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

Highlights

  • 4-hour historical walking tour of Berlin
  • 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

What You Can Expect

Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Berlin City Walking Tour

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, 4-hour trip past the city’s key monuments.

Start your day at the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station 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

Customer Reviews

djscotty.a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was very good, would highly recommend it. our guide Kevin was excellent.

Marnie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Tour guide was very informative.

Jay O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Rick, our guide, is an American from Pittsburgh. He gave an outstanding, apolitical tour. Furthermore, he had to take two groups because one of his coworkers was ill.

My wife was one of the slowest in the bunch, and he waited until all the group was together prior to starting his talk. He did answer individual questions very well as people walked with him. Even our ten year old grandson, who accompanied us with our daughter, was interested. My wife and I grew up during the cold war, and we were able to tell our daughter and grandson what it was like growing up during the late 50's and early 60's as well as the Reagan years.

He was also cognizant of the safety of the group. If others were held up by a red light, he would advise those held up by the light to remain behind, and he would wait for them until they had a green light. Having spent 37 of my career in the chemical industry, which is VERY SAFETY oriented, I personally appreciated this.

He also pointed out a number of faith-based items I would have missed without this tour. These include: the history around the building, destructing, and rebuilding of the Jewish synagog the fact that the Lutheran cathedral was modeled, by the emperor, after St. Peter's in Rome, as the cathedral for the Protestant Reformation. He also pointed out the irony of the Berlin Funkt Turm reflecting a cross in the sunlight this is ironic as the communists built the tower to reflect their prestige.

As an enthusiast of German history, I learned much from him. This tour is highly recommended by me.

I am truly sorry that our limited time in Berlin did not allow us to book more of your tours.

Sincerely,

Jay G. Otten, PhD

Peter W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very informative and interesting. The guide was a genius!

Amna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was the absolute highlight of our Berlin trip!! Very well done and organised tour of the history of Berlin, up to the Berlin wall. Our tour guide Jonathan did an excellent job, he was very knowledgable and happy to answer all questions! I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone visiting Berlin!

Richard A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great way to get an introduction and overview of many of the significant sights

Emma T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We loved this tour!!

oterorodolfo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Awesome walking tour! Laura our tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. I enjoyed visiting the most important historic sites in Berlin.

thomas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Fiest of all . The tour guide was excellent despite such harsh weather at -5 degrees , having to take us to walk around and explain the history . She’s very professional

Danni740

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Recommend this tour to all. Ken our Irish tour guide was brilliant. He was so funny but also very informative. There is quite abit of walking which we expected but the tour covers so much, and is great for short breaks or getting a sense of direction.

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