For twelve tumultuous years of the ‘one thousand’ to which Adolf Hitler aspired, Berlin was the capital city of the Third Reich. At the end of this era, the city lay in tatters, reduced by the Führer’s tyrannical ambitions to the largest mass of ruins anywhere in Europe. Join me in exploring this period with the Essential Third Reich Tour – or, for those who wish to explore further, let’s take the Extended version of this tour together.
ESSENTIAL THIRD REICH TOUR:
On this tour, which comprehensively covers the darkest chapter in Berlin’s history, we can pursue Hitler’s rapid rise to power from the building in which Hitler made his first speech made in the capital to the location of his first Berlin home. We will see the site of Albert Speer’s colossal Reich Chancellery and stand in its garden, directly above the bunker in which Hitler committed suicide in 1945.
Despite the devastation of WWII bombing in Berlin, several architectural legacies of the National Socialist dictatorship can be found in the city today.
We’ll see Göring’s Reich Aviation Ministry and Göbbels’ so-called Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment, as well as pursuing the history of other prolific Nazis such as Rudolf Hess (whose Headquarters we will also see) and Martin Bormann, discussing the latest research on their mysterious fates. We will stand at the site of the former ‘Reich Central Security Office’, the Headquarter buildings of the Gestapo and SS, and visit the new Topography of Terror museum. We will find the last traces of the red marble used in the Mosaics Hall of Hitler’s Chancellery. We’ll discuss the experiences of everyday Berliners under the swastika and explore the city’s recent development of a unique culture of memory in tribute to the victims of Hitler’s genocidal policies. Together we can visit the Jewish memorial, gay memorial, and Sinti and Roma memorial, each of which has been built in the last decade.