PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS OF BERLIN’S THIRD REICH SITES
Although not the birthplace of National Socialism, Berlin would serve as the nerve-centre of Hitler’s regime following the Nazi seizure of power in 1933. Fitting now that the country’s present-day parliament convenes within walking distance of a collection of memorials established for the victims of National Socialism.
The current movement to confront the country’s past is best summarised as a respectful observation of uncomfortable history. Germany’s willingness to openly face these issues providing any serious student of European History the opportunity to study the factors and events that led to the country’s descent into totalitarian madness and genocidal dictatorship.
What is gone of Hitler’s regime lives on through memory; what remains stands as a testament to the necessity of confronting disaster.
There is an undeniable mythology surrounding the Third Reich; National Socialism grips the public imagination the world over. So, too, does it retain its hold on the collective memory of today’s Berliners. And how could it not?
The Second World War irrevocably changed the face of the city; a city which is tied up with Hitler’s plans for world domination like no other.
This tour invites you to discover the history of the Third Reich beyond the obvious mythology and witness the destruction left following the defeat of Hitler’s ‘Thousand Year Empire’.
We will consider the political and architectural ramifications of National Socialism, through the still visible shrapnel damage and remaining Herrschaftsarchitektur. Find out about the courageous Berliners who stood up to totalitarian rule, and honour the memory of those who perished as a result of Nazi persecution.
The length of this tour means that a short snack/coffee break (not included in the tour price) can be integrated into the route – or, if requested, a longer meal break.
– the former Prussian/Nazi government quarter
– the site of Hitler’s Reich Chancellory
– the site of the Führerbunker
– the former Nazi Propaganda & Public Enlightenment Ministry
– the Georg Elser Memorial
– the former Nazi Airforce Ministry
– the former SS-Gestapo Headquarters (now the Topography of Terror Museum)
– the Brandenburg Gate and former Charlottenburger Chaussee – site of the British Victory Parade and Allied Victory Parade in 1945
– the ruined Anhalter Bahnhof diplomatic and deportation station
– the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
– the Memorial to the Roma & Sinti
– the Memorial to the Persecuted Homosexuals
– The Soviet War Memorial in the Tiergarten
– the Prussian Siegesaulle
– the Japanese & Italian embassies
– the Bendlerblock/German Resistance Museum
– the T4 Memorial for the Euthanasia Victims of National Socialism
– the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park
– the site of the German surrender in 1945 – Karlshorst
All of our private tours are custom tailored to our clients needs and wishes and can include Berlin sights decided in advance or spontaneously organised on the day of the tour.
If you have any specific requests for your tour, regarding sights and content, do not hesitate to ask – you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to contact us via the contact box at the bottom of this page for a personalised offer.
Read some of the blog posts we have written that are relevant to our Third Reich Berlin tours:
Today we mark the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe (VE Day). Looking back, with seventy-four years of hindsight, at the most destructive war in human history, the toll it took, and the men and women who fought to rid the world of National Socialism.
It was at this very minute (7:50 pm) 75 years ago today – on 22nd November 1943 – that the most devastating Royal Air Force raid carried on out the then-Nazi capital of Berlin began. When a stream of more than 700 bombers flying from the south of England, descended on Berlin.
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.
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. The first, and last time, that US President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin would meet.
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