This unique tour follows the rise and fall of one of the most infamous regimes of all time – Nazi Germany. Over 9 days, the tour traces one of the darkest chapters in history, from the origins of the National Socialist Party in 1920s Munich, to the plunge into World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. The tour will also explore the collapse of this brutal empire, which culminated in the destruction of Berlin and the Nuremberg War Trials in 1946. This tour will not glorify the actions of this sinister regime, but will shed light on this terrible time by walking the ground where these world-changing events occurred.
Day 1: Welcome drinks and dinner
Day 2: Walking tour of Munich’s Third Reich sites
Day 3: Dachau, the first official concentration camp
Day 4: Eagle’s Nest and tour of the Obersalzberg complex
Day 5: Walking tour of the Nazi Party Rally Ground – Nuremberg
Day 6: Tour of the Nuremberg War Crimes trials room and Berlin sightseeing tour of the city’s key attractions
Day 7: Berlin Commonwealth War Cemetery & Wannsee Villa
Day 8: Treptow Soviet Memorial Park and farewell dinner
Day 9: Depart
Full Itinerary (Click here)
Fall of the Third Reich Tour
Day 1, 1 September Munich
Welcome to our Fall of the Third Reich tour, and a fascinating study of one of the world’s most evil empires. This evening the group will come together in Munich. We will enjoy a welcome drink in our hotel followed by dinner, an opportunity to get to know our travelling companions, Historian and Tour Manager better. Please meet in the Hotel lobby at 7pm for welcome drinks and dinner will follow. (D)
Day 2, 2 September Munich
Munich was known as the birthplace of the Nazi Party, and we will spend the day exploring this famous city. In the morning we will enjoy a walk tracing the route of the ill-fated “Putsch” of 1923. We will see the former Bierkeller, the Sterneckerbrau, where Hitler first becomes interested in politics. We will pass the building which became the birthplace of the dreaded SS, and stop at the old town hall, now a toy museum, from where Goebbels orchestrated the event which became notorious as “Kristallnacht”. Our historian will take us on a walking tour of some of the key sites in Munich associated with the early days of the Nazis. We will see the Odeonsplatz, the central square in Munich, where a young Adolf Hitler was photographed in 1914 amongst a huge crowd that had assembled to celebrate the declaration of the First World War. We will also visit the scene of the street fighting that ended the 1923 ‘Beer Hall Putsch’, Hitler’s failed attempt to overthrow the German government. After free time for lunch we will walk to the site of the former HQ of the Nazi Party in Munich, the “Brown House” at Konigsplatz and see where the famous Munich Accord of 1938 was signed and see the site of the former “Ehrentempel”, those huge mausoleums in tribute to the early victims of the Putsch. On the way back we will pass the Maximillian University were Hans and Sophie Scholl were arrested whilst distributing anti-Nazi literature, the famous “White Rose” movement. Your evening is free to enjoy Munich and have dinner at your leisure. You may like to enjoy dinner at the Hofbräuhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world. It was here in 1920 that Adolf Hitler held several important public meetings, including one in which he outlined his 25-point plan that formed the basis for the Nazi Party. You can dine in the very room where Hitler held these public meetings. (B)
Day 3, 3 September Dachau Concentration Camp
Today we will leave Munich and travel to Dachau, the first official concentration camp established by the Nazis. The camp was built in 1933 and over the next 12 years was mainly used to house political prisoners and prisoners of war. Despite not being an extermination camp, it is estimated that more than 40,000 inmates died in the camp, mostly from disease and malnutrition. During this sobering visit we will see the remains of the camp where prisoners were housed, the chambers where prisoners were disinfected and the crematorium where the bodies of inmates were disposed of. We will then return to Munich for lunch, after which we bid farewell to Munich and drive into the Bavarian Alps to the picturesque town of Berchtesgaden. After checking into our hotel, our evening is free. (B)
Day 4, 4 September Berchtesgaden
From the 1920s Berchtesgaden was the holiday retreat of the key leaders of the Nazi Party and Hitler, Goering, Bormann and Speer all had houses here. The stunning mountain town was where many of the crucial decisions that shaped the direction of World War Two were made and we will spend two days exploring key sites that still remain in the area. On arrival at Berchtesgaden we will climb a narrow alpine road to the Eagle’s Nest, the mountaintop retreat that was a given to Hitler as a gift to celebrate his 50th birthday in 1939. Ironically, Hitler was afraid of heights and only visited the Eagle’s Nest about 20 times. The building is an engineering marvel, built in less than 13 months on a rocky mountain outcrop. A bronze lift travels 130 metres to reach the building, which is almost unchanged since the war. On arrival at the Eagle’s Nest we will enjoy a guided tour and lunch in the restaurant, the same room where Hitler hosted visiting dignitaries. In the afternoon we will explore the compound known as the Obersalzberg, where Hitler, Goering and other Nazi leaders had houses. This was one of the most exclusive retreats in the Nazi empire and was not open to the public during the war. Only the most senior members of the Nazi Party and visiting VIP guests were allowed access. The compound was badly damaged during the war and the remaining ruins were destroyed by order of the Bavarian government in 1952, however there are still a number of interesting sites associated with the Nazis to explore. We will begin with a visit to the Documentation Centre, an excellent museum that chronicles the Nazi association with the region. We will also visit the remains of key buildings from the former Nazi complex including the Hotel Turken (and its underground bunker complex), and the site of Hitler’s holiday house, the Berghof. Following this fascinating visit, we will return to Berchtesgaden and enjoy a free evening to explore the town. (B, L)
Day 5, 5 September Berchtesgaden to Nuremberg
This morning we say farewell to the Alps and drive onwards to our next destination, Nuremberg. The Nazis saw Nuremberg, with its rich Germanic history, as a city that represented all the ideals of the regime, and it was therefore selected as the site of the huge Nazi Party rallies of the 1930s. Hundreds of thousands of visitors would descend on the city for a week-long celebration of National Socialism, during which Hitler and other key leaders of the Party would deliver stirring speeches. To accommodate the crowds, Hitler instructed his key architect, Albert Speer, to build the huge Nazi Party Rally Grounds that came to symbolise the ideals of the Third Reich. After the war, Nuremberg was a fitting site for the War Crimes trials that condemned many of the Nazi leaders to death. On arrival in Nuremberg we will have some free time to explore and have lunch before a visit to the new visitor’s centre detailing the history of Nuremberg and the Nazis. We will then have a walking tour around the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, taking in the sites such as the Zeppelinweise, the only part of the grounds actually completed, and the largest surviving remains where Hitler and other senior Nazis were filmed leading the famous rallies of the 1930s in front of tens of thousands of adoring citizens. The buildings that remain are only a fraction of the dozens of pavilions, stadiums and arenas that were once here. In the evening we will check into our central hotel. Our evening is free. (B)
Day 6, 6 September Nuremberg to Berlin
This morning we will visit a key site associated with the Nazi Party in Nuremberg. A highlight of the day will be a visit to the famous Nuremberg Court House where the trials of those apprehended were carried out. After an early lunch we say farewell to Nuremberg and drive to Berlin, the capital of both the Third Reich and modern Germany where, on arrival, we will check in to our hotel after which we will have a leisurely walk around the old Government district taking in such sights as the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Tiergarten, and other memorials before returning to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)
Day 7, 7 September Berlin
This morning begins with a drive to the Berlin Commonwealth War Cemetery, where we will pay our respects to the Commonwealth troops, including Australians and New Zealanders, buried there. We will then visit Wannsee Villa, on the outskirts of Berlin. In January 1942 a conference was held by senior members of the SS at this lakeside retreat to determine how best to implement the ‘Final Solution’, the rounding up and transporting of Jews to extermination camps. Today the villa houses an excellent interpretive centre that details the conference and other aspects of the Holocaust. After this a stop at the Bahnhof Grunewald and the extremely poignant “Gleis 17” from where the vast majority of Berlin’s Jews where deported to their fate in the East. We will finish the day with a visit to the magnificent Berlin Olympic Stadium, now home to Hertha Berlin FC, but of course the location for the 1936 Olympics, “Hitler’s Games”. We will then return to Berlin where our evening is free. (B)
Day 8, 8 September Berlin
Our final day in the footsteps of the Nazis will begin with a visit to the Treptow Soviet Memorial Park, which commemorates the 80,000 Russian soldiers killed in the Battle of Berlin in 1945. After this it is back into Berlin via the longest surviving stretch of the old Berlin Wall, the Eastside Gallery and a quick look at the aftermath, the “Cold War” with a visit to Checkpoint Charlie. We will then enjoy time at leisure this afternoon to explore Berlin or take in some last minute shopping, before coming together this evening for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 9, 9 September Depart
Sadly our tour ends this morning after breakfast. The journey may be over but the memories will last a lifetime. (B)
Your Tour Includes (Click here)
Fall of the Third Reich Tour
- Services of a War Historian, Driver and experienced Local Guides
- All excursions, scenic drives and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
- 8 nights’ 3- and 4-star accommodation
- Breakfast daily, 1 lunches and 3 dinners
- Welcome drink in Munich
- Extensive touring of Munich, Berchtesgaden, Nuremberg and Berlin
- All entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Travel by First-Class air-conditioned touring vehicles
- All tips to your Historian and Driver
- Quality souvenir cap and luggage tag
Fall of The Third Reich
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IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour in no way endorses or glorifies the crimes committed by the Nazis. This tour is only available to travellers who wish to study the rise and fall of the Nazi Party in the context of world history. Travellers who wish to join the tour for political reasons will be refused.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP
Spend some more time in Munich or Berlin before or after your tour! Pre- and post-tour accommodation is available at discounted rates.
Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. In addition, your Historian may alter the sites visited on each day to suit local conditions.
*per person, twin share, land only. Single supplement: $1299.