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  • Location:Berlin, Germany
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Warnemünde Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Berlin's World War II and Cold War Sites

Delve into Berlin’s war history on a private, full-day shore excursion from Warnemünde Port. Your private guide will focus on historical sites from World War II, the Cold War or both for a comprehensive tour tailored to your interests. With a customized itinerary, you can see Hitler's Langemarck Halle, the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall. Visit Gestapo headquarters and discover KGB espionage points! Your guide will share details about each site – seen by private vehicle and on foot – and provide insight on present-day Berlin.


  • Full-day private shore excursion of Berlin war sites from Warnemünde Port
  • Visit Berlin’s legendary WWII monuments like the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Hitler’s bunker
  • Stop at iconic Cold War sites such as Checkpoint Charlie and the famous Berlin Wall
  • Hear fascinating commentary about Berlin's history from your expert private guide
  • Customize your tour to your particular interests
  • Port pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A must-do tour for all history fans! You'll see all the iconic sights of Berlin, according to your interests. You can decide how much walking you’d prefer as you are chauffeured around in your private vehicle.

What You Can Expect

Warnemünde Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Berlin's World War II and Cold War Sites

See Berlin's Victory Column on your private sightseeing tour!

Begin your private tour of Berlin upon pickup from the Warnemünde cruise port. Your private guide will tailor your shore excursion to your interests, ensuring a personalized experience – whether you are most intrigued by the history of WWII, the Cold War or both! Along the way, your guide will convey the city’s history, with particular attention to your area of focus.

Head to Berlin's Olympic Stadium Bell Tower, an approximate 2.5-hour drive by air-conditioned vehicle. You’ll enjoy fantastic views over the entire city, including the abandoned Teufelsberg spy station and a modern residence built by Le Corbusier. While you're there, visit Hitler's Langemarck Halle and the Maifeld – part of the army headquarters during the Cold War.

Next, drive along the east-west axis as you view the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin’s only surviving royal residence. While crossing Tiergarten, stop for a photo op at the Victory Column, an iconic Franco-Prussian memorial. Afterward, visit the Reichstag, which served as Germany's seat of power over the ages. Spend time walking around Brandenburg Gate and the adjacent Pariser Platz, Berlin's most popular square.

If you’re interested in WWII history, visit monuments to those who opposed the regime or lost their lives during those treacherous times. If it’s the Cold War that grabs your interest, visit espionage points of the KGB and learn about secret Stasi operatives. Your guide may provide insight about the Jewish quarter, Museum Island, Bebel Platz and Gendarmenmarkt, and accompany you on a stroll along Unter den Linden, once the boulevard of the Prussian kings. While viewing the Palace Square, the famous Humbolt University and Friedrich Street, hear what life was like for Berlin's citizens and the changes the once-divided city has undergone.

When you arrive at Checkpoint Charlie, listen as your guide recounts the most important events of the Cold War. See the nearby café where spies secretly stationed themselves to keep an eye on who was crossing the border. Then, heading back along Wilhelm Street, visit many WWII landmarks of the Third Reich, including the former Gestapo and SS headquarters, Goering's Luftwaffe HQ, the Reich Chancellery, and the bunkers of Hitler and Goebbels.

Whenever you're ready for lunch (own expense), your guide will suggest a variety of options, such as a traditional German beer garden, depending on your preference. Further on, see the modern side of Berlin at Potsdamer Platz. Gaze up at the contemporary high-rise buildings and marvel that this area was once heavily armed with tank-traps and mines. Complete your private shore excursion at the longest section of the original Berlin Wall before you are chauffeured back to the cruise port.


Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Warnemünde Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was very nice and very informative. Our tour guide was an American living and working in Berlin and he knew much about Germany's history and the sights to see in Berlin. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in Berlin's history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

From the moment Herbert, our driver, picked us up at the ship, this tour was simply the most professional and enjoyable of all the tours and shore excursions we've taken! Herbert was prompt, the van was clean and comfortable, and the drive to and from the city included stops at a very clean rest stop that had a restaurant and gift shop, in addition to very clean restrooms. Our guide, Ashleigh met us at the Museumplatz, where we began our walking/riding tour of the city. Ashleigh was extremely knowledgeable, enhanced her commentary with black and white photos taken during World War II and the Cold War, and is absolutely passionate about Berlin and its history - all of which added to our visit to this incredible city. We provided Ashleigh with a list of attractions we hoped to see prior to our visit and she accommodated our requests and then some, including sharing her favorite spot for bratwurst and beer. From the Museumplatz to the Berlin Cathedral, from Humboldt University and St. Helwig's to Gendarmes Square, from many stops along the former Berlin Wall to Checkpoint Charlie, from the Holocaust Memorial to the Kaiser Wilhelm Church, from the Schloss Charlottenburg to the Unter den Linden and the K'dam - we did it all and in the company of two very professional, very friendly and accommodating people. If you only have one day in Berlin, we can't recommend Insider Tours enough!

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