Berlin and its architecture: "Reading" the city with an historian

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Surely, Berlin is not known for being a beautiful city in traditional terms, but certainly one of the most exciting places in Europe. The German capital offers more traces of different political systems than anywhere else on the continent. Some places even show different eras overlapping: Imperial Germany and Weimar Republic, National Socialism and Communism, Middle Ages and present-day.
As an experienced guide, graduated historian and book author (including: "Architectural History of Berlin") I will show you how to "read" all these traces and decipher the meaning of the various buildings. During the tour, I will tell you about the city's development and share the results of my research with you (and also some personal stories about life in Berlin since the early 1990s...). You will learn why parts of the Berlin Palace exist in various places, discover what the „architectural espionage“ of the 18th century is all about, and what the first building of the Cold War has to do with the architectural projects of the Nazis.

What's Included

Coffee and/or Tea

The guide is a trained historian and author of several books.

Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Face masks are required for guests and guides in areas where they cannot keep their distance from other people.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Nicholas Quarter
The site where Berlin has been founded

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The palace has been blown up in 1950 and now is under reconstruction.

• Admission Ticket Free

Altes Museum
The "Old Museum" (Altes Museum) is the first building in Germany that has been designed to serve as a museum from the outset.

• Admission Ticket Free

Museum Island
The "Museum Island" consists of five independent museums.

• Admission Ticket Free

The building was completed in 1914

• Admission Ticket Free

Here we dive into the architectural history of the 18th century: How architecture, politics and propaganda are interconnected. Moreover we will see one of the last pieces of political art depicting the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

On Gendarmenmarkt, you will find the former Prussian National Theatre designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, one of the first buildings of German modern architecture.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
In the former government quarter of the German Reich, we will follow the traces of the Nazi past, look at still existing Nazi buildings and talk about how Germans initially struggled and later came to terms with their past.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Brandenburg Gate
We will talk about urban planning in the 1800s, the division of Berlin after 1945 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

In Tiergarten, we will visit the Soviet War Memorial and talk about the Cold War and Berlin being its very focus.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Reichstag Building
In the new government quarter, we will talk about 19th century urban planning, Nazi plans to build the world capital "Germania" and the reconstruction of Berlin after 1945 and after 1989.

• Admission Ticket Free

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