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Third Reich Berlin

Published in Berlin Tours

The Nazis ruled Berlin, the Holocaust capital, for twelve brutal years. Come see what is left of the Reich destined to last a thousand years.

Explore the how and why of the Nazi's rise and fall. Experience the remnants of a city in ruins and its rebirth. Your guides are Berlin's leaders in English language guides, have lectured on this topic at Stanford in Berlin, and are qualified guides of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial. We don't shy away from controversial topics, and can shed light on your understanding of Berlin's darkest history.

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Szczecin/Stettin

Published in Beyond Berlin -- Day Trips from Berlin

A visit to Stettin is a unique opportunity to see the effects of the Second World War first hand.
Traditionally, Stettin belonged to Pomerania, but the entire city became part of Poland in 1945 and the German population expelled. Today, Stettin is called by its Polish name: Szczecin

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Weimar

Published in Beyond Berlin -- Day Trips from Berlin

Weimar

Sitting prettily in the geographical center of Thuringia, Weimar occupies a place in German political and cultural history completely disproportionate to its size (population 63,000). It's not even particularly old by German standards, with a civic history that started as late as 1410. Yet by the early 19th century the city had become one of Europe's most important cultural centers, where poets Goethe and Schiller wrote, Johann Sebastian Bach played the organ for his Saxon patrons, Carl Maria von Weber composed some of his best music, and Franz Liszt was director of music, presenting the first performance of Lohengrin here. In 1919 Walter Gropius founded his Staatliches Bauhaus here, and behind the classical pillars of the National Theater the German National Assembly drew up the constitution of the Weimar Republic, the first German democracy. After the collapse of the Weimar government, Hitler chose the little city as the site for the first national congress of his Nazi party. On the outskirts of Weimar the Nazis built—or forced prisoners to build for them—the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp.

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Erfurt

Published in Beyond Berlin -- Day Trips from Berlin

The city of Erfurt emerged from World War II relatively unscathed, with most of its innumerable towers intact. Of all the cities in the region, Erfurt is the most evocative of its prewar self. The city's highly decorative and colorful facades are easy to admire on a walking tour. Downtown Erfurt is a photographer's delight, with narrow, busy, ancient streets dominated by a magnificent 14th-century Gothic cathedral, the Mariendom.

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