Berlin - From Gendarmenmarkt to Bebelplatz: From Prussia's Glory to the Shame of a Nation

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From Gendarmenmarkt to Bebelplatz: From Prussia's Glory to the Shame of a Nation

Wed, 10 Nov
(23 reviews)
Mitte , Berlin, Germany
60 mins

About the tour

Join me on this tour where practically every single building we pass has a story to tell, as they are all deeply steeped in history - past and present! Discover one of Berlin's prettiest squares and find out where the Mendelssohn Family - one of Berlin's most notable dynasties - were based. Be baffled at the story behind the Barenboim-Said Academy and find out more about Micha Ullman's Book Burning Memorial. This is a tour that takes you on a roller-coaster ride through 300 years of Prussian and German history, a tour wedged between glory and shame, beauty and misery.

Meet Martin


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.

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 content creator.

The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator 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 content creator 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 channel, 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

Desdra (California) W.

06 October 2021

As usual your tours are informative and entertaining.

Lorna C.

05 October 2021

Words fail me. I have used up every superlative in the dictionary. Martin, this tour was delightful, thank you. It was just what we needed as a contrast to your sordid tours.

Dale (Upstate NY) M.

04 October 2021

Martin has a great sense of humor and a lot of enthusiasm for what he does. He shared a wealth of information and answered everybody's questions.

Noreene, Lancaster, PA .

03 October 2021

Martin is so well versed in history, whether it be the architecture of politics or industries or Germany. He is such a terrific guide, handling difficult subjects with grace while bringing the human side of Berlin to the forefront. We learn so much on his tours, which are relayed with humor and compassion all the time. Thank you, Martin!

Anna - Warwickshire, U K.

03 October 2021

Always Martin's tours are full of fascinating history.

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