Berlin, Germany
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Overview

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.
  • 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

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Learn about Prussian kings, the Nazis, and the city’s modern rebirth in areas such as Potsdamer Platz.
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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J
, Dec 2018

Guide was friendly with lots of local historical knowledgeI was only in Berlin for one day and found this very informative

S
, Dec 2018

Kyle, our tour guide was fantastic. Despite an unexpectedly large group and bitter cold weather, Kyle lead an interesting tour of much of Berlin imparting much historical and other information and personal information to all who were interested. Highly recommend to anyone interested in Berlin, even if they’ve been here previously.

M
, Dec 2018

Very informative and enjoyable walk. Darren our guide had excellent knowledge of the history of Germany. Four hours on a cold December morning flew by and I would definitely recommend this tour.

S
, Dec 2018

Very knowledgeable guide - Kevin, and so an informative and enjoyable walking tour and a great way to get city orientation.

H
, Dec 2018

This really is an excellent tour that visits all the main points of interest in central Berlin. Our guide Wouter was superb - enthusiastic and knowledgable. Highly recommended.

A
, Dec 2018

Excellent. Jess really knew his history and local knowledge. Really great.would definitely recommend.

J
, Nov 2018

We had a fantastic experience on our 4 hour walking tour this October. Our guide David or as he preferred Dave was very pleasant with a great sense of humour ...he was punctual and gave us a comprehensive and informative guide visiting all the mainattractions. The information he gave us set the tone for the remaining stay in Berlin. We would highly recommend this tour.

r
, Oct 2018

This was a very informative tour. Laura our guide communicated everything so passionately and clearly. Great tour to start off your time in Berlin

s
, Oct 2018

This tour was amazing! We learned so much about Berlin and Germany. The pace was great and our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. I highly recommend this tour. Well worth it.

C
, Oct 2018

This was a brilliant tour! Beth was our guide for the morning and she was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour! She started by giving us a very comprehensive overview of the history of Germany, which laid a good foundation for the rest of the tour. Her approach as a guide was fantastic, she encouraged us to explore the memorials and then discussed how they made us feel afterwards. We really enjoyed this tour as it gave us a good overview of the city, both in finding our way around and in a historical context. I would definitely recommend it!


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