Berlin is a city rich in memorials! Some are dedicated to the atrocities committed under the Nazi regime while others are dedicated to those, who contributed to bring exactly that regime down. The Soviets, one of four Allied powers who took control of Berlin - and Germany - after Germany's unconditional surrender on May 8th 1945, had their very own way as to how they wanted their contribution to the victory over Nazi Germany to be remembered and commemorated. The Soviet War Memorial in the Berlin district of Treptow is one of several such memorials, but no doubt the grandest and a prime example of Socialist Realism under Stalin. Join me on this 30-minute walk across one of Berlin's largest, and certainly most imposing, memorials!
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.
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 30 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.
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.
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22 May 2021
As my 1st husband was a member of the RAF, we lived in West Germany for 3yrs. We spent a week in Berlin in Oct 1971. During that week, we joined an RAF group tour on a very interesting visit into the East. The only time we were allowed off the coach was in Treptow Park to visit the Russian Cemetery. It seemed a very strange & slightly scary experience at that time. I was particularly interested in Martin’s tour today. He pulled no punches & told us of the many Nazi atrocities in WW2. I appreciated the explanations of the monuments & sculptures on the tombs. Many thanks.
21 May 2021
What amazing photos we took and equally how amazing our guide was with his views on the reality, interspersed with his incredible wit. What was his forte? Unquestionably it was the way in which he conveyed the past to us. A dramatic voice described the savagery, the brutal terror, until his voice lightened as he described in great detail the images on a memorial of returning victors. Martin always gives a balanced view, with no bitterness, of historical events in his native Germany. This tour was no different, explaining the background to a Soviet War memorial. Once more “a most outrageous thunderstorm” threatened to drown his words and our guide, but Martin is never downhearted, or driven away from telling the truth, so he continued with telling us his unique stories, supported by his memories from his childhood. This is what makes his tours so special, the veracity of what really happened and why, told in a voice heavy with emotion. It is impossible therefore to stay away from any of Martin’s tours as he brings his subject vividly alive for us.
Marilyn 🌼 J.
21 May 2021
So informative and well researched, thank you, Martin.
21 May 2021
Such a somber place, I understand the Soviets wanting to honor their losses. Glad Germany has upheld their end of the agreement. Not easy I’m sure. Thank you
Lisa Marie T.
21 May 2021
Interesting and well paced tour with Martin, who is A fantastic guide. Take this tour!