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Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

Berlin, Germany

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


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.

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Neue Promenade 3
    Neue Promenade 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

    In front of the Starbucks across from S-Bahn "Hackescher Markt"

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What To Expect

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.

Hackescher Markt

The guide will explain the history of the site

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

James Simon Park

The guide will explain the history of the site

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

The tour is a lot of walking and standing, so wear comfortable shoes.
I suggest comfortable shoes because you will walk a lot (maybe run a little bit)!
Not rushed, but lots of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
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Excellent Walking Tour with Gregor!
Siobhan_L, Mar 2023
We completed the Discover Berlin Half Day Walking tour and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was very informative and our Guide Gregor was absolutely excellent. I would highly recommend this tour, especially if your guide is Gregor!
Most enjoyable and informative
Sarah_F, Mar 2023
Campbell our tour guide was very good and informative.. highly recommend him to anyone. His knowledge was very impressive and accurate. Time flew and was left wanting more for sure.
Great Tour
Martha_I, Mar 2023
Fantastic Tour by one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had. She was. Dry knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor.
Fun and educational experience
SILVIA_M, Mar 2023
It was a better experience than I dreamed. The guide, Steve, managed to make me visualize all the stories he told as if the action was unfolding in front of my eyes, with great oratorical talent. The information received was outstanding and shared with much humor. I learned and discovered a lot and had fun at the same time. I want to come again and would love to have Steve as my guide again.
Knowledgeable, informative and interesting.
Tamara_P, Mar 2023
Georgia was an excellent guide. She started the tour with an overall understanding of the history, so we would understand how each attraction (i.e. historic building) we saw fitted in as a whole. The tour was informative and interesting. It was a wet and windy day, and she did her best to pick spots to talk out of the wind. The tour stops at a different place to where it starts, but we were given clear directions on how to get back to go to our next destination. Meeting place as near Starbucks, so easy to have a coffee before the start time and use the toilet (free!). The stop for lunch is only short, so I suggest taking a snack and having food at the end of the tour as it is only 4 hours.
Amazing tour with a lovely guide
Tihana_B, Mar 2023
What an amazing tour! I’ve learned so much in a short period of time. We visited the most important places in Berlin and it was super interesting, the time passed by quickly. A BIG shoutout to our guide Greg, who was so energetic and interesting the whole time, super smart and kind and made us fall in love with the city!
Great tour and tour guide.
Jessie_F, Mar 2023
The tour guide Jaime was excellent, it was a tour in spanish, even though I originally had ordered for the tour in English, he let me join the spanish version and he was great, very knowledgeable and excited about what he was doing.
Pre booking process and...
Ian_H, Mar 2023
Pre booking process and information clear. Informative, and the whole experience made very interesting by knowledge, enthusiasm and input of guide Rebecca
Amazing Would Definitely Recommend
Jacqueline_T, Mar 2023
This is for Rebecca our tour guide! So we booked this tour during winter and it was raining and COLD. But she was so amazing that we didn’t care if it rained the entire time, all we wanted was to continue with her and keep learning lol She’s amazing and very knowledgeable. Definitely definitely definitely recommend taking this tour, and if you get her as a guide you’ll love it even more.
A must do !
Gary_B, Mar 2023
Our guide Gregor was absolutely brilliant - an incredible story teller, heaps of great information and genuinely enjoyed guiding us.
Best Walking Tour - Worth the Money!
Samantha_S, Mar 2023
Tobi was absolutely an amazing tour guide! He was very insightful and brought the places we visited to life with his stories. I especially liked the escape stories he shared from the Cold War. He was very willing to speak about his life and answer any questions we had. Plus, I am impressed that he was able to tell us about Prussia, WWI & WWII period and the Cold War without making it boring. Danke Tobi!
Things you must do in Berlin
Alex_R, Mar 2023
Great information. Very clear. Things you would miss if not on a tour. Walking with a guide is the best way to fully see the city.
Great Overview Walking Tour
Maria_V, Mar 2023
Great walking tour with a good overview of war history. Hits the major sites. Our guide, Jonathan H did a good job of weaving in current Berlin culture with the stories of the past. Also appreciated his sense of humor!
Fantastic Introduction to Berlin
Andrew_M, Mar 2023
The tour really gave an excellent introduction to Berlin and its' fascinating history from the earliest settlement right through to WW2, the Cold War and unification. Our guide Eran was excellent, very knowledgeable, engaging and conducted the whole tour at an excellent pace. He was happy to answer any questions either on the subject or more broadly about life in Berlin. The tour was a great introduction for our subsequent exploration of this fascinating city over the next few days. Highly recommended.
Fantastic walking tour - 5***** experience
Karen_B, Mar 2023
Ok so i've never been on a walking guided tour before, but this experience more than lived up to my expectations. A really fantastic guide! I learnt loads about key historical aspects Berlin's history. Lots of great tips too that I was able to use over the remaining days I was in Berlin.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Interesting tour...
Helena_A, Mar 2023
Interesting tour coverijg maon seesights Hitler bunker, Gustapp, Neo Synagogue. Liked also hidden gems, a lot of history. Recommended
A really good walking tour!
AnneJudith_S, Mar 2023
My second walk in Berlin. It was well structured, informative and well paced. Easy to spot the guide on arrival (a big relief), easy to book and easy to find the start point. Some really good information provided and a few personal stories brought the whole thing to life.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Ryan is the best
Brigita_L, Mar 2023
Couldn't recommend enough! this is must do first day you arrive. Amazing way to get to know the city and learn about it. Our guide Ryan was fantastic! Thank you so much!
Great tour! Our guide was...
TAE_C, Feb 2023
Great tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Berlin. Would recommend to anyone. It was raining and cold during our tour, so make sure you’re prepared!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
Anna_Y, Feb 2023
Chris (from Toronto) was an excellent guide - knowledgeable, entertaining and informative. I would recommend


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