guides in the city. I’d like to say I’ve accumulated enough experience to have some useful […]

Ten Great Reasons To Tour The Berlin Wall In 2017

How absurd that of all the stunning buildings in Berlin – the triumphant Prussian Brandenburg Gate, the magnificent UNESCO-listed Museum Island – that the one landmark that has come to be synonymous with the name of the city is built of simple reinforced concrete. A monument to the ideological conflict of the Cold War that defined much […]