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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.

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Customer Reviews

Marjorie Jane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our Half Day Walking tour of Berlin with tour guide Issy was the highlight of our stay in Berlin. Our eyes were opened and our view of this part of the world challenged. For those who are interested in history but also Berlin's place in the world today, I strongly recommend this tour. The tour also gave us our bearings for when we returned a week later on our way home and enabled us to navigate the central city easily.

Lise W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide, Dennis, was a native Berliner and a history major to boot! Knowledgeable, personable, funny. 200 satisfied with this tour. Highest recommendation!!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was a cold windy day in Berlin on this tour however I learned so much about German history. Great tour to get yourself grounded in the city.

A Gerald T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Taylor is an excellent guide. It's a very enjoyable tour and with many learnings. Highly recommended.

Ros K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Kathryn was phenomenal!! Provided an in depth cross section of German and Berlin history. Highly recommended.

Kenneth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Pip did an amazing job showing us around Berlin. It was a very cold day and she did her best to keep us on track while also educating us on the history of Berlin.

marie c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

David was our tour guide for the Berlin Walking Tour. He was well spoken, extremely educated and most importantly nice. He explained and narrated his knowledge in a manner that was interesting and he share photos of before and after that helped give a visual picture of the city. He explained the architecture, geography and history of the city. Highly recommend this tour experience.
Thank you, Marie

Carol T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Dennis was intelligent,informative,knowledgeable, and personable. I got a real feel for the history of the city. I know that there's more to learn but the tour inspired me to dig deeper

Christopher B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

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Rodney G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour is a must for first time people to Berlin. A great over view and orientation. Kevin, our guide was excellent and knew everything that we needed to know and imparted his knowledge to us. I have done a lot of tours and he would be one of the best that I have come across.

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