The Rise of The Third Reich - Free Walking Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Rob
Quality Verified Registered on January 31, 2022

Hello. I'm Rob, an English-speaking tour guide living in Berlin. I arrived in the city 12 years ago and began tour guiding almost right away. Since then I've been lucky enough to work as a history guide in Paris and New York City, but Berlin is my permanent home. I've led thousands of tours down the years, both for tourists and during educational trips for high school and college students. I'm a registered guide at Deutsche Stiftung (German Memorial) sites like the former concentration camp memorial Sachsenhausen in Berlin. Aside from History, I studied literature at University, and, unless it's raining, I usually bring my dog Gilbert on tour with me. He's a rescue dog from Romania and is very gentle, and great with adults, children, and other dogs.

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

A visitor to Germany at the start of the 20th Century would have believed that the next 100 years would be glorious. But something terrifying was lurking in the heart of this outwardly advanced nation. By 1945 Germans could look around them and barely see two bricks piled on top of one another. Their nation had become a synonym for cruelty. What happened?
On this fascinating free tour, we explore the roots of Hitler's evil empire. How did the Nazi party take an advanced, civilized nation, and turn it towards barbarism?
We will explore the missteps in the creation of Germany, the warning signs that were ignored, the roots of the Nazis' hateful antisemitism, the cultural revolution which allowed Hitler to force a fringe political idea into the daily lives of every German. We will discover how conspiracy theories and propaganda convinced a nation to follow a limited, irrational and paranoid man into oblivion. All this against the back drop of some of Berlin's most glorious historical sites.
Sites visited: 

Neptune Fountain
Marx-Engels Memorial
Karl Liebknecht memorial
Neuer Marstall
The Royal Palace
Berlin State Library
Book burning memorial
Museum Island
Lust Garten
Prussian Armory/ German Historical Museum
Neue Wache, site of German remembrance. 

 Join me, a tour guide of over decade's experience as we trace the rise of the Third Reich. 
The tour will include a short coffee and bathroom break.
🐕‍🦺Please note, my dog Gilbert will usually be on this tour. He is very good with other dogs, and people.

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  • Meeting point:
    Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 8, 10178 Berlin,...
    Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 8, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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    I will be standing between the statue of Martin Luther and St. Mary's Church, wearing a name badge, and usually with my dog Gilbert.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Roel... 03 Jul 2022
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2022
When you are interested in more background information about recent German history in stead of just fun visiting Berlin you should absolutely do this tour with the nice guy Rob from Manchester.
Lars 01 Jul 2022
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2022
Rob's tour was a very interesting, fun, and enlightening experience. He gave a quite sophisticated insight into the political and cultural preconditions for the Third Reich, on a well crafted walking tour. The relevance of these historical events for contemporary political development in different countries became depressingly evident. We greatly enjoyed this tour - recommended!
Mari... 17 Jun 2022
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Travelled in group - Jun 2022
Rob is such an amazing tour guide…a master storyteller. He kept my teenaged son interested and concentrated on the tour which is a feat on its own! Thoroughly recommend his tour for anyone interested in this piece of German history.
Kim ... 06 Jun 2022
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Travelled in group - Jun 2022
Great , let’s a little of his leftist view slip out but otherwise outstanding
Hedda 04 Jun 2022
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2022
Excellent tour! Really learned a lot since the tour went as far back as the 15th century instead of the usual 1933-1945. Rob is also a highly skilled guide with tons of knowledge to share. Recommended when visiting Berlin!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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