From the Victory Column to the Pregnant Oyster

Victory Column, Berlin, Germany
30 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

She is one of the most impressive of all statues in Berlin – the golden Else on top of the victory column. Majestically she looks down the 17th of June street to the Brandenburg gate. But her view went a totally different way once and on this tour you will find out which. We will take a walk along the great roundabout to see the column from all sides, have a little chat with Otto von Bismarck and then head down to the former royal palace where our President resides. Yes, we do have a president as well even though hardly anyone knows about him. From the palace we will take a stroll down the Spree river, have a look at the Tiergarten and a somehow failed housing project for government employees and see the memorial for the Institute for the science of sexuality opened by Magnus Hirschfeld in 1919. Hear the story about its rise and demolition before we end our tour at one of the strangest architectural creations in the centre of Berlin – the pregnant oyster. Weird to say but it was once one of the most American buildings in West Berlin. Find out why on this tour, see you soon.


Meet your local guide

Arja

Arja has worked for over 13 years as a full time tour guide in Berlin and all around Europe. She is a studied historian and passionate about all the big and small stories surrounding this beautiful city she calls home. Born and raised in Northwestern Germany she came to Berlin after finishing university in Hamburg with a Masters degree in history and American literature and having travelled the world for 4 years. With her family roots in the city she always felt drawn to the multitude of layers of life you can find in Berlin starting with her own family story. Telling stories is what she loves and meeting people from all over the world is the next best thing to travelling the world herself.

Arja has been guiding since Mar 2007


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 30 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.


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