Discover Berlin Walking Tour
- Duration options: 2 - 4 hours
For 28 years the Berlin Wall symbolized an ideological stalemate and its fall was swiftly followed by that of the Soviet Union. It's shaped the contemporary life of a city and the attitudes of its residents, so here are some things to know before your trip.
Berlin was the main route for the 3.5 million East Germans emigrating to the West prior to 1961. The 155km wall was intended to stifle a hemorrhaging workforce!
An estimated 100,000 still escaped East Germany after the wall went up. In the first two years, 1,300 of them were border guards!
Crossing wasn't easy, of course. At least 98 people were killed as a result of trying to sneak through, although some counts put the death toll well above 200!
East Berliners devised many daring ways of entering the West, from tightropes, zip-lines, and hot air balloons to crashing through in a speeding train!
Misinformation about relaxed regulations spread across East German news, driving citizens to gather at the wall hoping to cross. Outnumbered, the border guards eventually gave way!
Most of the wall has been demolished, but tourists can still visit preserved segments, such as the Eastside Gallery (so-called for its large graffiti murals running along the Spree River's east bank between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain). A notable section is also visible at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. City tours should cover most of the sites, including Checkpoint Charlie – the famous American checkpoint on Friedrichstrasse.
Berlin is a true summer city and there are few better ways to spend a sun-soaked visit than to tour its sights by foot or by bike! If your visit has been cursed by cold or rainy weather, however, visit the segment at the Berlin Wall Memorial. It can be viewed from the top floor of its Visitors' Center, which also provides fascinating insights into life behind the wall.
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This guided tour was by far the best I have ever experienced. The weather was good, bikes were fine, but the guide, Vincent…. He is simply extraordinary! His wide knowledge and his ability to tell the “other” stories of the city spiced up with his personal commitment is something you should allow yourself to experience.
jess was a very informative and great tour guide throughout the duration of the walking tour. we have learned a lot about the city of Berlin and its History thanks to him! I highly recommend it should you plan to visit the capital city and have a great knack for History and stories.
Our guide, Ciarán was very nice and friendly! He was able to answer everyone’s questions and had quite the knowledge about the german history!
Tour bus starting place good, driver very professional and audioguide was nicely informative.
Hatalmas élmény volt, a gyermekkorunkat idézte. Interaktív a kiállítás. Sokan látogatják.