Gleis 17

The CAPITAL OF TYRANNY Tour

5 HOUR TOUR | includes private transportation & driver

THE RISE & FALL OF THE THIRD REICH

Holocaust Memorial
Holocaust Memorial
Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium
German Resistance Museum
German Resistance Museum

Discover the history of the Third Reich beyond the pulp mythology – follow the path of Hitler’s Machtergriefung (rise to power); learn about the catastrophic events; the dominant personalities of the Nazi party; and the courageous individuals who stood up against totalitarian rule.

Delve into Berlin’s darkest chapter and explore what remains of Hitler’s grand project, Welthauptstadt Germania, and the ‘Thousand Year Reich’ – a private guided tour through the heart of the capital of tyranny.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

…the former Nazi government quarter, the site of Hitler’s Führerbunker, the German Resistance Museum, the Olympic Stadium, the Haus der Wannsee Konferenz and much more…

PRICE: 750€
($800/£640)
inc 19% VAT

Aerial photo of Berlin after the bombing showing the area on which the memorial "Topography of Terror" was built - 1948/Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Although not the birthplace of National Socialism, Berlin would serve as the nerve-centre of Hitler’s regime following the Nazi seizure of power in 1933. Fitting now that the country’s present-day parliament convenes within walking distance of a collection of memorials established for the victims of National Socialism.

The current movement to confront the country’s past is best summarised as a respectful observation of uncomfortable history. Germany’s willingness to openly face these issues providing any serious student of European History the opportunity to study the factors and events that led to the country’s descent into totalitarian madness and genocidal dictatorship.

There is an undeniable mythology surrounding the Third Reich; National Socialism grips the public imagination the world over. So, too, does it retain its hold on the collective memory of today’s Berliners. And how could it not?

The Second World War irrevocably changed the face of the city; a city which is tied up with Hitler’s plans for world domination like no other.

What is gone of Hitler’s regime lives on through memory; what remains stands as a testament to the necessity of confronting tyranny.

Berlin, Parade zum Jahrestag der Wehrfreiheit/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-C03964 / Müller / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, 1945. On the left the Columbushaus, on the right the ruin of Hotel Fürstenhof. Canadian soldiers in the jeep/Public Domain

This tour is an opportunity to address the many aspects of life in the Third Reich, while following the path of Hitler’s Machtergreifung (rise to power). Revisit the catastrophic events; the dominant personalities of the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler’s inner circle; and consider the acquiescence, either criminal or passive, that allowed National Socialism to flourish and maintain its hold on German society until the end.

From the former Nazi government district and the surviving former ministry buildings to the site of Adolf Hitler’s Führerbunker to discuss his final days. Beyond Berlin’s central Mitte district this tour also ventures west to the Olympic Stadium – site of the 1936 ‘Nazi Games’ and the Gleis 17 Deportation Station memorials before continuing to one of the most important sites in Holocaust history – the Haus der Wannsee Konferenz – where in 1942, Nazi functionaries met and coordinated the ‘Final Solution to the Jewish Question’.

 

HISTORY BEYOND THE MYTH

Berlin, NS-Kundgebung im Lustgarten/Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-P022065 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

We will not only examine the physical remnants of this era but also discuss the myths and realities of this period. 

  • Was the Nazi Party democratically elected?
  • Are there any Nazi statues left in Berlin?
  • Who was really responsible for the Reichstag fire?
  • Why did the Nazis use the Swastika?
  • Were the Nazi medical experiments useful?
  • Was Adolf Hitler a drug addict?
  • Were the Anglo-American air attacks on Berlin war crimes?
  • What inspired the racial theories of Nazi Germany?
  • Were the Nazi concentration camps inspired by the British?
  • Did Hugo Boss design the Nazi uniforms?
  • Did Hitler escape to Argentina in 1945?
  • How close did the Nazis come to developing an atomic bomb?
  • Why didn’t the British and Americans take Berlin in 1945?
  • How many times did Hitler survive assassination?
  • Did the Nazis invent decaf coffee?
  • What was the relationship between Nazi Germany and the Vatican?

Included Tour Sites

Berlin, Lustgarten, Rede Goebbels/Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-P046287 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Price

750€ for a 5 hour private van tour – max 6 person group ($800/£640)

includes 19% VAT, guide fee, booking fee, admin fee, transportation and driver costs, and tourism insurances.

Transportation

All vehicles are recent model Mercedes Benz V-class/Volkswagen Caravelle vans suitable for up to six people.

For larger groups we also provide mini-vans and buses (up to 60 people).

Location

Our tours can start whenever and wherever is best for you. Whether you’re an early bird or late sleeper.

Whether you prefer to start at your accommodation or elsewhere.

Professional

Member of the Berlin Guides Association – Bündnis Berliner Stadtführer e.V.

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Secure

Our payments are securely processed using Stripe/PayPal invoicing – all major credit cards accepted.

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Safe

All tours conducted in accordance with current German government Covid-19 precautions and guidelines.

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The first step in booking any of our tours is to get in touch – either by email (info@berlinexperiences.com) or by using the contact box below.

What sort of tour/s are you interested in? Have you already booked your accomodation and would like your tour to start there? How many days are you staying in Berlin and would you like to book multiple tours?

Once we have received your initial request we will get back in touch within 24-48hrs with further details and a proposal for your trip.

Bookings for the high season (May-December) need to be paid in full in advance – we accept VISA/Mastercard/Paypal/Bank Transfer and plenty of other forms of payment.

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Photo Credits
  1. Ruins of the Reichstag in Berlin, 3 June 1945/Public Domain
  2. Aerial photo of Berlin after the bombing showing the area on which the memorial “Topography of Terror” was built – 1948/Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
  3. Berlin, Parade zum Jahrestag der Wehrfreiheit/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-C03964 / Müller / CC-BY-SA 3.0
  4. Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, 1945. On the left the Columbushaus, on the right the ruin of Hotel Fürstenhof. Canadian soldiers in the jeep/Public Domain
  5. Berlin, NS-Kundgebung im Lustgarten/Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-P022065 / CC-BY-SA 3.0
  6. Berlin, Lustgarten, Rede Goebbels/Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-P046287 / CC-BY-SA 3.0