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East Berlin and the Berlin Wall Walking Tour with Private Upgrade Option

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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Learn the history behind the Cold War while you sightsee on this 2-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.
  • 2-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
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Professional guide
Private upgrade available (if option selected)
Gratuities
Berlin Transport AB Zone pass (approx 7.00 Euros)
Neue Promenade 3 , Neue Promenade 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

In front of the Starbucks across from the S-Bahn "Hackescher Markt"

10:00 AM
Berlin Wall Memorial , Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin, Germany

We end the tour close to the S-Bahn station Nordbahnhof.

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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hackescher Markt
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Friedrichstrasse
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Palace of Tears
The guide will explain the history of the site
Stop At:  
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chapel of Reconciliation
Our guide will explain the history of the site.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Mauerpark
The guide will explain the history of the site.
Stop At:  
GDR Watch Tower
The guide will explain the history of the site.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ackerstraße
The guide will explain the history of the site.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Original Berlin Walks
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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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during East Berlin and the Berlin Wall Walking Tour with Private Upgrade Option?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during East Berlin and the Berlin Wall Walking Tour with Private Upgrade Option?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by East Berlin and the Berlin Wall Walking Tour with Private Upgrade Option.

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star-5
Great tour
Linda_W
, Sep 2019
Susan was a terrific guide. She helped us understand how the architecture fits into the city, from medieval times to WWII to the Cold War to today.
star-5
Fantastic Business with Great Guides
michellewoolfrey
, Aug 2019
We accidentally missed this tour as we got lost in the transit system and were a few minutes late. However, the same organization offered a Berlin City Walking tour and we took that instead for the same price. It was amazing and the guide was fantastic. It was a long tour however and we walked about 15 kms. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable about history, politics, art, and culture and made sure to check in with people along the way because it was quite warm and the sun was very strong. I would highly recommend doing any kind of tour with this company as the staff were great, friendly and well versed in the topic.
star-5
Very good tour
Ulysses100
, Jun 2019
I do not remember the name of our guide but he was English, from the North East as far as I recall. In any event he led our small group on a most enjoyable trail around cold war Berlin for 4 hours.His knowledge and enthusiasm on the subject were infectious. I particularly enjoyed where we could see the line of where tunnels had been dug, and the viewing point. We have visited Berlin many times and this was one of our most enjoyable experiences there.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Lauren_B
, Jun 2019
Lynsey was absolutely fantastic! She was professional, fun, and informative. The tour included all the must-see spots in East Berlin.
star-5
This trip was fantastic. Our guide...
Wendy S
, Mar 2018
This trip was fantastic. Our guide Torben was absolutely brilliant. He was very friendly and approachable, exceptionally knowledgeable, very kind and good fun. The tour took us to parts of East Berlin that we would never have found as a tourist. We not only walked but also caught the train and visited the Stase, the wall, the Ghost station, the bohemian quarter and at all times being provided with the detailed history and events. I would highly recommend this tour. It is exceptional value for the cost.
star-5
fascinating. Enjoyed even by those with...
Carolyn_E
, Jan 2018
fascinating. Enjoyed even by those with little interest in history
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Kevin was an absolutely outstanding...
Andrew S
, Jun 2017
Kevin was an absolutely outstanding tour guide - a true scholar to be precise. And a gentleman. Working in the tourism and travel industry, the quality of this tour was a cut above, and an obvious passion for our guide.
star-5
We did this tour with guide Rick...
Claire_R
, Oct 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.
star-5
This tour was amazing. We saw many...
Steven K
, Sep 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.
star-4
The guide was very knowledgeable and...
Janet D
, Sep 2016
The guide was very knowledgeable and we covered a lot of ground both walking and by subway. However, I am disappointed in Viator's booking practices. I am 65 but when I tried to book the tour on-line for one senior, the response was that the tour was unavailable. When I switched to one adult, the trip miraculously was available. Shame on you, Viator, for discriminating.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2016
Thank you for your feedback! We apologize for any inconvenience our pricing system has caused! We do occasionally face glitches with the pricing system if there is not an "Adult" in the booking. The issues are caused as we don't want to allow for only small children to be booked (as they would obviously need supervision) but this sometimes causes issues with other specialized pricing, like Senior pricing. If you ever run into this issue again, please feel free to write to Support@viator.com after booking and we will be more than happy to assist you with this issue. We're glad to hear you had an excellent time on your trip, and we wish you Happy Travels!
star-4
This is a good tour. It gives you a...
Luke E
, Aug 2016
This is a good tour. It gives you a lot of background and really helps you understand what day to day life was like under Soviet influence.
star-5
The guide (Pip) was realy nice, she...
Andrej P
, Jun 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.
star-5
Kevin was excellent at explaining the...
Thomas A
, Jun 2016
Kevin was excellent at explaining the era and the sites, many of them emotionally moving.
star-4
The sites chosen by the guide were...
Lalith W
, Aug 2015
The sites chosen by the guide were very atmospheric and really captured the sentiment and emotions of the divided city and what was happening in East Berlin. The wall itself, the gathering places for opposition against the communist regime, the events of 1989 were all covered. A very thoughtful tour.
star-5
If Alex, our guide, were my history...
Catherine M
, Aug 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.
star-5
The walking tour was great! Much...
Susan B
, Jul 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.
star-5
Whatever else anyone does on a break...
David R
, Jun 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.
star-5
This tour was so great! we went all...
Sarah W
, Jun 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.
star-5
Kevin was awesome. Berlin is an amazing...
Whitney B
, Jul 2014
Kevin was awesome. Berlin is an amazing city. We are so happy we did this tour
star-5
Excellent and matti the tour guide...
Karla G
, Jul 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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