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Berlin: Nicolai Quarter Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Discover Berlin's birthplace and how the historic city started on this self-guided audio tour of the Nicolai Quarter. Stroll through the city's medieval heart and enjoy the magic of GPS playback.

Highlights

  • Discover where you can find remains of the medieval wall
  • Hear from producer Jo Eckardt, founder of A Friend in Berlin tour company
  • Do it all in an hour or linger at stops along the way
  • Get unlimited use before your booking date and after it
  • Use the virtual tour option at home

Description

Berlin’s medieval past is often cast into the shadows by its more recent and turbulent history. Yet the early centuries after its founding in the 1300s are quite enthralling, as you’ll soon find out on this walking tour around the Nicolai Quarter, the city’s birthplace. I’ll take you back in time and tell you about the fascinating events that occurred in the area, step by step. Our tour starts in Lustgarten park, in front of the Humboldt Forum, where I’ll paint a picture of Emperor William II declaring war on Russia in 1914. From there, we’ll go further back in time to the 1700s and 1800s to arrive at the oldest residential building in Berlin, Ribbeck House. You’ll then enter the Nicolai Quarter where I’ll point out the buildings that have survived, those that have been torn down and rebuilt, and the ones that the government of East Germany added in 1987, to fit in with the area's medieval surrounds. Stepping out of the Nicolai Quarter, you’ll see Marienkirche (St Mary’s Church), the sole survivor of another medieval section of Berlin which was unfortunately completely destroyed in the war. On this medieval walking tour, you’ll also have a chance to: • Spot some of Berlin’s top sites and some of its most missed ones too, including the Berlin Cathedral, a statue of St George slaying the dragon, Berlin’s City Hall, Neptunbrunnen (Neptune Fountain), and Luther Monument • Get familiar with the White Lady, a ghost that used to haunt the Hohenzollern Palace • Hear about Veitel Ephraim, a Jewish jeweller without whom Frederic II would not have won the 7-year War • Understand why the Middle Ages are also referred to as the Dark Ages • Go inside two of the oldest churches in Berlin, St Mary’s Church and St. Nicholas’ Church, both from the 1300s • Find out who Hans Kohlhase was and how he relates to the character Michael Kohlhaas in the eponymous novel on which the movie Ragtime was based • Learn more about the history of Jews in Berlin • See the newly restored Dance of Death, a medieval fresco in St Mary’s Church • Discover where you can find remains of the medieval wall • Have a beer in one of Berlin’s oldest restaurants, Zum Nussbaum This hour-long tour ends at Marx-Engels-Forum, close to where it started. So get ready for a memorable walk back in time to the very beginning of Berlin!

Includes

Lifetime access to this tour in English VoiceMap App for Android and iOS Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata

Important Information

  • The tour uses a mobile app. You will need to download the app and then use the voucher code provided to download the tour It is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart at any time and complete at your own pace You can download the tour at any time, before or after your booking date. It is best to download the tour before you set off for the starting point When the download is complete, you will see a screen with a photo of the starting point and directions to it. The red start button will become active when you are at the starting point The tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next Please note that you'll need to use your own mobile device and headphones for this tour. The tour is only available in English

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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