A Tour of Nazi Berlin and World War 2 Sights
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 by the First World War, Berlin under the Weimar Republic was prospering, the film and media industry as well as residential construction were booming, and the transportation system was being modernized. The Jewish community thrived and legends like black American singer Josephine Baker performed in Berlin. The city was a refuge for many of Europe’s artist, writers, and political thinkers, who were persecuted elsewhere.
All that was about to change and would be shattered by an emerging National Socialist party in the years to come. The terror of Nazi Germany dramatically transformed the city of Berlin. Join Free Tours by Foot as we provide you an insight into Berlin’s sinister past during the rise and fall of the Third Reich under Hitler. This tour traces the Nazis from their rise to power in 1933 to the final destruction of the city in April of 1945. We’ll visit some of the former sights where many unspeakable horrors of WWII were initiated, and we will discuss some of the sights that never were, such as the proposed Nazi capital city, Germania. Learn how the traumatic past has influenced and helped define the Berlin of today.
Take a walk back through history and see all of the famous war torn locations where Nazi Germany made its stand. With the help of an expert tour guide, you’ll gain an entirely new perspective on the events that made these landmarks so significant. Prices are typically under €15 per ticket, making the experience affordable for pretty much anyone. Each trip lasts between 3-4 hours on average. Third Reich walking tours are particularly popular among couples, but they are also well received by friends and family audiences.
This is one of the most highly respected tour services in Berlin. Their Third Reich walking tour will take you to a variety of different locations and covers a plethora of historic details about Nazi Germany. This tour does require train tickets to get around, but they aren’t too expensive. You can download an All-In-One schedule on their site to find out where and when to meet your tour guide. Ticket prices for the walking tour are on par with similar services. Berlin Welcome Cards include train tickets.
- @10:00 daily
- €14 – Adults | €12 Student and Seniors
- Free with the Berlin Pass or save 28% off these prices with the Berlin Welcome Card.
- More info and to book.
Insider Tours enjoys a full 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). There has only been one negative review for this particular walking tour, and it definitely doesn’t appear to reflect the typical experience with this company. Several reviews indicate that their guides are very well read professionals who will introduce you to a side of history you may have missed. Couples and friends were the most likely groups to enjoy this trip into the past.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Insider Tours, this company also offers a highly rated Third Reich walking tour. Discover some of the most significant landmarks in the history of this movement with the help of a professional guide. As with their competitors, you’ll need a train ticket in order to take a short ride to one of the destinations on this journey. The price of admission is very affordable, falling in line with every other walking tour on our list. Berlin Welcome Cards include train tickets.
- @10:00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- €14 – Adults | €12 Student and Seniors
- Save 25% off these prices with the Berlin Welcome Card
- More info and to book.
Much like their competition, Original Berlin Walks has also earned a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). There are only two negative reviews for this tour, and neither of them indicate any serious problems with the company. An overwhelming majority of reviewers enjoyed their experience on this Third Reich tour. Many customers felt that their guides were very knowledgeable and appreciated all of the different locations they visited. This trip was especially popular among groups who brought their friends or significant other
Sandeman’s provides yet another well respected service which will guide you throughout some of the most significant historical locations in Berlin. On this trip you will visit locations such as the Reichstag, the Jewish Memorial, Hitler’s Bunker, Goebbel’s Propaganda Headquarters and several other important landmarks. Just as you’ll find with every other similar service, a train ticket will be required for this excursion. Ticket prices are more than reasonable and comparable to other Third Reich walking tours. Berlin Welcome Cards include train tickets.
- @ 14:30 (2:30 pm) Friday through Mondays and Wednesdays.
- €14 – Adults | €12 Student
- Save 30% off these prices with the Berlin Welcome Card
- More info and to book.
New Europe Tours has also received a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). Although there are a few negative comments, most of them are from several years ago, so it’s possible that the company has already resolved these issues. Hundreds of positive reviews indicate that there are rarely any problems with this service. Most customers were very happy with the amount of information offered by their professional tour guides. This trip is highly rated by groups of friends, couples and solo tourists.
Guided, pay-what-you-like Third Reich Tour takes place every Thursday and Saturday @11 am. Book here.
If you don’t feel like walking around Berlin all day, a bike tour is an excellent alternative. Bike around town with a professional guide and learn all about the various historical landmarks that you’ll find along the way. Visit locations such as Hitler’s Bunker, war-damaged buildings, and Nazi resistance monuments. Third Reich bike tours typically last between 3–5 hours on average and cover roughly 15 km of the city. Ticket prices range from €20–€30 depending on the length of the trip. These tours are especially popular among couples, but they can also be a big hit with other audiences. Be sure to check out our full post on Berlin bike tours.
Third Reich Berlin Bike Tour
This company provides a variety of popular bike tours. Their Third Reich tour is actually a combo ticket which includes a visit to the Berlin Wall Memorial. The concept behind this service allows tour guides to freely design their routes, which means that you’ll probably get an entirely different experience with every trip. This excursion lasts for approximately 3 hours and covers a lot of ground. Ticket prices are fairly low and include a free bike rental for the length of the tour.
- @ 14:30 (2:30 pm) Everyday.
- €20 – Adults | €15 Youth (ages 10-17) | €15 – Student | €6 – Child (9 and under)
- More info and to book.
Free Berlin Tours currently has a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews), indicating that most customers enjoy their trip. Reviews for their Third Reich bike tour are especially positive, and there are no negative comments in sight. Several guests were very happy with their tour guides, showing a lot of appreciation for everything they learned about. Some visitors even suggested that this experience was much better than going to a museum. Families and couples were the most likely groups to enjoy their ride around Berlin.
Although this bike tour is a bit more expensive than what you’ll find with Free Berlin, it is entirely focused on Nazi Germany and the Third Reich. In addition, this tour lasts for approximately 5 hours and covers much more ground than similar services. Considering that this is essentially a half-day tour, the ticket price is actually very reasonable. Due to the length of the trip, you will be given the opportunity to stop for lunch. Discover sites such as the Bebelplatz, the Jewish Memorial, the Reichstag, Rosentrasse and more.
- 10:30 AM Every day
- €28 for Adults | €26 for Students/Seniors | €14 for Children
- More info and to book.
Much like their competitors, Fat Tire Tours also has a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). Reviews for their Third Reich tour are all positive, indicating that few if any customers have had any issues with this company. Most guests felt that this trip was a very informative and interesting perspective on the history behind Berlin. Several visitors gave their guides glowing reviews, showing appreciation for everything they experienced. Although couples were the most likely group to provide a positive review, it is also fairly popular with every other type of audience.
Nazi Berlin Sights
START at (A) Brandenburg Gate (map)
This monument has always been very symbolic for Germans and that’s why Hitler sent his paramilitary SA to march with torches on the evening of January 30th 1933, the day he was appointed chancellor. Go through the gate and look at the Park, the Tiergarten. At your right, near the Reichstag is the…
(B) Memorial for the Gypsies (in German “Sinti und Roma”) who were killed in the camps. Take a left on the Ebertstraße and see the..
(C) Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe (map)
a.k.a the Holocaust Memorial (read our full post). It opened in 2005, the architect is Peter Eisenmann from New York and above the ground you see 2,711 concrete blocks or stelae. They are all of different height and size and you can walk between them. Straight and left, at the corner of Cora-Berliner- and Hannah-Arendt-Straße is the entrance to the free of charge information center (D) with more information about the Holocaust. At the corner of Hannah-Arendt-Straße and Ebertstraße in the park is another memorial.
(E) Memorial to the Homosexual Victims of the Third Reich.
Near the information center cross Hannah-Ahrend Straße and follow Gertrud-Kolmar-Straße until you see a parking lot on your left with an information board. More often than not you’ll see groups of people with a guide.
(F) Hitler’s Bunker (map)
This is where Adolph Hitler here he spent the most of the time between January 16th and April 30th 1945, when he finally took his own life. The Soviets destroyed all the facilities at the surface such as exits or ventilation shafts. The board provides useful information both in German and English. In the year 2004, the German movie “Downfall” about the last days in the bunker was released. Read our full post.
Turn left into An der Kolonnade and then right into Wilhelmstraße. The outline of a face shows Georg Elser, a worker who unsuccessfully tried to kill Hitler in November 1939 in the “Bürgerbräukeller” in Munich, where Hitler and many high Nazi officials celebrated the anniversary of their unsuccessful coup in Bavaria in 1923. Georg Elser was killed in the Dachau camp in April 1945. In 2015, a German movie about him, “13 minutes”, was also released internationally.
(H) New Chancellery (map)
Continue on Wilhelmstraße until you reach the next intersection at Voßstraße. The whole block on your right was the site of the former “New Chancellery” (“Neue Reichskanzlei). The purpose of this building, with a length of 421 m (1,263 ft.), was not to live or work (Hitler spent more time in his apartment in the Old Chancellery next door where he worked), but to impress. Visitors had to take the famous “diplomat’s route”, 300 m (900ft.) of courtyards and halls to arrive at Hitler’s office that had more surface than his bunker. Today, you find an information board and 1980s residential buildings.
(I) Ministry on Aviation (map)
Continue on Wilhelmstraße and you’ll see an enormous gray building, which is today houses the German Department of Finance. It was built in 1935/36 as Ministry on Aviation under Hermann Göring. The building has more than 2,000 offices and several courtyards. Here, Göring organized the German Air Force and planned the blitz of U.K. cities. As part of the peace terms resulting from World War I, Germany had not been allowed to have an Air Force, thus the ministry chose the more civilian name. The allies spared the building to have a landmark in the ruins and the German Democratic Republic used it as well as does the Federal Republic of Germany now. In many movies about the Third Reich, the building serves as location and stars as the New Chancellery “ (see above), e.g. in the film “Valkyrie”. Read our full post on the building.
(J) Topography of Terror (map)
At the end of the block turn left at Niederkirchner Straße (named after a communist resistant) and you’ll see about 200 m or yards of the Berlin Wall. Behind the Wall is Topography of Terror, a documentation center on the site where the SS and the Gestapo had their headquarters. The buildings (a former hotel and a school of arts and crafts as well as office buildings) were razed after the war. In the late 1980s, the documentation center was created. A jail and underground interrogation cells were found. The documentation center has permanent exhibits outside and inside the buildings as well as special shows. And there is a cafeteria and lots of restrooms in the basement. Read our full post on the Topography of Terror.
(K) S-Bahnhof Anhalter Bahnhof (map)
Follow Niederkirchner Straße, take a left on Stresemannstraße and arrive at the S-Bahnhof Anhalter Bahnhof. The yellow brick structure is the portico of the former station Anhalter Bahnhof, the biggest in pre-war Berlin. This is one of the stations where German Jews were sent to the camps in the East. Here, third-class railway cars were added to regular trains and the mostly elderly Jews had to buy their tickets to Theresienstadt; 9,600 people were transported in 116 trains. Go downstairs into the S-Bahn station for pictures of the old station building.
Follow the Schöneberger Straße down to a waterway, the Landwehrkanal and follow the canal West passing the new buildings of Potsdamer Platz and the Kulturforum (the big yellow library building and the glass building with the black roof, a museum under renovation), the Berlin Science Center (a building from the 19th century with a 1980s annex in light blue and salmon). After the big white building turn right into Stauffenbergstraße. Across the street enter a courtyard: this is the entrance to the German Resistance Memorial Center. Graf Stauffenberg, the German officer who tried to kill Hitler July 20th 1944 (that’s what the film “Valkyrie” is about), was shot in the yard as his office was in the building. The Memorial is a museum not only about him but about all Germans who tried to resist the Nazi Regime in one way or another. Some scenes of “Valkyrie” were filmed here as well.
At the Kulturforum or at Potsdamer Platz you find buses and the S- or U-Bahn.
Take the S-Bahn 5 or the U-Bahn 2 to “Olympiastadion” to see the Olympic Stadium from 1936. First check if the stadium is open for visitors as it’s still used for football/soccer and other sport events.
At S-Bahn (the ring) /U-Bahn (U 8) “Gesundbrunnen” you find the exhibit “Mythos Germania” about Hitler’s and Albert Speer’s plans for a new capital “Germania” by Berliner Unterwelten e.V.