Berlin - Berlin's Embassy Quarter: History told in a Nutshell

Berlin's Embassy Quarter: History told in a Nutshell

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(36 reviews)
Embassy Quarter, Berlin, Germany
50 mins

About the tour

Once a Prussian version of Beverly Hills, the Nazis had other ideas regarding this leafy district which, when it was founded, was on the fringes of Berlin. This area is deeply steeped in history, though you'd never guess it at first sight. So, join me on this stroll which takes us along some impressive embassy buildings, some going back to the Nazi era, but also a number of buildings with an even darker history, and then a number of buildings which are gone altogether. The embassy quarter is the history of Berlin of the past 200 years told in a nutshell! Learn all about the changes this neighbourhood has undergone. The tour finishes at the Victims of the Nazis' T4 Action, otherwise known as the Memorial for the Murdered Euthanasia Victims.

Meet your local guide


Berlin’s stunning landscape can stupefy you. Home to over 200 parks, forests and green spaces, and over a hundred lakes - replete with beautiful lidos and sandy beaches - it’s one of the greenest cities in the world. Martin helps you discover all this, and more! Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010 and experienced a potpourri of different cultures. At university, he explored German history and studied German-Jewish exile organizations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis. Following his graduation, he was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organized by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. This led Martin back to Berlin, and he re-discovered the city he had left long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. Since then, his tours have been peppered with adventures and exciting stories, ranging from European cultures to celebrities like Marlene Dietrich. “I once gate-crashed the building where David Bowie used to live in Berlin with a customer who was a huge David Bowie fan and ‘bumped’ into a resident who promptly invited us to have coffee!” he says.

Martin has been guiding since May 2011

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 50 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide’s hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Lorna C.

09 April 2021

Watch out Martin, Lucas stole the show today and had us in fits of laughter, always a good way to start a tour. Naturally you gave us a detailed history of the old buildings, all so different, with different symbolic interpretations. And then Martin the true professional emerged. Dreadful Internet problems which you immediately observed as the chat dried up and, despite your trying to retrieve it your end, I had to contact heygo for help. Everything suggested had already been tried, then suddenly the tour partially returned. Aural streaming was perfect even if the visual was not. Martin, you are an inveterate performer, so you could have given us this Embassy tour from your kitchen and we would still have been delighted. Everyone appeared to have been thrilled, despite what happened, so I still say, Martin, you deserve 10 * for providing such an entertaining tour, with the help, of course, with dearest Lucas.

Glenda Y.

09 April 2021

Enjoyable trip with excellent information. Shame about the technical problems but not your fault. Would definitely go on one of your trips again. Thank you.

Jane (Vancouver Island, Canada) V.

09 April 2021

My first tour with Martin, and I will definitely be doing more with him. I really enjoyed our walk along Embassy Row with him telling us about the different countries represented. He shared his vast knowledge of the history of the area along with some of his likes and dislikes! Was rather sweet having his very well-behaved dog, Lucas, along for the walk too. Thank you.

Ofelia M.

09 April 2021

Excellent tour. As usual, this tour was very informative and enjoyable. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.


09 April 2021

Great and generous tour guide!

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