Private Walking Tour: Behind the Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall

Summary

Begin your morning or afternoon half-day walking tour in central Berlin. Meet and greet an expert historian guide, who provides a detailed account of the city's fascinating and oftentimes troubled history—specifically its place in the Cold War. After World War II, Berlin turned from its role as the capital city of Nazi Germany into the pivotal city in a struggle to control war-torn Europe. Berlin became the centerpiece of the Cold War, where the two superpowers collided. Discover this divided city and retrace the trail of the “death strip” and the Berlin Wall. Walk along Bernauer Strasse, the site of many remarkable escape attempts, and the remains of the wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery. Visit Gethsemane Church, the best-known church in the locality of Prenzlauer Berg, where civil rights activists gathered in the late 1980s to protest; and Bornholmer Strasse, one of the border crossings between East and West Berlin. Learn about the history of Berlin, from its founding to a divided city of the Cold War, and get a fascinating insight into what it meant to live in the GDR, the Eastern Bloc’s most heavily policed state. The tour ends at Alexanderplatz, a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin.

Tour info

Duration
4 hours
Group Size
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Meeting Point
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Why take this tour?

Unveil the fascinating history of the Cold War and the Berlin Wall on this private walking tour led by an expert historian guide. Learn about the rise of the Iron Curtain after World War II and hear how the Soviet Union collapsed with the fall of the Berlin Wall. See pieces of history come together on an enlightening 4-hour stroll to the sites where it all took place, such as the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Strasse, Karl-Marx-Allee boulevard, Gethsemane Church and Bornholmer Strasse.

What’s included?

  • Professional guide

  • Pick up at the hotel (if centrally located)

  • Food and drinks

  • Gratuities

  • Public transport day pass

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 4h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

Covid Policy

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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About operator:

Original Berlin Walks offers a variety of walking tours covering all sides of Berlin's history; from our 'all in one' Discover Berlin tour, to tour focusing on the Berlin Wall and the Nazi past, to whole day excursions such as Potsdam or the Sachsenhausen Conctentration Camp Memorial Site, if you want to learn about Berlin's past, then we're the people you need.

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