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Small Group Introductory Tour of Berlin Capital of Culture Tyranny and ToleranceActivity ID16174750
5.0/51 Review
Available from 05-31
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Choice of morning or afternoon departure

Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Small group ensures personal service

Informative, friendly and professional guide

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This 3-hour tour of Germany’s capital city takes a broad view of the political and ideological forces that unleashed genocide and global war in the 20th century. Berlin’s iconic landmarks while emphasizing the tumultuous Nazi and Cold War eras, you will learn how in the 1700's tiny Prussia’s violent transformation into Europe’s dominant military power already set the stage for the great tragedies of recent history.
We begin the tour at Potsdamer Platz, the business centre which replaced the wasteland formerly known as East Germany’s “Death Strip.” Following the path where the Berlin Wall once stood through to the historic Tiergarten Park, you take in the dramatic new Holocaust Memorial and the Reichstag. While the mysterious fire that damaged the Reichstag in 1933 was used by the Nazis as the pretext to suspend civil liberties and arrest political opponents, the grand glass dome created for the building in 1992 by architect Norman Foster (complete with walkways that look down into the Parliament), provokes a discussion about the symbolic intentions of the cupola as metaphor for Germany’s reunification, transparency and commitment to democracy.
Reaching back further into Berlin’s past, we follow the footsteps of Napoleon through the Brandenburg Gate, discussing the impact of the French revolution as a catalyst for German nationalism. Traversing the Unter den Linden, Berlin’s royal boulevard lined with palaces, museums and theaters, we pause at the famous equestrian statue of Frederick the Great, for a discussion of Prussia’s “Poet King” and his role in shaping the militaristic and cultural orientations of the future German Empire. At Bebelplatz, site of the 1933 Nazi book burning, you’ll learn about Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and its terrible consequences. As you cross Museum Island (Berlin’s answer to the Louvre), we will discuss the city’s 19th century development into a cultural centre.
Next, Hackesher Markt, a charming pocket of pre-war Berlin, affords us a chance to ramble through a network of hidden courtyards. From here, Alexanderplatz offers a striking counterpoint; once a historic square, the East Germans rebuilt it as in the 1960s as a communist bloc showplace complete with futuristic government buildings, apartment blocks and the iconic TV Tower. We’ll confront the longest surviving segment of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery and learn of its 40¬ year’s history. Finishing at Checkpoint Charlie, the legendary crossing point from West Berlin to East where, in 1989, thousands of East Germans poured across the border bringing the Cold War to an end, we conclude by discussing the East/West divisions that continue to impact Berlin even as the city evolves new sensibilities and directions.
Itinerary
Duration: 3 hours
Departure Point: Unter den Linden 42

Return Details: Berlin, Germany
10:00 am:
Tour option details are as follows:
Option Descriptions: 10:00 am for half-day history tour with a scholar guide2:00 pm:
Option Descriptions: 2:00 pm for half-day history tour with a scholar guide
Inclusions

3-hour tour of Berlin in the company of a historian

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities

Transportation to/from attractions: You will need to use public transport a few times, since the distances between some key sites would be too far to walk. If you will not have a few days visitor's transit pass to Berlin already, we suggest that you purchase the day metro pass. If you cannot purchase it in advance, your guide will help you purchase it at the first metro station on the tour. Berlin Transit One Way Tarif AB Ticket 2.8 Euro, Senior Discount 1,70 EUR Berlin Transit Day Ticket for one Person 7 Euro, Senior Discount 4,70 EUR

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Your tour guides are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, and published authors.

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