Hi, my name is Amos Rozdiel.
I moved to Berlin in 2004 and studied for my B.A. and M.A. at the Humboldt University - the same university my grandfather had studied at before he left Nazi Germany in 1933.
My grandfather donated family documents to the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In the last few years I have been guiding mostly German students as a certified guide of the Jewish Museum. My great-grandfather got married in Berlin's "Neue Synagoge" in 1899 and today I'm leading tours in this museum as well. I also work as a certified guide at the "Topography of Terror" - the former headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, and at the Museum "Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind". Apart from guiding museum- and city-tours I also work as a teacher at a language school in Berlin.
private tours tailored to your needs and preferences: walking and using Berlin's public transport - like the locals; touring with a car and driver; taking taxis; or bus tours for bigger groups
JEWISH BERLIN & THIRD REICH
We will explore the historical Jewish Quarter which after 1945 became part of East Berlin. There are also interesting Jewish- and Third-Reich-related sites in what after 1945 became West Berlin and we will visit at least one of these sites as well. Duration of the tour: roughly five hours with a short break in the middle.
BERLIN MUST SEES
The Berlin highlights tour takes place at the historical Mitte district and includes Berlin's main sights such as the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, the site of Hitler's Bunker, the former Nazi Air-Force Ministry, Check Point Charlie, Friedrichstrasse, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island, The Nazi book burning square, Humboldt University, the Alexander Platz area and more. Duration of the tour: roughly five hours with a short break in the middle.
BERLIN OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
In this tour we'll focus on Berlin's recent history and on contemporary Berlin. We'll explore residential areas in order to better understand current trends in Berlin. We'll discuss recent developments regarding refugees and immigrants, and visit a multicultural neighborhood. Gentrification and street art will also be addressed as well as recent political events and developments. Explore with me Berlin off the beaten path!
COLD WAR & BERLIN WALL TOUR
The Berlin Cold War tour takes you back to the time between 1945 and 1990. Why was Germany divided in 1945? Why was the Berlin Wall built only 16 years later, in 1961? We will see parts of the Berlin Wall as well as parts of the former 'Todesstreifen' - i.e. the death-strip (no man's land) - and visit the site where the Berliners crossed en masse from East to West Berlin on November 9th, 1989. Duration of the tour: roughly five hours with a short break in the middle.
NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP TOUR
The Sachsenhausen concentration camp was built by Nazi Germany in 1936 north of Berlin. This tour concentrates on the Third-Reich, i.e. the Nazi period but also deals with the history of Sachsenhausen after WWII; Between 1945 and 1950 Sachsenhausen became a Soviet Special Camp and from 1961 a central commemoration site in Communist East Germany - the GDR. Duration of the tour: roughly five hours including the train ride to and from Sachsenhausen.
POTSDAM - BERLIN'S VERSAILLES
The Sanssouci Park, palaces and a beautifuly reconstructed Old City - this is what Potsdam is famous for. Why did Potsdam become the second capital of the Prussian Empire and why did Stalin, Truman and Churchill convene in Potsdam in July 1945? Duration of the tour: roughly five hours or 6.5 hours including a visit to the House of the Wannsee Conference - where the Nazis debated the Final Solution for the 'Jewish question' on January 20th 1942.
Custom Made Tours
Arriving in Berlin from a Cruise and interested in booking a Berlin Shore Excursion? Want to experience Berlin Off the Beaten Path? I can create your Berlin tailor made tour. It's possible to combine and mix the tours mentioned above as well as plan Berlin tours for schools, Berlin tours for universities, multiple-day Berlin tours, Berlin culinary tours, etc. Let me know what you're interested in!