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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, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and much more. Learn about the history of Berlin, from its founding to this divided city of the Cold War.

Highlights

  • 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!

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What You Can Expect

Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin

Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin

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).
Find out how Germany was divided while walking through Checkpoint Charlie, the best-known crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. 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.

Customer Reviews

chris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour. Jan was very knowledgeable and we found out some amazing topics during the cold war. Good use of time with going to the locations where things happened.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We went around for over three hours with Jared and it was fantastic! The way he gets the facts accross, the stories, the anecdotes -- the mental reconstruction of what it was like to live in Berlin at the time -- all this being presented around the most impressive surviving landmarks. The last piece of kill zone between Wall sections is particularly sobering, of course. But Jared keeps it all so lively, and even made excellent suggestions for the lunch break!

mic.chamoun

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Impeccable, excellent, exhilirating... I am not making this up, Brian our tour guide was simple phenomenal! He knew every little detail, told us extra stories from A to Z - stories that I'm sure 99 of tour guides don't have the patience to tell in such detail and passion. He made our tour so interesting. This was the best guided tour I've ever taken in all of the cities I've visited. He created such a friendly ambiance among the participants in the tour group that we all became friends. The facts, the stories, the sites we visited with Brian were great and comprehensive, we kinda saw all there is to see! Thank you so much Brian, we had little time and chose this tour and I'm really happy cause you restored my faith in guided tours! Cheers!

LAURA K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We all think we know about the Berlin Wall but this trip really gave us such a greater insight into why, when, how, the impact and what lead to the wall coming down again. Taylor the guide did a great job on getting it all across in a clear and concise manner.

Andrew D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour by Barnaby

Nicholas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great experience, not only learning tons about the Cold War, but also seeing a lot of the city. Jared was incredibly knowledge and had a wonderful personality.

WENDY W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Thought it was excellent value for money and I and #39;m sorry can and #39;t remember our guides name (he was Australian born) Felt much more educated on the whole situation of the Cold War.

Daryl C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Unbelievably good tour. This tour exceeded my expectations

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an interesting tour covering what life was like in East and West Berlin during the Cold War. One aspect we hoped would be covered was the espionage between the East and the West during this time, but very little of that was mentioned. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate and we saw many interesting sights. And he kept us away from the touristy sights i.e., Checkpoint Charlie. We learned a lot and would recommend this tour.

Anna-Lena H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour guide Jan was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour and can recommend it 100 to others
Anna-Lena Helin

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