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From Berlin: Half-Day Sachsenhausen Memorial Walking Tour

1. From Berlin: Half-Day Sachsenhausen Memorial Walking Tour

Take a trip to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and learn about a somber but important chapter in Germany's history. Constructed in 1936 by the SS, it was built to detain all opposition to the Nazi regime. After meeting your guide in Berlin, hop on a train to Oranienburg, approximately 25 minutes outside of Berlin. Arrive at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site after a 30-minute stroll from the train station.  Start your guided experience at the Camp Administration Center, now an on-site museum, but formerly the base for overseeing the Third Reich’s 32 main camps and 1000+ satellite camps.  As you tour the site, find out from your guide about what conditions were like inside the camp, the infamous ‘Death March’ ahead of the camp’s liberation in 1945, and how the camp was used by the Soviets afterward.  Listen to stories of revolt by Jewish prisoners in 1942, defiance by British prisoners of war, and sabotage by Soviet and Polish prisoners.  Hear first-hand about the people there: different prisoner groups, their fates, and familiar names imprisoned in the camp, including Stalin’s son.  After the tour, be accompanied by your guide back to the center of Berlin.  Sites that might be visited on the tour include the following:  • Camp Administration Center (formerly the Concentration Camps Inspectorate) • Station Z • Watchtower • Commandant's House • Jewish Barracks • Punishment Cells • Pathology Laboratory • Infirmary • Special Camp 1/7 • SS Training Camp • Gallows

Berlin Insider's Cold War Walking Tour

2. Berlin Insider's Cold War Walking Tour

Follow the ghost-like trail of the death strip and wall, and discover everything there is to know about the Cold War on a fascinating walking tour around Berlin. Learn about where the cold war powers formerly confronted each other, the routines and duties of border guards, Soviet and allied forces, the Stasi and the CIA. Get an extraordinary insight into what it was like to live in the eastern bloc, and hear about failed escapes, and how the border command was ordered to shoot to kill anyone who would dare attempt the heinous crime of emigration, known as “flight from the Republic.” Learn about how the M16 and the CIA tunnelled under the Wall into the Soviet Zone and tapped into the Red Army’s secret communications, about the methods used by Stasi to control the East German population, and what happened to the leaders of the GDR when the wall fell. Discuss the state of the present German society and the plight of former East Germans. Learn about the changes that German society went through, from shopping to daily life and work, and what the future holds. Explore sites such as ghost stations, former guard towers, and hidden areas of the death strip, espionage points of the CIA and KGB, and much more. The tour finishes at Ruschestraße 103.

Berlin: 1-Hour City Sightseeing River Cruise

3. Berlin: 1-Hour City Sightseeing River Cruise

Join a 1-hour round-trip boat tour that starts close to Hackescher Markt. Sit back and relax as you learn about the captivating history of Berlin from the onboard audio guide commentary. First, cruise along the River Spree to the Eastern part of the city, where you will see the Berlin Cathedral, the newly inaugurated Humboldt Forum, and the Marstall concert hall. Turning in front of the Mühlendammschleuse head back westwards past the oldest part of Berlin, the Nikolaiviertel. A little bit further down the river, learn more about Museum Island before cruising past Friedrichstraße before entering the Parliament district. See the Reichstag building, the Berlin Central Station, as well as the Federal Chancellery. At the House of World Cultures, the boat will turn around again and bring you back to the pier.

Berlin Wall History Small Group Cycling Tour

4. Berlin Wall History Small Group Cycling Tour

Experience an interesting and informative cycle-tour of Berlin following the route of the Berlin Wall – the Mauerweg. Although very little of the wall is left today, some traces can still be found between the former border control stations at Bornholmer Straße and Checkpoint Charlie. You will begin your journey through history in the place where it all ended: on the Square of the 9th November 1989 – where the first East German citizens crossed the border. Discover how the cherry trees came to be grown on Bornholmer Straße and see the original watchtower and the death-strip. Follow the pictures of rabbits on the ground, to the Brandenburg Gate and on through it to the Tränenpalast, "Palace of Tears," on Friedrichstraße. Ride past the Friedrichstadt Palace, the Museum Island, the New Synagogue and the Old Berlin Post Office.

Berlin: Original Cold War East, Communism & Wall Tour

5. Berlin: Original Cold War East, Communism & Wall Tour

Get a complete picture of a divided Germany on this tour on foot through the capital. See traces of the former East-West divide and follow your guide to such crucial sites as the East Side Gallery and Berlin Wall Memorial and get a clearer image of history. Head out east from your meeting point, making stops at border crossings, escape points, and famous East Berlin landmarks. Through the lens of your guide, come to understand the Cold War and communism in Berlin. Listen as the guide points out the differences between east and west Berlin. Look at propaganda from each side that is still visible today. Hear stories of tragedy and triumph along the route to some of Berlin’s most famous historic points. See the East Gallery, featuring pieces of the wall adorned with modern art that shows the continuation of the wall's effects today. Take a look at where armed border guards once stood sentry. Explore the Berlin Memorial, the central memorial site of German division, in the middle of the capital. See the last piece of the Berlin Wall complete with the original preserved grounds. Take in the traces of the original border obstacles and let your guide fill in the blanks with tales of real life horror and inspiration.

Hidden Berlin Walking Tour with a Local

6. Hidden Berlin Walking Tour with a Local

Discover the hidden Berlin on this 4-hour walking tour. Meet at the entrance of the Melia Hotel at Friedrichstraße 103. This is a small grouped tour of no more than 12 people and led by a knowledgeable guide, ensuring you a personalized experience. The first place you will visit is the Palace of Tears. Your guide will teach you about the turbulent events which gave this place its name. Visit the sites where Jewish children were rescued in the Kindertransport system. From here you will go on to visit the famous Humboldt University. Next is the Museum Island. Boasting world-class museums, this is a UNESCO world heritage site. Glimpse the impressive Neoclassical architecture of the Neueus and Altes Museums. If you get a little closer you will see the scars that haunt these building from the Second World War even today. The New Synagogue is a site not to be missed in Berlin. You will hear stories of the “Reichkristallnacht” from your guide. Delving deeper into the Jewish identity of this city, you will visit the grave of one of the most famous Jews – Moses Mendelssohn. You will learn more about this man including how he made a career as a baker during the war, and you can visit the bakery, too. Perhaps the most famous of Berlin’s monuments due to its relatively recent collapse, is the Berlin Wall. Learn about the mechanism of the Wall and how it became a potent symbol of the Cold War. Through original documents, maps and images, you will learn how Berlin has transformed to the city it is today. You’ll finish the tour with a mind-blowing, exclusive experience at the notorious Berlin Wall, where you will see the wall through virtual reality headsets. Your guide will take you back in time to when the wall was built, until its demolition from an east and a west perspective. This is a unique experience that’s not being offered by any other tour company at the moment. This local supplier offers you a truly unique insight into the incredible German capital. Your local guide will be full of insider knowledge that they will share with you all along the way, giving you an exclusive look into the transformation of Berlin over the last century.

Berlin: The Wall and Cold War Private Walking Tour

7. Berlin: The Wall and Cold War Private Walking Tour

Experience the fascinating history of Berlin up close on this private walking tour. Find out about the construction and fall of the Berlin Wall, see its remains, and discover places where escape attempts were made with your local guide. Begin the tour on Bernauer Strasse, a street that is now home to an open-air documentation museum, and follow the former borderline through the center of Berlin. As you go, listen to real-life stories about the experiences of Berlin's citizens during the Cold War. Check out an original border crossing station at the Palace of Tears. If it's open, head up to a viewing platform to see the "death strip" that aimed to prevent escape attempts. The tour concludes at another border crossing station, Checkpoint Charlie.

Historical Bus Tour of Berlin by VW Bus

8. Historical Bus Tour of Berlin by VW Bus

Experience an exclusive guided Tour through Berlin and learn the history and meaning of the most important tourist attractions. The city of Berlin is like an open history book, where important events in German and international history can be explored and understood firsthand. This tour starts in medieval Berlin on Mühlendamm, which linked the cities of Cölln and Berlin in the 13th century. Passing by the Nikolaiviertel, the Rotes Rathaus, and St. Mary's Church, head to Berlin Cathedral, which houses the impressive Hohenzollern Crypt. From here you can see the golden dome of the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße, located near the Scheunenviertel, the former center of Jewish life in Berlin. Continuing along Unter den Linden with its magnificent buildings, you’ll reach Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most beautiful squares in the city and the location of the German and French Cathedrals. At the Brandenburg Gate, the focus of the tour changes to the Third Reich. When Hitler marched through the gate towards the Reich Chancellery on Wilhelmstraße on 30 January 1933, the Jewish painter Max Liebermann, who lived directly next to the Brandenburg Gate, saw the torchlight procession and said: “I cannot eat much, as I would like to vomit." You’ll then head to the former government district, passing by Konrad Adenauer’s office, where he hid from the Nazis in 1933. You’ll also see the remains of Goebbels’ Propaganda Ministry, which is now part of the Federal Ministry of Labor, before reaching the memorial to Georg Elser, who meticulously planned but failed to bomb Hitler in the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich. You’ll then end this section of the tour at the Topography of Terror, situated at the former Gestapo headquarters, where the SS leadership and the Reich Security Head Office were located. The tour then continues by bus, exploring the division of the city after 1961. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, see the former border crossing at Friedrichstraße station with the Tränenpalast, and see the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Straße.

East Berlin 3-Hour Guided Tour: City of Shadows

9. East Berlin 3-Hour Guided Tour: City of Shadows

Take an historical 3-hour tour behind the Iron Curtain and learn about life in East Berlin before the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the company of an historian guide, you will explore surviving monuments of the East German regime, including the infamous Berlin Wall and Stasi headquarters. Your guide will reveal the links between modern Berlin’s built environment and its dark and hidden history, now shrouded in mystery and nostalgia. Start at the Brandenburg Gate, near the grandiose monument of the former Soviet Embassy, built from the rubble of World War II as a bold declaration of Stalin’s ambition to control all Berlin. Continue to Friedrichstrasse train station, a key crossing point between East and West Berlin. When families were torn apart by East Germany’s iron¬fisted immigration laws, they said their sad goodbyes in the office known as the “Palace of Tears.” Farther along, the Berlin Wall memorial allows you to experience the notorious Death Strip, and hear stories of East Berliners whose attempts to escape led to their tragic deaths. At the former Stasi headquarters, you will learn how its feared leader, Eric Mielke, recruited a massive network of spies and created innovative surveillance techniques. Finally, visit Alexanderplatz, the center of public life in East Berlin, rebuilt in the 1960s. This symbol of East German pride was the setting for the demonstrations that led to the regime’s downfall in 1989, and brought 40 years of Communist rule to an end.

Berlin: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

10. Berlin: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Berlin at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like East Side Gallery, Holocaust memorial, Museum Island and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

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What people are saying about Tränenpalast

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It was very informational and moving. The guide, Peter, was very knowledgeable about the subject and was good about keeping the tone appropriate considering the subject matter.

Campbell was a fantastic tour guide for the concentration camp. would definitely recommend. he certainly knows his stuff and was very interesting and informative

The tour was great with a lot of learning, reflection and History. The guide was very gentle and open to any questions.

Gregor was super informative, and shared with us his personal lived experience which really enriched the entire tour!

Jim organized the tour well, everything went smoothly. Ipad pictures were a great complement