Berlin Introduction: Culture, Tyranny & Tolerance - Small Group 3-hour Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10am and 2pm
  • Departure Details :
    Unter den Linden 42, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  • Return Details :
    Berlin, Germany
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Embark on a 3-hour history tour with a scholar guide, that considers the 300 year evolution of Berlin from Prussias cultural capital, to the bustling 19th century seat of the Germanys Emperors, to the dark epicenter of the Nazi and Cold War eras to its present revival as a world capital of culture, the arts and of tolerance and multiculturalism.

Highlights

  • 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

Know More about this tour

This 3-hour tour of Germanys capital city takes a broad view of the political and ideological forces that unleashed genocide and global war in the 20th century. Berlins iconic landmarks while emphasizing the tumultuous Nazi and Cold War eras, you will learn how in the 1700's tiny Prussias violent transformation into Europes 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 Germanys 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 Germanys reunification, transparency and commitment to democracy.
Reaching back further into Berlins 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, Berlins royal boulevard lined with palaces, museums and theaters, we pause at the famous equestrian statue of Frederick the Great, for a discussion of Prussias 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, youll learn about Adolf Hitlers rise to power and its terrible consequences. As you cross Museum island (Berlins answer to the Louvre), we will discuss the citys 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. Well confront the longest surviving segment of the Berlin Wall at the East side gallery and learn of its 40 years 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.

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

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Your tour guides are professors, doctoral students, journalists as well as enthusiastic hosts and storytellers. We love helping travelers discover our cities.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 15-May-2022

    Our guide, Lee, had an incredible amount of knowledge and good humor. I was worried that the level might not be up to my history buff cousin but she couldn't have been more pleased. We would wholeheartedly recommend this tour. Just fantastic in every way.

  • 21-Mar-2022

    Our guide, Dan, was brilliant, welcoming, informed and funny. It was joy to start our time in Berlin with such a deep dive into the major sites of the city. The time flew by. One of the best tours we've ever done.

  • 12-Mar-2022

    Thanks so much to Peter for the fantastic afternoon. This was the orientation we needed for our first trip to Berlin. We remembered so much from the discussion during the rest of our stay. We also tried enjoyed several of your dining and museum recs! Take this tour if you are new to Berlin and then take the East Berlin tour for another memorable experience.

  • 12-Mar-2022

    We thoroughly enjoyed Peter's tour. He was witty, entertaining and so educated about the layers of Berlin's history. 3 hours felt just right to take a deep dive into the major sites. Highly recommend this tour for newcomers to Berlin! We talked about the tour after the whole trip.

  • 11-Sep-2021

    We toured with Insight Cities in Prague this summer and we loved their small groups and deep discussions. This introduction tour in Berlin was just as good. Very educated guide who was happy to answer all our questions on any topic. We truly got to know Berlin in a new way even though it was not our first trip. Thank you!

  • 29-Jul-2021

    History! Culture And taken a nice photos for an attractive area Thanks for Mr.Martin Regards, Tamer K

  • 04-Jun-2021

    After this past year, we don't take travel for granted. It was a joy to get a deep look at Berlin's major sites after having the city on our bucket list for ages. We had a gifted guide who kept our attention even on a day that was cold and windy.

  • 26-Jun-2020

    I gave this tour as a present to a visiting friend but it wound up being a gift for both of us. So much amazing information and what fun!

  • 26-Sep-2016

    As architecture fans we particularly loved have an architect lead the three of us through Berlin. Great pace. We covered a lot of territory and learned a tremendous amount. And Dan left us at a delicious Italian restaurant for our lunch.

  • 26-Sep-2016

    As architecture fans we particularly loved have an architect lead the three of us through Berlin. Great pace. We covered a lot of territory and learned a tremendous amount. And Dan left us at a delicious Italian restaurant for our lunch.