The Downfall - Tracing Evil

4.9

(102)

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, Germany
60 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

This 60-minute tour will take you to locations and sites relevant to WWII and the Holocaust. There are still traces in the heart of Berlin of the most evil regime mankind has ever experienced. Starting at the Holocaust Memorial, we'll next go to the site where Hitler and his vicious propaganda minister took the easy way out by killing themselves: the bunker. Or rather, what's left of it. Then, Martin will point out a memorial to you of the courageous man who - sadly unsuccessfully - tried to assassinate Hitler on the night of November 8, 1939. Opposite that memorial are remnants of what once was Joseph Goebbels' territory: the infamous Ministry of Propaganda. After that, we'll check out the former Reichs Ministry of Aviation, now, unbelievable but true, Germany's Ministry of Finance. The site of the SS and Gestapo HQ's are next, now a learning and documentation centre, called, "Topography of Terror". We'll end our tour where evil began: In what's left of a former concert hall where Hitler gave his first - non-public! - speech in Prussia, back in 1927


Meet your local guide

Martin

Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010, in London, Paris, Bath, and Birmingham. Going back to studying late in his life, he then gained an MA with Distinction from Bath University and a PhD from the prestigious University of Warwick, writing his dissertation on German-Jewish exile organisations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis. Following his graduation, he was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organised by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. And so, Martin was back in Berlin, re-discovering the city he had left so long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over since he left some 16 years earlier, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. He has since obtained his official certificate that classifies him as a fully licenced Berlin Tour Guide.

Martin has been guiding since May 2011


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Ronald W.

10 January 2021

As always, Martin gave us an entertaining, interesting and informative trip around a historically important part of Berlin.

Caroline M.

07 January 2021

Once again, Martin gives another amazing tour. On this tour of Nazi landmarks, Martin provided the reality of the evils and how the city of Berlin has honoured ths dark past. Very well done.

Christine B.

05 January 2021

This was a very informative tour. I used to live in Germany, stationed there in the US Air Force, but I never got to travel to Berlin. So I appreciate the opportunity to learn about history and see it virtually. I am glad that you are talking about this important era of history, as we need to make sure it never happens again. And especially now, it is obvious how easily propaganda can lead to bad things in our world.

Kimberly M.

05 January 2021

Very good tour. I learned alot!

Lorna C.

04 January 2021

Double awesome. I followed this tour only two days ago but it left such an impression on me that I had to watch it again. The subject matter was harrowing but Martin handled this sensitively although this time I could hear the sorrow in his voice over what had happened in his country since the early 1930s under the Nazis. I took copious notes and am now researching the subject matter. Once more Martin went well over his time, giving us over one and a quarter hours. We could easily have listened to him all day as he is an enthusiastic and well informed speaker. Everyone on the tour was spell bound by him.


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