1. Germany
  2. Berlin
  3. Topography of Terror

Hitler’s Germany: Berlin During the Third Reich & WWII

Product ID: 2239
Join a tour of Germany’s darkest history. Learn about the rise and fall of the Nazi party, the Battle of Berlin, visit memorials for the victims of the Third Reich, and see where Hitler and his henchmen made the decisions that would shake the world.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the site of Hitler's infamous bunker
  • Discover the once-terrifying New Reichschancellery
  • Explore Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry
  • Walk past Goering’s famous Air Ministry (Luftwaffe Headquarters)
  • Roam the remains of Himmler’s SS and Gestapo Headquarters known as the "Topography of Terror"
Full description
You will meet your expert guide in central Berlin for either a shared group or private tour, depending on your preference. Your guide will begin with an overview of the Nazi’s decimation of Berlin’s nearby Jewish district, before taking you on a short metro ride to the site of Anhalter Bahnhof, a huge train station destroyed in WWII.

You will then walk through the former Nazi government district to the colossal former Luftwaffe headquarters (the German air force), headed by Hermann Göring, the former air force HQ is one of the best surviving examples of Nazi architecture. Then you’ll be taken to the Gestapo (the secret police) and the SS headquarters, now home to the Topography of Terror Museum. After the museum break, your guide will continue to cover the Nazi’s most sinister actions: Joseph Goebbels’ use of propaganda; the ‘T4’ euthanasia program; and the Holocaust.

As you make your way towards Berlin’s largest park, the Tiergarten, you will visit the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism and the memorial for 96 politicians arrested by the Nazis as they seized power in 1933.

Your tour will finish in front of the impressive German parliament building, the Reichstag, as your guide explains both Hitler and Albert Speer’s plan to completely redesign Berlin as ‘Germania’, capital of the empire of the world, and the culmination of the Battle of Berlin - how Soviet soldiers assaulted the Reichstag under anti-aircraft fire, whilst the führer was committing suicide not even a mile away.
Includes
  • 4-hour guided tour in English
  • Free map of Berlin with info on public transport
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation tickets - an AB public transport ticket (EUR 2.90 single, EUR 7 day pass) is advised. Get one before the tour or buy one from your guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
Tour runs in all weather on all public holidays.
A public transport ticket is needed on this tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 152 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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We took this walking tour on 17 Feb 2020 and it was absolutely excellent. Our guide Kai was really fantastic. Very knowledgeable and engaging and with perfect spoken English. It is not the most obvious meeting point (most other tours start at the Brandenburg gate) so make sure you plan your way there in advance. We definitely saw key sights that we would have missed if we had attempted a tour unguided, inc the memorial to the night of the broken glass which is hidden away near a children's playground. The stop at the museum was very brief (30 mins) and not enough time to see all we wanted re the exhibits so we went back there (entry free) the next day. Recommend taking a snack with you as it is a long tour. Highly recommend and think this is a must do excursion for anyone visiting Berlin.

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February 22, 2020

Our Dutch guide was very informative and enthusiatic.. My son and I learnt a lot about the Third Reich rise and fall and saw some very interesting buildings. Our only criticism is that he did not always allow us enough time for photo opportunities. Definitely recommend this walk to other visitors to Berlin.

October 30, 2019

Tour guide - Gregor, has a great knowledge of history and of Berlin and Germany as a whole. I am very interested by the war and what made it start and end, etc, but he gave me a lot more knowledge than I'd ever known about and it was fantastic to just see everything in person. Brilliant day.

September 11, 2019

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Berlin Walks

Product ID: 2239