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Munich: Third Reich and WWII Walking Tour

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Munich played a significant role in the rise of National Socialism. The NSDAP was founded here, the Hitler Putsch failed here, and in 1935 Munich was named the "Capital of the Movement".

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  • Discover original buildings and locations of the so-called 'Third Reich'
  • Certified tour guide, who illustrates each spot with numerous docs and pictures
  • Be at the authentic sites of Munich´s darkest past
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The city tour starts at Königsplatz, one of the most important sites for the National Socialists in Munich. With the construction of the Führerbau, the NSDAP party administration, and the so-called 'Honor Temples', the site of museums and culture was transformed into a rallying point for National Socialist hero worship. After a visit to the ruins and original buildings, the city tour continues along Briennerstraße, past the new NS Documentation Center, to Karolinenplatz. At the former residence of Hugo and Elsa Bruckmann, the story of this wealthy family illustrates how Hitler, initially a beer hall orator, gained access to Munich society and who supported him from the beginning. Also located on Briennerstraße, where the Bavarian State Bank stands today, was the Gestapo headquarters for Munich and Upper Bavaria. In 1933, Heinrich Himmler, in his role as Munich's Chief of Police, moved their headquarters here to the Wittelsbacher Palais. An inconspicuous memorial plaque and a larger photo wall commemorate this. Today, this site appears less threatening. However, the people of Munich were well aware that many opponents and resistance fighters, such as Georg Elser or the members of the White Rose, were imprisoned and interrogated here. They remembered the address, even though the Wittelsbacher Palais was destroyed during the war. This is also reflected in the establishment of the 'Platz der Opfer des Nationalsozialismus' (Square of the Victims of National Socialism) diagonally opposite at Maximiliansplatz by the city of Munich in 1946. How this memorial site was subsequently handled vividly demonstrates the long-standing difficulties in dealing with National Socialism. The city tour continues to the Feldherrnhalle at the beginning of Ludwigstraße. Here, Adolf Hitler gave long commemorative speeches on the anniversaries of the Hitler Putsch. On the square, SS units were sworn in at night under floodlights and flags, as on the left side of the Feldherrnhalle there was a huge monument to the so-called 'Blood Witnesses of the Movement' who died during the Hitler Putsch. Here, the Nazi regime displayed its full commitment to propaganda and the distortion of historical events. Today, a small plaque on the facade of the Residenz commemorates the four police officers of the Bavarian State Police who were killed. The city tour through Munich's Nazi history concludes with a roughly 30 cm wide bronze trail in Viscardigasse, which discreetly commemorates the silent resistance of Munich's civilian population.


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