Third Reich Walking Tour of Berlin, Berlin (Self Guided)

The Third Reich and Nazi Germany are the common English names for Germany between 1933 and 1945, while it was led by Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers' Party. Take this tour to get familiar with the unparalleled history of the most defining figure and regime of the 20th Century – Hitler and the Third Reich.
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Third Reich Walking Tour of Berlin Map

Guide Name: Third Reich Walking Tour of Berlin
Guide Location: Germany » Berlin (See other walking tours in Berlin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: clare
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Topography of Terror Museum

1) Topography of Terror Museum (must see)

The Gestapo and SS Headquarters in Berlin is the location of an outdoor museum called the Topography of Terror. It is a chilling memorial of one of the cruelest interrogation agencies since the inquisition.

The Gestapo and SS headquarters was the building where people who were regarded as a threat to the Nazi regime were questioned, tortured, and killed. It was completely ruined during the Berlin bombings of WWII and only the cellars survived. In 1987, a group of students excavated the cellars of the Gestapo Headquarters with their bare hands and the objects they found there form the outdoor exhibition named Topography of Terror. The museum aims to show the world how people were tortured to death without a fair trial by a totalitarian regime. There is also a covered exhibition complex and a library adjacent to the outdoor display.

The Topography of Terror Museum is a monument to liberty and the aim is to illustrate that democracy and civil rights need to be defended on a daily basis. It chronicles the war crimes committed by the Nazi regime in a blatant abuse of power. A free headset is available at the reception with English language commentary for the benefit of visitors.

Why You Should Visit:
A must-see for all who want to learn about the dark history of the Nazi party.
Tastefully presented in a bright modern building, which includes a café and free restrooms.

Tip:
Leave your coats and bags in the lockers and make sure you take the excellent self-guided audio tour.
For the memorial/storyboard outside start from the left and if you're going in winter time make sure to wrap up as it can get cold.
Try and go on a Sunday when there's a free tour in English at 3:30pm giving a quicker overview of the information without going through every panel.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm; Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Goering's Air Force Headquarters

2) Goering's Air Force Headquarters

Goering’s Air Force Headquarters also called the Reich Air Ministry is a large building that now houses the German Finance Ministry. It was in here that the German Democratic Republic was pronounced in 1949.

The Reich Air Ministry headquarters was designed by architect, Ernst Sagebiel. It has seven floors and on completion in 1936, it was the largest office building in Europe. The massive structure is 250 meters long with 2,800 rooms. The corridors stretch for over 7 kilometers and there are 17 stairways and 4000 windows. It covers a floor area of 112,000 square meters.

The Reich Air Ministry building is one of the few structures in Berlin that survived the Berlin bombings of World War II almost intact. After the war it was used by the Soviet military as its headquarters until 1948. It housed the main offices of the government during the communist era. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it became the headquarters of the True Hand agency that attempted to rapidly and ruthlessly privatize the former East Germany. Today the building used by the Ministry of Finance is only visible to visitors from outside. A mural glorifying workers rights in a communist state by artist, Max Linger forms part of the facade. At the end of August, the building is open to the public for a day and free guided tours are conducted around the Reich Air Ministry.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Goebbels Propaganda Ministry

3) Goebbels Propaganda Ministry

When Hitler was appointed Reich Chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933, Goebbels was initially given no office: the coalition cabinet Hitler headed contained only a minority of Nazis as part of the deal he had negotiated with President Paul von Hindenburg and the conservative parties. On 13 March, Goebbels had his reward for his part in bringing the Nazis to power by being appointed Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda (Volksaufklärung und Propaganda), with a seat in the Cabinet. The role of the new ministry, which took over palatial accommodation in the 18th-century Leopold Palace on Wilhelmstrasse, just across from Hitler’s offices in the Reich Chancellery, was to centralize Nazi control of all aspects of German cultural and intellectual life, news media, literature, visual arts, filmmaking, theatre, music, and broadcasting. As the central office of Nazi propaganda, it comprehensively supervised and regulated the culture and mass media of Nazi Germany. The ministry grew steadily. It began in 1933 with five departments and 350 employees. By 1939, there were 2000 employees in 17 departments. World War II was conducted with a much greater level of propaganda than World War I, especially in the new media of film, newsreels and radio broadcasting. Because of practical experience and scientific occupation with propaganda in Europe and USA, propaganda was organised in a planned fashion. A new psychological warfare was born.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Hitler's Bunker

4) Hitler's Bunker

The Führerbunker (German, literally meaning "shelter/bunker [for the] leader" or "[the] Führer's shelter") was located beneath Hitler's New Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. It was in this subterranean bunker where Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun spent the last few weeks of the war and where their lives came to an end on April 30, 1945. In 1959 the East German government also tried to blast the bunker, apparently without much effect. Since it was near the Berlin Wall, the site was undeveloped and neglected until after reunification. During the construction of residential housing and other buildings on the site in 1988–89 several underground sections of the old bunker were uncovered by work crews and were for the most part destroyed. Since 1945 government authorities have been consistently concerned about the site of the bunker evolving into a Neo-Nazi shrine. The strategy for avoiding this has largely been to ensure the surroundings remain anonymous and unremarkable.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Holocaust Memorial

5) Holocaust Memorial (must see)

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (German: Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), also known as the Holocaust Memorial (German: Holocaust-Mahnmal), is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims and other victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000 square meter site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", one for each page of the Talmud arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. According to Eisenman's project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason. An attached underground "Place of Information" (German: Ort der Information) holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem. It was inaugurated on May 10, 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, and opened to the public on May 12 of the same year.

Tip:
After walking outside around the monuments, make your way downstairs to the free exhibit (€3 for an audio guide). It takes about 45 minutes to walk through, starting with the history of the Holocaust, then displaying some snippets of letters and journal entries by those taken to concentration camps.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Berlin, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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