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A month before we came, I booked a half day bicycle tour of the main historical sights of central Berlin with a company called Fat Tire Bike Tours. I booked following the recommendations on Trip Advisor and am so pleased I did. It was excellent value for money and very interesting and our guide, Alex, a Canadian ex-pat, proved to be knowledgeable, funny and patient. His interpersonal skills and memory are impressive, ensuring that he learns peoples names and has a conversation with each person or group individually during the course of the tour to get to know a little about them.
We started in Alexanderplatz and made our way to the Book Burning Memorial, Humboldt University, Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie, the last largest remaining segment of the Wall, a former wall watch tower, the site of Hitlers Bunker, the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial Memorial to the Murdered European Jews, Victory Column, Tiergarten, a beer garden for lunch Schleusenkrug, back to the Reichstag and finally, Museum Island. Each of these places enjoyed a stop, a brief history lesson from Alex and photo opportunities though he pointed out many other sights along the way.
What a wonderful way to see Berlin on a sunny day mixing with other travellers, some gentle exercise and discovering some of Berlins history. We were so impressed with it, that we signed up for a bicycle tour of Potsdam two days later.
Doing what: Berlin Bike Tour
This was a great tour and a highlight of our visit to Europe. Randall, a transplanted Aussie with a love of history, takes you on a roughly 15 mile bike ride all through Berlin, providing a colorful and insightful look at the Third Reich and Nazi points of interest. The ride takes you down the city streets, parks and a lunch break at a beer garden. They even accommodated our 3 yr old granddaughter, providing a toddler bike seat and helmet. Highly recommended.
Doing what: Berlin Bike Tour: Third Reich and Nazi Germany
Jess took me on a very interesting tour of the Third Reich. He told us about things that you would not know if you just went on your own! I was very pleased I booked this in advance. Otherwise I would have missed out on it!
The tour was very enjoyable. Our guide was knowledgeable and he answered all of the questions. You see many of the traditional Berlin Sights and get to hear the history behind it. If you want to learn more about the Third Reich then I definitely would do this tour. It is a great tour to do at the beginning of your trip so you can get your bearings of the city.
This is an excellent tour. Our guide, Beth, did a great job explaining the 3rd Reich and how the Nazi machine worked. It was a memorable experience and we'd highly recommend it.
Very good tour, came to know a lot about Third Reich sites and history by this walking tour, guide was well informed, professional, intelligent, helpful , easy to understand and knew a lot about these sties, history and thought provoking.
Highly recommend this tour especially with this guide.
The guide gave a good historical perspective of the events. We actually did not visit any building inside. A quicker factual tour that routes inside Reichstag and topography of terror exhibition etc, may be a suggestion. Good for tourists who have some understanding of WWII.
Very disappointed with this entire experience. Our guide spent more time talking about architecture and showing us embassy buildings, then anything that related to what the tour was actually to be about. I, nor my boyfriend, took anything positive away form this experience. We learned NOTHING at all about the Third Reich or Topography of Terror. We paid for entry into a museum which NEVER happened! We were late getting started, and did not have this time compensated. We barely saw any memorials or anything that had to do with the war era, which was out main reason for travelling from Canada. Our architectural guide insisted on taking many breaks so he could lean, or sit. He spent more time telling us why something was build the way it was or complaining about people taking selfies than actually teaching us anything. This entire tour was a complete and utter waste of money and time for the one day we had in Berlin to experience its culture and war history. I am unsure if the same tour provided by other guides is as disappointing, and wish I knew our guides name as I do not want to diminish the reputation but instead am more disappointed by our individual guide.
It was an excellent tour. Our guide Caroline was great company, very informative and passionate about Berlin and what occurred under the Third Reich. However, what really made the difference in this tour were her personal insights, as a German. into how the regime of the time had directly impacted on her family over that time and it was clear that Caroline is still trying to come to terms with how some of her ancestors acted at the time. Very moving and highly recommended.
My friend and I took the bike tour with Tom, and had a wonderful couple of hours exploring the city. The tour was well paced, with plenty of stops around the well known sights, including the Brandenburg Tor, the Reichstag, and the Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe. Tom was very knowledgeable about the history of the city and had plenty of interesting facts, and was also personable and friendly, trying to get to know each person of the tour which made it really special. We also stopped at a beer garden for lunch, where the food was delicious and the portions generous. I'd definitely take this tour again, although maybe in the summer months when it isn't quite as chilly!
Doing what: Berlin Bike Tour
This was one of the highlights of my time in Berlin. Kathryn, our guide, was very well versed in this period of German history and made it accessible to everyone. Despite the heavy subject matter she managed to deliver the tour in a fun and engaging way without trivialising it. I learnt more about the Third Reich on this tour than I ever did at high school so I am truly grateful and would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the rise and fall of one of the most depraved regimes in history.
This tour was a great experience. We would recommend not doing the Berlin Bike Tour together with the Third Reich and Nazi tour as there was significant duplication. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided great information on all our stops. Bike riding became somewhat dangerous in certain areas and the group needed to be more informed about utilising the road as a group. Lunch stop was great.
Doing what: Berlin Bike Tour: Third Reich and Nazi Germany
Informative trip. Brought the Third Reich to life, including the huge Nazi Ministry buildings, and the important sites related to the regime. Our guide Wouter was very pleasant and very helpful.
Barnaby lead a terrific tour. It was hot and he did his best to always stop in the shade. He provided excellent commentary on the tour, with a great sense of humor.
I also took the Third Reich Tour and Cesar also did an excellent job in bringing this history alive.
Marcelo Way Brazil
Very great experience, saw a lot of third reich related places. The tour guide is very experienced and intelligent. I recommend.
Our tour of the Third Reich in Berlin was on 6 December2014. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip very enjoyable and informative. The weather was very cold and Berlin was overflowing with tourists at that time which made walking around quite difficult - however the guide was very professional and made the tour very special.
There were 6 of my family on this tour. Our guide was Ryan, a Scotsman from Glasgow. He was fantastic. Very knowledgeable. For example, we had seen the Jewish Memorial a couple of days before and really could not make heads or tails of it rather than it being different sized graves. He gave us various themes on what it all meant and it was very thought provoking.
Given the somber nature of this time in history, Ryan clearly painted a picture on how the Third Reich came to be, how it stayed in power, and then how it lost its way.
It was interesting to me how architecture played a role in demonstrating the power of the Third Reich. He also was not just Third Reich centric. He talked of the architecture that has been built, and is continuing to be built in Berlin today, and the themes in it.
A fascinating tour of the history. Ryan made it come to life.
My son and I did the Third Reich Walking Tour last Tuesday, 9th September, 2014.
The tour guide was John, maybe Johnny, an English youngster who looked more like a surfer than a guide from Berlin. He 's such a charming person, his knowledge on this subject is outstanding, and he is a credit to your company.
10 out of 10. He is superb youngster.
Very interesting and enjoyable. Our guide demonstrated a depth of knowledge of the history of the City, the Third Reich and subsequent division. I would certainly recommend it.
Our first time using viator - highly recommend it. The Berlin Original Walking Tours use guides who are very knowledgeable (thank you Caroline who did our third reich tour). Will highly recommend this tour and the Sachenhausen Concentration Camp tour.
This tour was a little over two hours long. Ryan, our tour guide, was very pleasant and knowledgeable. We saw many sites related to the Third Reich such as the former site of Hitler's Bunker and Reich Chancellery, the Air Ministry, the site of the Propaganda Ministry, a Soviet Memorial, the Reich Stag and Topography of Terror Museum, site of the Gestapo Headquarters.
I Booked The Third Reich Tour Which was one of the highlights of my Trip. Excellent Tour Guide "Barnaby", Who has a great knowledge of Berlin and its history. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to improve their knowledge or has a vast knowledge on WW2.
Doing what: Final Days of World War 2 Walking Tour of Berlin
The dark days of Germany's history are well known to most of us but we can always learn more, and this was certainly true on this sensational tour of Germany's capital.
US tour guide Rick was a font of knowledge during the three-and-a-half hour walk taking in the key sites of Nazi Germany, some of which are still standing.
It was a flawless, enlightening and unbiased view of the events leading up to, during and after The Third Reich's grip not only of Germany but surrounding countries.
Our small group learnt about the politics and fall-out of this dictatorship which led to one of the bloddiest conflicts this world has ever seen.
No words can sum up Rick's passion and detail that he imparted to us, and we were the greater for knowing it and for being in his company.
If you do nothing else in Berlin, and that would be hard givenm this vibrant city, then I cann't reccommend this walk highly enough.
Money and time well spent.
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