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

Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

Experience the top highlights of Berlin’s past and present on this 4-hour guided walking trip through the city's Mitte district. Visit landmarks from the city’s Prussian, Imperial, Nazi, Cold War and modern eras, offering insight into the evolution of this fascinating German capital. Stroll along the iconic Berlin Wall and follow Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate. Then check out the rebuilt Reichstag and the Holocaust Memorial and hear the amazing stories of Cold War Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie. You'll also discover the Topography of Terror Museum before finishing at the gleaming areas of Potsdamer Platz and Friedrichstrasse. Your walking tour of Berlin also includes a complimentary city map and guidebook.

Highlights

  • 4-hour historical walking tour of Berlin
  • Learn about Berlin during the eras of the Prussians, Imperialists, Nazis and the Cold War
  • Visit Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, the Topography of Terror and more
  • Walk along the Berlin Wall and down Unter den Linden
  • Witness Berlin’s modern urbanization at Potsdamer Platz and Friedrichstrasse

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What You Can Expect

Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Berlin City Walking Tour

Take a walk back in time as you explore the many layers of history found in Berlin, covering everything from its Prussian period, to its violent 20th century and the present period of rebirth, during this 4-hour guided walking trip. History fans and those interested in the remarkable renaissance of Berlin’s urban center will enjoy this insightful trip past the city’s key monuments.

Start your day at the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station where you'll meet your guide. Listen to an introductory overview of the strange, winding history of Berlin, covering the city’s founding and continuing with stories about the turbulent years of war and modern era as the tour moves forward. Walk down Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard, a thoroughfare that links Stadtschloss royal palace with Pariser Platz and Brandenburg Gate. By the 19th century, this elegant street was among the most famous in the city, growing ever-more grand as Berlin’s boundaries pushed further west.

Head next to Museum Island, pausing at the Berlin State Library (once the workplace of Albert Einstein) and the Neue Wache memorial as you continue. Travel beneath the monumental Brandenburg Gate, which forms the beginning of Unter den Linden, and check out the Reichstag, home of Germany’s parliament, just nearby. Then explore Pariser Platz, the location of Hitler’s bunker and the Holocaust Memorial, commemorating the many Jews that lost their lives during the Nazi regime.

Trace the path of the “death strip” to Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous crossing point for those traveling between East and West Berlin, and visit Bebelplatz, the location of an infamous 1933 book burning by the Nazis. You’ll then have time the stroll along the Berlin Wall, demarcating the boundary between East and West during the Cold War, and hear details about its triumphant downfall in 1989.

Take a moment to stop at the Topography of Terror Museum, situated on the location of the former Gestapo and SS Headquarters. Hear from your guide about the significance of the museum’s location, which the city’s leaders consciously chose to help confront and reconcile the awful moments of Berlin’s past. Look down into the building’s excavated cellars, a haunting spot where political prisoners where once tortured and killed.

Wrap up your Berlin walk on a lighter note with a stop at the modern area of Potsdamer Platz, a one-time “dead zone” between East and West that has since been rebuilt. Then take a walk along Friedrichstrasse, a high-end retail district. You’ll end your tour at Gendarmenmarkt, where you’ll receive a city map detailing useful info on Berlin’s public transport, nightlife and museums.

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Customer Reviews

Zachary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A brilliant way to take in the city without any stress! Fantastic guide, great route and fascinating stories!

Joy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We got off to a shaky a start as the ticket seller had to take us from West Berlin to East Berlin as the tour guides hadn't arrived. However once we met Jess everything worked out very well. He was incredibly knowledgeable and had a great passion for Berlin and its history. He gave us plenty of time to look and reflect on the sites and didn't rush us at all. He was open to questions and had a very broad knowledge base. It was an excellent tour. Thank you Jess..

Ed

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour!

peg's Travel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Really great up close and personal experience at the part of Berlin that was effected the war. What a great insight. Our guide was very knowledge and could answer all of our questions about the area. Well done and we left with smiles on our face with a deeper understanding of the area.

nconway8

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour is fantastic and a must for anyone visiting Berlin. It is quite a walk because it covers all the sights you would want to see. Our guide Dennis was great not only in his knowledge and his willingness and ability to answer questions but his engaging manner.

David F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic tour which I can't rate highly enough. Our guide Kathrine was professional, passionate about everything and truly brought Berlins history to life..........all of this in -10......well done and thank you.

Andrew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The walking tour is a must. You go to all the main sites and learn about the history of the city with an excellently knowledgable guide who gives a real insight into the city. Would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Christopher R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent guide and very informative.

Brendan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Absolutely fantastic guided tour. Kevin our tour guide was excellent. The information was well paced as was the walking!

Gary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The guide was very friendly, approachable and knew the story of Berlin in great detail. It's nice to be guided by someone who is genuinely interested in the history of the city.

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