Berlin: Walking Tour on Protest and Resistance in Berlin

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Explore the uprisings and demonstrations that have defined the character and spirit of the city throughout its 800 years. Walk in the footsteps of Berliners not afraid to stand up for their cause.

Highlights

  • Hear stories of courageous Berliners from medieval times until 1989
  • Follow the democratic movement leading to the March Revolution in 1848
  • Learn about the only spontaneous demonstration to resist the Nazis
  • Visit the sites of events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • See the last remnants of the socialist Palace of the Republic

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On the must-see list for everyone visiting Berlin, the Alexanderplatz of today is a prime display of socialist architecture. But on this walking tour, we will take an alternative look at Berlin’s busiest square and seek out the traces of its vibrant legacy of protests. We will relive some of the most momentous protests in the city’s history and discover lesser-known acts of civil courage in the face of tyranny. Berlin’s protest history started just a short walk away at the site where the reconstructed Berlin Palace stands today. When the ruler of Berlin built the first palace in the 15th century, the citizens protested against it by flooding the building site. This action, known as the “Berlin Indignation”, set the course for the city’s history of disobedience. A monument in a courtyard nearby commemorates the bravery of hundreds of women who protested for a whole week in the cold winter of 1943. They demanded the release of their Jewish husbands outside a house in Rosenstrasse where they were held captive by the Nazis. This protest was the largest spontaneous demonstration during the years of the Third Reich – a rare flicker of courage in the darkest days of Berlin. A tour about protest in Berlin would be incomplete without the demonstrations of 1989 – a remarkable act of peaceful dissent. Thousands of people flooded Alexanderplatz in the largest demonstration East Berlin had ever seen - the turning point in the Peaceful Revolution, which brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall. The tour finishes right by Alexanderplatz, offering the perfect opportunity to explore more, as well as a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants.

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