Soviet Memorial Treptower Park

The BATTLE OF BERLIN Tour

6 HOUR TOUR | includes private transportation & driver

THE FINAL DAYS IN HITLER'S CAPITAL

The Reichstag
The Reichstag
Site Of The German Surrender
Site Of The German Surrender
SS Gestapo HQ
SS Gestapo HQ

Retrace the route of the Red Army advance into Berlin’s historic central district – from the arrival of the first Soviet troops on the city’s outskirts to the surrender of Berlin and final Nazi capitulation on May 8th 1945 in the suburb of Karlshorst.

Explore what remains of this urban battlefield & the bloody ‘Race to the Reichstag’ – the largest confrontation between Allied and Axis forces to take place on German soil – that ensured the defeat of National Socialism and end of WWII in Europe.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

…the main sites of Defence Sector Z, the Humboldthain Flak Tower, the site of the German surrender in Karlshorst, Tempelhof Airport, the ‘first liberated house’, the Soviet War Memorials, and much more…

PRICE: 850€
($910/£720)
inc 19% VAT

Volkssturm soldiers with Panzerfausts in Berlin/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-J31320 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

This tour is an opportunity to discover the story of the Battle of Berlin through the eyes of the defenders, the Soviet personnel tasked with attacking the city, but also the millions of civilians who would share the burden.

Explore the former Nazi government quarter and Defence Sector Zitadelle, the site of Adolf Hitler’s Führerbunker and command centre for the last days of his life. Hear the stories of the reluctant commander of the Berlin Defence Area who narrowly escaped execution for treason, the fanatical resistance from French and Swedish SS fighters, and the tragedy of young boys and old men forced to act as cannon fodder to blunt the Soviet assault.

Visit what remains of the major and minor locations of this epic battle; from the ‘first liberated house in Berlin’ to the former SS/Gestapo headquarters, site of the Rote Burg police stationTempelhof airport, and the Spittelmarkt that would become chokepoints over the course of the brutal fighting.

Follow the path taken by the remaining members of Hitler’s entourage in escaping through the frontlines, the gauntlet-like frontal assault that Red Army troops carried out while fighting through the current government district and learn about the controversy surrounding the iconic photo of those same Red Army troops raising the Soviet flag over the main Soviet objective – the Reichstag building.

Brandenburg Gate in 1945/Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-P054320 / Weinrother, Carl / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Red Army victory celebrations on a Berlin street/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-E0406-0022-018 / CC-BY-SA 3.0

The result would be a decisive Soviet victory – the death of Adolf Hitler and the coup de grâce to National Socialism. This bitterly contested battle, however, would leave Berlin almost unrecognisable to visitors fortunate enough to have witnessed the German capital in its pre-war splendour. A city that still today bears the scars of the street-by-street, house-by-house, cellar-by-cellar fighting that would become emblematic of the most symbolic battle of the war.

More than 80,000 Soviet soldiers would die before this battle was over and this tour includes access to two huge Soviet memorials – Treptower Park and the Tiergarten – that were established after the war to commemorate these dead. We additionally visit the German Russia Museum in Karlshorst, where less than a week after the end of the Battle of Berlin the instrument of surrender of Nazi Germany was signed.

HISTORY BEYOND THE MYTH

Red Army soldiers gather for an announcement on May 1st 1945/Public Domain

Beyond visiting the locations where the Battle of Berlin took place we will also discuss the myths and realities of this era-ending engagement, such as: 

  • What were the key events of the Battle of Berlin?
  • Why didn’t the British and Americans take Berlin in 1945?
  • Did Hitler escape to Argentina in 1945?
  • Did women serve in combat roles in the German army?
  • Did any leading Nazis escape Berlin in 1945?
  • Why was there a British WWI tank in Berlin in 1945?
  • Were there foreign fighters in Berlin in 1945?
  • What was controversial about the Soviet flag being raised over the Reichstag in 1945?
  • What remains of Hitler’s Welthauptstadt?
  • How close did the Nazis come to developing an atomic bomb?
  • Did Hugo Boss design the Nazi uniforms?
  • Are there any Nazi statues left in Berlin?
  • Why did the Nazis use the swastika?
  • Who were the last defenders of Hitler’s bunker?
  • Were the Anglo-American air raids on Berlin war crimes?
  • How many times did Hitler survive assassination?

Included Tour Sites

Soviet tanks on a street in Berlin/Public Domain

Price

750€ for a 6 hour private van tour – max 6 person group ($910/£685)

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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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.

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