A People’s History of Berlin.MitteHot spot of history

Follow the traces of protest and resistance throughout the centuries. See the classical sights in the city centre from a unique point of view.

The walk begins with Bertholt Brecht’s world-famous „Berlin Ensemble“ theatre. Past the ‘Tränenpalast’ („Palace of Tears“), the former border crossing point at the Friedrichstrasse station, we continue down to the ‘Unter den Linden’ boulevard.

The Humboldt University is a particularly fascinating stop. Karl Marx and Heinrich Heine both studied here, and just outside its main entrance, some of the most tragic and most hopeful moments of Germany’s history took place, ranging from the revolution of 1918, to the book burning of the Nazis, and the revolution of 1989 in Eastern Germany.

Other topics of the tour include Heinrich Zille, one of Berlin’s most famous graphic artists, the upside and the downside of the „Palace of the Republic“ and the TV tower (which is not called Alex!).

Duration: 2.5 hrs

Meeting point: Berliner Ensemble (Bertolt-Brecht-Platz at the sculpture, near the Friedrichstrasse railway station)

Tuesday 16th August different meeting point because of the special route: Brandenburg Gate, west side, square of the 18th of march (train station Brandenburger Tor)

Ending point: Alexanderplatz

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