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East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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.
  • 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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Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Berlin Transport AB Zone pass (approx 7.00 Euros)
Neue Promenade 3 , Neue Promenade 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

In front of the Starbucks across from the S-Bahn "Hackescher Markt"

9:45 AM
Alexanderplatz , 10178 Berlin, Germany
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hackescher Markt
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Berlin Friedrichstrasse Station
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Friedrichstrasse
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palace of Tears
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Russische Botschaft
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Brandenburg Gate
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pariser Platz
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Platz des 9. November 1989
The guide will explain the history of the site
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Original Berlin Walks
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 social distancing policy during East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by East Berlin and Cold War Half-Day Walking Tour.

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star-5
Great tour
Linda_W
, Sep 2019
Susan was a terrific guide. She helped us understand how the architecture fits into the city, from medieval times to WWII to the Cold War to today.
star-5
Fantastic Business with Great Guides
michellewoolfrey
, Aug 2019
We accidentally missed this tour as we got lost in the transit system and were a few minutes late. However, the same organization offered a Berlin City Walking tour and we took that instead for the same price. It was amazing and the guide was fantastic. It was a long tour however and we walked about 15 kms. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable about history, politics, art, and culture and made sure to check in with people along the way because it was quite warm and the sun was very strong. I would highly recommend doing any kind of tour with this company as the staff were great, friendly and well versed in the topic.
star-5
Very good tour
Ulysses100
, Jun 2019
I do not remember the name of our guide but he was English, from the North East as far as I recall. In any event he led our small group on a most enjoyable trail around cold war Berlin for 4 hours.His knowledge and enthusiasm on the subject were infectious. I particularly enjoyed where we could see the line of where tunnels had been dug, and the viewing point. We have visited Berlin many times and this was one of our most enjoyable experiences there.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Lauren_B
, Jun 2019
Lynsey was absolutely fantastic! She was professional, fun, and informative. The tour included all the must-see spots in East Berlin.
star-5
This trip was fantastic. Our guide...
Wendy S
, Mar 2018
This trip was fantastic. Our guide Torben was absolutely brilliant. He was very friendly and approachable, exceptionally knowledgeable, very kind and good fun. The tour took us to parts of East Berlin that we would never have found as a tourist. We not only walked but also caught the train and visited the Stase, the wall, the Ghost station, the bohemian quarter and at all times being provided with the detailed history and events. I would highly recommend this tour. It is exceptional value for the cost.
star-5
fascinating. Enjoyed even by those with...
david e
, Jan 2018
fascinating. Enjoyed even by those with little interest in history
star-5
Kevin was an absolutely outstanding...
Andrew S
, Jun 2017
Kevin was an absolutely outstanding tour guide - a true scholar to be precise. And a gentleman. Working in the tourism and travel industry, the quality of this tour was a cut above, and an obvious passion for our guide.
star-5
We did this tour with guide Rick...
Claire W
, Oct 2016
We did this tour with guide Rick, who was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was an excellent tour where we saw things that we would not have found on our own. I would recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in the history behind the building of the wall and what life was like for east Berliners during that time. It is a fascinating insight into the history of the city at that time.
star-5
This tour was amazing. We saw many...
Steven K
, Sep 2016
This tour was amazing. We saw many sights that we would never have been able to see on our own. The tour was four hours, and we used the Berlin metro to get to many of the sites. Our guide, Rick, was exceptionally enthusiastic about this tour he said it was his favourite one. He didn't just show us sites, he personalized the experience, and made us understand what life was like for East Berliners.
star-4
The guide was very knowledgeable and...
Janet D
, Sep 2016
The guide was very knowledgeable and we covered a lot of ground both walking and by subway. However, I am disappointed in Viator's booking practices. I am 65 but when I tried to book the tour on-line for one senior, the response was that the tour was unavailable. When I switched to one adult, the trip miraculously was available. Shame on you, Viator, for discriminating.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2016
Thank you for your feedback! We apologize for any inconvenience our pricing system has caused! We do occasionally face glitches with the pricing system if there is not an "Adult" in the booking. The issues are caused as we don't want to allow for only small children to be booked (as they would obviously need supervision) but this sometimes causes issues with other specialized pricing, like Senior pricing. If you ever run into this issue again, please feel free to write to Support@viator.com after booking and we will be more than happy to assist you with this issue. We're glad to hear you had an excellent time on your trip, and we wish you Happy Travels!

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