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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

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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

Briana D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Heidi was great!

Stephan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This walk was the highlight of our Berlin visit. The guide was very entertaining and very well informed. He was able to answer all questions and had a freindly word for everybody. Simply great !!!

Sue E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Spectacular tour, our guide was brilliant loved it

Marta P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very interesting tour of Mitte, covering the main landmarks from the short but intense history of the city. Our guide, Rick, was very knowledgable and able to explain everything very clearly and in huge detail. Also, it was very useful to hear his suggestions to what to do and not to do in the City in our spare time. He made the tour enjoyable and we learnt a lot. It was very hot that day but Thank you Rick! We would have loved to go for another tour with him but there was no time.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

nice guy from pittsburg

Luis R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing! I have been on several tours before and NOTHING compares to this. Berlin has so much history, and our tour guide, Kathryn, was incredible in giving us this information. I will recommend this tour to every single friend I ever hear that is thinking about visiting the beautiful city of Berlin.

Mrs J R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

From start to finish this tour was superb!! Our tour guide Woutu was so imformative. We would never have got this much out of just guide books and wondering around on our own.
I can't recommend this enough to anyone visiting Berlin. Well and truly worth the money.
Thank you.

Hazel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Lorna provided us with lots of useful information. A must for all visitors to Berlin, just remember to wear comfy shoes.

Jill S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour, thoroughly recommended.

john m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wouter was great,woukd highly recommend him to anyone

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