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  • Location:Berlin, Germany
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin

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

Phil T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great

Kelly P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I learned so much on this tour. I loved every minute of it. If you are interested in the Cold War this is definitely the tour for you. You can't get anything better and the price is great!

Debbie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The Cold war Walking Tour of Berlin was fantastic! I can honestly say, it was the best tour we have ever been on. It took in all the key sites of the Cold War, and more. Our tour guide John J.J. was fantastic, his knowledge of Berlin and the Cold War was huge, and he was great fun and very helpful.
This tour is a must when visiting Berlin.

johnnycocheroo454

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Superb insight into the Cold War from Barnaby. Everything from the main mechanics that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall through to the more quirky things that the Cold War caused including a complete lack of bananas in November 1989.

Highly recommended.

Lucie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour was full of amazing facts and figures that even cold war history enthusiasts may not know. Tour guide Taylor was great. Funny, approachable and stayed behind to guide people to where they wanted to go once the tour has finished.

Kurt S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour to take if you want to see the important sites of the Cold War era in Berlin. The tour is four hours long and includes a lunch break.

agustina m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour! Insight that only real berliners have. I highly recommend it for those who want to know how the life was for east berliners under the soviet regime AND afterwards. Mike was entertainging and kept it fresh during the four hours, which went by really quick! . See and understand the details that otherwise might get missed.- Thanks Mike and the whole crew.-

Zsolt G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour, I can only recommend for everybody who wants to learn about one of the darkest decades of the European modern history. Our tour guide, unfortunately I do not remember his name, was German born, American raised person who was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Europe, including East Germany GDR Berlin and the former communist countries and teh Cold War era. Thank you.

ChrisTina D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great tour - delivered on our expectations and more. Michael was an excellent, eloquent guide answering all questions and his delivery and style made this a fun and informative tour.

Annika J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Best of walks!
Best guide - Barry!

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