The private tour to Iron Hut City ("Eisenhüttenstadt") with the Russian minibus “Bukhanka” (“pan loaf”) is a true experience. The bus is a real eye-catcher and the ideal vehicle for exploring the history of the first socialist planned city in East Germany.
The tour starts in Berlin or Potsdam at your hotel.
In Iron Hut City we'll meet the guide Martin Maleschka, who is architect and was born in Eisenhüttenstadt, how the city is called in German. Eisenhüttenstadt was built in the 1950s as a socialist planned city around a huge ironworks.
The communist model city bore the name Stalinstadt (Stalin city)in its first years, but was then renamed in the course of de-Stalinization. The guided city tour in Eisenhüttenstadt allows a journey through time into the architecture and history of East Germany.
Although even Hollywood star Tom Hanks is a fan of "Iron Hut City", the city is still an insider tip for trips in the Berlin region! We will visit the central square in Eisenhüttenstadt and the different residential complexes I to IV.
Right next to the city center is the huge steel mill, which gave the city its name. At the former site of the German-Soviet Friendship in residential complex I, the atmosphere of the past can be clearly felt. The Soviet War Memorial surprises visitors with a peculiarity.
The Lindenallee in Eisenhüttenstadt used to be the main street, with the Friedrich Wolf Theater and numerous shops. Next to the former Hotel Lunik decorates a huge socialist mosaic the main street. The central square testifies to the fact that once something great was planned, but not all plans were realized due to the scarcity of resources in the GDR.
Eisenhüttenstadt today is shrinking and some of the residential complexes do not exist anymore. The neighbourhood where guide Martin spent his childhood today is a greenfield. We will also see these parts of the city.
We'll also pay a visit to the Documentation Center for Everyday Culture of the GDR, a museum, where you'll learn more about the life in socialist East Germany.
Eventually we leave "Iron Hut City" and go back to Berlin or Potsdam.
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All-Day-Trip (7-8 hours). The tour includes a break and short walks at selected stopovers. Therefore, please think of adequate clothing and comfortable shoes. Of course, the tour will take place in any weather. We have umbrellas on bord.
499,00 € (+175,00 € for the local tour guide) for up to 7 persons.
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Max. 7 people in the "Buchanka" (+ guide and driver). For larger groups we can organize an additional transport.
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What you get:
+ a unique city tour in "Iron Hut City" in a Russian minibus
+ a competent, certified driver and guide
+ Soft drink and other surprises on board
+ an exciting tour by the specialist for tours about the Soviet history in the region
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