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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
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 (46)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
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

Thank Navigator655439
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Fascinating Cold War tour!

We joined a Discover Berlin 4-hour walking tour with Tobi the day before and thought the information given about the Cold War would overlap with our previous tour, however Tobi has so much more hidden inside that rabbit’s hat. The further we walked the more...More

Thank naiadepro
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very informative and most enjoyable

Xavier our tour guide was great. His knowledge knew no bounds and his enthusiasm and natural ability to share his knowledge made the tour of East Berlin a wonderful experience. We learnt so much from Xavier about the history of Berlin and came away feeling...More

1  Thank Linda C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bonza East Berlin tour!!!

I did the East Berlin tour with a young lady by the name of Lynsey. It was a great half-day tour, as Lynsey was (and remains) a very relaxed but well-informed tour guide. Lots of interesting stories, and happy to expand on topic, or off...More

Thank StephenE1447
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Cold War Tour

Did the trip which was hosted by Mike, a Kiwi now resident in Berlin. He is a qualified historian and his passion for the subject shine through - most informative and superb value for money.

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Susie K
5 October 2018|
Response from Linda C | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do go underground on this tour.