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Berlin Under The Swastika

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Total time
3 hours 15 minutes
Meeting point
In front of the Red Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus) - look for the yellow umbrella!
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Once the heart of Jewish life in Germany, Berlin’s landscape changed irreversably with the Nazi seizure of power. Within a matter of years, Europe’s most liberal and metropolitan city had been transformed into the capital of one of the most destructive regimes in human history: Hitler’s Third Reich, but also the birthplace of powerful forms of resistance – big and small.

Join Walkative! Tours on ‘Berlin under the Swastika’ to explore this dramatic shift in the history of the city, and trace the steps of the rise of the Third Reich to its final destructive vision. 

On this tour, we will go to the former Jewish quarter and learn about the thriving Jewish life here before 1933, and how it was soon lost. We will explore the former ministry district and Reichstag, and discuss the propaganda machine and glorification of the Fuhrer, and we will see, too, the memorials dedicated to the groups victimised by the Nazis – from the Roma and Sinti to the homosexuals.

After this 3.5 hour tour, you will see how after rebuilding itself twice since the Second World War, Berlin became the city it is now: never hiding anything about its gruesome past, but openly trying to make amends and pay respect to the people who suffered here during that time.


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professional local guide


a daily transport ticket (AB zone)

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Meeting point: In front of the Red Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus) – look for the yellow umbrella!

Start time: participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.

Attention: a daily transport ticket (AB zone) is needed for this tour!

Language: English

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes


Attention: a daily transport ticket (AB zone) is needed for this tour!

Meeting Point
In front of the Red Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus) - look for the yellow umbrella!

Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.


Rated 5 out of 5
5 days ago

Chris from Canada passionately shared his knowledge on a difficult and sensitive history. 100% recommend.


Amazing tour with Will!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

It was an amazing journey through the Berlin history of 1930s’ and more, deep dive into the jewish culture, community, life and tortures this nation had to go through. Will is an amazing guide, dedicated to what he is doing, totally absorbed with the topic when he is telling the story! Will definitely join to other tours in future!

Nika Pasha

Great Tour Great Tour Guide

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

Highly recommend this tour. Will is a mine of information. Very entertaining! Very knowledgeable! Very funny and he is very good looking! 👍:)


Jules - one of the best guides we ever had

Rated 5 out of 5
2 weeks ago

Jules was excellent. She was very interesting, informative and willing to answer any question. One of the best free walking tours we’ve had (and we have done quite a few).


Highly Recommend

Rated 5 out of 5
2 weeks ago

Xavier was our guide for Berlin under the Swastika. Knowledgeable and professional Xavier handled a difficult topic with sensitivity. The 3+ hours flew by and we finished the tour with a greater appreciation for the people who lived during this period in time. Highly recommend.


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