Third Reich & Nazi Berlin Bike Tour

Informative Third Reich & Nazi Berlin Bike Tour

Under Hitler and the Nazis, Berlin became the capital of the Third Reich. By the end of the Second World War, more than half of the city was completely destroyed. On this powerful half-day tour we will take you through this dark time in the city’s history.

We will begin with the legacy of Imperial Germany and how its defeat in the First World War paved the way for Hitler and the Nazis to seize power. We will then hear about how the Nazis used the legal structures of their country to shut down any opposition and target their enemies. Understanding how day-to-day life under the Nazis progressed, it will become clear as to why some people chose to go along with the fascist regime, and how others risked everything to defy them.

This tour will visit Herman Goering’s Lufwaffe Ministry - some of the only remaining Nazi archetecture in the city. We will see some of the damage left in the wake of the Soviet Red Army’s battle for the city and stop at the site of Hitler’s Bunker. We will then visit the military headquarters where the July 20th Plot to assassinate Hitler was launched, and discuss the dangers and bravery of resistance to the Nazis. Your guide will point out the remains of Hitler and talk about Albert Speer’s plan to transform Berlin into the “Germania” World Capital of the Nazi Empire. 

There are a number of WWII and Holocaust Memorials that we include on this tour.  At each, your guide will discuss how the modern country of Germany deals with this disturbing chapter of their history.  We will visit the neighbourhood that once was Berlin’s Jewish Quarter, and will visit the iconic New Synagogue located within it.

Throughout the ride, you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and get to know your guide and the other group members.  We will allow for plenty of time to take pictures and simply absorb all of the information.  There is also a refreshment break about half-way through the tour (cost not included) which provides a perfect respite from the heavy topics that we’ll discuss.

Being a half-day tour, you will still have plenty of time to see more of the city after the tour wraps up.  Our guides would love to point you to their favourite restaurants and other sights we do not have time to see on this tour.

As with all of our other tours, our Third Reich and Nazi Berlin Bike Tour enjoys an easy pace and uses comfortable city-cruiser style bicycles that are a great fit for anyone comfortable on a bike. It’s comprehensive and educational, and our guides will leave you with a better understanding of this turbulent and tragic period of the city’s history.

Tour Highlights

  • Rosenstrasse Protest Memorial
  • Reichstag
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • German Resistance Memorial Center
  • Former air raid shelter
  • Site of Hitler's bunker
  • New Synagogue
  • Soviet War Memorial
  • Stolpersteine “Stumbling Stones”
  • Nazi Architecture
  • Remaining Battle of Berlin Damage
    • Comfortable cruiser- or city-style Bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Experienced, English-speaking guide
    • Option to keep your bike after tour at a discounted rate
    • This tour is conducted in English by our experienced team of guides.
    • Each bike has an easy-to-use luggage rack, perfect for small bags or extra layers.  Larger bags can be locked up in our shop during the tour.
    • A short stop for refreshments is included in the tour, but the cost of the meal is not. Please bring cash in euros or Maestro/EC card. Many establishments in Berlin do not accept credit cards.
    • We always stop at each site, so there's plenty of time to take great pictures!
  • This tour meets at our Alexanderplatz shop, located at the base of the giant TV Tower (Fernsehturm). You can find us on the northeast side of the tower between the Alex Café and the entrance to the TV Tower. The address is Panoramastraße 1a, 10178 Berlin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    This tour meets at our Alexanderplatz shop, located at the base of the giant TV Tower (Fernsehturm). You can find us on the northeast side of the tower between the Alex Café and the entrance to the TV Tower. The address is Panoramastraße 1a, 10178 Berlin.

  • Expand/Collapse Are reservations required for this tour?

    Reservations are recommended, but not required.  We suggest that you book in advance so that you are guaranteed a spot on the tour.  If you do not have a reservation don’t worry, just come on by our shop and we will get you on tour, provided that there is space.

  • Expand/Collapse What do I need to bring with me on tour?

    Be sure to bring your camera and some cash for the snack break.  We also recommend that you bring an extra layer of clothing in case it get’s chilly during the tour.  There is a luggage rack on our bikes so you can easily carry some small items with you.

  • Expand/Collapse Do I need to reserve a bike separately?

    No - the bike is included with the bike tour, so just bring yourself and we will take care of the rest!

  • Expand/Collapse Do we stop for lunch?

    We do not make a full stop for lunch on this tour but there is usually time for a quick snack at one of the stops.  Please remember that the cost of food is not included in the tour price, so make sure to have some cash with you.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for kids?

    Our tours are great options for families and kids are very welcome.  We have several types of kids’ bikes, seats, and helmets to make sure everyone of all sizes is comfortable on tour.  Our Third Reich & Nazi Germany Tour does cover some difficult subjects, so please judge if your kids are going to be interested and able to digest the info.

  • Expand/Collapse What if I haven’t ridden a bike in a while?

    Don’t worry, it’s just like riding a bike!  Our tours move at a very comfortable pace so don’t worry if you are a bit rusty.  If you are worried about being comfortable on the bike, feel free to stop by the shop a bit early and you can take a few practice laps.

  • Expand/Collapse What happens if it rains?

    The tour will still run in case of rain.  We try our best to take cover but sometimes we are exposed to the elements.  We have pocket-sized rain ponchos for sale in our shop and we highly recommend that you purchase one before tour.  If you don’t use it, we will buy it back from you- it’s a bit of a rain insurance policy!

  • Expand/Collapse Do we go inside the museums and monuments?

    We cannot enter the monuments because German Law restricts museum guides to their authorized officials. Plus, some people would want to spend only ten minutes in the museum while others would prefer 3 hours.

    TIP: Should you want to keep your bike longer, and many people do, you get a discount on rental following a tour.  Our staff will be happy to show you exactly how to go back to any sites you would like to explore further or visit the interior.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We're happy to offer free changes and 100% refund up to 24 hours before tour* Failure to cancel a reservation at least 24 hours prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds. Fare difference may apply.

    *See restrictions here

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