Guided tour

Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

From $17.85 per person

Learn about the fascinating history of events that took place in Berlin during the Cold War. See former guard towers, discover hidden military areas, and hear about secret espionage missions.

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Duration options: 2 - 3 hours
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English, German

Includes

  • Live tour guide
    Highlights
    • Get an insider's glimpse at the history of the Cold War in Berlin
    • Discover hidden areas of former death strips and espionage points
    • Visit historical sites like Palace of Tears and Checkpoint Charlie
    • See remnants of the Berlin Wall and learn about life in a divided city
    • Hear stories about incredible escape attempts from the GDR
    Full description
    Go back and time and learn about what life was like in Berlin during the Cold War. Join an exciting and informative walking tour that takes you to see important sites of the time and gives you an insider's look at the life of the residents of this once divided city. See the Friedrichstrasse station, the single border station during the Cold War. Follow the River Spree to the parliament and government district, whose buildings were situated partly along the border strip. Visit the famous Brandenburg Gate where the border ran and was the symbol of the division of the city. From the Holocaust memorial at the former "death strip", proceed to Potsdamer Platz, where the split is particularly visible in the former Tiergarten triangle. See the longest remaining stretch of the wall and the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about how MI6 and the CIA tunnelled under the wall into the Soviet Zone, the methods used by the Stasi to control the East German population, and what happened to the leaders of the GDR when the wall fell. Get a fascinating insight into what it was like to live in the eastern block and hear about failed escape attempts. Hear about the changes that German society went through, the plight of former East Germans, and how the Cold War shaped modern-day Berlin.
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    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the entrance of Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears) in front of Friedrichstraße station on Reichstagufer, 10117 Berlin, Germany. Please note that Tränenpalast has only one entrance.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

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    • Tours operate rain or shine.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 / 5

    based on 128 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
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    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Service
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    • Organization
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    Super informative

    My son (14 y.) And I were the only participants, but our guide Stefan carried out the tour with great commitment and fun. We have received a lot of background information, supplemented by the personal experience of our guide. In the end we were even more than 2 hours on the road (although it was really cold). My son was also enthusiastic. Many thanks and praise to Stefan!

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    March 19, 2017

    It couldn't be better!

    Thank you for this exciting tour! Many thanks to our guide, who gave us this very difficult part of German history in a very exciting and committed way. My 14 year old daughter was just as excited as the adults. Our guide not only gave us the pure facts, but also presented the time from the construction of the wall to the present very knowledgeably and lively and answered all questions very patiently. I would definitely recommend the tour if you are interested in the exciting history of Berlin!

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    March 5, 2017

    Interessant waren die Informationen, wie es zu Beginn der Mauer und währenddessen zwischen Ost und West Berlin gelaufen ist. Wenn man manches im Geschichtsunterricht gehabt hat, erfährt man in dieser Tour viel mehr aus der Sicht der Bürger. Und die eine oder andere Information ist schon erschreckend, was für Schicksale die Mauer produziert hat...

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    September 11, 2020

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