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Meet your guide at Zoologischer Garten underground station and hear an account of the changes Berlin underwent after the Second World War, from the capital city of Nazi Germany to a city that came to represent the clash of two superpowers.

Then, follow the former site of the Berlin Wall and its “death strip”. Learn more about the many attempts to escape as you walk along Bernauer Strasse, toward the last remains of the wall itself at the Berlin Wall Memorial.

Next, walk through Checkpoint Charlie, the famous crossing point between East and West Berlin, and discover how the Cold War divided not only the city, but the country too. The next stop is the Brandenburg Gate, an important but everchanging symbol throughout the history of Berlin.

As you tread the very streets, learn more about what life was like behind the wall, gaining insights into the German Democratic Republic, before concluding your journey in the centre of East Berlin or Alexander Platz.

Locations visited
Unter den Linden
Palace of Tears
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
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Berlin is known as a pivotal city in 20th-century politics, but its Cold War history is often overshadowed by its role in the Second World War. Familiarize yourself with the significant sites of Cold War Berlin and learn about life in the divided city from a professional guide. Visit notable attractions, including the Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie, while avoiding the hassle of map reading and guidebooks and gaining holistic insight into the complex history of this city.

  • Discover Berlin’s Cold War history and view its most famous sites, such as the location of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie

  • Save time negotiating the busy streets with a professional tour guide and specific itinerary

  • Visit the last remains of the Berlin Wall and learn about life in the German Democratic Republic

  • Travel by foot to familiarize yourself with the town, while learning more about the wider impact of the division and its causes

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Reviewed today
Super interesting tour

this was great tour ! 4 hours went in a flash, guide was so entertaining & well informed [ she was Canadian but had lived in Berlin for 5yrs]. she covered everything about the politics that created the cold war, building the wall & its...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 2 days ago
Cold War Berlin

Outstanding insight into East Berlin and the division of the city by a truly spectacular guide, Barnaby. He is passionate about history and politics, and he communicates clearly and most entertainingly. I would recommend this tour and Barnaby without any hesitation - full marks!!

Thank Fiona-SanJose
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Tour worth doing

I admit that me and my son are history buffs and this tour was recommended by a friend. But what a fabulous way to uncover the history of Cold War Berlin. This tour took us all over Berlin with some hidden gems on the way....More

2  Thank wlcatc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Absolutely worth it

How Karl Marx caused there was shortage of bananas in West Berlin on November 11th, 1989... Our guide Barnaby has really a lot of knowledge about Berlin, politics, history etc and with his unique charm made this tour absolutely interesting beyond my expectations. Highly recommended...More

Thank LuciaMkk
InsiderTourBerlin, Manager at Insider Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Lucia, Thanks for choosing Insider Tour! It's amazing all the little things you learn on Barnaby's tour- bananas certainly aren't the first thing that spring to mind when you think about the Cold War, but there is always something new to learn :D We're...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cold War Berlin

Taylor was an excellent tour guide, and his broad knowledge of Cold War Berlin shone through. Having studied this era of history at school, and being able to remember the TV news footage of the Berlin Wall being knocked down, Taylor's tour really brought the...More

1  Thank zacadams2018
InsiderTourBerlin, Manager at Insider Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Zacadams, Thank you for choosing Insider Tour! We're so glad to hear that Taylor gave you an informative and entertaining tour, I love listening to the stories of people from that era too! Thank you for taking the time to leave him such a...More

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English. Actually, our guide was an Aussie. Superb tour
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I’d check accessibility on the metro- I’m pretty sure they have to be accessible. All the main locations are flat or have slopes. Let the company know in advance so they can make sure they choose the right entrances and... More
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