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Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

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Berlin, Germany
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Experience Berlin’s past and present on this half-day 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.
  • 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Learn about Prussian kings, the Nazis, and the city’s modern rebirth in areas such as Potsdamer Platz.
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City map/guidebook
Professional guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

1: Neue Promenade 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
2: Friedrichstraße 140, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Return Details

1: Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin, Germany
2: Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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, half-day trip past the city’s key monuments.

Start your day at Neue Promenade 3 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hackescher Markt
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
James Simon Park
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Museum Island
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin - Centrum Judaicum
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Berliner Fernsehturm
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Neues Museum
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pergamonmuseum
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Altes Museum
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Berliner Dom
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
City Palace (Berlin Stadtschloss)
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Rotes Rathaus
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nicholas Quarter
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lustgarten
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Schlossbrucke
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Deutsches Historisches Museum
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Neue Wache
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bebelplatz
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Book Burning Memorial at Bebelplatz
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
German State Opera (Deutsche Staatsoper)
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedral of St. Hedwig - Domgemeinde St. Hedwig
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Humboldt University (Humboldt Universitat)
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ampelmann Shop
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pariser Platz
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Brandenburg Gate
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Reichstag Building
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Victory Column (Siegessaule)
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hitler's Bunker (Fuhrerbunker)
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Platz des Volksaufstandes von 1953
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Topography of Terror
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Checkpoint Charlie
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gendarmenmarkt
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Franzoesischer Dom
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Original Berlin Walks

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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 social distancing policy during Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour.

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  • "The tour is a lot of walking and standing, so wear comfortable shoes." See review
  • "This tour involves a fair bit of walking as the name suggests so wear comfortable shoes." See review
  • "I suggest comfortable shoes because you will walk a lot (maybe run a little bit)!" See review

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Great value for money
KS338
, Oct 2020
Really interesting tour and well worth doing to get to know the city. It's a half-day tour so bring supplies but there is also a stop at a cafe for bathroom and refreshments.
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This walking tour is a fantastic introduction to Berlin
Scott_G
, Sep 2020
This leisurely walking tour is the perfect introduction to historic Berlin. Our knowledgeable guide Sebastian told Berlin’s story with verve and humor, making the morning thoroughly enjoyable. When choosing a walking tour in Berlin, choose this one and ask for Sebastian.
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An excellent tour!
Norman_M
, Sep 2020
We had a bit of a stroke of luck in that having opted for the German tour we found we were the only people on it and it turned out to have been a great decision. Tom was a fantastic guide. Speaking mainly in German nice and clearly and switching to English from time to time when needed so we got a German lesson thrown in as well! he is very knowledgeable and a very nice guy. We learnt a great deal about Berlin which is a truly fascinating city.
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Exploring Berlin.
Nick_D
, Sep 2020
We had a very enjoyable morning exploring Berlin In the sunshine and learning about its history. Our guide Sarah was very knowledgable and made it all very interesting and brought it all to life. Would highly recommend.
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Berlin
Luise_W
, Sep 2020
Very informative and enjoyable tour, however would be nicer just to slow it down a little bit . Well worth going on this trip
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Great intro to Berlin!
CarmelS_N
, Sep 2020
Sam Z was an excellent guide, knowledgeable, interesting and able to discuss challenging aspects of Berlin’s history in a very neutral and careful way. He was outstanding and we’d be happy to take other tours with him again. The tour itself covered all the ‘must sees’ and was not too strenuous. A great intro to Berlin.
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Great walking tour
Kirby
, Aug 2020
Even though is was hot (96F), Alex was great finding shaded areas. He was a wealth of historical knowledge about Berlin. We enjoyed the tour and my 12 year-old learned something. :)
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Second trip
joseph_b
, Aug 2020
I Have taken this tour twice and would suggest it to anyone coming to berlin for the first time to see the city. The tour guide was great and tailored the tour to our group with small children.
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Excellent tour
Kim_K
, Aug 2020
The tour my husband and I took with Jess with excellent. He was very knowledgeable and had a great way of explaining things. My only suggestion is for him to be careful with how he spoke to the group individually. On the tour, he was very professional and did not swear. However when we asked him individual questions, he would swear in his answers. I understand this is common today, but it's much more professional when one avoids profanity in their speech.
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Berlin with a Brit
onelove_wanderer
, Jul 2020
Since Berlin is a big city full of history, we chose to go on a walking tour to get the most out of the 2 days we were there. Johnny was our tour guide (it’s classified lol) and he led us through the city with knowledge and ease. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and you will too!
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