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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Berlin as the frontier of the Cold War on this guided, 4-hour historical walking tour. After World War II, Berlin changed from the capital city of Nazi Germany into the pivotal city in a struggle to control war-torn Europe. Retrace the trail of the “death strip” and the Berlin Wall. Visit some of Berlin’s most popular Cold War attractions, like the Berlin Wall Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, underground "ghost stations," and more. Learn about the history of Berlin, from its founding to this divided city of the Cold War.
  • 4-hour walking tour of Berlin’s Cold War sites
  • See the Berlin Wall, the Palace of Tears (Traenenpalast), the Soviet Embassy and hidden areas of the Death Strip
  • Learn about the military tension between the United States and its NATO allies and the Soviet Union and its allies
  • Hear about the CIA, KGB and Stasi surveillance techniques
  • Get to know how life was for Berlin's citizens during the Cold War
  • Great for history buffs!
Begin this 4-hour walking tour with a Zoologischer Garten meet and greet with an expert local guide, who will provide a detailed account of Berlin’s fascinating and oftentimes troubled history — specifically its place in the Cold War. After World War II, Berlin turned from its role as the capital city of Nazi Germany into the pivotal city in a struggle to control war-torn Europe. Berlin became the centerpiece of the Cold War, where the two superpowers collided.

Discover this divided city and retrace the trail of the “death strip” and the Berlin Wall. Walk along Bernauer Strasse, the site of many remarkable escape attempts, and the remains of the wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial and Former Stasi (DDR secret police). Walk under the famous Brandenburg Gate, one of Berlin’s most important monuments. It was a symbol of division between Berlin and Germany during the war, but it’s now a national symbol of peace and unity. 

Learn about the history of Berlin, from its founding to this divided city of the Cold War, and get a fascinating insight into what it meant to live in the German Democratic Republic, the Eastern Bloc’s most heavily policed state. Find out what it was like to live behind the Berlin Wall.

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M
, Aug 2018

We had a superb time with Walid!
He is an amazing guide on this tour as he detailed the stories behind each historical places, buildings,streets. He was able to explain it beautifully as if we were back in time especially the start and fall of the Berlin Wall.
It's been the most enjoyable and knowledgeable trip we had, it is highly recommended!

F
, Aug 2018

Did this tour with my OH and 12 year old son on our last full day in Berlin. Tour was well paced and very interesting. Barnaby, a Brit, from Insider Tour was a fantastic guide who was genuinely passionate about the subject matter and kept the tour interesting with anecdotes and humour, which is much needed when discussing the Cold War! The pace of the tour was good and gave us the chance to see more of Berlin using the trams and trains. The only thing that could have made the tour better was a departure point nearer to us, as we travelled to Zoological Garten from Hackerscher Markt only to go return to Freidrikstrasse to start the tour. Highly recommended.

B
, Jul 2018

Really great and informative. Rowan, the guide was knowledgeable and personable. I would absolutely recommend this tour.

H
, Jul 2018

A very interesting tour, that involves walking, trains and trams. The tour guide was a passionate person when shareing his views however, when we came to the end it was a bit baffling on why the tour ended up where we did, maybe I missed something, not sure??
Don't let the picture fool you, the tour goes now where near Check Point Charlie, so you will have to find another one for this.

J
, Jul 2018

I had Mike as a guide, and he was excellent. He has studied History and maintains an interest that really adds life to the tour. He took us to places normally not included on tours, and also skipped Checkpoint Charlie as there was a much better location to tell the story of crossing from West to East.
I highly recommend the tour, they were well organized and we didn’t waste a lot of time getting going, and we actually went longer than expected because of all the questions.
They don’t mention in the ad that you will need an all day transit pass, as we took several trains and trams during the tour.

C
, Apr 2018

Expected more.

S
, Apr 2018

It was a bad day when we went on the tour because it was raining and it was windy and cold. The tour guide Taylor told us where to buy umbrellas and train tickets for the tour. He is Australian and spoke perfect English so it was great. But there was quite a lot of walking to do and I was a little disappointed that it did not include Checkpoint Charlie and the real Berlin wall in the tour. Also the place where we were to meet, Zoological Gardens station near McDonald's was quite hard to find, we had to ask for directions.

M
, Apr 2018

Taylor from Australia was very good and knowledgeable. The weather was bad but the experience was thoroughly enjoyable in spite of it because of our excellent guide.

D
, Apr 2018

An excellent 4 hour Cold War walking tour. Our guide, Ronan, was very informative around the subject and made the tour both enjoyable and humourous. We were a group of 4 people, including two 16 year olds, studying the cold war as part of their upcoming exams and it was an excellent tour to bring the subject to life, especially around the wall and what life was like for many East Berliners during that time

A
, Mar 2018

Rohan took us to some key places and explained their significance in such a way it made history come to life. The personal stories of people who were separated from their families when the wall went up, to a border guard who defected famous photo capturing that very moment all made the tour so insightful. Ronan used the right combination of facts with humour to lighten the mood somewhat. I would highly recommend this tour as the history is so recent and important.


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