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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

ldroehrka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great guide full of information. Great use of time in Berlin.

Melinda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour. Jonathan our tour guide was very informative and had fabulous knowledge that he imparted in a lovely manner. It was a long walk in the heat and he was mindful of all the people on the tour in terms of being able to keep up. I would highly recommend.

Kyle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly recommend this walking tour! We got to see all the highlights of Berlin, and our guide Lynsay was really enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of the city. We learned a few things that we didn't know about WWII and the Cold War, and also got some great recommendations for the best Museums, restaurants, and other things around Berlin.
Thanks for an awesome tour!

jessclark54

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was Dennis and was possibly one of the best tours I've ever been on. Dennis being born and raised in Berlin added a special touch to the tour because he was able to connect personal stories along with the history. He is an AMAZING story teller and never once did I lose interest in the tour. We were only in Berlin for 36 hours so if you're in for a short visit, this is the best way to see the history of the city!

Joey G.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very interesting tour but I just hope that you don't get the guide by the name of Kevin as he was at times quite sarcastic and abrupt, appeared to be in a rush and I felt like he had a chip on his shoulder. Otherwise quite a lot to see during the guided tour.

Aspyn p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide (Lorna) was very knowledgable and engaging, and that and #39;s coming from a group of 19 year olds who are not usually interested in history. The tour is definitely the right amount of time and hits all the major sights. Definitely would recommend others to go on this tour, especially with Lorna.

Belinda D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Guide was interesting and informative and it definitely was worth the money.

MICHAEL B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Philippa, our tour guide for the classic Berlin walking tour (Discover Berlin), did a very good job in giving us a bird and #39;s eyeview on Berlin history in just under 4 hours. Highly recommended! Just a suggestion - a 2-3minute period for taking pictures for each stop.

BirminghamUK Couple 05July2016

Barbara C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Carolina, our guide, was top notch. It was a great way to discover quite an extensive area of Berlin.

Gregory S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Sam was an excellent tour leader. Engaging, very knowledgeable, and very considerate of the comfort needs of slather tour group.

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