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Walking tour to the historical places of the Third Reich in Berlin, including the former location of the Hitler bunker.

Tour information

This walking tour takes you to Wilhelmstrasse, the center of political power from 1933 to 1945 where the National Socialists tightened their grip on dictatorial power in Germany, planned the Holocaust and other horrible genocides and coordinated their war efforts. Visit memorials dedicated to the victims of Nazi atrocities and understand the sinister circumstances that helped the Nazis seize power and commit their crimes. Your guide will show you original sites of the regime’s rise and fall, provide the historical context and share his thoughts on how Germany copes with its history today.

Tour description

The tour starts at the Brandenburg Gate where Nazi hordes marched with torches in January 1933 when Hitler seized power. One month later, the Reichstag building burned, and the Nazis used this as a pretext to abolish democracy. You will see the Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma of Europe next to the Reichstag building and other memorials to victims of Nazi crimes. Among them the Holocaust Memorial stands out, an enormous field of concrete steles that you can walk through to get a sense of the helplessness and loneliness Jewish people felt when the perpetrators deprived them of their right to live.

Only a few meters away from the memorial is the former site of the bunker where Hitler committed suicide in 1945. Unassuming residential buildings occupy the place where his gigantic New Chancellery was opened in 1939, only to be destroyed by allied airplanes shortly thereafter. You will see remains of Goebbel’s Ministry of Propaganda and Goering’s former Ministry of Aviation – the building nowadays serves as Germany’s Ministry of Finance. The tour ends at the exhibition “Topography of Terror” where SS and Gestapo headquarters were located until 1945.

During the tour you will see:

Brandenburg Gate
Memorial to the Sinti and Roma of Europe murdered under the National Socialist regime
Soviet War Memorial – built after WWII
The East-West Axis that was part of Nazi plans to rebuild Berlin as “World Capital Germania”
The Reichstag building
Holocaust Memorial and memorials to other victims of the Nazi terror
Site of the bunker where Hitler committed suicide
Site of Hitler’s chancellery
Goebbel’s Ministry of Propaganda (today the building serves as Ministry of Labor)
Goering’s Ministry of Aviation (today the building serves as Ministry of Finance)
Exhibition “Topography of Terror”, site of former SS and Gestapo headquarters

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