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East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour

  • 4-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
East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour
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East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour
From US$16.11
Learn the history behind the Cold War while you sightsee on this 4-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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (50)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Tour with Tobi

Great and informative tour with Tobi who spoke about life behind the Iron Curtain and in East Germany. It was very interesting and he had all the information on places to go in Berlin as well. He made it a great tour.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank anagabycruz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Kai gives an awesome tour of East Berlin

Just finished a really awesome tour with a guide who spoke passionately about the history, and brought it to life. Thanks Kai!

Thank A6433BTderekh
Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile
Excellent tour guide Kai

Kai was our tour guide, we took the tour on Nov 9th, a very historical day in Berlin as Kai explained in great detail to us. He was very engaging and we couldn’t have wished for a better tour guide. The tour lasted around 5...More

Thank LightPacker55359
Reviewed 29 October 2018
Insightful and fascinating tour

This was a fantastic tour and one of the highlights of our trip to Berlin. Our guide Toby was absolutely brilliant and really made the history come alive for us in a fun and accessible way even though at times the subject was difficult. Toby's...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Diane P
Reviewed 12 October 2018
A real highlight of my time in Berlin

The half day tour of East Berlin was excellent. Lyndsey our guide, originally form Scotland, has been living in Berlin for the past 6 years plus has a degree in German history, which really gave an added depth to the experience. The tour was well...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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5 October 2018|
Response from Linda C | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do go underground on this tour.