If there is something specific you would like to see or a part of history you are keen to learn more about, please let us know beforehand or tell your guide upon your arrival. Your guide will organize the lunch break according to your wishes, please let him know when you arrive.
In respect to Berlin’s topography and the location of sites, we follow a storyline starting at the Third Reich and ending with the Cold War.
You will drive through the East of Berlin, where you will stop at the Berlin Wall Memorial to see some remaining parts of the Berlin Wall.
Your tour will take you at the Reichstag, the parliament building, where a fire--allegedly lit by a communist in February of 1933--served Hitler’s pretext for a seizure of absolute power by means of an “emergency decree.”
Then you are on to the Soviet War memorial, the burial place of the soldiers who took Berlin and the Reichstag.
You'll walk along the East-West Axis to the Brandenburg Gate, and to the newly completed Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. After standing on the former site of Hitler’s bunker, where Hitler spent his last weeks, you'll get to take a closer look at important Nazi ministries such as Goering’s Ministry of Aviation.
Of course, you will pass by Checkpoint Charlie, where close-by you will see the Topography of Terrors, the torture cellars left over from the headquarters of SS and Gestapo and the entertainment palace where Hitler held his first speech in Berlin and where Jews and opponents were later gathered for deportation.
You will pass by the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall and have a look to the Karl-Marx Allée (former Staline Allee), the must-see central boulevard of the former GDR, erected in the unique Soviet "sugar bakery" style.
As you travel through the city, your guide will direct your attention to the historical sites as you pass them, such as the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt, a monument to Old Prussian tolerance.
You will learn about the role of the former Imperial Bank, with its massive and forceful Nazi-facade, the storage location of gold stolen from raided enemies. You will continue past Humboldt University, where 20,000 books written by opponents of the regime were burned, and students and professors collaborated with the Nazi regime to remove Jewish colleagues and contribute “scientific” know-how to Hitler’s plans.
You will have a closer look at the Neue Wache, as well as the Lustgarten on Museum Island. Listen as your guide explains the fatal art policies of the Third Reich.
Departures: 07:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: Vehicle descriptions:
- Mercedes E Taxi Version
- Mercedes E - mid-size luxury car with nice leg room
- Mercedes S - large, luxury car
- Standard van - such as a VW
- Luxury van - such as a Mercedes
- Standard bus - regular tourist bus
- Luxury bus - such as a Mercedes