At the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church you will explore what many consider the heart of West Berlin. The Church marks the only building on Breitscheidplatz square to survive the bombings of the World Wars and the west tower serves more as a ruin than a a functioning wing of the building. A constant fundraiser is in process to preserve the facade of this building as it still stands as an active church with a max capacity of 1,000 guests.
The site known as the Topography of Terror stands on the old headquarters of the Gestapo and SS from 1933 to 1945. With the original buildings destroyed by the allies, the current grounds were established in 1987 during Berlin's 750th anniversary celebration. Covering all dimensions of the Nazi reign of terror, this outdoor and indoor museum has three permanent exhibits with a handful that rotate throughout the year.
Neue Wache represents the key memorial site for victims of war and tyranny since 1993. From 1818 to 1918 it served as a station for the Royal Guard and after turning into a memorial in 1931 it was soon severely damaged in World War II. Inside you will find the moving sculpture called "Mother with her Dead Son" which symbolizes the pains of civilians during World War II. The most interesting aspect of this memorial is the sculpture's location under a circular hole in the roof exposed to the elements of Berlin's climate.
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - This tour accommodates a maximum of 24 passengers.
- Please note it takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive between Rostock and Berlin. Transportation to and from Berlin will be done with a driver, your English speaking guide will meet you in Berlin.
- There are restrooms on board the coach for emergency use. A rest stop will be made half way between Rostock and Berlin each way.
- Since Berlin is a long distance from the port of Rostock it is important to be prompt in your arrival to the meeting location. Please disembark your ship as soon as it docks. You will be assigned a time as early as 15 minutes after you dock.