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Walking Tour: City Planning in East-Berlin 1945-1989

Product ID: 16949
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Attempt to understand the eastern side of the Iron Curtain by exploring its architecture. Walk through East Berlin with an expert guide and discover the implications of decades of changes to the city's structures.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • East Berlin's post-war architecture
  • Enlightening discussion of parallels between city planning and politics
  • Swans's House at Weberwiese
  • Sugar Bakery Style at Karl Marx Avenue
  • Nikolaiquarter
Full description
This walking tour, focused on East Berlin's city planning in the decades following WWII, features an expert, highly-educated local guide.

The tour follows the history of Cold-War-era East Berlin by looking at architecture and city planning. The guide will explain the changes and continuities in East German architecture. The links between political will and architecture are also highlighted.

Karl Marx Avenue is an important stop on the tour. It features a style that some East Berliners call the "Sugar Bakery Style." Others call it "Stalin-Gothic," and your guide will explain why.

Walk along the street formerly named for Stalin, learn about the workers' uprising of 1953, and see various changes in architecture that occured during the 1960s. This tour also makes stops at city hall and even features facts about medieval Berlin.

Statues of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels still stand upright. Discover their importance to the city via these architectural structures. Finally, the tour ends where local rulers once had their palace. Your expert guide explains the layers of Berlin's tantalizing history. Walk in to the past with this fascinating tour.
  • Guided tour
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance to museums, food, tips

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Meeting point

Meet on the southern side of Karl Marx Avenue, near the Metro station Weberweise.

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Important information
Know before you go
Guests must book this tour at least 14 days in advance. Please note that this a walking tour, and guests should have the physical ability to walk for four hours at an average pace. Guests are also encouraged to let the guide know what they would specifically like to see, as the guides are eager to provide a personalized experience.

From £298.36 Per group up to 10

Organized by

Humboldt Tours Berlin GmbH

Product ID: 16949