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Experience the wealth of landmarks in East Berlin as you discover the history of East Germany and the Cold War during this half-day guided walking tour. History lovers are sure to enjoy visits to iconic sites including the Berlin Wall, Bornholmer Straße (where the wall fell), the former Stasi headquarters (East Germany’s secret police) and Alexanderplatz, site of the city’s famous TV tower. As you walk, your guide will share stories about how the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was established following World War II and explain what daily life was like for GDR citizens.


  • 4-hour guided walking tour of East Berlin
  • Visit top Berlin sites including the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz and the East Side Gallery
  • Get the unique opportunity to touch the remains of the Berlin Wall
  • Learn from your expert guide about the Cold War and daily life for East Berlin citizens
  • Perfect tour for history buffs!

What You Can Expect

East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour

East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour

Learn the fascinating history of East Berlin and life in East Germany as you explore some of the area’s most famous landmarks on this guided walking tour. History buffs are sure to love this in-depth exploration of the history of Berlin after World War II during this in-depth look at the two starkly different cities that emerged during the Cold War.
Start your walking trip from either East Berlin or West Berlin, leaving at 10am. Those in West Berlin will leave from the taxi stand at the city’s Zoo station (Bahnof Zoologischer Garten), while those leaving from East Berlin should meet at the restaurant Weihenstephaner opposite Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station.
Head first to the Hauptbahnof, the city’s shiny new main train station, which was transformed in recent years from a former dead zone at the border between the Berlin’s eastern and western sections. While at the site your guide will provide commentary on how the foreign powers that occupied Berlin at the conclusion of World War II carved the city into four distinct sectors.
You’ll also get a chance to see the headquarters of the Stasi, East Germany’s much-feared secret police. Your guide will explain how the efforts of courageous East Berlin residents prevented the destruction of thousands of the organization’s files, providing important insights into the inner workings of this secretive group.
Next take a stroll down Karl Marx-Allee, once known as Stalinallee, learning about how this elegant avenue’s tiered architecture was created to help project communist power during the Cold War. Continue your walk by heading to the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse, which will help shed light on the security that once prevented East Berlin’s residents from escaping to the West. Hear the enormous risks that many East Berlin residents took to try and escape from the Stasi, with many losing their lives in the process.
Proceed next to the Gethsemane Church located in the neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. During the 1980s, many brave civil rights activists gathered here to protest the regime and push for the peaceful revolution that eventually reunited the divided German state. Finish your walking trip at Alexanderplatz, the site of the iconic TV tower in the heart of the former East German capital.

Customer Reviews

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:)

Melvin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013


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