Co będziecie robić
Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in Europe: hardly anywhere else can you find so many traces of different political systems visible in the cityscape as in the German capital. On this bicycle tour I will show you how to "read" all these traces. The places where the epochs overlap are particularly interesting: National Socialism and Communism, the Kaiserreich and the Weimar Republic, the Second World War and the Cold War – we will take a look at the squares and buildings where political and social conflicts become visible. Therefore I will show you relics that are easily overlooked at first glance (such as graffiti by GDR oppositionists), tell some stories (why, for example, parts of Berlin Castle now exist twice) and explain where you can learn something about architectural espionage in the 18th century, Lenin's revolutionary theory and the Nazi burning of books at the same place.
Born in Western Germany I moved to Berlin after the wall came down in 1989 to study East European history. I did my research at the Humboldt University Berlin where I also received my PhD. I now work as a historian, journalist and photographer. I've written a couple of books – on Berlin's architecture (“Architekturgeschichte Berlins“), the Holocaust and German communism –, worked for a political think tank, and I am writing for several newspapers (the German “Frankfurter Allgemeine” and the Swiss “Neue Zürcher Zeitung“ among others). Because I enjoy to stroll through the city with people and to show them places off the beaten track (and to give them a new view on the well-known places), I have been offering tours for more than ten years on which I give firsthand insights into my research on history and architecture.
Sekcja nawigacji dla stron recenzji
We cycle through today's government quarter and along the Brandenburg Gate to the former government quarter, from where we cruise through the baroque city at Gendarmenmarkt. Afterwards we visit the castle and its socialist surroundings and head to the Parochial Church at Alexanderplatz, where the last houses of Berlin's old town can be found.
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Maksymalnie 6 gości w wieku co najmniej 16 lat może wziąć udział.
This is a bicycle tour. If you rather like a different mode of transport, you may also book this tour as a private tour and we set off on feet and public transport. Please ask in advance!
"Reading" the city with a historian