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A Troubled Childhood - The Birth of Berlin

Pick-up/Drop-off: the tour meets and disperses from a hotel directly opposite Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the central railway station - a major international railway station with connections for the continent and Berlin airports.

Accommodation: single hotel in the main railway station area at the heart of Berlin.

For all that Berlin is a relatively new European capital, it is impossible to walk more than one hundred metres without encountering really important historical sites. The city is amazing: vibrant, cosmopolitan and very much at the centre of world affairs, it is impossible to feel other than you are in a really important place. Ever since the time of Frederick the Great in the eighteenth century, Berlin has taken on the trappings of a great capital. Really explosive growth took place after the creation of the German Empire in 1871 and the traumas of the twentieth century have also obviously left their mark. However, the reunification of Germany after 1989 allowed Berlin to reinvent itself and it was transformed from the decaying potential front-line of the Third World War into a vigorous and dynamic city.

The tour takes in all the classic Berlin sites such as the Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie, but you will also visit some less well-known places such as the Stasi Museum in the old East. Coverage of the central areas of Berlin is thorough and you will also take a minibus trip out of the city to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and the palaces at Sanssouci in Potsdam. Some of the places visited on this tour deal with difficult and comparatively recent events and a deliberate attempt is made to provide an escape from this with lighter venues, time to wander in the shops and bohemian quarter as well as excellent food in the evenings. A Berlin transport pass is included in the tour price as the superb urban transport system is used to reach our venues, but it also provides a fantastic means of further independent exploration. Tours in December will also coincide with the Christmas markets. A great introduction to the history of one of the world's greatest cities.

Berliner Dom - the cathedral completed in 1905 for the use of the Hohenzollern family
Soviet-inspired depictions of Marx and Engels - now reduced to the status of merely quaint curiosities...
The Siegessaeule - column of victory celebrating the Prussian defeat of France in 1871
The Reichstag - an iconic German structure, rebuilt in accordance with a Norman Foster design