Berlin Under The Swastika Tour by Walkative!

Duration: 3h and 15min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on June 06, 2024

Walkative was established in 2007 by a group of young enthusiasts who also happened to be licensed tour guides. Today, we operate in 20 cities in countries across all of Europe and beyond, including France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Ukraine and Israel. We have already guided more than 3 million tourists, with more than 350 000 in 2023 only! Despite this growth, we stay true to our values: be local and present the history of our cities in a professional, yet entertaining way, accessible for everybody, regardless their budget. We provide service not only in big, well established places like Berlin, Paris or Krakow, but also smaller, less known, yet no less fascinating locations, like Nice, Toruń or Lublin. We cooperate with highly trained, professional guides providing both engaging tip-based and regular fixed-price tours. And most importantly - we know our cities by heart! Join us and stay Walkative!

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

Tour description

Once the heart of Jewish life in Germany, Berlin’s landscape changed irreversibly with the Nazi seizure of power. Within a matter of years, Europe’s most liberal and metropolitan city had been transformed into the capital of one of the most destructive regimes in human history: Hitler’s Third Reich, but also the birthplace of powerful forms of resistance - big and small. 


Join Walkative! Tours on ‘Berlin under the Swastika’ to explore this dramatic shift in the history of the city, and trace the steps of the rise of the Third Reich to its final destructive vision. 

On this tour, we will go to the former Jewish quarter and learn about the thriving Jewish life here before 1933, and how it was soon lost. We will explore the former ministry district and Reichstag, and discuss the propaganda machine and glorification of the Fuhrer, and we will see, too, the memorials dedicated to the groups victimised by the Nazis - from the Roma and Sinti to the homosexuals. 

After this 3.5 hour tour, you will see how after rebuilding itself twice since the Second World War, Berlin became the city it is now: never hiding anything about its gruesome past, but openly trying to make amends and pay respect to the people who suffered here during that time.

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  • Meeting point:
    Rathausstraße 15, 10178 Berlin, Germany
    Rathausstraße 15, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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    Look for the guide with the yellow umbrella in front of the Red Town Hall.

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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Rosalie 12 Jul 2024

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
I had already been on a tour taking in Berlin’s main spots but wanted a tour that delved deeper into the history of Nazi germany and the rise of Hitler’s power. This tour was perfect. Mark was a fantastic tour guide and extremely knowledgeable. The whole group was fully engaged for the full 3 hours (despite half of it in torrential rain) which you don’t always see on the longer tours. Highly recommend this tour if you are in Berlin.
Yanyie 03 Jul 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jul 2024
Will was awesome! I learned so much!
Erika 27 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Will was a very informative and professional guide; also making the topic not to heavy and approachable for the audience. Super tour and super guide!
Heidi 06 Jun 2024
New York

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Ru was outstanding as a guide, giving us a new perspective on life under the Nazi regime in Berlin. It was serious, but he also focused on some very positive aspects.... such as protests and people who resisted the movement, and protected others during that time. I would highly recommend this, or any other tour with Ru.
John 25 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
One of the best free walking tours I’ve done. Will clearly knew the subject and explained the information so well.
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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 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires 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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