Free tour

Berlin and Nazism: Rise and Fall of the Empire

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: Alexis
Quality Verified Registered on April 10, 2023

My name is Alexis and I am a Philosophy teacher. I came to Berlin 5 years ago to do my PhD, which is closely related to Berlin and the history of Germany. The German capital is a living laboratory that has witnessed the most important events of the 20th century that have shaped the world as we know it today. The streets of this city thus become a space where each and every one of us can listen and be heard: this is the main motivation that inspires me to do this work. From there the 'Side to Side' project was born, which proposes not only to look, but to see, listen and reflect on history. The 'Side to Side' tours are structured and designed to make the most of your visit to the capital, be it short or long. We avoid repeating monuments or commercial slogans. My tours are focused on historical periods to understand the essence of each era. Get to know the history of the city from the hand of a professional, with a close and entertaining language. If you want an exclusive tour, this is your tour. Book now :)

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Tour description

Victims and executioners, invaders and invaded, dictators and dictatorships, pacts and betrayals. All this is part of the narrative in which the history of Nazism is framed, but what are the reasons that lead a civilized country like Germany to fall into fanatism? Who collaborates and why in the Nazi blitzkrieg? What interests are hidden behind the Hitler dictatorship? And, above all, where did the Final Solution and the extermination of an entire people lead the world? 

If you want to answer these questions and reflect on what happened, getting to know the protagonists and the places that write the most important chapters of the 20th century, this is your tour. Let yourself be guided by the philosophy of 'Side to Side': tours thought out and documented from the historical rigor; author tours, with a precise and close language that avoids the sensationalist clichés. 

We will visit the most important Nazi monuments in Berlin and the memorials to the victims to rebuild together the history of Berlin under nazism. 

The tour will take us through the Brandenburg Gate, scene of the Nazi parades and also testimony of their defeat after the battle of Berlin. The Reichstag, the parliament, where the nazis conquer power. The Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to murdered Jews in Europe. Hitler's bunker, still today the object of conspiracies and for some a place of worship. The street of terror, where the Nazi chancelleries imposed fear and submission. There we will see Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda, the New Chancellery, the work of Albert Speer and the Air Ministry, Hermann Göring’s impressive air force. The tour ends at the Berlin Wall, in front of the Topography of Terror, a documentation center and museum on Nazism that you cannot miss. 

Throughout the tour we will also visit the memorials to the victims of the LGTBIQ collective, and the gypsy people and we will also talk about other lesser-known affected groups. Resistance to Nazism and how Germany today confronts the consequences of the most tragic chapter of its history complete the content of one of the most interesting tours of Berlin.

The tour includes the digital guide 'Side to Side: Heart of Berlin' that I have prepared with great care. A small gift so that you can continue discovering Berlin on your own: restaurants, breweries, alternative excursions and much more. Do not hesitate to book, 'Side to Side Tour' is your tour. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Ge...
    Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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    I will be waiting you in front of the Brandenburger Tor subway station, between Starbucks and Adlon Hotel, in the pedestrian avenue. You will recognize me by my black&white umbrella.

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    Brandenburg Gate

    The starting point. Berlin‘s icon.

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    Reichstag/Bundestag (Berlin)

    Governmental district and surroundings.

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    Sinti Memorial

    Intimate memorial in the Tier Garten.

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    Memorial to Soviet soldiers

    Tanks in Berlin.

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    Monument to homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism

    The black box.

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    Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

    The banality of the evil.

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    Hitler‘s Bunker.

    The downfall.

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    Ministry of Propaganda

    The nazi software.

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    Hitler‘s New Chancery.

    The quintessence of the Third Reich.

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    Outside visit
    The Luftwaffe

    Nazi‘s Air Force.

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    Outside visit
    Topography of Terrors

    Gestapo, SS and SA.

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).

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Esther 19 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Alexis was brilliant. Contacted us on WhatsApp on the morning of the tour to confirm meeting arrangements. Kept checking group was together. Manageable size of group too. Handled the topic very sensitively and he was very engaging . Would definately do a tour with him again.
Typhaine 19 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Alexis was very knowledgeable with a lot of updated information. He was also very attentive for everyone to make sure that nobody misses any part of the tour. I highly recommend.
Ieva 19 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Lots of knowledge shared , I enjoyed also looking at audio visual material he prepared didn't feel like 3h at all, went quite fast. Thank you!
Sarah 19 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Must in berlin, great content with critical thinking Nice multimedia content.
Nicole 18 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Absolutely amazing! Went on his Cold War tour and this one! Alexis is very knowledgeable and friendly.
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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 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.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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