Berlin Under The Swastika

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Basic Information
Total time
3 hours 15 minutes
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
In front of the Red Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus) - look for the yellow umbrella!Go to map
Ending point
close to Brandenburg Gate
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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.


  • During the tour you will see:

  • Former Jewish Quarter

  • New Synagogue

  • ⁠Brandenburger Tor

  • ⁠Reichstag

  • ⁠Soviet War Memorial

  • and more!


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.

A well mastered tour of Berlin' s darkest history!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

Our guide Marc is a storyteller at heart! He went to all possible lengths describing us tough moments in the world’s history, taking his time to explain geopolitics of this era, analysing memorials and sharing so much information with us in the clearest and most empathetic way. I’d recommend his a thousand times.



Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

Our guide Tina was really engaging and informative. She shared information with the group which kept everyone interested and answered any questions. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for Berlin and its history really showed. Would recommend


Berlin under the swastika with Rob&Gilbert

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic guided walk by a proper historian who clearly has a lot of passion about the history of the city. The tour gives a big historical perspective of the development of nazi thinking and how a democracy was subverted into a dictatorship as we seamlessly move from monument/statue/ building. Difficult topics covered with considerable thought. The 3 hours flew by and my kids who I had to bribe with a big ice cream to come on the tour with me were well entertained and educated by Rob and his friendly dog. Thanks



Rated 5.0 out of 5
4 weeks ago

Ru was such a great guide with a lot of knowledge. We of course saw a lot of must-see monuments, but also a very cool artsy place, where we definitely will return to.


Amazing insight into History.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 month ago

Our guide Ru gave us a spectacular insight into history while walking the streets of Berlin.

Ever grateful for igniting my interest into history that has stimulated my mind like nothing before.

Dr. Mathew

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