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3-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour

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Overview

Experience what life was like ‘behind the Iron Curtain’ during this guided walking tour of East Berlin’s onetime Soviet sector. Join a group 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.
  • Explore the history of East Berlin's communist era during a guided walking tour
  • Visit Cold War-era like the 'Palace of Tears' and the 'Ghost stations'
  • Hear about daring escape attempts from East Berlin and the notorious Stasi secret police
  • Great introduction to the Cold War history of Berlin
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Local English- or Spanish-speaking guide
Break partway through
Transportation - an AB travel ticket should be purchased before joining the tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Berlin Free Walking Tour, Departure Point , Unter den Linden 80, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Your East Berlin Walking Tour meets in front of the Starbucks at the Brandenburg Gate (S/U-Bahn Brandenburger Tor). Look for the SANDEMANs NEW Europe team with a red t-shirt and red umbrella..

2:30 PM
U Bernauer Straße , 10115 Berlin, Germany
Meet your guide in the afternoon at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Proceed with your guide 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, 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 also shares stories about the key events and moments of Cold War Berlin. 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.

For a more detailed run-down of key trip highlights, please review the itinerary details below.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Brandenburg Gate
Beginning near the Brandenburg Gate, this walking tour will take you on an exploration of East Berlin to reveal how the city’s former Soviet sector became the front line of the Cold War.
Stop At:  
Embassy of Russia in Berlin
Stop to see what was the Soviet (and is now the Russian) Embassy - only a short distance from where the American Embassy in East Berlin once stood.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palace of Tears
See the Palace of Tears, which used to be the crossing point between East and West Berlin. Your expert guide will share with you insightful information about how several families were suddenly divided when the Berlin wall was built in 1961.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Berlin Wall Memorial
Trace the path of the Berlin Wall and discover the lives of those who lived behind the Iron Curtain. Learn how the two-wall system (with the Death Strip in the middle) functioned and hear the stories of those who tragically died trying to go over the Wall.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
East Side Gallery
Explore the East Side Gallery, while you learn not only about the spying between the East and the West but also about the spying that took place by the East German government on its own people. Your expert guide will tell you how the Stasi -the feared East German secret police - interrogated and intimidated their citizens. You'll continue walking by East Berlin, while your tour guide shares with you insightful information about the life for citizens of the GDR, Berlin's "Ghost stations", the 'Ostalgie' concept and much more.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bernauer Straße 36 Objektgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Your tour finishes near the U Bernauer Strasse.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children under the age of 13 may join free, however, please note that some content may not be suitable for younger guests
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 3.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • You will need to purchase an AB day transport ticket for this tour
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Berlin
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by 3-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 3-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour.

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Great tour
Jeroen_Z
, Oct 2021
A nice tour along a couple of interesting sites Well done by the tour guide with a vivid way of telling background information.
star-5
East Berlin reflections
Lyndsey_K
, Sep 2020
It was a very interesting tour, opening our eyes to parts of Berlin that we wouldn’t have necessarily accessed easily ourselves. Sophie, the tour guide, was knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed the experience.
star-5
Sophie was extremely knowledgeable...
Liza D
, Aug 2017
Sophie was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a very comprehensive introduction. She was a passionate guide and did a lot of research on her own which was shared during the trip. Well done Sophie!
star-5
Interesante!!!
643angel
, Nov 2019
Muy interesante la visita guiada Gracias a las explicaciones de Andres, un argentino con mucho “arte” Gracias

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