Berlin, Germany
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clock-o3 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Experience what life was like ‘behind the Iron Curtain’ during this 3-hour guided walking tour of East Berlin’s onetime Soviet sector. Join a group of no more than nine guests as you get a first-hand look at life in Communist East Germany, learning about the regime’s notorious Stasi secret police, daring escape attempts, and exploring sites like embassies of the major Cold War powers, plus much more.
  • Explore the history of East Berlin's communist era during a guided walking tour with a small group
  • Visit Cold War-era like the 'Palace of Tears' and the 'Ghost stations'
  • Small group trip limited to no more than nine guests
  • Learn about daily life in communist East Germany
  • Hear about daring escape attempts from East Berlin and the notorious Stasi secret police
  • Great introduction to the Cold War history of Berlin
Meet your guide in the afternoon in front of the Starbucks at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. You’ll proceed with your guide and small group into the former East German sector of Berlin, learning about daily life and key events during this critical Cold War period.

Follow the path of the iconic Berlin Wall which once split the now-reunited German capital in half, learning about the people, places and secrets that fueled the battle between East and West during the period following World War II. Over the course of your visit, you’ll get a look at key East Berlin sites from the Soviet period including the one-time embassies of the major Cold War powers, key Berlin Wall crossing spots like the “Palace of Tears,” and the “Death Strip” that once separated the two divided cities.

As you explore, your guide will also share stories about the key events and moments of Cold War Berlin. You’ll learn about the Stasi, East Germany’s secret police, hear about dramatic escape stories, and discover the meaning behind the concept of “ostalgie” in modern-day Berlin. Your visit will end around 6pm at either the East Side Gallery or on Bernauer Strasse. For a more detailed run-down of key trip highlights, please review the itinerary details below.

Itinerary

Key highlights covered during the tour:
  • The Stasi, the East German secret police
  • Life on the front line of the Cold War
  • Escape stories and attempts
  • Communism in the capital
  • Observation and espionage
  • Berlin Wall crossing points (the Palace of Tears)
  • Embassies of four Cold
  • War Powers
  • Berlin's "Ghost stations"
  • Ostalgie
  • The Berlin Wall and the Death Strip

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, Aug 2017

Sophie was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a very comprehensive introduction. She was a passionate guide and did a lot of research on her own which was shared during the trip. Well done Sophie!


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