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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

daniel h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour guide Ken was brilliant. Very insightful and kept us all entertained. The tour itself was so interesting and I highly recommended doing it!!

peter t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

excellent

SUSAN K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An entertaining and highly interesting afternoon with our guide, Matti. He brought a fascinating perspective as someone whose parents lived in the DDR, and who was born before the Wall fell.

Vicky H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour.Johnathon was a great guide and kept the tour flowing and had lots of interesting information.Recommend this tour if you only have a short amount of time or lots of time!

Pippa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Heidi was a really informative guide, and much, much more. She brought the human touch to historical events with a dash of irony and a fair helping of balance. As a result of my walking tour I feel I have got 'in touch' with the living breathing past and present of this kind city called Berlin.

Tim P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Beth the guide was very knowledgeable. If she were a history teacher, the class would listen and LEARN. 4 hours of walking with short breaks as the temps were 80's. Entertaining and educational. Very good value for such a packed time.

Joan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide was excellent. Cannot praise him enough. Plenty of interesting information and facts without being over loaded. Brilliant.

Areti O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgable and great attitude. Very accomedating.

Mark A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great way to go and I highly recommend it. We got great insights into why things happened a certain way with a particular political slant. We never take these tours because they tend be canned. This tour changed our mind and we are going to give this another opportunity.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour was great - we saw many of the sights of Berlin and out guide was very knowledgeable.

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