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Discover Berlin as the frontier of the Cold War on this guided, 4-hour historical walking tour. After World War II, Berlin changed from the capital city of Nazi Germany into the pivotal city in a struggle to control war-torn Europe. Retrace the trail of the “death strip” and the Berlin Wall. Visit some of Berlin’s most popular Cold War attractions, like the Berlin Wall Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and much more. Learn about the history of Berlin, from its founding to this divided city of the Cold War.

Highlights

  • 4-hour walking tour of Berlin’s Cold War sites
  • See the Berlin Wall, the Palace of Tears (Traenenpalast), the Soviet Embassy and hidden areas of the Death Strip
  • Learn about the military tension between the United States and its NATO allies and the Soviet Union and its allies
  • Hear about the CIA, KGB and Stasi surveillance techniques
  • Get to know how life was for Berlin's citizens during the Cold War
  • Great for history buffs!

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What You Can Expect

Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin

Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin

Begin this 4-hour walking tour with a Zoologischer Garten meet and greet with an expert local guide, who will provide a detailed account of Berlin’s fascinating and oftentimes troubled history — specifically its place in the Cold War.

After World War II, Berlin turned from its role as the capital city of Nazi Germany into the pivotal city in a struggle to control war-torn Europe. Berlin became the centerpiece of the Cold War, where the two superpowers collided.

Discover this divided city and retrace the trail of the “death strip” and the Berlin Wall. Walk along Bernauer Strasse, the site of many remarkable escape attempts, and the remains of the wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery.

Find out how Germany was divided while walking through Checkpoint Charlie, the best-known crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Walk under the famous Brandenburg Gate, one of Berlin’s most important monuments. It was a symbol of division between Berlin and Germany during the war, but it’s now a national symbol of peace and unity. 

Learn about the history of Berlin, from its founding to this divided city of the Cold War, and get a fascinating insight into what it meant to live in the German Democratic Republic, the Eastern Bloc’s most heavily policed state. Find out what it was like to live behind the Berlin Wall.

Customer Reviews

Lara B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved it! Our tour guide was Ashleigh, and she was fantastic! She knew the history and was filled with extra little stories. She even had a personal connection that was interesting to hear about. I definitely recommend this tour.

Alan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent guide named JJ, very knowledgeable. A must for anyone interested in this part of Berlin's history. Great value for money

James E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Brilliant walking tour ,learnt some much new information ,well planned ,well organised and our tour guides knowledge , and people skills were excellent JJ our guide was brilliant .

James E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour learnt so much new information , well organised by our excellent guide JJ , don't give up the day job.

Travis P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Phenomenal. Barnaby was perfect. Enjoyed the entire tour start to finish.

Simon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Jamie was able to recount the history of war torn Berlin superbly well, taking us right from 1945 through to 1989 showing us some fascinating landmarks along the way, that without a guide you would no doubt miss. Highly recommended in helping to sort through the enormously complicated politics of Cold War Berlin.

Keith M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Highly recommended and the best 12 euros I spent in Berlin. If you have an interest in the Cold War or recent German history, this is the one for you.

Our Guide, Barnaby, supplemented the tour high points with anecdotes and made it even more informative.

Stephen J M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Brilliant tour. Our guide was punctual and made sure we were well organised. He was attentive and made sure that everyone in the group heard the information he was giving and understood the stories he was telling. When we had a small glitch with opening hours for a venue he had some great historic videos he showed us on his iPad which filled in the time and made the trip even more alive. A really good tour and fully recommended

Jack H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Fantastic tour! Our guide Jamie told a fascinating and in-depth story that was easy to follow and engaging. Would definitely recommend if you've got an interest in history.

Phil T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great

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