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Berlin Under The Swastika Tour by Walkative!

Duration: 3h and 15min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on July 05, 2017

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

212 ratings
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4.92
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4.73
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4.9
Quality
4.89
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4.84
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Isabelle 13 Apr 2024
Montreal

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
The tour with Ru was super interesting with a lot of details. Ru knows his subject and we learned a lot. Thanks for the amazing tour !
Francesca 13 Apr 2024
Manchester

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Mark was our tour guide & he exceeded our expectations with his knowledge & passion for Nazi history. My son & I learnt so much, gained a real appreciation for the time frame in which he talked about but also learn how Germany & Berlin in particular has turned their history around & developed into a country/city which celebrated & embraces all that the Nazi's tried to eliminate. Fascinating! Well done.!
Neal 01 Apr 2024
Luxembourg

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
I truly enjoyed this tour. Ru is truly an amazing guide and loves what he does. Thank you for this memorable guided tour.
John 31 Mar 2024
Limerick

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
A great way to get an overview of Berlin if staying in the city for a short time
Eduardo 30 Mar 2024
London

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
It was the worst walking tour I've ever done. I'd have rather read the first line of description from Google as I'd have learn more than in these three hours. Such a disgrace that one of the most interesting topic and emblematic places on earth has been explained in the most simple and boring way, without any depth and side stories to keep the content and mood. It's a shame for all ever made walking tours that someone with such an incredible content provides information to people that doesn't add any value. I went to read random street memorial information posts right after to actually feel I haven't lost my day.
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
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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