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Experience Berlin’s past and present on this 4-hour, guided walking tour 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. 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 and the Topography of Terror
  • 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. History fans and those interested in the remarkable renaissance of Berlin’s urban center will enjoy this insightful, 4-hour 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 even 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 at 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 were 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

Veronica H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Definitely recommend this tour - try to do it as a first activity as it shows you lots that you can then go back later and explore even more - particularly museum island. Tour guide great - really interesting and passionate about Berlin. We've never had a bad tour guide when we've booked through Viator.

Catherine O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an amazing introduction to Berlin. Darren, the guide , was brilliant. For the rest of our weekend his knowledge and insights stayed with us and helped us make sense of so many of the sights we visited afterwards. I would wholeheartedly recommend that anyone visiting the city does one of these tours as their first induction! Amazingly good value for money.

Jamie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Beth was a wonderful guide. She took us around the city at a good pace and taught us so many things. Excellent tour, excellent guide. Highly recommended.

Sheila P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Hello. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Darren. He was extremely knowledgeable on anything to do with Germany it seemed and offered the information in an interesting and informative way. We enjoyed it even though we were walking round in the rain that day. He certainly inspired me to want to find out more.

z a c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Utterly brilliant, Pip was amazing!

Alex C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very good tour - saw all of the key tourist sites in under four hours. Very interesting and informative. It was a large group - I felt bad for the tour guide having to keep track of so many people! If you are after something more personal, I would recommend a private tour.

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very knowledgeable guide Beth -with great sense of humour- who made every stop fascinating and brought the history of Berlin to life.

Jonathan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was everything I could ask for and more! The tour guide, Beth, was amazing in not just having the knowledge that was needed, but also asked thought provoking questions to make the tour thay much more interesting. A+ all the way!

Kara W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Beth was an amazing tour guide. If you are able to request her, do so! She is truly a student of history and made each stop on the tour informative as well as interactive. In particular, Beth made a point of asking the crowd what emotions or thoughts were provoked at certain stops. I absolutely loved what I learned and what I heard my fellow tour colleagues say during our time on the tour. Be prepared to walk approximately 8-10 kilometers over the four hours, at a moderate pace. I suggest you bring a bottle of water or beverage with you as well as a light snack, since the coffee/food break is approximately 2.5 hours into the tour. There are plenty of fantastic photo opportunities along the way.

Clive P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a brilliant walk - our tour guide, Alex was extremely knowledgeable and answered all questions. He didn't rush us around the walk, so we had a chance to drink in the atmosphere and history of the city sights. Highly recommended!

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