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The Rise & Fall Of The Third Reich

Europe
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGGHC

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach
This tour examines key sites from the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, including Munich, Berlin, and the incredible Eagle’s Nest in Austria.
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Itinerary

12 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Day 2

    To Bavaria for a three-night stay.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 3 - Munich & Dachau

    We start with the rise of National Socialism in Munich in the 1920s and Hitler’s involvement in the November 1923 Putsch. We see the Ludwig’s Bridge and Isartor, then visit the Hofbrau House where Hitler gave many of his early speeches. At the Odenplatz we see where Hitler was when war was declared in 1914. We then move on to other Third Reich sites in Munich, including the Ehrenhalle and site of the Brown House. After lunch we travel to Dachau, to look at the ‘Final Solution’ and one of the first Concentration Camps.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 4 - Berchtesgaden

    Today we travel through Austria to the Eagle’s Nest (weather permitting), built for Hitler’s fiftieth birthday. We also take time to see the visitors’ centre and tunnels in Berchtesgarden, we look at the story of Hitler’s sister, Paula, and see the stunning war memorial murals in the main square.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 5 - Nuremberg

    We head to Nuremberg, which Hitler considered to be the ‘Capital of the Party’. Here we look at the sites connected with the many rallies of the Third Reich. We then walk to the nearby Luitpold seeing the ground where more than 150,000 National Socliasts gathered for rallies in the 1920s and 30s. Overnight in Nuremberg/Erlangen or Bayreuth area.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 6 - Nuremberg Trials

    We look at the story of the post-war Nuremberg Trials, visiting the court where they took place and the new exhibition. The original courtroom 600 is still in use and, subject to modern-day demands, we also go into the courtroom itself. Continue to Berlin area for four nights.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 7 - Berlin

    In Berlin we look at the heart of the Third Reich regime starting at the Reichstag area, walking to the nearby Brandenburg Gate and go to the site of Hitler’s Bunker before visiting the ‘Topography of Terror’ exhibition. After lunch we travel to the 1936 Olympic Stadium where Jessie Owens destroyed the myth of Aryan invincibility. In the Grunewald area of West Berlin we see where decisions were made about the ‘Final Solution’ at Wannsee and visit ‘Gleis 17’ the memorial site to Berlin’s Jews who were deported to the death camps in the East.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 8 - Sachsenhausen & Ravensbrück Camps

    Today we look at the establishment of Concentration Camps in Germany with a visit to Sachsenhausen just outside Berlin. This was used to detain mainly political prisoners and was used again in the Cold War. Later we travel to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. This was a women’s camp and a number of SOE agents were killed here, including Violette Szabo GC immortalised in the film Carve Her Name With Pride. We see the Visitors' Centre and many memorials at the site of the camp.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 9 - Battle of Berlin

    The end of the Third Reich came in April 1945 with the Allied advance from the West and the final Soviet attack from the East on Berlin. Today, we look at the Battle for Berlin, starting on the Seelow Heights. We then look at some of the Russian memorials and burial grounds around Berlin and see the Karlshorst Museum.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 10 - Munster

    Leaving Berlin we travel to Munster to visit the superb German Panzer Museum with its impressive collection of German tanks and armoured fighting vehicles. We stay overnight in the Bucholz/Lüneburg area, near Hamburg.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 11 - Lüneburg Heath

    We travel to Lüneburg Heath where the British took the surrender of German forces in May 1945. We also visit Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau. Continue to our overnight hotel in Holland.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 12

    Return home.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Hotel Johannisbad in Bad Aibling or similar in the Munich area, followed by one night at the 3-star NH Erlangen or similar. You will then stay for four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel, such as the Vienna House Easy or Leonardo Royal Hotel Alexanderplatz in Berlin. You will also stay for one night at a minimum 3-star hotel in Bucholz area, near Hamburg.

Overnight stays in Belgium and Holland will be in city-style hotels.


 


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