Starting at Gendarmen Markt with its two world famous churches - the French one and the German - and Schinkel's equally famous concert hall in the centre, we proceed towards Bebel Platz, where Prussia's Glory meets the shame of a nation. It was on this square, surrounded as it is by grand buildings - State Opera from 1742, the State Library, St Hedwig's Cathedral, etc. - where on May 10th 1933, infamous book burnings took place under the Nazis. Next, we'll look at the Humboldt University, one of Germany's most renowned, before continuing to Schinkel's New Guardhouse. Eventually, we get to the highly controversial Humboldt Forum, a reconstruction of the Prussian Imperial Palace, redesigned by Italian architect Franco Stella, based on plans by Baroque architect Andreas Schlüter. Opposite the Humboldt Forum there lies Museum Island, a uniquely famous gathering 5 museums built over the course of 100 years, and which have long been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Our tour concludes at the Bode Museum.
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Meet Your Guide
Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, I lived abroad between 1994 and 2010, first in London and later in Paris, where I worked at Harrod’s, Saint Laurent, and Chanel. At the age of 40 I went back to studying, gaining an MA (with Distinction) in European Cinema Studies at Bath University. Next, I was being awarded a generous Vice Chancellor’s grant to do a PhD in Film Studies at the prestigious Warwick University.
After the successful completion of my PhD dissertation on German-Jewish exile organisations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis, I was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organised by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. And so I was back in Berlin, re-discovering the city I’d left so long ago.
Certainly, the most characteristic phenomenon about Berlin are the seemingly never-ending changes this city has been undergoing for centuries, but at rapid speed since the fall of The Wall. So fascinated by Berlin’s sheer total make-over was I that following my return to this city some 9 years ago, I decided to turn my rekindled fascination with Berlin into my profession.
I have since obtained my official certificate that classifies me as a fully licenced Berlin Tour Guide.