The Third Reich was one of the most sinister regimes in world history, and plunged the world into the horrors of World War 2. Join us on a sobering journey through the sites of Germany associated with the rise and fall of this evil empire. A visit to these sites does not glorify the actions of the Third Reich, but sheds light on this terrible chapter of history. There are a range of sites throughout Germany that can be visited – please speak to us to design a customized itinerary.
Trace the origins of Hitler’s rise to power and the beginnings of the Nazi Party in Munich. Sites such as the Odeonsplatz, the Hofbrauhaus and the Nazi Party headquarters at the Konigsplatz give an insight into the conditions of 1930s Germany that led to the Nazi Party seizing power. The nearby Dachau concentration camp also provides a horrific glimpse into the terrors of the Holocaust.
The alpine village of Berchtesgaden was the summer retreat for senior Nazi leaders. Hitler and his lieutenants all had houses here, and many of the key decisions that shaped the Second World War were made in the villas near the town. Today an interpretive center explores Berchtesgaden’s key role in Nazi Party history, and several buildings from the era remain. The highlight is a visit to the Eagle’s Nest, the mountaintop retreat that was presented to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday in 1939.
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. Key sites include the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, 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. There is a moving interpretive center on the site, one of the most important museums about National Socialism in the world. The courtroom where the Nazis were tried and sentenced is also an important site to visit.
As the capital of both the Third Reich and modern Germany, Berlin has a huge number of historic sites to visit. These include Wannsee Villa, the Reichs Chancellery, the 1936 Olympic Stadium, the Berlin War, Checkpoint Charlie, the site of Hitler’s bunker and Treptow Soviet Memorial Park. Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is not far from Berlin, and is also a must-see destination.