A guided walk in Berlin that gives you as a visitor a bit extra and a delightful appetizer to inspire your own explorations. I am an EU-certified guide of the capital and I present Berlin’s most important sights in an easy entertaining way. Of course I also offer history, anecdotes and personal recommendations. The overview tour covers:
- Berlin’s history and the origins of it’s name, like how it got a bear as a symbol.
- Alexanderplatz and the TV-tower. We don’t take the elevator up, but recommend a visit.
- Museum island, an Unesco World Heritage site, including the new-old city palace dating back to 1451 and the Berliner Dom cathedral.
- Humboldt university and Bebelplatz where the Nazi book burning took place in 1933.
- The beautiful Gendarmenmarkt square.
- The (in)famous border crossing Checkpoint Charlie.
- An original piece of the Berlin Wall. Why was it built and how long did it take to dig an escape tunnel underneath it?
- The site of Hitler’s bunker.
- The Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe (the Holocaust memorial).
- Brandenburger Tor where you can mention Napoleon Bonaparte, the Berlin Wall and David Hasselhof in one breath.
- The government quarter with the Reichstag building.
The walking tour takes about 3-4 hours.
A guided tour by coach lasts for three hours, it includes several stops with a chance to alight and explore in detail. It’s possible to include:
- A part of former West Berlin with the bombed Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church and KaDeWe, the second biggest department store in Europe after Harrods.
- East Side Gallery where artists from all over the world painted on the original Berlin Wall along the river Spree.
- The Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. Here you can see an example of the Deathstrip in between the walls, remains of houses used for escapes and where they dug many of the tunnels to flee the East. There are also photos of some of the victims who were killed trying to get away.
- Hackesche Höfe, a building complex in a beautiful art nouveau style with eight courtyards, whereof we visit two completely contrasting ones.
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Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen
During the Olympic games 1936 in Berlin they started building Germany’s second purpose built concentration camp, Sachsenhausen, 35 km north of the city. This complex detained about 200,000 prisoners before the camp was liberated by Russian and Polish troops in April 1945. Tens of thousands didn’t survive. Sachsenhausen has a very specific geometric shape. Architecturally designed to be a model for all the following camps. That never happened! I will tell you why during the tour which takes about three hours. It also includes:
- What kind of people who were incarcerated.
- What their everyday life would have been like.
- A visit to one of the Jewish barracks.
- The prisoners’ uniforms and what the different coloured triangles on them meant.
- Station Z, `The Terminus´ of the camp.
- The infirmary where they were also conducting medical experiments.