Berlin City Tour

~Berlin City Tour~

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The Berlin conference will begin with an optional private tour of some of Berlin’s most treasured cultural and historical attractions on the day of registration, Wednesday, 22 March.  See below for a description of the tour.

Tickets will be available for purchase online until Midnight, Thursday 16 March, or until they are sold out.  The tickets are $40 each, available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and non-refundable. 

 

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Tour Description:

The four hour tour provides an overview of Berlin’s main sights, including the elegant Boulevard of Kurfürstendamm, the Tiergarten Recreation Park, the Victory Column, and Bellevue Palace. The bus will leave promptly at 14h00.  

You will see Germany’s new government quarter with the historic Reichstag building, which is once again the seat of parliament.  The dome was built by Norman Foster, and is one of our newer architectural attractions. A small walk through the famous Brandenburg Gate reveals the new architecture on Paris Square and you will see Frank Gehry’ s designs in the DZ Bank and AXICA buildings (Inside visit + exclusive tour).

We will then see the Holocaust memorial. Nearby were Hitler’s bunker and the former government quarter. You will hear about World War II, Berlin’s destruction and how the city rose up from that catastrophe. 

From here we’ll visit the historical and geographical center that was once in the Soviet Sector before the wall came down. Gendarmenmarkt  is Berlin’s most beautiful square, with the Concert House as well as the French and German Cathedrals. Friedrichstraße is a chic and modern shopping street with Gallery Lafayette and many designer shops. Since the wall came down, this has become a cutting edge, vibrant, and attractive area of the city for all Berliners and visitors.

On the boulevard Unter den Linden is the equestrian statue of Friedrich II, who left behind marvellous baroque buildings of the 18th century, such as the German State Opera and Berlin’s oldest and most renowned University. 28 German Noble Prize winners, including Albert Einstein, have studied or lectured at Humboldt University. Its famous tradition ended after young Nazi students burned 20,000 books written by Jewish and anti-Fascist authors in the public square.

We’ll visit Humboldt-Box to learn more about the reconstruction project of the Royal Palace of Prussian Kings and German Emperors. Views from a terrace there include the city center and the magnificent old buildings of Museum Island, one of the major UNESCO Projects of the city. David Chipperfield’s Master Plan will make a unique ensemble of five museums, including the rebuilt New Museum with Nefertiti’s bust and the Pergamonmuseum.

After 20 years of restoration, the last Emperor’s Berlin Cathedral was reopened in 1993. This old part of the city is developing into Berlin’s most elegant and expensive area.  Close by is Berlin’s birthplace: The Nicolai quarter recalls both the Middle Ages and the 18th century. St. Nikolai is Berlin’s oldest church.

At Alexander Square is the TV-Tower from 1969. We will visit the largest remaining part of the Berlin Wall, famously known as the East Side Gallery. The banks of the Spree River have been developed into a media- and cultural site to attract investors creating jobs for the city.

Checkpoint Charlie, one of the former checkpoints between East- and West Berlin is now an open air museum. Nearby,  another piece of the wall can be seen, along with the site of the former Headquarters of the Gestapo and SS, right next to what was the ministry of aviation, Hermann Görings office.

You will see Berlin’s modern architecture of the last 20 years at Potsdam Square.  Later, you will see another interesting modern building in the German Chamber for Industry and Trade, which includes includes Berlin’s stock exchange.

 


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