- Get the full picture of Berlin with your interests in mind from art, history, and architecture including insider tips along the way
- Led by a expert local guide or scholar
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin Wall Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag exterior, and Unter den Linden
Itinerary A - History Buff
Includes a short briefing in a cafe and sites such as the Brandenburg Gate, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Reichstag and the Berlin Wall Memorial. Local lunch (at own expense).
Itinerary B - Off-The-Beaten-Track
Includes a short briefing in a cafe and visit to neighborhoods Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. Focuses on Cold War and post-Cold War history and culture. Local lunch (at own expense).
We do not offer a tour of the Reichstag Dome as standard, however, for clients booking a private walk we can try to arrange it. Please request this in the Trip Notes when placing an order. There is no entry fee to the Dome, but visits need to be booked in advance and availability depends on a number of factors defined by the German governmental administration. Please note that for all Reichstag Dome bookings we require the full name and date of birth of all attendees, and all attendees need to bring their passport with them on the day in order to enter the Reichstag.
Yes we can start anytime between 8:30am-12pm. In winter (November-February) it's better not to start later any later because it gets dark by 3:30-4:00 pm.
Robert grew up in East Berlin during the 1980s and went on to study at the University of Florence, Italy. He received his PhD in cultural studies from Humboldt University of Berlin where his dissertation focused on sexual violence in the Nazi concentration camps. He recently worked as a researcher for the BBC and as a historian for the Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camp memorials. His interests range from the history of art and architecture to modern European history and WWII. Robert worked for Hampshire College and has given guest lectures at both Boston University and Brown University. He has been working as a tour guide for more than ten years.
An architect and urbanist, Lucia has been working with Context since 2012. The emphasis of her walks lies in present Berlin from where she leads an exploration into the layers of the past in order to understand the transformations of the city and the significance of its sites, so as to anticipate possible future scenarios. Her thematic focus is on post-war history, urbanism and architectural heritage, as well as on everyday life in Berlin. Parallel to her work with Context, she has been collecting experiences from different branches: collaborating with several public institutions analysing and comparing the urban landscape of various European cities, developing city guides and organising workshops; working for a design agency specialised in real estate and signage design; and currently, planning housing and office buildings in Berlin with a private project developer. She is a proud ambassador of Berlin and Context.
After completing studies in archaeology at Bournemouth University, England, in 2004, Aaron has worked as an archaeologist in the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, London, and all over southern England. Holding the position of Senior Archaeologist at the Museum of London Archaeology Service from 2006–2012, he supervised numerous site excavations dating from the Neolithic period (5000BC) through to the Second World War. Since arriving in Germany, he has continued his archaeological career through excavations in Bavaria, Brandenburg, and Berlin, Mitte. Aaron was more recently involved in an excavation in Klosterstrasse which was determined to be the oldest medieval remains in the city, and he holds the distinction of finding the “oldest medieval pig in Berlin" at this site. It could be said that he operates at the ‘coal face,' helping to rewrite and refine the known histories of places through his archaeological work. Aaron also has had a lifelong passion for military history, particularly that of the Second World War, and finds Berlin an ideal landscape for digging into that history.
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