Topography of Terror Tour with Context Travel

Join us as we explore Berlin's topography of terror, and view the city as seen between 1933 and 1945 when Berlin was the Nazi capital and terror reigned

Berlin, Germany

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This three-hour walking seminar explores the years between 1933 and 1945 when Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist Party (the Nazis) steered Germany into war and terror. In the company of a 20th century historian, we will explore the rise of the Nazis to power, the horrors and tragedies of their regime, and the events and circumstances that led to their fall, paying special attention to the monuments designed and envisioned by Hitler’s chief architect Albert Speer. 

We will begin at the Reichstag, German house of parliament where the fire of February 27, 1933.  We'll linger on this spot because it helps to frame some fundamental questions about Nazi power: From where did it derive, and how did their reign begin?

Our exploration will take us to the Brandenburg Gate from which we will be able to look down one of the main boulevards in Albert Speer’s proposed plan for the new monumental center of “World Capital Germania,” as Nazi Berlin was to be renamed. A discussion of this plan and imagined city will lead us to the memorial of the central tragedy of the Nazi regime: Peter Eisenman’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This controversial and enigmatic monument will provide us with a context to examine the Nazi policy toward Jews and others whom they identified as “inferior races,” a policy most clearly revealed in the Nuremberg Laws that provided the horrific “final solution to the Jewish question” in 1942.

During the remainder of our walk through the former Wilhemstrasse government quarter of Berlin we will pass many other sites, memorials, and major offices that orchestrated the war. We'll conclude with the newly opened Topography of Terror exhibition at the site of the former Gestapo and SS headquarters, an exhibition that represents the most self-conscious effort in the city to uncover the Nazi legacy of a particular place. The nature and organization of the exhibition will give us much food for thought. Topography of Terror museum is committed to an active engagement with that past, contextualizing it by using place to make history vivid, comprehensible, and inextricably connected to the present.

This last is, in many senses, the primary focus of this walk. We are attempting not merely to “historicize” the Third Reich by separating it completely from the present, but rather are trying to grapple with Berlin’s Nazi legacy—and especially with the sites that remain linked to it—in order to understand how this legacy shapes Berlin today.

Tickets must be bought on Context Travel WebsiteWe recommend buying in advance.


09:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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Start at Reichstag, German house of parliament
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Berlin, Germany

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Specific meet-up instructions will provided on the purchased ticket.

Tour starts at 9:30AM and is 3 hours long.

Tickets are €5 per person and must be purchased on Context Travels Website:

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Tickets are €5 per person and must be purchased on Context Travels Website: