Posts Tagged: berlin history

Visiting the DDR Museum in Berlin

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This guide will help you make the most of your visit, including how to get to the DDR Museum, ticket prices and how long to spend at the museum. The DDR Museum in Berlin is one of the most recommended museums to explore. If you’re from the States, you might be confused. No, it’s not […]

Tours of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

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This post compares and reviews the various options to visit and tour the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, located just to the north of Berlin. The tale of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp is not for the feint of heart. Many terrible things happened at this location, and it might be difficult for a lot of visitors to […]

A Tour of Nazi Berlin and World War 2 Sights

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This post is a tour of Third Reich sights in Berlin.  In addition to the self-guided tour below, we also list several companies offering both pre-paid and pay-what-you-like guided Third Reich tours in Berlin. In the early 1920’s, Berlin was a culturally diverse metropolis– presenting a fertile area for ideas and development. Despite being scarred […]

Berliner Unterwelten – Berlin Bunker Tours

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This post is about Berlin’s underground bunkers.  Like every city, Berlin has a hidden life under the surface. The sewage system, gas, water electricity, the subway, pneumatic tubes – and in the case of Berlin the air raid shelters and bunkers from World War II. Visitors to Berlin can take a bunker tour to discover […]

Jewish Berlin Tour | Self-Guided

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This self-guided Jewish Berlin Tour gives a short overview of the major sights in Jewish history in Berlin. For centuries, Berlin had a vibrant Jewish culture and was the birth place of important Jewish movements such as the Jewish Enlightenment in the 17th Century and the Reform and Modern Orthodox movements. Despite times of hardship, […]

Tours and Things to Do in East Berlin

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This post is a review and comparison of Cold War themed guided tours as well as a self-guided tour of things to see and do in East Berlin. Although Berlin has been a unified democratic city since 1990, there are still some sites that can give you an understanding of the hardships that East Berliners […]

Holocaust Memorial Berlin Guide

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Close to the Brandenburg Gate, between the American Embassy and a neighborhood of former East Berlin 1980s concrete slab residential buildings, there is a field of dark grey blocks. This is the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial.  It was opened in 2005. What does this rather unusual […]

Berling Wall Graffitti | The East Side Gallery

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Ever wondered how a long piece of the Berlin Wall looks like? Interested in murals? The East Side Gallery near the beautiful bridge Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin offers both. It’s about 1,300 km or 0.8 miles of the interior wall in the neighborhood of Friedrichshain, at the border of the river Spree. Be sure to see […]

Bebelplatz

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Berlin Bebelplatz

Walking around Berlin, you will encounter dozens of lovely city squares – but few can rival the fascinating and disturbing history of Bebelplatz. From magnificent opera, stunning architecture, a prestigious college and a unique memorial to a dreadful Nazi book burning, a short visit to Bebelplatz is worth straying from the main Mitte (Central) thoroughfare […]

How to get to Hitler’s Former Bunker

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This post is a guide to finding the location of Hitler’s last bunker in Berlin with a brief history of the bunker, which today is a parking lot in the middle of unremarkable residential apartment buildings.  This location is a part of just about every walking tour that covers downtown Berlin. We also provide you […]