Berlin Tunnels Essay

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Tourism Profile: Organized Tours Tour 1 – Dark Worlds Experience WW2 Berlin was the nerve centre of the Third Reich and therefore one of the main targets for allied bombing during WW II. This tour guides lead people in exploring one of the few remaining bunkers, as it was left after the war. It is hidden behind a green door in the Gesundbrunnen U-Bahn station.Visitors learn more about the life of the average Berlin citizen during the air-raids that destroyed up to 80 % of the city’s centre. In the twisting passages and rooms, can be seen countless artefacts from the war that have been buried for decades. The tour also shows exhibits from Berlin's sewer system, 19th Century pneumatic-tube mail network, and giant brewery cellars. Duration of the visit is approximately 90 minutes. Tour 2 – From Flak Towers to Mountains of Debris In 1940, Hitler ordered the construction of six anti-aircraft, or “Flak” towers to defend Berlin from enemys` aircrafts. Of these six, only three were built, and after the war they were “demilitarized” – or blown up, however the Flak tower in Humboldthain park in Gesundbrunnen was only partially destroyed. Since April 2004 there are organized tours for groups through the interior of the tower. On this tour, visitors can see two of the seven floors of one of the biggest bunkers in the city. Tour guides present in-depth information about the history of the structure and the still on-going project to clean it up. Berlin Underworlds Association have created in the process of cleaning sleeping quarters for bats. Therefore, the tour is offered only from April through October to avoid disturbing the bats who take up residence during the winter months. To participate in this tour is needed special equipment. Sturdy footwear is obligatory (no sandals or flip-flops) and warm clothing is recommended because the interior temperature is never more

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