East Berlin: City Of Shadows - Small Group 3-Hour Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Mondays and Fridays -- 2:00 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays -- 10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Unter den Linden 42, 10117 Berlin, Germany
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pickup from any hotel or accommodation in Berlin.
  • Return Details :
    Berlin, Germany
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This 3 hour tour explores the surviving monuments of the East German regime including the infamous Berlin Wall and Stasi headquarters. A historian will reveal the dialogue between modern Berlins built environment and its dark and often hidden history. Youll hear about life under Communist rule, the East Germans growing discontent and their governments brutal suppression.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Your tour begins at the Brandenburg gate where, in June 1987, President Ronald Reagan famously called on Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to, tear down this wall! Nearby is the former Soviet Embassy, a grandiose monument built in 1945 amid the rubble of World War II as a bold declaration of Stalins ambition to control all of Berlin. You will be informed on how the Allies postwar division of Germany into four parts led to decades of Cold War tensions.

Next stop is the Friedrichstrasse train station, a key crossing point between East and West Berlin. When families were torn apart by East Germanys ironfisted immigration laws, they said their sad goodbyes here in the office known as the Palace of tears. At Nordbahnhof, youll explore how Berlins division created ghost stations, unused but heavily guarded stops on West Berlins subway lines that lay in East German territory. Farther along, the Berlin wall memorial allows you to experience the notorious Death Strip and hear stories of East Berliners whose attempts to escape led to their tragic deaths.

You will visit the grandiose mile long housing complex known as Karl Marx Allee and consider how East Germans dreams for a Socialist paradise turned into a nightmare of deprivation, suppression and paranoia. East Germanys secret police, the notorious Stasi, coerced neighbors and family members to spy on each other. At the former Stasi headquarters, youll learn how its feared leader Eric Mielke recruited a massive network of spies and created innovative surveillance techniques.

Finally, you will visit the center of public life in East Berlin, Alexanderplatz, which was rebuilt in the 1960s with monuments like the futuristic parliament building and the iconic TV Tower. In 1989, this symbol of East German pride was the setting for massive demonstrations that led to the regimes downfall and brought 40 years of Communist rule to an end.


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Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transportation to/from attractions: You will need to use public transport a few times, since the distances between some key sites would be too far to walk. If you will not have a few days visitor's transit pass to Berlin already, we suggest that you purchase the day metro pass. If you cannot purchase it in advance, your guide will help you purchase it at the first metro station on the tour. Berlin Transit One Way Tarif AB Ticket 2.8 Euro, Senior Discount 1,70 EUR Berlin Transit Day Ticket for one Person 7 Euro, Senior Discount 4,70 EUR

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 15-May-2022

    We were totally taken by Dan's amazing presentation of divided Berlin and his sense of humor and good company. Not a question he couldn't answer. Plus good recs for what else to do in Berlin. Thumbs up

  • 08-Apr-2022

    I've seen many guides at work in all those years as a schooltrip-organiser, did a lot of guiding myself, and without any doubt: these guides (Dan and Lee) are top-shelve material. A perfect understanding of the group atmosphere in combination with a multi-layered knowledge made it into a rich experience for every-one of our students.

  • 12-Mar-2022

    This tour was the highlight of a 5-day stay in Berlin. It was intimate and conversational. We chose the tour for the small size and, exactly as we hoped, we got to ask loads of questions and learn what we specifically cared about. We were also very moved by our guide's personal stories of his in-law's family's life behind the iron curtain and by the ghost stations.

  • 12-Mar-2022

    We already knew a lot about East Berlin but this tour deepened our knowledge so much further. Our guide, Dan, could answer absolutely any question. He was so informative and engaging. We would have loved to take another tour with him. Highly recommended.

  • 28-Feb-2022

    The tour got us to the most important Cold War monuments in Berlin. Having a small group and tour guide who could bring this history to life made it much more special. Thanks a lot

  • 22-Nov-2021

    Martin was great, so engaging, answering all our questons. He lived through divided Berlin and was able to offer a very personal account of the iron curtain in addition to his helping us grasp the monuments but also subtle, small things in the city. We would have missed so many signs of the former separation if he hadn't been with us. Great host and storyteller.

  • 28-Jun-2020

    The Berlin of today as only the faintest scar of the actual division of the the city. It's more like a commercial memory. This tour really shed light not only on the jarring juxtaposition of life in the former East vs West Berlin, but gave me a clearer understanding of what it must have been like growing on one side of the wall or the other.

  • 29-Jul-2018

    Historically, Berlin is multilayered and dense. Effortlessly informed guide. Respect for objective facts. Arduous when you're standing for 3 hours but definitely worth it; we had lunch beforehand and a place to go afterward.

  • 22-Jul-2018

    This tour was absolutely fascinating, focussed on the Cold War and East Berlin. Forrest has such a great demeanour, he has a wealth of knowledge and relayed it in a relaxed and intelligent manner. I would highly recommend this tour and thanks for a fantastic experience.

  • 20-Jun-2016

    Nice brief overview of a few spots related to the DDR past. Come back on your own later if you want actual entrance to museums such as the Stasi museum

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