It is not long now until we arrive in Berlin to explore this city’s incredible history and discover more about the former heart of Hitler’s Third Reich. Both Ross and I have been busy trying to read up, research and plan exactly where we want to go.
Its been a really interesting exercise, providing a tiny insight into and an enhanced appreciation for the work that battlefield guides must have to do in planning and preparing for a battlefield tour. The logistics, trying to work out whats best to see, where it is in relation to other places of interest, how we can get the most out of our time there and try and pack in as much as possible into this short first trip to the German capital.
It looks like it is going to potentially be a very cold and even potentially snowy trip to Berlin with temperatures averaging around -2 degrees! So we’ve been stocking up on thermal socks and Ross and I will be no doubt packing several beanies!
Also with the days still being so short due to the winter hours, we will also be slightly constrained in terms of vlog filming times so to ensure we make the most of our time and of course the light, Ross and I have decided for the most part to try and primarily concentrate our trip around the heart of the former Third Reich’s central government district.
Below are a few of the places we are looking forward to hopefully exploring during the trip:
The Former Third Reich’s Government District along the WilhelmstraBe. (The Reich Ministry of Popular Enlightenment & Propaganda, the Reich Aviation Ministry, Topography of Terror, coffee at the Hotel Adlon, the Reichstag, Bebelplatz [the site of the 1933 book burning]…to name but just a few)
The Invaliden Cemetery
Explore along the StraBe des 17 Juni (Brandenburg Gate, Victory Column, the Soviet War Memorial Tiergarten, Reichstag and the site of Madam Kitty’s former establishment…)
The Flak Tower at Humboldthain (below is a photo of the former Flak Tower at Zoo in Berlin)
Joseph Goebbels’ Country Villa
The Bendlerblock’s Resistance Museum
The Heavy-Load Bearing Body – one of the last remaining segments that survives from Speer and Hitler’s planned re-design of Berlin, ‘Germania’
…And if possible and we still have time to spare to fit it in on this trip, I would quite like to visit the 1936 Olympic Stadium.
The more research I do, the more I realise that it is going to be very hard to even scratch the surface with this short trip, there are just so many WW2 related sites that we both wish to see and explore. Oh well it will just have to be the first of many trips to explore this great city!
Berlin here we come…more to follow soon!
Below are a couple of websites I thought I would share with you, having enjoyed reading and found of interest whilst researching this trip to Berlin.
Third Reich In Ruins – with some excellent then and now photos
Slow Travel Berlin – some very interesting articles about the city and its history
Berliner Unterwelten – interesting to learn about Berlin’s rich underground world