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  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Travel into Berlin's past, from 1920s Friedrichstrasse to today's Potsdamer Platz, on this enlightening half-day walking tour. While walking, your guide's superb story-telling skills will weave the themes of Prussian, Imperial, Nazi, Cold War and 21st-century Berlin into a detailed narrative, using the latest historical research.

Highlights

  • Historical walking tour of Berlin
  • Hear about Berlin during the eras of the Prussians, Nazis, Cold War and more
  • Walk down Unter den Linden
  • See where Nazi students burned books
  • Walk through the Brandenburg Gate
  • See the Berlin Wall

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What You Can Expect

Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Berlin City Walking Tour

This fascinating walking tour begins with an account of how Berlin was founded. You'll go for a stroll along the famous Unter den Linden boulevard, passing the University and Opera House, and find out where Nazi students burnt books in May 1933.

The walking tour also takes you to the War Memorial (Neue Wache) and State Library, where Albert Einstein once worked. You'll see where the 1920s Cabaret Mile, Friedrichstrasse, once stood and how this area is being reinvented as Berlin's luxury shopping street. To find out how public transport worked in a divided city, you'll visit a Ghost Station.

After walking through the Brandenburg Gate and seeing the Reichstag (Parliament) with its famous new dome, you'll take a walk past the new Holocaust Memorial and visit the site of Hitler's bunker. Listen as your guide explains what happened here at the end of the war, and why there is nothing left to see.
You'll then see how 21st-century Berlin is taking shape on Potsdamer Platz, and find out where the Nazi SS and Gestapo HQ stood. You'll see the Berlin Wall and follow the 'death strip' to Checkpoint Charlie. While you walk, your guide will explain how the Wall was built, as well as the momentous events of its fall in 1989.

The tour ends on one of Europe's most beautiful squares, Gendarmenmarkt, not far from the Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie.

Itinerary

See the sights listed below:

  • The Berlin Wall
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Nazi Air Ministry
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Reichstag Dome (new home of the Bundestag)
  • Pariser Platz (and the new American Embassy)
  • Museum Island and Pleasure Garden (Lustgarten)
  • Bebelplatz, scene of Nazi Book burning
  • Potsdamer Platz (21st century architectural marvels!)
  • Unter den Linden
  • Friedrichstrasse (1920s cabaret mile!)
  • Russian Embassy
  • War Memorial (Neue Wache)
  • Royal Hunting Grounds (Tiergarten)
  • Humboldt University

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We found the tour a fantastic way to discover some of the important landmarks of the city. Jonathan our guide was very knowledgeable and, although we were a large group, he tried to include all group members in discussions of the various historic and memorial locations. We would highly recommend the tour to anyone wishing to gain an introduction to the city and then to follow up on some of the sites in greater detail at your leisure if time allows.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

So much better than a bus tour (if weather holds if course) - great to have personal stories mixed with Berlin history from Dennis our guide who was informative and amusing.

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