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3-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour

  • Explore the history of East Berlin's communist era during a guided walking tour with a small group
  • Visit Cold War-era like the 'Palace of Tears' and the 'Ghost stations'
  • Small group trip limited to no more than nine guests
3-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour
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Explore Berlin's former Soviet sector with a local Spanish-speaking tour guide.
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Experience what life was like ‘behind the Iron Curtain’ during this 3-hour guided walking tour of East Berlin’s onetime Soviet sector. Join a group of no more than nine guests as you get a first-hand look at life in Communist East Germany, learning about the regime’s notorious Stasi secret police, daring escape attempts, and exploring sites like embassies of the major Cold War powers, plus much more.
What to Expect
Meet your guide in the afternoon in front of the Starbucks at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. You’ll proceed with your guide and small group into the former East German sector of Berlin, learning about daily life and key events during this critical Cold War period.

Follow the path of the iconic Berlin Wall which once split the now-reunited German capital in half, learning about the people, places and secrets that fueled the battle between East and West during the period following World War II. Over the course of your visit, you’ll get a look at key East Berlin sites from the Soviet period including the one-time embassies of the major Cold War powers, key Berlin Wall crossing spots like the “Palace of Tears,” and the “Death Strip” that once separated the two divided cities.

As you explore, your guide will also share stories about the key events and moments of Cold War Berlin. You’ll learn about the Stasi, East Germany’s secret police, hear about dramatic escape stories, and discover the meaning behind the concept of “ostalgie” in modern-day Berlin. Your visit will end around 6pm at either the East Side Gallery or on Bernauer Strasse. For a more detailed run-down of key trip highlights, please review the itinerary details below.
Key highlights covered during the tour:
  • The Stasi, the East German secret police
  • Life on the front line of the Cold War
  • Escape stories and attempts
  • Communism in the capital
  • Observation and espionage
  • Berlin Wall crossing points (the Palace of Tears)
  • Embassies of four Cold
  • War Powers
  • Berlin's "Ghost stations"
  • Ostalgie
  • The Berlin Wall and the Death Strip
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Reviews (786)
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Didn't know much about Berlin until Fran came along

My friends and I started the morning off with a tour organized through our hostel, which much to our dissatisfaction, was terrible. Not even 5 minutes in, we left that tour and happened across Sandemans at the Brandenburg Tor and were placed with Fran as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sebaschimp
Reviewed 4 days ago
Great tour and great guide (Jules)

Jules was the best guide we could've had. So smart and very funny. She knew everything about everything, totally made the difference on the tour. Thanks, Jules.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 4 days ago
City break with my daughter

Sarah was our tour guide. We met her as arranged on-line. She spoke with confidence and passion throughout the tour and had a very impressive way of delivering her work. She seemed to enjoy her job very much and this was passed on to us...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 4495Tess
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Free Berlin Walking Tour

We saw the option for the free tour in the map from tourist information at Tegel airport and thought we'd give it a shot. We looked for the red umbrella at Brandenberg Tor and were told to meet up with a guide 10 minutes before...More

Thank Gaz2526
Reviewed 6 days ago
Walking Tour with Mark

The quality of this Berlin walking tour is so far beyond other cities' free walking tours, it's not even close. Our guide was Mark - he was knowledgeable, passionate, and most importantly stimulating. He'd pose questions to the tour group and made it interactive, educational,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank joeverdewald1051
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8 November 2018|
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Response from Jessie H | Reviewed this property |
I would say it's moderate. You're not rushed or anything, but if you are too slow you might get left behind by accident, but the tour guides do their best not to leave anyone behind