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Itinerary
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.
Locations visited
Potsdamer Platz
East Side Gallery
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
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Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 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
  • 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
On-the-spot learning

We took the East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour with Tobi as our guide. As someone who grew up in the old East Germany he was well-placed to talk about East Berlin before and after the wall came down. He was knowledgeable and...More

Thank John V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
So much to learn, great tour!

I thought I had a fairly decent understanding of Cold War Berlin but this tour was really eye opening. There are so many fascinating details to see and learn about. So many things I'd never heard of before were revealed. Our tour guide Lynsey was...More

1  Thank 330GTC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great tour!

Our guide was Kevin. It was a great pleasure to have him as guide. Very interesting and impressive tour!

Thank Jaap W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Great way to learn about Cold War East Germany

Our excellent guide was Tobi. He made this 4 hour trip fascinating. We had a small but very friendly group and it was interesting to hear about his own experiences growing up in the DDR? He was knowledgeable, humorous and able to maintain interest in...More

3  Thank maggies_mum101
Reviewed 4 July 2018
Amazing tour

Just did the tour today with Xavier, what a guy, he made everything so interesting and told us stories that you can't learn in history books, the tour was supposed to only last 4 hours but he stayed with us until we had sorted out...More

4  Thank Giovanna C
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