BERLIN LEGACY OF COLD WAR – 14KFrom: €49.50
One of the newest trends in cities around the world has a variety of names. The name should provide you with an indication. Berlin is distinctive from the others. Get on a guided run to visit the German capital because there’s a lot to explore and activity awaits.
Go! Running Tours in Berlin is the perfect way to discover the German capital and its fascinating history. But Berlin isn’t just rooted in its past. Full of nature, castles, parks and hip neighbourhoods, the city really has something for everyone.
Now, Berlin is known as one of the most cosmopolitan European capitals, but in the 13th Century it began as a humble fishing village. During the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century, and the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, the city expanded significantly. During this period, many of the city’s famed baroque and neo-classical architecture was built, including the Brandenburg gate, Bebelplatz, Museum Island, Berlin palace, Charlottenburg palace, and Gendarmenmarkt.
In 1933, the darkest chapter in Berlin’s history began with the Nazi party gaining power. And, in 1939 Germany invaded Poland, beginning World War II. Almost 6 years later, Germany capitulated on May 8th 1945. Berlin lay in ruins, and its population was nearly halved. Today, of this period is tangible through sights such as Hitlers Bunker, the Jewish memorial, the Luftwaffe building, and the Reichstag still echoing the past.
Berlin was divided in 2 parts following the end of the war, East (German Democratic Republic, under Soviet control) and West (Federal Republic of Germany, under Allied control). The Berlin Wall was built around West Berlin in 1961, along with border checkpoints such as Checkpoint Charlie. The communist DDR government set about building grand structures such as the Fernsehturm(TV Tower) and Karl Marx Allee with its dramatic Frankfurter Towers on either side of the road. On the night of November 9th 1989, the Berlin Wall was opened unexpectedly, and Berlin as well as the rest of Germany began celebrating. Today Berlin is one big celebration! With thriving alternative and street arts cultures in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, Berlin is now a free, liberal city to be explored on the run!