• Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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!

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

M22

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

Darren R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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

Angela G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.

Felipe d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our guide, Mike, was a very enthusiast, and made the trip a really great experience

robyn j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was extremely helpful in understanding the history and the people's behavior leading up to the Cold War and beyond. Jared was an excellent tour guide and has an amazing amount of knowledge to share.

HARSHA B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

My view of tours has changed after this tour, and all thanks to our tour guide, JJ!! The tour was very well organized and structured - JJ walked us through the history in a detailed yet concise manner and kept it interesting through the entire duration. This tour is an absolute must for anyone visiting Berlin who wants to gain insight on life during the Cold War time frame.

Kaeli J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We very much loved this tour and would highly recommend. My only criticism is that the tour ended at the Stassi Museum, which seemed like an interesting place to visit, but was located 40 minutes by metro outside of the main part of the city so it was difficult to make our way back it was even farther than that from the starting point which was on the western end of the city. Other than that, we enjoyed it a lot. Our mid-way break was at Berlin's oldest surviving beer garden which was a perfect place to break.

James F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour. Our guide Brian was both knowledgeable and entertaining.

Jennifer.Cicia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Very informative. Did not go to Checkpoint Charlie, so make sure you build that in somewhere else in your itinerary. It only takes a few minutes to see it and get a picture. If you are not already familiar with the bus lines, get there early so a guide can help you get the right ticket.

Jayne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Our tour guide, Brian, was charismatic, very personable, and clearly knowledgeable about history of the Cold War and the timeframe overall. His wealth of informationthat he shared was captivating and he genuinely encouraged interaction and questions from everyone on the tour. Our family agreed we learned more about Berlin, the SS, the wall, and life in a Berlin during this time than we ever could have accomplished on our own. We can't say enough about how fantastic Brian is as a guide and the tour in general. We would do this tour again ina heart heart- highly recommend!

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