"Welcome, ladies and gentlemen. So, you are interested in the history of our federal capital, right? What do you say? Yes, exactly, the gentleman with the camera around his neck. Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburger Tor, Fernsehturm and East-Side-Gallery have you seen yet? Well great, even a blind guy can find it without help. But for today I prepared myself a little longer and will take the dear gentlemen with me on a journey through the history of Berlin. And because all abut Berlin started with Prussia becoming a major European power, we also want you to start with the fine Prussian electors. And from there I lead you in zigzag through the troubled past, along the imperial era and on to the Weimar Republic. Unfortunately ick can't tell the story of Berlin without Hitler's brown ragtag and the war he started, but I try to keep it short at this point. After that we'll all see double, because now it divides into West and East. But as you can imagine a good story needs a happy ending, and our ending is the fall of the Berlin wall. So I'd say, everybody hold on and our journey through time can begin."
Our Berlin tour guide will take you on eight tours on which you will experience the history of Berlin from Prussia to the fall of the Berlin Wall. You will discover the legacy of the Prussian kings in Charlottenburg Palace and Berlin's Tiergarten. At the Reichstag several epochs from the founding of the German Reich to the Weimar Republic, past the Nazi regime and on to Berlin as the new federal capital are bundled together. At Tempelhof Airport, you walk along the taxiways on which the raisin bombers landed. At the Soviet memorial you commemorate the brave Russian soldiers who lost their lives fighting Hitler's Germany. And on Karl-Marx-Allee you'll be impressed by the GDR workers' palaces. The tour concludes with a visit to the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse, where the divided Berlin comes to life once again.
To get to our tours, you need nothing more than a S-Bahn ticket, because all hikes begin and end at S-Bahn stations. Now all you have to do is choose the epoch you are most interested in and your discovery tour can begin.
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"Here on the Karl-Marx-Allee, the history of the GDR can be read off the tree like the age rings. Detlef already says yes to the name: after the founding of the GDR, the Frankfurter Allee was simply renamed Stalinallee. However, as the work of the Soviet dictator was increasingly viewed - say wa ma - more critically, the GDR officials referred to the origin of communism. What could be more appropriate than to rename the boulevard in Karl-Marx-Allee?