VR-Tours

What is a VR-Tour?

                 Explorer-Tour –  explore on your own

                Lectured Tour

                A new tool for universities

Available Tours

                Tour 1 – August 1939 (official facades of the chancellery and surrounding streets)

                Tour 2 – August 1939 (non official facades of the Chancellery including the gardens)

                Tour 3 – August 1939 (extended tour)

                Tour 4 – August 1939 (behind the scenes tour)

What is a VR-Tour?


There are two different ways of experiencing the recreated Reich Chancellery.


Explorer-Tour – explore on your own

This option is available for a single person or a small group if they are willing to share the controls with each other during the tour (up to 6 individuals). The viewer will be able to control with their own hands the tour as they virtual-walk through this 3D-model display. You can book the tour with a live commentary by Christoph Neubauer, which will include help and directions, for a full experience where no important details of the building are missed. The “Explorer-Tour” is recommended for historians, architects or other professionals interested in presenting the building to their own audience. In this case the one who booked the tour is using the 3d-model to illustrate his own historical findings or visions. It might also help historians clarifying specific questions of interest by being able to go back in time and revisit the location where so many important historic events took place.

 

Lectured Tour

The lectured tour is suitable for a bigger audience. Christoph Neubauer is walking you through the 3d-model of the Chancellery and comments on each scene as you are guided through each section of the building. If one prefers, depending on the size of each group, the audience can ask questions and are also able to provide direct feedback and suggestions to the tour guide on their experience. During this tour, it will be possible to go back to specific rooms or places, to have a closer look at details or to answer and clarify questions the audience might have. If the group is larger, then questions and feedback will not be possible until after the tour, maybe during the last half an hour.

This tour can also be booked by historians who can then present it to large audience.      


A new tool for universities

It is possible for historians or other lecturers to use the 3D-model by Christoph Neubauer to illustrate their scientific findings to their specific audiences. Therefore, it could be used by University lecturers as a research or teaching tool. The 3D-model can be used either as a tool to simply illustrate a lecture. But it can also serve as a tool during a scientific work in progress because it has been created by Christoph Neubauer with science in mind. This 3D-model, because of its historical accuracy, can be used to confirm or refute eyewitness’s statements we find published in many books the past eighty years describing events that took place inside the Reich Chancellery.
The 3d-model gives scientists a new tool in their hands to work together on various topics regarding history, art, architecture and even engineering to clarify facts or investigate a historic site.

Available Tours

As for now there are four different tours available based of the 3d-model showing the Chancellery and her surrounding buildings. The 3d-model shows the condition of the buildings as it was in in August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the war in Europe.

Screenshots taken during Tour 1

Tour 1 – August 1939 (official facades of the chancellery and surrounding streets)

This tour focuses on the official facades of the Old- and New Reich Chancellery facing Wilhelmplatz, Vossstrasse and Hermann-Goering-Strasse. Starting point is the entrance to the subway on Wilhelmplatz. All the buildings surrounding Wilhelmplatz are visible including the statures of the Prussian generals. The user will be able to walk the entire square and walk up close to buildings as for example the Ministry of Propaganda, the former US-embassy, Hotel Kaiserhof, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport. The first point of interest will be the Old Reich Chancellery on Wilhelmstrasse 77 containing the so called “Führerwohnung” (the fuhrers apartment). After entering the court of honor of the Old Reich Chancellery it will be possible to walk freely inside the compound and have a close look at the old baroque palace with its changes and extensions made by Albert Speer between 1934 and 1937. The user will be able to walk close to all the doors including the one to the “Wehrmachtswache”. After visiting the Old Reich Chancellery, the tour passes the New Reich Chancellery building created by Eduard Jobst Siedler between 1928 and 1930 for the government of the Weimar Republic. Passing the “Führerbalkon” (balcony of the fuhrer) created by Albert Speer in 1935 and the new double gate built by the same architect in 1939 the user reaches “Borsigpalais” on the corner to Vossstrasse. The walk will now go down the entire Vossstrasse passing the buildings of the Ministry of Transport, Wertheim and the well-known Palace Mosse. But those are just the buildings surrounding the Reich Chancellery. The focus of the tour will be the facades of the New Reich Chancellery on the northern side of the street. It will be possible to walk into the entrance area of Palace Borsig and even walking up the stairs newly created by Albert Speer in 1939.
After leaving Palace Borsig behind the user will walk past the characteristic bend in Vossstrasse following the façade of the Präsidialkanzlei (part of the New Reich Chancellery). It will be possible to walk up the stairs into the entrance area of the portal and to have a look into Vossstrasse from this elevated point of view. Walking on and passing the western section of the Präsidialkanzlei the user will reach the official center of the New Reich Chancellery – the Führerbau (fuhrers building). He will be able to walk into the public court of honor on Vossstrasse and to walk on top of the lift created to bring down cars and trucks into the basement of the New Reich Chancellery. Being here, very close to the Führerbau, also allows to walk on top of the five entrances leading to the public bunker of the Chancellery as well as on top of the emergency exits of the bunker exiting to Vossstrasse. Leaving the Führerbau behind the user continues walking towards Hermann-Goering-Strasse passing the façade of the western administrative building of the New Reich Chancellery accommodating the Chancellery itself. Here too the user will be able to walk up the stairs of the portal to experience a unique view into Vossstrasse and on Palace Mosse across the street. The tour continues into Herrmann-Goering-Strasse and towards eastern direction. The Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag will be visible in the background. In the foreground come the two buildings into view housing the staff of the Chancellery. The tour ends here covering all the facades of the chancellery visible to the public in 1939.   

Duration of the tour: approximately 1 hour + 0.5 hour in case of questions and revisits of locations after the official tour

Screenshots taken during  Tour 2

Tour 2 – August 1939 (non official facades of the Chancellery including the gardens)

The tour begins in Hermann-Goering-Strasse in front of the houses of the “Begleitmannschaften”. In August of 1939 they were three different ways to enter the gardens of the Reich Chancellery, because of the still ongoing constructions and the extra driveway created to make the garden accessible for construction vehicles. To understand the layout of the different sections of the gardens and its courtyards the tour begins using the southern entrance gate. Passing the guards house the user walks down the driveway to the lowest point seeing here the gate leading to the underground parking of the Chancellery on the one side and the gate belonging to the driveway into the inner courtyard of the Chancellery where the firefighter unit of the Chancellery were stationed.  Through the open arched gate and walking up the stairs the tour leads on into the big courtyard of the Chancellery and the terrace of the canteen. From the courtyard the visitor taking the tour is the first time to be able to see parts of the unofficial garden facades of the western administrative building of the Chancellery and the Führerbau. Leaving the yard behind, the tour continues up the stairs leading into the gardens of the two houses of the “Begleitmannschaften”.  The user is able to walk the entire garden and will see the skylights of the underground parking. The tour takes the user across the entire garden, walking on top of the roof of the underground parking. The moment he reaches the northern wall of the garden he will be able to look down into the exiting driveway with the entrance doors to the workshop of the drivers. Walking back to the center of the gardens the tour will continue using the main road leading from the big gate at Hermann-Goering-Strasse to the big gate in the wall separating the gardens of the staff buildings from the garden of the Chancellery. Using this gate, the tour takes the user into the part of the garden of the Chancellery which was still under construction in August 1939. Because this part of the garden is still fenced off from the finished part of the Chancellery garden by a wooden wall the tour has to pass the entrance used by the construction workers to access the finished part of the garden. From the garden the user will have a good view onto the garden facades of the Chancellery. The tour will take him to the pergola, the green house and the gates into the gardens of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will see garden facades of the Old Reich Chancellery including the Festsaal, the winter garden and the main palace housing the Führerwohnung. Every detail of the garden is free accessible for the user including the hallway of the dining of the New Reich Chancellery, the “Führerterrasse” the stairs into the garden portal belonging to the “Arbeitszimmer des Führers” (office of Adolf Hitler). The tour ends at the big fountain in the center of the garden.

Duration of the tour: approximately 1.5 hours (including questions and revisits of locations after the official tour)

Tour 3 – August 1939 (extended tour)

This tour is a combination of tour 1 and tour 2.

Duration of the tour: approximately 2 hours + 0.5 hour in case of questions and revisits of locations after the official tour

Screenshots taken during Tour 4

Tour 4 – August 1939 (behind the scenes tour)

This tour is designed for an audience with an special interest into the interior of the Chancellery. It shows mainly a section of the 3d-model which is still under construction. The tour will show the viewer the complexity of the entire structure and will give him the opportunity to walk through the most important rooms of the chancellery even though the 3d-model is mostly not textured yet or equipped with the belonging furniture.
However, the tour will give the interested audience a unique insight into the floorplan, the dimensions and design of the building. The actual development stages of different rooms is shown here and will be permanently updated to keep you up to date with the progress the work is taking.
The tour starts on Wilhelmplatz and the user will pass the double gates into the court of honour of the New Reich Chancellery. From here he will be able to take a walk through the passage in the northern wall of the courtyard which will lead him into the small yard with the official name “Eingang zur Führerwohnung” (entrance to the fuhrers apartment).
Walking back into the court of honour the tour continues entering the first room of the representation rooms of the Führerbau the Vorhalle and continues through the Mosaiksaal, Runder Saal, Marmorgalerie, Grosser Festsaal, Kabinettsitzungssaal, Adjutantenflur, Arbeitszimmer des Führers, Warteraum beim Führer, Wandelgang and Speisesaal.
Leaving the Speisesaal the tour will continue through the garden of the chancellery and continue inside the rooms of the Führerwohnung located inside the Old Reich’s Chancellery. The user will walk through the Festsaal, Wintergarten, Speisesaal then cross the court of honour of the Old Chancellery and enter from here into the Grosses Treppenhaus (great staircase), Pfeilersaal and will end inside the former official office of Adolf Hitler the Rote Salon (red saloon) were the user is able to take a look into the garden of the Chancellery through the wide panorama window on the end of this tour.

Duration of the tour: approximately 2 hours + 0.5 hour in case of questions and revisits of locations after the official tour