About The Famous Insider Walk - Hidden Berlin and All Main Sites
Since the return of the Capital to Berlin nothing has stayed the same. What has resulted is the largest construction effort in modern history! Areas that made up the "Death Strip" dividing Berlin now fall in the futuristic city centre - as do the hidden Nazi War Bunkers and the controversial Holocaust Memorial. Berlin truly is a city at the crossroads of a tumultuous past while in the process of forging an optimistic future. As the New Europe gravitates back towards its centre Berlin prepares to play the role of gateway between the east and west - this time as a European metropolis. Beginning our adventure in the heart of Cold War west Berlins showcase of capatalism with the looming bombed out spire of the Memorial Church before us stroll into the history of the Teutonic Knights and Prussian Kings through the Royal Hunting Grounds and stand before the Victory Column - marking the birth of the German nation and Europe as we know it today. Then follow the route of the Soviet attack up to the final battle ground of the Reichstag Parliament - crowned with Norman Fosters glass dome and by the futuristically charged Government Quarter and Federal Chancellory ... then comes the East! Pass over the line of the Death Strip the exact location above Hitlers Bunker under the Brandenburg Gate by the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe through the intersection of Checkpoint Charlie and finish with an account of the momentous events which led to the fall of the Wall whilst standing amidst the heart of the East German Government Quarter and the New Berlin. Key features of the tour Nazi legacy - cover the rise and fall of the Third Reich stand above Hitlers Bunker and by new bunker excavations - get the final version of events regarding Hitlers suicide and the last days spent in the Bunker - we utilize information of recently released Soviet archives - speculation can now be put to rest. Cold War - stand by the Berlin Wall again we access information of newly released Cold War documents verifying why it really went up - you may be surprised by our version of events. Know what it meant to live in the east why people risked their lives escaping - and the aftermath today. Checkpoint Charlie - hoisted away June 22 1990 Charlie finally came in from the Cold subsequently housed in the Allied Museum pass through the intersection now home to an emerging business district yet once the scene of superpower tensions escape attempts - successful and failed. Victory Column - unbridled Prussian military arrogance at its best what the French did to seek revenge and how to this day it still provokes wariness as one of the citys most impressive and major of landmarks. Brandenburg Gate - follow in the footsteps of Napolean Bismarck the German Kaisers the Nazis and Allied forces as the struggle for European and world power shifted between east and west. Having stood alone in the Death Strip for 28 years it now symbolizes the rebirth of the re-unified metropolis. Potsdamer Platz - returning Berlin as Capital resulted in the largest construction effort to have been undertaken in modern history - with Potsdamer Platz at its core this represents the future German technology and corporate ambitions entering a new millennium - theres nowhere quite like it. Reichstag - riddled with the bullet holes from the last battle in Europe and now crowned with Lord Fosters glass dome - a beacon of kind guiding the course of the new Capital Republic. Throughout the Cold War the West German Parliament congregated here each year symbolically a gesture that if Germany were re-unified it would once again serve as the parliament it does now. Revolution 89 - Stand before the ruins of the Berlin Palace and shell of the GDRs "Palace of the Republik" the gripping story of the collapse of the Soviet Union the fall of the Wall and unification of Germany. In this area in 1989 hundreds of thousands of East Germans chanted - WE ARE THE PEOPLE as the Politburo observed with fear and while the international press flooded into Berlin to document one of the greatest events of history in our lifetime - we recount what led to the fateful press conference that sparked the collapse of the Wall and end of the Cold War - get a proper understanding of the amazing events that unified a people and makes Berlin and Europe the place it is today. Includes - Services of an expert guide Excludes - Train Ticket - Meals and drinks - Personal Expenses - Tips and gratuities - Optional Activities Available Languages - English Spanish Italian and Hebrew Please Note - Children below 13 years old are free of charge if accompanied by paying adult. - If your starting point is at the Zoo Station you will need to purchase a train ticket AB Zone for this tour to be paid on site. From Hackescher Markt no train ticket is required as the tour is completely on foot from there. - The tour operates rain or shine. - Private guide service is available upon request. Please inquire.