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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

paul.kassell

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Alex was informative, offering facts, then not afraid to offer his interpretation of events. The tour covers many sites of historical interest and he evoked the mood of the times. I would recommend this tour as a great way to see Berlin.

Chris L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Anyone going to Berlin I highly recommend participating in this walking tour. We had Jess as our tour guide, he was extremely easy to listen to and was great fun the whole day, never bored us with too many facts just gave us the information we needed in a fun and easy to understand way, me and my girlfriend learnt an immense amount that we surely wont forget due to his fantastic delivery. We managed to see almost everything Berlin has to offer in just 4 hours.

N L S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really good tour. The guide Jessie was very informative. Would highly recommend.

Martin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour, fascinating sights, wonderful enthusiastic guide, excellent value, would highly recommend!

Steve G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great trip. For me the measure of the trip is the guide. 1 Is it historically accurate? 2 Can the guide ask questions outside of the box/script 3 Good value for money? The answer to all three questions is a resounding yes. Our guide was a guy called Jonathan. He made the trip very enjoyable by his knowledge and humour. A walking trip is always the best way to see a city. So much can be missed on a bus tour. I would highly recommend this 3-4 hour trip.

Atreish R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Was fun

Nicholas I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Izzy was an amazing guide. I felt like I was getting a customized tour based and not a canned/scripted overview of the city. It was a very cold day, but Izzy kept us all excitied and engaged throughout the tour. Would highly recommend for first time visitors.

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Jess was a fantastic tour guide. Great information, extremely well delivered. Thank you so much, a wonderful tour.

Peter O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I would definitely recommend the walking tour to any visitor to Berlin. It gave us a great insight into the history of the city and made it so easy for us to navigate the city on the subsequent days of our visit. Our guide Matt was excellent and had a vast knowledge and explained in great detail the history of the various sites

Sheena H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic tour with Jess our tour guide. Jess was a fountain of knowledge and made 4 hours of walking an enjoyable experience. We visited all the top tourist attractions and couldn't believe the amount we learned. i would highly recommend this tour

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