Word WarII & Cold War Walking Tour

3 hours hours · Including: Private guide
This popular walking tour takes you through several hundred years of German history with a strong focus on the years between 1871 and 1961. Stops on this tour include the Holocaust Memorial by Peter Eisenmann, the site of Hitler’s first (non-public) speech in Berlin, world-famous Checkpoint Charlie, the location of the Führer Bunker, the former Ministry of Aviation (today: Germany’s Ministry of Finance), the Topography of Terror, as well as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, one of Zaha Hadid’s earliest buildings, Potsdamer Platz including the Sony Center, and the Hansa Studios, where David Bowie famously recorded his famous “Berlin Trilogy”, one of which is his legendary album, “Heroes”.

In just under three hours this walking tour packs it all in, giving you an overall impression of Berlin’s rich, often troubled, and tumultuous history!
You will experience:
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Location of the führer bunker
Host: Martin
Languages: English, German, French

You will meet here:

Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Meeting point details: Checkpoint Charlie, outside Cafe Einstein

This is the plan:

  • Holocaust Memorial Germany's central memorial to commemorate the systematic murder on 6 million Jews will be explained in detail
  • Topography of Terror Learn more about the site which today occupies a documentation center on Germany's Nazi past
  • Checkpoint Charlie From Cold War hot-spot to tourist hot spot! Find out why this particular former checkpoint is known the world over!
What you can expect
Starting at Checkpoint Charlie, this walking tour will take you along the former border between East and West Berlin. By doing so, we will pass the former Reich’s Ministry of Aviation (where the infamous Hermann Göring planned the bombings of London and Bath (“Baedeker Bombings”) and which today houses Germany’s Ministry of Finance, of all things!

You will also get to see the location where Hitler gave his first (non-public) speech in Prussia, back in 1927. Furthermore, we will stop at the Topography of Terror with its excavations of former Gestapo prisons and where one of the last remaining sections of The Berlin Wall are still visible. Passing the Martin Gropius Building and the Parliament of Berlin, we’ll eventually reach Potsdamer Platz, including the Sony Center and the Boulevard of the Stars, which looks nothing like it did 100 years ago, yet is just as busy, and finally, we will reach the location of the Führer Bunker and eventually, the Holocaust Memorial.

This walking tour ends at the Brandenburg Gate, today a symbol for Germany’s darkest but especially its most glorious hours.

By the way: If you’re a fan of David Bowie, a short detour to the legendary Hansa Studios is optional as it is close by. Bowie recorded one of his most memorable albums (“Heroes”) right there. But besides him, Depeche Mode, K.T. Tunstall and many others have also contributed to cement the legend of these studios, which, during Bowie’s Berlin period, were located right next to The Berlin Wall.
€ 150.00 Per person
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Hey! I'm Martin
Age: 58
Location: Berlin, DE
Languages: English, German, French
Curious by nature and wild at heart ...
I am a professional, qualified and certified tour guide and have made it my mission to show visitors to Berlin sights, sites, and places which they may otherwise miss since Berlin, in my opinion, is the most misunderstood city in the world. I've been working as a tour-guide ever since I returned from having lived abroad (UK, France) for close to 16 years. Following my return, I had to rediscover this city as so much of it had changed. However, the constant changes Berlin undergoes make it a fascinating place to visit. But it is exactly that which also make it a challenge to the casual tourist, not to mention tour operators and travel book publishers as they have to edit their Berlin edition every couple of years, with new museums, sights, and monuments being built on a constant basis!

The tours I offer will take you around Berlin - by underground - in just under four hours, introducing you to the many faces and facets you never knew Berlin had. ... ... Curious? Join me!

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