The Rise & Fall of Nazi Germany

The Rise & Fall of Nazi Germany

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Battlefield Tours

10th - 16th September 2020
(7 Days)

Guide : Nigel Jones

Tour price: £2,695

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The Rise & Fall of Nazi Germany

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Battlefield Tours

Your Holiday Essentials

10th - 16th September 2020
(7 Days)

Return flights from London, 3 and 4 star hotels, buffet breakfast, 3-course dinner with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guide throughout.

Activity Level: 2

Guide: Nigel Jones

Tour price: £2,695

Single supplement: £375
Deposit: £250
Price without flights: £2,575

Booking open

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Tour Introduction

This tour tells the whole story of the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich chronologically from its birth in 1919 Munich, to its bloody end in Berlin in 1945. Led by Historian Nigel Jones, this tour will visit all the significant milestones marking Adolf Hitler's ascent and Germany's descent into the abyss. We begin in the Bavarian capital where we see the sites associated with the Nazi party’s rise, including the route of the 1923 Beerhall Putsch, the site of the party HQ and that of the 1938 Munich conference. We tour the appalling Dachau concentration camp; the Fuhrer's idyllic mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden; the Nazi party’s monster rally grounds at Nuremberg; and where Nazi crimes were judged and condemned. We stop at the Nazi state’s ‘cultural capital’, Bayreuth, where the operas of Hitler’s beloved Richard Wagner are staged. On our final day in Berlin we visit Wannsee, where the Holocaust was planned, and walk through the city centre viewing the Reichstag, Holocaust memorial, and the site of the bunker where Hitler’s life ended.

Background

Munich, 1919. An unknown Austrian corporal walks into a beerhall...and the rest is history. The remarkable rise of Adolf Hitler from obscurity to Germany’s dictatorial Fuhrer, and finally to the overlordship of occupied Europe, is the story of a catastrophe unparalleled in human history. The Nazi dream of a racially pure Third Reich, and the quest for Lebensraum in Russia, turned Germany into a totalitarian state and plunged the world into war.

Highlights

  • With expert guide, Nigel Jones
  • Visit the Eagle's Nest
  • Dachau & Wannsee
  • Nuremberg courtroom & rally grounds 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Munich 

We fly into Munich and check in to our hotel where we enjoy an introduction to the tour from our guide, Nigel Jones. Dinner, accompanied by typical Bavarian musical entertainment, is at the historic Hofbrauhaus, the city's largest and oldest beerhall, where Hitler unveiled the Nazis' 25-point programme.

Day 2 - Dachau 

We drive to Dachau, where the first Nazi concentration camp was opened in 1934. We tour the camp, getting a grasp of the appalling suffering of its inmates. Perhaps most poignant is the camp crematoria whose victims included heroic British women SOE agents. After lunch at the camp restaurant, we return to Munich and take a walk through the city centre from the former Sternecker beerhall, where Hitler first encountered the Nazi party, along the route of the 1923 Beerhall putsch to the Odeonsplatz, where the first Nazi bid for power came to bloody grief. We tour the documentation centre at the site of the party HQ, the Brown House, and visit the scene of the 1938 Munich conference, now the city's Music college.

Day 3 - Berchtesgaden

We check out of our hotel and drive through beautiful mountain scenery to Berchtesgaden, the pretty town where Hitler, Goering and Speer had their rural retreats. We ascend the spectacular 6,000 ft. Kehlstein to enjoy a private tour, amazing mountain views, and lunch in the Eagle's Nest, Hitler's mountain top eyrie.

Day 4 - Nuremberg

We visit the remains of the Berghof, Hitler's mountain home, where he received foreign guests including Chamberlain, Lloyd George and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. We tour the nearby documentation centre recording the Nazi links with the area. In the afternoon, we drive to Nuremberg and check in to our hotel.

Day 5 - Judgement

We tour the Nazi party rally grounds where thousands gathered annually to hear Hitler speak in massive choreographed shows of strength and military muscle. We then visit the documentation centre in the vast, half built, Congress Hall which showcases megalomaniac Nazi building plans. After lunch, we have a private tour of the courtroom where the surviving top Nazis were tried by the International tribunal in 1946.

Day 6 - Berlin

We check out of our hotel and drive to Berlin, en route we visit Bayreuth, where Hitler's favourite composer, Richard Wagner, made his home. We tour Wagner's house, Wahnfried, his tomb and Opera House. Under the Third Reich, Bayreuth became Germany's cultural capital, visited every year by Hitler. We continue our journey to Berlin and check in to our hotel before dinner.

Day 7 - Wannsee & home

We drive to Berlin's leafy western suburbs and visit Wannsee where, in a grand lakeside villa, the Holocaust was planned at a meeting chaired by Reinhard Heydrich. We tour the permanent exhibition on the history of German anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. We return to the city via the Platform 17 memorial at Grunewald, from where thousands of Berlin’s Jews were transported to their deaths. After lunch we tour the Topography of Terror museum. Built on the site of the SS/ Gestapo HQ, this records the network of terror that the Nazis built and the fate of its victims. We then take a walk around central Berlin, viewing the Reichstag, the Holocaust memorial, and finally the site of the Bunker where Hitler and his bride Eva Braun committed suicide in April 1945. Transfer to the airport for our return flight to London.

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Your Holiday Essentials

10th - 16th September 2020
(7 Days)

Return flights from London, 3 and 4 star hotels, buffet breakfast, 3-course dinner with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guide throughout.

Activity Level: 2

Guide: Nigel Jones

Tour price: £2,695

Single supplement: £375
Deposit: £250
Price without flights: £2,575

Booking open

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Interested in this tour but not ready to book? Register your interest using the link below and we will keep you updated on the progress of the tour.

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