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Learn the history behind the Cold War while you sightsee on this 4-hour walking tour of East Berlin. Led by a guide, explore the Cold War capital of spies, secret police, and exciting escapes. Visit the Berlin Wall memorial, see the Stasi headquarters, and stand at the place where the Wall fell in 1989. A Berlin city map with museum recommendations and public transportation information is also included.

Highlights

  • 4-hour guided walking tour of East Berlin
  • Visit top Berlin sites including the Berlin Wall, Stasi headquarters, and Karl-Marx-Allee
  • Get the unique opportunity to touch the remains of the Berlin Wall
  • Learn from your guide about the Cold War and daily life for East Berlin citizens
  • Soak up the history of the city while you sightsee

What You Can Expect

East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour

East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour

Start your walking tour next to Hackescher Markt train station in East Berlin at 10am. Your guide will begin your tour by setting the scene: how did the U.S. and the USSR fall into a Cold War? How was Berlin caught in the middle of everything? How did military tensions Berlin split into two?

Your guide will take you to the Berlin Wall memorial, where you’ll see a section of the Wall preserved in its original state, as well as a birds-eye view of the ‘Death Strip,’ where East Germany’s shoot-to-kill orders were carried out on would-be escapees.

Next you’ll travel to the north of Berlin to Bornholmer Strasse, where the Wall came down on November 9, 1989. Here, your guide will explain the unlikely tale of how one East German politician’s mistake brought down the Berlin Wall.

Continue deeper into East Berlin. You’ll see the Karl-Marx-Allee, a boulevard built as a monument to Stalin to demonstrate the new socialist utopia of the German Democratic Republic.

You’ll also visit the headquarters of East Germany’s terrifying secret police, the Stasi, and learn how the East German state increasingly spied upon its own people, creating a system of complete government control over its citizens. Finish your walking tour at Alexanderplatz, the site of the iconic TV tower in the heart of the former East German capital.

Customer Reviews

Claire W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We did this tour with guide Rick, who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was an excellent tour where we saw things that we would not have found on our own. I would recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in the history behind the building of the wall and what life was like for east Berliners during that time. It is a fascinating insight into the history of the city at that time.

Steven K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing. We saw many sights that we would never have been able to see on our own. The tour was four hours, and we used the Berlin metro to get to many of the sites. Our guide, Rick, was exceptionally enthusiastic about this tour he said it was his favourite one. He didn't just show us sites, he personalized the experience, and made us understand what life was like for East Berliners.

Andrej P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The guide (Pip) was realy nice, she knew enough history and exciting facts to make the tour worth the money. So the tour and the guide were good, but the agency Viator is not reliable. On your site you post that the tours are sold-out. This is not the case. Non of the tours were sold out.

Thomas A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Kevin was excellent at explaining the era and the sites, many of them emotionally moving.

Catherine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

If Alex, our guide, were my history teacher, I would have loved history class. I could have listened to him all day. This tour was worth every euro and every minute we were there. I learned so much that I would never have known, or understood if we had tried to do this on our own. The weather outside was really hot, we are old enough to be Alex's parents and were exhausted when it was over. My only recommendation was that we could of taken escalators and elevators and there was a lot of stair climbing.

Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The walking tour was great! Much better than trying to wing it on our own. I highly recommend this walking tour - fun and very informative.

Sarah W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was so great! we went all over Berlin and our tour guide Rick(I think that was his name....brown hair in a bun) was absolutely wonderful. He has so much knowledge. Definitely recommend this to everyone.

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Whatever else anyone does on a break in Berlin - do this tour. Especially if you are interested in the history of the Cold War in Berlin and how it touched people's lives.

Whitney B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Kevin was awesome. Berlin is an amazing city. We are so happy we did this tour

Karla G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent and matti the tour guide was so knowledgeable I would go on this again... U also have a brief break in the middle to get some lunch:)

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