Under the Swastika: Uncovering Berlin in the Nazi Era

4h English, German

The twelve years of National Socialist rule mark one of the darkest chapters in human history. With Berlin as their capital, the Nazis under Adolf Hitler envisioned a thousand-year empire that would stretch from Russia to Africa, and perhaps beyond. The result was the murder and enslavement of millions of people, and the destruction of much of Europe. We’ll trace that urgent story through the physical remains of a reviled regime.

What you'll discover

  • Explore the remaining examples of Nazi architecture in Berlin
  • Hear how Germany has tried to come to terms with its Nazi Past
  • Uncover stories of persecution and resistance
  • Visit Berlin’s haunting concrete memorial landscape
  • Span the beginning and end of the Nazi-era in one extraordinary walk

Learn about how the Nazis came to power and see their impact on the history of the Reichstag, Germany’s Parliament building. Uncover the remains of ‘Welthauptstadt Germania’ (‘World Capital Germania’), at the former Luftwaffe Headquarters of Hermann Göring - the ambitious and impossible architectural vision of Hitler and his chief architect Albert Speer. Visit the sites of the Propaganda Ministry and SS & Gestapo Headquarters on Wilhelmstrasse to understand the Nazi government’s mechanisms of control and manipulation. See the location of the Reich Chancellery building and reflect on the end of WWII in Europe where Hitler committed suicide in his bunker. On this walk, you’ll also hear about some isolated examples of German resistance to the Nazis. You’ll visit memorials dedicated to those persecuted under the Swastika - Jews, Roma, Sinti, and other minorities - and explore how Germany has attempted to address this shameful era. We'll finish at the former Tempelhof airfield, which was used as a commercial and military airport during the Nazi-era. It was also a showpiece for German aviation superiority, and ultimately played a vital role during the famous Berlin airlift at the very beginning of the Cold War.

Meet here

The meeting point is directly in front of the main steps of the Reichstag, the German Parliament.

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Meet your Stroller

Jess Earle

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and finished my BA in History at the University of California in Berkeley in 2012. There I was drawn to the Middle Ages and Jewish History. Afterwards, I took a backpacking trip through Europe, with Berlin as my final stop. I was immediately inspired by the city’s incredible past and vibrant present, and so I decided to stay. I learnt German and began an MA in History at the Humboldt University. And soon I found my perfect job: historical tour guide. Berlin is one of the most important cities of the last two centuries, and it’s the perfect destination for the culturally curious. So join me on a tour - in English or in German - and I guarantee you'll be hooked by this city!

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€43 per person (6 people)