East Berlin And Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Neue Promenade 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
  • Return Details :
    Alexanderplatz, 10178 Berlin, Germany
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Get an authentic feel of East Berlin on a guided half-day walking tour. On this tour perfect for history buffs, see the German capital'stop attractions, including the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz, and the headquarters of the secret police. Learn from your guide how the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was formed after World War II and remained until the end of the Cold War, and learn what life was like for citizens of the GDR during the war.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

On this historical walking tour, learn all about Berlin and the Cold War as you follow your guide to Berlins top sites. Learn about the two sides of Berlin that remained for 40 years after World War II: one a bastion of the West behind the Iron Curtain and the other a capital city vying to demonstrate the superiority of communism.

Begin your tour at Hackescher Markt train station in East Berlin at 10am. From there, head to the Berlin wall memorial and get a sense of the security arrangements designed to prevent GDR citizens from reaching West Berlin. Learn from your guide about the risks that many people took to escape the notorious state security service, the Stasi, and how many lost their lives in the attempt. Continue to the Bornholmer Strasse to see the spot where the Wall fell in 1989 and hear the story behind this historic event.

Walk down Karl-marx-allee, formerly known as Stalinallee, and learn how this boulevards wedding cake-like architecture was designed to illustrate communist power during the Cold War.

Then visit the former headquarters of the Stasi, East Germanys terrifying secret police, and learn how the East German state increasingly spied upon its own people, creating a system of complete government control over its citizens.

Conclude your tour at Alexanderplatz, the site of the iconic TV tower in the heart of the former East German capital.

Inclusions

Professional guide

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Berlin Transport AB Zone pass (approx 7.00 Euros)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 27-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.

  • 03-Jul-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.

  • 17-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.

  • 30-Jan-2018

    fascinating. Enjoyed even by those with little interest in history

  • 14-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.

  • 30-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.

  • 16-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.

  • 14-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.

  • 08-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.

  • 26-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.

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