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)

Ticket Message

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.

Friendly and Fascinating

Rated 4 out of 5
2 days ago

Chris – Canadian Chris – helped me understand a very complex history on lots of levels, while keeping up a friendly banter with lots of opportunities for questions. I was hoping to have time in the Jewish Quarter as advertised, but instead the focus was on significant monuments to explain the 3rd Reich, which was interesting but missed that core promise I was hoping for. But still a fascinating tour of the city to places I would not have discovered on my own.


Fabulous informative walking tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

Excellent tour to do on our third day in Berlin. Great follow-on from previous days tours ‘Will’ was knowledgeable, informative, interactive and funny which made for an all round fabulous experience. Would highly recommend.


Truly wonderful tour

Rated 5 out of 5
3 weeks ago

Would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Berlin. Mark was an amazing guide, one of the best we have had in our last 3 weeks travelling across Europe. You could tell he was very passionate about all of the different topics, but also deeply respectful. We learnt so much and are looking forward to visiting Berlin again next year and taking more WALKATIVE tours!


Meaningful and insightful tour with Will

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

The tour exceeded my expectations! Will, out guide, was an excellent source of knowledge and strung together pieces of history in a memorable and logical way. More than that he emphasized the emotional depth of the subject and allowed us space to reflect on and feel the tragedy of the Holocaust.

Kelly Shepherd

Learning about fascist propaganda and ideology

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Will was absolutely awesome. He studied the history of fascism and how the ideology takes a hold in a society, and how it is marketed through propaganda. His knowledge of how the Nazis thought through every single item of their public persona was excellent insight into the marketing and PR of authoritarianism. It was also great to learn about the general public and their interaction with the Nazi party, from the Jews, gays, and intellectuals who fled Germany to the school children who spit on Jewish victims of Kristallnacht. Nazism was about so much more than one man and it was a whole society that enabled it to happen. He covered the Jewish history of Berlin, war damage to buildings, the synagogue that survived, and so much more. Will was awesome and I highly recommend him and the “Under the Swastika” tour.


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