About Third Reich or Nazi Germany Bike Tour
This powerful tour explores Berlin as the capital city of Nazi Germany. We visit the former Jewish quarter location of Nazi bunkers an air raid shelter anti-aircraft installations war-damaged buildings Nazi resistance monumentsWWII battlefields and more. By the end of the tour you will - Understand the circumstances that allowed a maniac like Hitler to achieve power. - Realize both the grim fate that awaited the victims of the Holocaust and grasp what life was like for ordinary citizens. - Draw the connection from the end of World War I to Hitlers rise and consequently his fall to the building of the Berlin Wall. - See the impact the Third Reich and WWII still have on Berlin specifically by exploring the destroyed remnants of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Berlins old main train station. Itinerary - Activity Schedule Neue Synagoge We begin the tour by examining the former Jewish quarter of Berlin. Here well see not just the impressively rebuilt New Synagogue but also two distinct memorials to Jewish victims and Jewish courage. Luftwaffe Ministry One of the many remaining Third Reich buildings we explore is the massive former headquarters of the Nazi air force. This lies directly across from the site of the former Nazi SS and Gestapo headquarters as well. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church In the heart of former West Berlin lies the remnants of the impressive Emperor Wilhelm church. Its an inspiring site at the start of one of Germanys most expensive shopping streets and serves as a constant reminder to the impact of war. Air Raid Shelter See one of the last remaining civilian air raid shelters and hear about how they are now being reused. These were typically topped with anti-aircraft guns and filled way beyond capacity during the bloody Battle of Berlin. Nazi Architecture There are a few still-used and very impressive examples of Nazi architecture remaining. Your guide will point them out as well as war damage to these and other structures along the tour. Bebelplatz Bebelplatz was the site of the infamous Nazi book-burning on May 10 1933. We detail here how Joseph Goebbels mastermind of the Nazi propaganda machine started and expanded the Nazi party in Berlin. Anhalter Bahnhof See all that remains of Berlins once glorious Anhalter train station. Not only was this where Mussolini would arrive by rail but it was also used as a deportation station for Holocaust victims. Reichstag At the Reichstag - the parliament building in which Hitler never stepped foot - we explain how Hitler rose to power. We also see the memorial to the 96 parliamentarians who eventually gave their lives after voting against Hitler. Hitlers Bunker Stand over the area of Hitlers bunker as we recount in detail the demise of Hitler and the final days of World War II. As one of the final stops on the tour we use this area to then explain how the Cold War grew from the ashes of WWII. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe This massive new Holocaust Memorial consists of 2711 concrete stella all at various heights and slight angles. We give you time to explore not only this memorial but also the contrasting memorial to the homosexual victims to further understand how Germany is coping with its past. Includes - Bicycle - Expert guide Excludes - Meals and drinks unless specified - Personal Expense - Tips and gratuities - Optional Activities Please Note - Child rates are valid for use of a kids bike. - There is a variety of child seats trailers and kids bikes available. If kids fit on a child seat or trailer they are welcome to join for free. - Most people begin with our City bike tour and then continue on a subject-specific tour of their interest or our Potsdam Bike Tour. Make no mistake - each of the tours are very different and perfect compliments rather than substitutes. In fact straight from the meeting point they head in completely different directions. Regardless of what tour or tours you choose you can always expect the same quality of guides content and atmosphere.