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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.

Thanks to Chris from Toronto

Rated 5 out of 5
1 day ago

The tour with our giud Chris was amazing. As a German, it was very interesting to hear the “swastika story” in Berlin in English from him. Chris reported the story respectfully and objectively for all the participating nations and ethnic groups. With his sympathetic, open-minded manner he showed ous new places of the common history of our ancestors. Greetings from Potsdam.


Great Tour, very informative and relaxed

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

Our tour guide Chris was very knowledgeable on the subject matter and made what could be a very sombre and dry tour, interesting and respectful. Would definitely recommend this tour!


Wonderful and very insightful tour !

Rated 5 out of 5
2 weeks ago

Jules was a wonderful guide for this tour. As an historian, she brings incredible knowledge and thinking about third reich period she is specialized in. She manages to bring hard topics with a lot of intellectual subtelty, in a benevolent atmosphere. Thanks to her energy and willingness to share we definitely left the visit with a lot of food for thought.

Paul Sanchez

Incredible tour with Jules

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Thanks to Jules’ knowledge and sincerity, I had the most emotional city tour of my life: an unforgettable experience of learning and feeling


Great Tour

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Jules was a fantastic guide. She was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. We learnt a lot from her on the tour, and saw places in Berlin we wouldn’t have otherwise seen. Thanks heaps Jules!!


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