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Berlin: Original World War 2 & Third Reich Tour

1. Berlin: Original World War 2 & Third Reich Tour

Spend 3 hours discovering the fascinating city of Berlin on this fantastic guided tour through the city. This Berlin World War II Tour concentrates on the effects, history, buildings, and stories surrounding Berlin in the Second World War. First, we will explore the Battle of Berlin to explore how Berlin served as the Nazi stronghold in Germany and command center for Hitler and the Third Reich. This will be followed by discovering the Reichstag — a historic building in Berlin which houses the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany's parliament. Then we will proceed to the Russian-German War Museum (Entrance is Free) to understand how Berlin may have played the biggest part of any city during the atrocities that took place in World War II. Next, we will uncover the Flak Tower to see the damage brought on by thousands of allied bombs and the defense structures built to keep them out. Then, we will proceed to the Prenzlauer Berg to look at the scars and battlefields left behind during the Battle of Berlin. Lastly, we will end the tour at the Site of Hitler's Bunker to see the spot where Hitler had his notorious underground lair. This Tour visits many World War II historical sights and memorials. Along the way, our guide will recount historic events and urban legends. Our guides can and will point out many interesting stories and facts that many would just walk over! We cover a lot but expect to be able to stop for drinks along the way and walk at a nice leisurely pace. Come see the streets come alive as we jump back in history and see the effects of the largest conflict the world has ever seen on the Original Berlin World War II Third Reich Tour.

Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

2. Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

Berlin's Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the brutal truths of the Holocaust, up to its present-day revival. Uncover the history of Berlin's re-emerging Jewish community, learn about the people that made its greatest impacts, and see the sites that matter. From Moses Mendelssohn to Albert Einstein, Berlin's Jews have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural development. Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination which, after seething for centuries, eventually devastated Europe, and the rest of the world, more recently than many of us would like to think. See the magnificent New Synagogue, and hear its incredible story, which mirrors the tale of Jews in Berlin before, during, and after Nazi persecution. See where non-Jews risked their lives in order to hide their Jewish neighbors, including the Workshop for the Blind, where one courageous Berliner risked his own life to save those of his Jewish employees. See the site of the ancient Jewish-Cemetry where Mendelssohn is still buried, and acquaint yourself with his significance in philosophy and Jewish history. Walk in the footsteps of working-class Jewish immigrants who dreamed of a better world. Hear the stories of women who aspired to be Rabbis, and the rich who desired poverty. Discover what it means, and what it once meant, to be a Jewish Berliner.

Berlin: Scenic Guided Tour by Private Car for 2, 3, 6 Hours

3. Berlin: Scenic Guided Tour by Private Car for 2, 3, 6 Hours

Make the most of your time in Berlin with a guided tour of the hotspots and discover the rich culture of the German capital. Get picked up at your hotel and visit sights as old as Gendarmenmarkt and recent as the Berlin Wall. Spend time in the central district of Mitte and see how life has changed. Meet your driver and guide at your chosen pickup for an introduction to Germany and Berlin's recent history. With a separate dedicated driver, your tour guide can focus fully on telling you about each area, planning your preferred route, and checking if you’d like to stop and walk around. Drive by world-famous locations like Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, and the former Jewish Quarter with its impressive New Synagogue. Stretch your legs at areas like Museum Island or Unter den Linden to find historical gems that are worth seeing up-close. Deepen your understanding of Berlin’s controversial past as you pass Checkpoint Charlie, the site of Hitler’s Bunker, the former Nazi Government Quarter, and Bebelplatz where the ceremonial burning of Nazi books took place. Take in the solemn atmosphere at the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Murdered Under National Socialism. Learn from your guide about the importance of these memorials to modern Berliners and international tourists. Opt for the 6-hour tour and add a trip to former West Berlin. See the majestic Charlottenburg Palace, the Kurfürstendamm, and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and stop at the legendary Berlin chocolatiers: Rausch. Take the opportunity to shop for souvenirs or grab some refreshments with at least 2 breaks in each tour. Be sure to let your guide know what sights are on the top of your lists and if there are any restaurants or cafes you'd like to check out.

Half-Day Bike Tour of Berlin During the Third Reich

4. Half-Day Bike Tour of Berlin During the Third Reich

On this powerful half-day tour you’ll explore Berlin as the capital city of Nazi Germany. With your guide you’ll visit the former Jewish quarter, the locations of Nazi bunkers, an air-raid shelter, anti-aircraft installations, war-damaged buildings, Nazi resistance monuments, WW2 battlefields, and more. The Third Reich bike tour includes rides through parks and is conducted at a relaxing pace. You’ll cover around 8 miles in 4.5 hours, with stops every few hundred meters to take in the sites. It’s a comprehensive, but not a strenuous tour. By the end of the excursion you’ll have a better understanding of the circumstances that allowed Hitler to achieve power in the time leading up to the second world war. Hear about Germany in the aftermath of World War I, Hitler’s rise and fall, and the building of the Berlin Wall. See the impact the Third Reich and WWII still have on Berlin, specifically by exploring the remnants of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Berlin’s old main train station.

Berlin: Historical Sights & Berlin Wall Tour with a Berliner

5. Berlin: Historical Sights & Berlin Wall Tour with a Berliner

Meet your local guide at one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate. Listen to your guide share fascinating insight about this symbolic monument that reunified Germany, and discover why it was isolated for 28 years. Continue the tour along the former border between East and West Berlin and marvel at the remainders of the Berlin Wall. Hear the impressive and gripping stories of escapes from East Berlin as well as other tales from Berlin’s turbulent history. Learn why Berlin was once called the “front city” and uncover its time as an island of freedom during the Cold War. Arrive at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, the official allied border that crossed from West to East Berlin in the time of the partition. Listen to a fascinating story about an altercation that occurred here in 1961, almost igniting World War 3.

Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

6. Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

Acquire deeper knowledge of World War II history and understand the cruelty of the crimes committed against the victims of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp with a guided visit. Afterward, explore the ancient Slavic town of Postdam and its royal palaces and gardens. Board your bus at the TV tower at Alexanderplatz and begin your drive to the first stop. Meet your Sachsenhausen Memorial guide and enter the camp to understand the dimensions of the cruelty that took place there. Learn about how jobs were distributed and how the camp was run. After your visit, set off towards Potsdam. Hear the story of how it went from being a Slavic town to becoming a royal residence. See the palaces and gardens where the royal families and their courts ruled and walked. Take a guided walk and enjoy some free time to discover the area on your own.

From Berlin: Royal Palaces & Gardens Private Black Van Tour

7. From Berlin: Royal Palaces & Gardens Private Black Van Tour

Start this fascinating tour with pickup at your hotel in Berlin. From there, you will be transported to the beautiful city of Potsdam to begin an 8-hour tour through an atmospheric city crammed full of history and cultural heritage. Whether it's the Prussian Royal Family or Cold War espionage that excites you most, you will not be disappointed. Less than 1 hour from Berlin, Potsdam is a small city surrounded by picturesque landscapes, beautiful nature, abundant palaces, castles, and baroque architectural wonders. Led by an expert guide, explore the picturesque Potsdam and learn the stories behind the city’s spectacular façade. You will visit Glienicker Brücke (Bridge), which crosses the River Havel and runs through the middle of the East/West division. There, hear exciting stories about the spies’ exchanges, undertaken by the allies 3 different times. Many other historic traces of the German division can still be found here as well. The tour will lead you through the former KGB headquarters, the unusual small colony of wooden houses built almost 200 years ago, and other highlights that expose the Soviet influence after the Second World War. Next, visit the Dutch quarter, whose endless rows of red brick houses will remind you of Amsterdam. Potsdam is a city constructed from a patchwork of cultures. The New Garden was commissioned by King Frederick William II more than 200 years ago. After roaming this beautiful fairy-tale garden, the tour guide will lead you to Cecilienhof Palace, the location of the famous Potsdam Conference, built in 1916.  There, walk through the very halls where Stalin, Truman, and Churchill negotiated after the war. Perhaps one of the most visited places in Potsdam is the grave of Frederick the Great at Sanssoucci; situated at the top of a vineyard, it's a truly wonderful spot. You can also visit the other Prussian Royal Family graves at the awe-inspiring Peace Church. The spectacular design of the church is known to evoke spirituality even in those who do not believe. There is so much to see and hear about in this city. At the end of the tour, just sit back and relax as the tour guide transports you back to your hotel.

Battle of Berlin: Full Day Historic WWII Private Tour

8. Battle of Berlin: Full Day Historic WWII Private Tour

The 1945 Battle of Berlin included some of the deadliest fighting in recorded military history. On this full day private black van Berlin tour, you’ll learn about the battle itself and how it led to the eventual fall of the Nazi regime. Follow along with an expert guide in military history as they explain the chaos of the battle, the strategies involved, and the surrender of the Third Reich. We will visit the Reichstag building, which was one of the central targets of the Red Army during the battle, and see the unmarked site of the former Führerbunker, where Hitler eventually died by suicide. Learn about the Nazi’s air defence system and the series of flak towers built in Berlin and beyond, to protect the regime from air attack. You’ll also stop at the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, located on the site where the German armed forces surrendered, and WWII ended. Lastly, visit two Soviet war memorials, at Tiergarten and Treptower Park, both commemorating the Soviet soldiers who died during the Battle of Berlin. About Our Guides Our Berlin tour guides are more than just guides — they are true characters of the city, with deep knowledge of Berlin’s history and politics. Some of them were eyewitnesses to the Cold War, and all of them are enthusiastic ambassadors of their city. On this tour, you will be led by an expert in military history, who will be happy to take the time to answer all your questions about the Battle of Berlin and WWII.

Berlin: Reichstag Battlefield Tour

9. Berlin: Reichstag Battlefield Tour

Our journey begins at the meeting point on the southern side of the modern Hauptbahnhof (Main Station). Following a brief introduction to set the scene, we will make our way to the Moltke Bridge. This ornate red sandstone structure became the scene of some of Berlin's most deadly fighting. Here, we will orient ourselves to the Soviet 3rd Shock Army’s axis of advance and discuss the key challenges for both the encroaching Soviets and the German defenders. After making our way across the Moltke Bridge we will reach the then Interior Ministry, nicknamed the “Himmler House” in the old diplomatic quarter. Following a Soviet artillery barrage at point-blank range, we will discuss the horrific room-to-room fighting that occurred here. Continuing to ‘no man’s land,’ we will stand on the former Königsplatz and take stock of the 300m area that the 207th and 150th rifle divisions would have to cross before reaching the Reichstag. As we walk toward the Reichstag, we will discuss Hitler’s final moments in the Führer bunker only a few hundred meters away. Once at the foot of the Reichstag, you will hear the stories of Sergeant Yegorov and Sergeant Kantariya and how they raised special banner No.5 on the roof – signifying the end.

Berlin: All-in-One Shore Excursion from Warnemünde Port

10. Berlin: All-in-One Shore Excursion from Warnemünde Port

This shore excursion is adjusted to each ship’s docking times and starts promptly after your vessel’s arrival, returning with plenty of time to spare - ensuring that you will not miss your cruise ship’s departure.  Meet your host in front of your cruise ship as soon as it docks. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and take a relaxing journey through the picturesque flatlands of East Germany. Arrive in Berlin and meet your professional English-speaking tour guide. Begin the tour in West Berlin at the Charlottenburg Palace. Stretch your legs as your knowledgeable local guide gives you an introduction to the city. Then, drive through the former British sector along Berlin’s Champs-Élysées - the Kurfürstendamm, past the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the KaDeWe, the largest department store in continental Europe. Next, head to East Berlin - visiting the impressive parliament building, the Reichstag - on the way. Stroll through the famous Brandenburg Gate and nearby Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Admire the Tiergarten central park, the Victory Column, a Soviet memorial, the Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma as well as the Paris Square. Continue on to the site of Hitler’s bunker, through Potsdamer Platz to one of the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall before reaching the former site of the Headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, today known as the Topography of Terror. Next is your chance to pass through Checkpoint Charlie – the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War - and visit the former US sector. After some free time for lunch (not included in the tour price), continue the tour through the former Soviet sector of East Berlin to visit the spectacular Gendarmenmarkt and Bebelplatz – famous for being the ‘Nazi Book Burning Square’. Visit Berlin’s historic former Royal Quarter – the beautiful boulevard of Unter den Linden, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral, and Alexanderplatz with its iconic TV Tower. Time permitting, your tour guide might drive past the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall with its world-famous graffiti – the East Side Gallery or stop in the former Jewish Quarter, which has recently become the fashion and art center of the German capital. At the end of your Berlin tour, say goodbye to your tour guide, and be whisked off in comfort back to your cruise ship.

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Felipe is a great guide who explained to us with great clarity and passion the history of Germany, as well as the monuments and/or important sites. It helped us a lot to understand and appreciate the history of Germany, I highly recommend it.

It's a really unique experience going on a private tour with a east berlin historian. It was great to have that context since my previous experience has been with west Germans. It provided a unique view on history.

Excellent tour, very well put together, very informative. Both our guide Sabine and our driver Andreas were great, a great team and they looked after us wonderfully. We can unreservedly recommend it.

Our castle guide was just great! Charmingly funny ( for me as a native of Basel it was a pleasure ) and very competent. Our driver was great too. Best wishes to both E. RothCueni

A really good tour on a bike through Nazi Berlin. Very interesting to hear the guide telling all about it.