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Berlin Small-Group Half-Day Walking Tour: David Bowie and the End of the World with a Historian Guide
"When David Bowie moved to Berlin in 1976 he found an island of Cold War angst “cut off from its world art and culture dying with no hope of retribution.” This tour takes you back to the decadent 1970’s city that inspired Bowie’s classic Berlin albums Low Heroes and Lodger. Starting at Cold War West Berlin’s decadent heart Zoo Station
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Small Group Introductory Tour of Berlin Capital of Culture Tyranny and Tolerance
"This 3-hour tour of Germany’s capital city takes a broad view of the political and ideological forces that unleashed genocide and global war in the 20th century. Berlin’s iconic landmarks while emphasizing the tumultuous Nazi and Cold War eras you will learn how in the 1700's tiny Prussia’s violent transformation into Europe’s dominant military power already set the stage for the great tragedies of recent history.We begin the tour at Potsdamer Platz the business centre which replaced the wasteland formerly known as East Germany’s “Death Strip.” Following the path where the Berlin Wall once stood through to the historic Tiergarten Park you take in the dramatic new Holocaust Memorial and the Reichstag. While the mysterious fire that damaged the Reichstag in 1933 was used by the Nazis as the pretext to suspend civil liberties and arrest political opponents the grand glass dome created for the building in 1992 by architect Norman Foster (complete with walkways that look down into the Parliament) provokes a discussion about the symbolic intentions of the cupola as metaphor for Germany’s reunification transparency and commitment to democracy.Reaching back further into Berlin’s past
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"Private Half-Day Tour of Berlin: Capital of Culture
Private 3-hour Introductory Tour of Berlin Capital of Culture Tyranny and Tolerance"This 3-­hour tour of Germany’s capital city takes a broad view of the political and ideological forces that unleashed genocide and global war in the 20th century. Exploring Berlin’s iconic landmarks while emphasizing the tumultuous Nazi and Cold War eras you will learn how in the 1700s tiny Prussia’s violent transformation into Europe’s dominant military power already set the stage for the great tragedies of recent history. Begin the tour at Potsdamer Platz the business center which replaced the wasteland formerly known as East Germany’s “Death Strip.” Following the path where the Berlin Wall once stood through to the historic Tiergarten Park you take in the dramatic new Holocaust Memorial and the Reichstag. While the mysterious fire that damaged the Reichstag in 1933 was used by the Nazis as the pretext to suspend civil liberties and arrest political opponents the grand glass dome created for the building in 1992 by architect Norman Foster (complete with walkways that look down into the Parliament) provokes a discussion about the symbolic intentions of the cupola a metaphor for Germany’s reunification
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Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz is located about 1km south from the Brandenburg Gate. In the 1920s & 30s it was a very busy traffic centre and in fact in 1924 it was home to Europe's first (hand-operated) traffic...
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sue_stone
Apr 04, 2011

Modern Architecture of Potsdamer Platz

Rising from the ashes of World War 2, the contemporary design and driving heartbeat of the metropolis of Potsdamer Platz is a fun and interesting place to visit. Boutiques, the Berlin Filmmuseum, Sony...
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Roadquill
Feb 06, 2011

Day 2 - More Like The Berlin I'd Envisaged

Having made the decision to visit Berlin on a whim I'd done no pre-trip research and was pleasantly surprised to find the city had a lot more character than I'd envisaged. I'd assumed that due to the...
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johngayton
Nov 08, 2010

Potsdamer Platz

Originally, Potsdamer Platz was a square just outside the old city wall of Berlin, and in the early years of the twentieth century became a busy traffic intersection. During the second World War, the...
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illumina
May 25, 2010

Postdamer

Potsdamer Platz is one of the highlights of Berlin. In this square holds the Berlin Film Festival, better known as the Berlinale, which hands out the Golden Bear for best film of the festival. In this...
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lina112
Apr 16, 2010

Kaisersaal Cafe

Amongst all the new architecture in Potsdamer Platz there is one corner that looks oddly out of place. On the Sony site you will find one piece that survived World War II and the rebuilding of the...
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trvlrtom
Aug 02, 2009

Have Fun at the Legoland Discovery Centre

Although I have not visited the Legoland Discovery Centre myself, I think I should at least tell you that it exists. It opened in 2007 in the basement of the Sony Centre at Potsdamer Platz. The great...
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Kakapo2
Dec 18, 2008

Exciting architecture where west and east meet

There are those who like the way Potsdamer Platz was developed, and there are those who don't. I definitely belong to the former, what about you? Go and check it out yourself and then write your own...
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iblatt
Nov 19, 2008

Panoramapunkt, Potsdamer Platz

In 20 seconds the fastest elevator in Europe will take you to the viewing platform of the DaimlerChrysler Quartier. It provides a fascinating view over the entire city. The panoramapunkt on the top is...
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mvtouring
Jul 13, 2008

Stunning Berlin!

Dont miss out on seeing Potsdamer Platz, or take a train to some of the beautiful suburban areas. Checkpoint Charlie and an understanding of the wall, between East and West Berlin. Take a river...
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KrisHerron
Jun 15, 2008

Commercial Sector

Here there is Sony Center, DaimlerChrysler building, and DeutschBahn HQ. Sony Center should be your main attraction. You can enter under the giant umbrella, a Godsend on a cold day! Many fun stuff to...
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seasonedveteran
Apr 12, 2008

An old new square

Before World War II, the Potsdamer Platz was the heart of Berlin and a very busy square. During the war it was heavily damaged, and when the Wall was built next to the square, remaining buildings were...
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Helga67
Mar 30, 2008
 
 
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Things to Do Near Potsdamer Platz

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Topography of Terror

Anyone who has an interest in where the Nazis held their seat of power may want to include Wilhelmstrasse on their itinerary - but it has to be stressed that very few buildings have survived from that...
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Holocaust Memorial

I could never understand the behavior of people at times .... This place is not for posing for photos doing your "V" for victory signs ... or for jumping from slab to slab .... This is a memorial...
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Museum für Kommunikation - Museum for Communication

Museum for Communication was established in 1995 in this building which is imposing example of Wilhelmine architecture. The museum is charged with documenting all aspects of the history of...
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Neue Nationalgalerie - CLOSED

The Neue Nationalgalerie is an impressive museum exhibiting art works from 1900 to 1945. A large collection of German Expressionist including Max Beckman and Otto Dix. There was also a nice exhibition...
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Kulturforum

This is Berlin's main gallery of old masters, from the 14th through 18th Century. Its their answer to the MET in NYC or the Louvre in Paris. One can see many masterpieces here from Germany, Holland,...
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Pariser Platz

Pariser Platz stands at the eastern end of Unter den Linden next to the Brandenburg Gate. It was laid out between 1732 and 1734 in what was a Baroque expansion of the city. It received its present...
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Potsdamer Platz, Berlin-Tiergarten

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