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Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

Berlin, Germany

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

Overview

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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Scott is an outstanding, knowledgeable, friendly and humorous guide. Highly recommend him anytime.
NikleshtaNikleshta, Jan 2023
Scott our guide was super knowledgeable, very good humoured and extremely gifted at making our group feel involved and at ease. He guided us on how to immerse ourselves to interpret certain points of interest stating there may be no wrong or right answers. And that he welcomed silly questions. He willingly shared his own thoughts and sentiments that encouraged us to reflect more.
Scott from Scotland! If you want humour, intelligence, approachability and sensitivity, tour with Scott
Sally_O, Jan 2023
Book burning square, Holocaust memorial. The guide Scott seemed interested in people’s reactions. He gave some of his own too but didn’t dominate.
A cold but memorable tour!
Hasna_S, Jan 2023
Glen, our guide was very friendly and funny. He gave us interesting insights and was good at explaining the history of the country. Many thanks!
Great introduction to Berlin
Richard_H, Jan 2023
Excellent introduction to Berlin. Jonny was our superb guide and he was informative and witty. Recommended
Half day tour with Steve
markbgbauer, Jan 2023
A brilliant half day. Steve made this our absolute highlight a great balance of insight and humour. Highly recommended!
Brilliant walking tour!
Natalie_K, Jan 2023
Fantastic walking tour! Our guide Jonathan N was extremely knowledgable and cracked a lot of jokes along the way. The tour lasted for around 4 hours and showed all the major tourist points in Berlin. Wear sensible footwear if you’re planning on doing this tour as you cover a lot of ground! Enough time was spent at each location and they were all really well explained by Jonathan. We do walking tours whenever we visit a new city and this one was up there with the best! Highly recommend!
Great experience!
Pratik_K, Jan 2023
Our tour guide Tom was great! Definitely a must for anyone visiting Berlin. We learnt so much about the history of the city. Highly recommend this tour.
Great tour and guide, but…
Alberto_D, Jan 2023
This is a really good tour. My wife and kids loved it. Maxime was very passionate and engaging telling us about the history of Berlin. The only reason I’m not giving the full 5 stars, is because no time was provided to take photos or explore the landmarks. I’ve been to similar tours in which the guide provided the group with a couple of minutes at each stop, so that participants can get the pictures out of the way, and then listen to the story. Likewise, the idea of having to come back to a particular place to check it out when 5 minutes of quick exploration would’ve sufficed, doesn’t work well with my way of touring, or that of any one pressed for time, for that matter.
Our tour guide Maxime was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was our best day in Berlin
Jackie_R, Jan 2023
The holocaust memorial was very moving . we come away from the tour feeling that we had learnt so much about Berlins history
Great tour - very extensive
Alain_C, Jan 2023
The tour guy Scott was very nice and knowledgeable about Berlin’s history. The tour was about 4 hours walking and you get 30 mins break for bathroom and getting snacks and drink. It was a long walk but worth it because everything that is covered. The tour includes a stroll down the Bradenburg Gate street and visit the west side of Berlin and the most important sites of WW2 era. Highly recommended tour!
Great storytelling
Waleska_R, Jan 2023
Our guide, Glen, was excellent. Was very knowledgable of the city and showed great respect for its history. His storytelling was so good we wanted to keep listening.
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Great walking tour
Alina_L, Jan 2023
Arnica was an excellent guide! Our tour was very informative and a great way to see the highlights of Berlin.
Highly recommend Anika & Berlin Walking Tours!
Sarah_T, Jan 2023
Would highly recommend this tour. Our guide, Anika, was really engaging and informed. Impressed with the way she delivered the city's complex history. And a great way to orientate yourself in this vast city!
Awesome tour.
Dean_F, Jan 2023
This is a great walking tour for Berlin. Our guide, Xavier was very knowledgeable, kind and enthusiastic. This tour takes about 4 hours and you will cover some ground because Berlin is spread out. We did it with our family where our two girls aged 10 and 8 we able to keep up and entertained.
Good introduction to Berlin
Barbara_D, Jan 2023
Information provided on the history of Berlin. Scott was an excellent tour guide .Have used Viator before and would use them again
One of the best tour guides
Alma_M, Jan 2023
I have taken different city tours all over the world, and I gotta say that Heidi is one of the best ones I have had. She is very articulate, knowledgeable, and was able to keep everyone in our big group interested for the whole duration of the tour. Mind you, this is at least 3-hour walking tour of Berlin during winter. The tour was enlightening. I’m so glad I booked this for my family.
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Binghe_W, Jan 2023
My husband an I had a great on this tour. Our guide, Steve was great. He made this tour fun and interesting.
Jonathan N was our tour...
Angela_V, Dec 2022
Jonathan N was our tour guide and he made the hours fly with his deep knowledge and humour. We really enjoyed our tour!
JONATHAN N. was a great tour guide. He really likes his job.
Nikolaos_T, Dec 2022
Jonathan our guide was terrific. He helped me a lot about learning the history of Germany. He was very careful with all details concerning our tour. He was friendly and the way he told everything made the tour a real pleasure.
Perfect for anyone looking for a bit of history.
abisaabr19, Dec 2022
Xavier was awesome. Highly recommend. Walked us around the biggest highlights and gave great facts and really tailored the tour to the 20 of us.
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