Bare Bones | Insiders' Berlin
Germany’s capital is an eclectic blend of cultures, timelines and world-changing events. Join forces with our expert guide to uncover Berlin off the beaten track: less well-known yet nonetheless important sites from Berlin’s turbulent history. In this totally thought-provoking 5-day encounter we cross both centuries and disbanded borders, with a variety of guided experiences, including a stimulating walk along the Berlin Wall, encounters with the Renaissance and Reformation in Wittemberg, and an unforgettable street tour of Jewish Berlin. As with all of the holidays in our Bare Bones collection, we will also enjoy extended periods of free time to go it alone, and discover the city’s delights at a pace that suits us best.
- A comprehensive tour of Berlin with a unique, alternative flavour
- Discover historical Lutherstadt Wittenberg
- See important sites of Cold War Berlin
After checking into our central hotel, our trip begins this afternoon with a local orientation walk - a chance to get to know the area in the company of our guide and fellow travellers. We view the heart of Prussian Berlin as well as the Book Burning Memorial at Bebelplatz, commemorating the 22,000 books burned by the Nazis on 10th May 1933.
This morning, we start with another walking tour of Berlin’s historic places. Our guide will lead the way through the capital, filling us in on many details - the great, the small, and the compelling. We wander along Karl-Marx-Allee, lined with monumental, socialist classicism buildings. We continue to the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse to view the last standing piece of the Berlin Wall in its original setting. In the afternoon we encounter another tragic site of German history, the Platform 17 Memorial, commemorating the deportation of Jewish citizens. Our last visit of the day will be to Glienicke Brücke. Spanning the Havel River, the so-called Bridge of Spies was the setting for numerous exchanges of agents between Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc.
During today’s walking tour in central Berlin, we pass by the Reichstag, wander through the Tiergarten, the city’s most popular and oldest park, and stroll across Potsdamer Platz towards Checkpoint Charlie, the famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. In the afternoon you are free to explore Berlin at leisure; perhaps explore the city further on foot or pay a visit to the various museums on Museum Island.
We make our way to Wittenberg this morning to take in the famous home town of Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation. Included on our day’s programme are visits to the Lutherhaus, his former residence for most of his adult life, and the Castle Church, where he allegedly nailed his 95 theses to the door. We also explore the residence and workshop of the German Renaissance painter, Lucas Cranach the Elder, who was a close friend of Martin Luther.
For our final morning we embark on a walking tour of Jewish Berlin, starting with the New Synagogue, a 19th century monument built in a Moorish style. Formerly the biggest synagogue in Germany, it was saved from destruction during Kristallnacht by a local police officer who saw off Nazi mobsters. We continue on to the Jewish Museum, the largest of its kind in Europe, and well-known for its excellent displays covering some 2,000 years of German-Jewish history.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - Breakfast only
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
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