THE RISE & FALL OF THE THIRD REICH
Examine how the Nazi state functioned in Berlin and what taking control of the German capital meant to Hitler and his followers.
How a nation crippled and traumatized by its loss of the First World War was thrust into National Socialist dictatorship by the gravediggers of Weimar democracy.
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.
What is gone of Hitler’s regime lives on through memory; what remains stands as a testament to the necessity of confronting disaster.
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.
This tour invites you to discover the history of the Third Reich beyond the obvious mythology and witness the destruction left following the defeat of Hitler’s ‘Thousand Year Empire’.
We will consider the political and architectural ramifications of National Socialism, through the still visible shrapnel damage and remaining Herrschaftsarchitektur. Find out about the courageous Berliners who stood up to totalitarian rule, and honour the memory of those who perished as a result of Nazi persecution.
This Capital Of Tyranny tour explores what remains of Adolf Hitler’s capital city and Berlin’s time at the heart of the Nazi empire.
Starting from either your accommodation or a designated location in the city, we will visit the major and minor locations across Berlin associated with this period in German history.
Addressing the many aspects of life in the Third Reich, while following the path of Hitler’s Machtergreifung and seizure of power. The catastrophic events, the dominant personalities of the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler’s inner circle, and the acquiescence, either criminal or passive, that allowed National Socialism to flourish and maintain its hold on German society until the end.
We will not only examine the physical remnants of this era but also discuss the myths and realities of this period.
And much more…
This tour is designed for private transportation and includes private vehicle and professional driver costs in the total price.
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).
Get in touch for a personalised quote.
650€ for a 5 hour private tour – maximum 6 person group
includes 16% VAT, guide fee, booking fee, admin fee, transportation and driver costs, and mandatory German tourism insurances
(*prices in non-Euro currency calculated based on market rate at time of booking)
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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
7. Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, 1945. On the left the Columbushaus, on the right the ruin of Hotel Fürstenhof. Canadian soldiers in the jeep/Public Domain