Friedrichstrasse Tours

Friedrichstrasse runs north to south through the center of Berlin, while during the Cold War, the Berlin Wall cut through this street. The Friedrichstrasse S-bahn and U-bahn station was on the East, but trains from the West were still able to stop there so passengers could transfer lines. However, they could not leave the station without proper paperwork.

Today the street is a major shopping and residential area. However, due to its history, it is also a popular tourist spot. Photography exhibits at the Friedrichstrasse station show the stages of the station's history from 1961 when the wall went up to 1989 when it came down. At the Berlin Wall History Mile information board at the Friedrichstrasse border crossing, you can learn about Oct. 27, 1961, when Allied and Soviet tanks conflicted over the right to unrestricted movement in both parts of Berlin for the Allied forces. 

You can also visit Checkpoint Charlie and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. There is an outdoor photo gallery that tells stories of failed and successful escape attempts, the changes of the checkpoint over time and the significance and symbolism of Checkpoint Charlie. There's also an overview of memorial sites, remaining sections of the wall and relevant museums.

Practical Info

The Checkpoint Charlie Museum is located at Friedrichstrasse 43–45. It's open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. To see outdoor exhibits at the station, take the U6 to Friedrichstrasse. 
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Address: Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, Germany
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Berlin Small-Group Historical Half-Day Tour of East Berlin

Explore Berlin’s divided past with a local historian on a 3-hour, small-group tour of the city’s key communist-era sites. Start your tour at the Brandenburg Gate that divided East and West Berlin, and learn how families were separated as they tried to pass through the Friedrichstrasse train station. Visit a moving memorial to murdered East Berliners at the once-notorious ‘death strip.’ See an expansive Soviet housing complex and the headquarters of East Germany’s secret police, then finish your tour at Alexanderplatz, where fierce demonstrations helped end Communist rule.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private 3-Hour Historical Tour of East Berlin City

East Germany may have died in November 1989 when the Wall came tumbling down but the eastern portion of Berlin is still a fascinating monument to the city's strange and intriguing 20th-century history. This Private 3-hour tour immerses you in the East Germany of the Cold War, taking you to the headquarter of the Stasi (the state police), the wide Stalinist building-flanked Karl Marx Boulevard and Berlin Wall, among many other sites. Learn from the guide about the history of the GDR, German Democratic Republic (AKA East Germany) and about Communist rule and East Germans’ growing discontent and their government’s brutal suppression.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Red Buses Berlin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Explore the bustling city of Berlin on a double-decker bus tour. This hop-on hop-off tour covers all the highlights of the city and allows you to create your own itinerary based on your interests. Hop on board and listen to informative commentary available in 13 languages and conveniently discover sites such as Potsdamer Platz, the Berliner Dom, the Reichstag, and more with this 24-hour travel pass.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 days
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Private Tour: Berlin City Highlights

Explore the best of Berlin on this private, 3-hour sightseeing adventure around the city. Visit many of Berlin’s top attractions on this guided tour — sites like Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery, Alexanderplatz, Museum Island and Olympic Stadium, to name just a few. Discover the best places to dine and shop and enjoy a detailed commentary abut Berlin’s history and culture from the expert driver/guide. Customize the tour for any specific interests and feel free to ask as many questions as desired along the way.
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Berlin Private City Tour for Kids and Families

Discover the alternative city of Berlin on a private family-friendly tour. Get the children involved with games, activities, and treasure hunts as you traverse the city. Visit some of Berlin’s key landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, Charlottenburg Palace, and more. This 2-hour tour is completely customizable to the guests’ preferences and interests, just let the guide know beforehand.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Berlin Architecture Tour

Discover Berlin’s magnificent architecture on this private, guided, 4-hour sightseeing tour around Germany’s capital and cultural center. Select the option of walking or riding a bike, then enjoy personalized attention while visiting Berlin’s buildings, streets and squares, admiring modern masterpieces at the Kulturforum, Gendarmenmarkt and much more, including a trip down Friedrichstrasse, a major street in central Berlin. Customize the tour for personal preferences and learn how Berlin’s Cold War division of east and west influenced many of the building designs around town. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Berlin Historical and Cultural walking tour with Private Guide FROM YOUR HOTEL

WE START AT YOUR HOTEL LOBBY! So forget about founding meeting points!Enjoy and understand Berlin and its amazing history, culture and architecture on a 3.5 hour walking tour with a private guide. Avoid the crowds and feel relaxed walking around the most important historical sites in Berlin with an insider.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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