In November 1918, Germany’s last Kaiser - Wilhelm II - was not only reviled across Europe as the main instigator of World War One - he had also thoroughly outstayed his welcome in his home town of Berlin. As he went off into exile in Holland, the people of the city, war-weary and hungry, were all too glad to see the back of the weltfremd Kaiser.
Yet in recent decades, historical research has begun to take a more sympathetic view of the notoriously bumptious, autocratic ruler, gradually dissolving the long-held conviction that he alone was responsible for WWI.
This two-hour, three-km walk through ‘Wilhelmine Berlin’ - created especially for the centenary of WWI - looks afresh at Wilhelm II’s thirty-year reign and his fascinating legacy on the city in terms of culture, politics, science and architecture. Cutting right through the heart of the city, taking in the Berliner Dom, Unter den Linden and the Reichstag, it also provides a wonderful foundation for understanding the contemporary city.
About The Tour Leader
Robin Oomkes studied Maritime History at Leiden University in his native Netherlands. He has lived in the USA, UK, Germany and Belgium, and is currently enjoying a sabbatical leave in Berlin, as a trailing spouse of his diplomat partner. His main interests are the history of Wilhelmine Germany and the GDR, transportation (cycling, cars, trains, planes, boats…), and photography. He speaks Dutch, English, German and French, and loves hiking, singing, and touring Europe by camper van. He’s sold on Slow Travel but very much tempted by German fast food. He blogs over at www.deademperorssociety.com.
€20 per person for 2-3 hours. Private tours and groups can be arranged in advance.