Tour code: 3817DISCOVER
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

PHAM L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a very hot day and the tour was 4+ hours but Peep the tour guide made it a wonderful trip for us. I liked the history that she told us. I also loved her interpretation of the cause of wars, sympathy and the significance of books. Thank you very much for everything.

Kay I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was split in two due to it being a large group. The tour guide, Pipp, was amazing! As she guided us through the city, she engaged the group with her in depth knowledge and perspectives of historical Berlin, telling us a true story about everything from pre-Hitler to the fall of the Berlin Wall. I highly recommend this if you are visiting Berlin for the first time and don't have the time to do the research yourself. It was a long walk but well worth it!

kathleen e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The perfect start to seeing the city. We much prefer walking to the bus. Gives u a better feel of the geography Carlos was our guide. Very knowledgeable and fun to listen to. Reco for first day to get acclimated. And consider what u would like to do later

Charly N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Lindsey was very friendly and knowledgeable. Her history of Germany in 8 minutes at the beginning was excellent and informative. Definitely recommend if you like walking. Never felt rushed and enough time given to take pictures when appropriate.

Christina D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I was very happy to have a guide who was fluent in English but also had such good understanding of the intricate Berlin history. Having already visited the principle museums it gave me a very good understanding of the city. This is the second time I am taking a walking tour, the first was in Milan and I highly recommend it.

Leo L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I enjoyed this tour very much. My tour guide's name was Jesse and he was very knowledgeable about the history of Berlin and Germany. It was apparent that he was also very passionate about the history and the lessons that it should have taught us. Throughout the tour he tried to prompt thoughtful discussion and I found that to be much more interesting than a simple regurgitation of historical facts.

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent our guide was brilliant had great sense of humour and obviously knew his history really enjoyed the tour

Mark H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide, Rick, was very knowledgeable about the history and geography of Berlin. The tour was both fun and very informative. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend the tour to others.

Scott Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Lorna the tour guide was very informative and knew the history of Berlin very well. It made the historical sites mean so much more.

Michele M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Rick was an awesome guide

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