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Dark History Tours: What was Life Like in World War II Munich?

By  Friday, 6.11.2015, 18:25    Day Trips In and Around Munich

There are many history tours of Munich, many of them covering the rise of the Third Reich and the brave resistance to it, but what was life like in the city during the Second World War, living in a Germany that was initially victorious and expansionist, but was then defeated and its cities in parts bombed to rubble?

As part of its intriguing collection of excursions, Dark History Tours can give you a good flavour of life in Munich between 1939 and 1945, with its tour 'Munich in World War 2: Life on the Homefront'. Some knowledge of the history of the period is assumed (or there are other tours which can provide that), and to get a feeling to see how central Europe looked just 70 years ago, check out this great 1945 colour footage of the city in the video below:

Tour highlights include:

Popular culture in the Third Reich

Civil defence and the effects of bombing

Munich: the Stalingrad connection

The “Meisterschulefür Mode”: wartime fashion

The effects of rationing

Women and children: changing priorities

“Justice” and persecution

Resistance movements

Post-war reconstruction – fantasy and reality

Repercussions for today

The tour, which will include handling original documents and artefacts, will either break or end in the Löwenbräubeerhall – it has a very important connection to the WW2. Exact timings to be determined during booking.

The tour takes 3.5 hours excluding break, and collection from central hotels can be arranged. 

Price for a group of 4 - 160€. Discounts are available for students, servicemen and pensioners.

For more information about this and other Dark History Tours excursions, visit their website.

DH Tours, Herr Simon

Paoso str. 24a, 81243,Munich

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0173 1029 451 [mobile]

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

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