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Berlin Historical Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War

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Overview

Take a deep dive into some of the most famous places and moments of the Cold War during this laid-back half-day bike excursion in East Berlin. Cycle at a relaxed pace to a number of sites located alongside or near the iconic Berlin Wall, including the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. Hear insightful stories about Cold War Berlin from your guide, featuring tales of espionage, communism, daring escapes and a famous airlift. This Cold War-themed Berlin bike tour also includes a beach cruiser bike and helmet.
  • Bike tour along the sites of the Berlin Wall
  • Learn about Berlin during the Cold War
  • Hear about life on both sides of the wall
  • Explore the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse
  • A great tour for history buffs
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Bike tour of Berlin
New beach cruiser bicycle and helmet
Professional guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

Panoramastraße 1a, 10178 Berlin, Germany

This tour meets at Fat Tire Tours' Alexanderplatz shop, located near the base of the giant TV Tower (Fernsehturm). The address is Panoramastraße 1a, 10178 Berlin.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Step back in time as you explore the most famous moments in Cold War-era Berlin during this guided bike ride. Berlin experts and novices alike are sure to learn something new about this fascinating city, all the while enjoying a relaxing ride through this bike-friendly town.

Begin your day in the morning, meeting your guide at a pre-arranged location near Alexanderplatz. Before you get started, listen to an orientation from your guide on the Berlin Wall and your planned route. Over the course of your ride, cycle about six miles (10 kilometers), listening to stories about how Berlin was originally split apart after World War II, along with tales of the Berlin Airlift, behind-the-scenes espionage by the Allies and the East German secret police (Stasi), the end of communism and how the city exists today.

Start cycling down the main thoroughfare of East Berlin, heading to the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall that still stands today, the East Side Gallery. This particular strip covers more than 3,300 feet (one kilometer) of graffiti-strewn concrete. Pedal along three miles (five kilometers) of land where the wall once existed, learning about some the key differences in daily life for residents on both sides of this Cold War barrier.

Stop by the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse, which was a former crossing point between East and West Berlin.

Take a break for lunch about halfway through your ride (at your own expense) before continuing your ride to discover more incredible escape attempts (some that worked, others that failed), the deathstrip watchtowers, and many more sites. Finish back at your original departure point in the afternoon.

For more information about the ride, weather issues, safety and the bikes provided, please read below.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
See the Memorial of the Berlin Wall, climb to the top of the Observation Deck to get a birds-eye-view of the former Death Strip
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
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Stop At:  
Alexanderplatz
One of the best-known public squares in Berlin the center of the East Berlin and East German Government.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Berliner Fernsehturm
See the TV tower, stop for pictures and explanation
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Tears
Called the Palace of Tears because it was often the setting for emotional family goodbyes (possibly forever), as from 1962, it was used as a departure terminal for those returning to West Germany.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Friedrichstrasse
Former checkpoint of those entering East Berlin. Now a bustling train station.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Spree
Get a lovely view of Berlin's main river.
Stop At:  
Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz
Formerly the Interhotel Stadt Berlin, which was completed in 1970 (Interhotel used to be the state-owned hotel chain in East Germany). This is where Westerners would normally stay on overnight visits to East Berlin. It was modern and luxurious, but heavily monitored by the Stasi (Staatssicherheitsdienst – the East German Ministry for State Security).
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Marx-Engels-Forum
See the monument dedicated to Marx and Engels
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Chapel of Reconciliation
See the chapel made of compressed earth from the Death Strip on the location of Berlin's former Church of Reconciliation.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Ständige Vertretung
See the site of former West Germany's "Permanent Representation" or embassy to East Germany. Now a restaurant/ bar crammed with Cold War memorabilia
Stop At:  
Gunter Litfin Memorial
See the Memorial for the first man killed in attempt to cross the border from East to West
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Invalidenfriedhof
Invaliden Cemetery. Visit the former Cemetery of the Prussian Army, and discuss the Cold War propaganda on display here.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Berlin Nordbahnhof
Discuss the notion of "Ghost Stations" (of which Norbahnhof was one) as part of the defenses of the Wall
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Zionskirche (Iglesia de Sion)
19th Century church which becomes a place where discussions that are not entirely pro-DDR start to happen. Touch on themes such as: nuclear disarmament talks, the beginning of East, German Green Movement, and even punk concerts.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Karl-Marx-Allee
A great place to end the tour with a light discussion of modern day Berlin, built in and around many East German architectural sites.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Haus des Lehrers
House of Teachers. Constructed in the early 1960s, this was a strategically positioned symbol facing out onto Alexanderplatz that aimed to demonstrate that the DDR was a progressive state that was more than capable of keeping up with the West. Using strong colours, expansive forms and black, angular lines, an ideal image of a peaceful, modern socialist state was created. The result was a panorama of a youthful, industrious society living in harmony and looking confidently ahead into the future. Made from over 800,000 individual tiles, the mosaic frieze (7m x 125m) is Europe’s largest work of art.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Brunnen der Volkerfreundschaft
Fountain of Friendship Among Peoples, See iconic fountain in heart of Alexanderplatz
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Watchtower, Berlin
Stand along a former Death Strip
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant and child seats are available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fat Tire Tours - Berlin
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Berlin Historical Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Berlin Historical Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Berlin Historical Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War.
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What is the social distancing policy during Berlin Historical Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Berlin Historical Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Berlin Historical Bike Tour: Berlin Wall and Cold War?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to know more about the Berlin Wall and some interesting details behind the Wall." See review

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Great day out
Clare M
, Jul 2019
Really enjoyed the bike tour, very easy cycling and interesting places to visit making the whole experience great.
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A must do biking tour!!
YYZIAN
, May 2019
I was in Berlin back in 2016 and saw the Berlin Wall on my own. I recently visited Berlin for a long weekend and because the weather was very nice, I decided to take the Berlin Bike Tour. What an amazing tour. Our tour guide was Jeff who was extremely knowledgeable and super pleasant. He took us on a biking 3.5 hours tour which explained the Wall in more details and showed us historic sites. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to know more about the Berlin Wall and some interesting details behind the Wall. If you happened to get Jeff to be your guide, you would love him!!!
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I would highly recommend this...
lwheelock
, Jul 2018
I would highly recommend this educational, yet entertaining, tour of Berlin focused on the Berlin Wall and the Cold War. Our tour guide, PB, was fantastic. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and led us through the city with ease. My husband, 12 year old son and I were all impressed by how much we learned on the tour while still having a fantastic time touring the city and socializing with our fellow tour goers. it was great being able to associate such important historic events with the sites at which they occurred. We went on the Berlin City Tour offered by Fat Tire Bikes on the day prior to this tour and were equally impressed with the tour as well as our guide, Alex. We will certainly being seeking out Fat Tire Bike tours in the future as we visit other cities.
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NIce and consider tour guide. Clear...
Joyce W
, Jun 2018
NIce and consider tour guide. Clear explanation and very patient.
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This was a great tour, our guide...
Nick G
, Apr 2018
This was a great tour, our guide Daniel managed to explain a pretty complex period of history in a really manageable way and he always took the time to answer any questions in detail and offer additional insight. The bikes were in great condition and the beauty of Berlin is it's flat so the cycling was very leisurely and manageable for all ages and abilities. Key sites of interest were taken in and there was enough time given at each key point to hop of the bikes and take a closer look.
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Amazing tour! The tour guide was so...
Stefany R
, Feb 2018
Amazing tour! The tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable. The bike ride was enjoyable and not difficult at all. I learned so much and really enjoyed learning about the city! Definitely recommend this tour
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I could not believe how much Berlin...
Douglas D
, Jul 2017
I could not believe how much Berlin had changed since I was there in 1989. Bicycle is a great way to see it all. Don't go if you can't ride a bicycle!
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This was my favorite tour during our...
Karen P
, Jul 2017
This was my favorite tour during our trip to Berlin. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the former East Berlin. The lunch stop was perfect and certainly inexpensive. I felt very safe riding a bike on this tour.
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One of my favourites tours in...
Jakub D
, Jun 2017
One of my favourites tours in Berlin. Our American guid was very friendly, helpfull nd with big knowdledge of details about this time of history. Strongly recomend this tour to anybody.
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Alex was hands down the best tour...
Stephanie M
, Jun 2017
Alex was hands down the best tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and extremely passionate about the history of Berlin. I would recommend finding out when Alex from Canada is doing a tour and try and attend his. He can tell you some great places to eat and other amazing things to visit. The ride was very easy, and there were frequent stops allowing for multiple fitness levels. If you're not interested in history that's cool, you will def enjoy this no matter what!
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