East Berlin & the Cold War Walking Tour - in Berlin - LikeALocal Guide

East Berlin & the Cold War Walking Tour

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20 EUR

Berlin is the city that both defined and was defined by the Cold War. Join us to see what life was like when Berlin was split into East and West, and to delve deep into the history of East Germany.

Duration: 4 hours
    Available in
  • English
Our Tour guide's name was Rick and he was really good at setting the scene when we came to a new site on the Tour.

The Group was very interested in German affairs and history so a lot of different questions came up during the day..

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Highlights

  • Touch the Berlin Wall
  • Hear exciting stories of escape
  • Visit the Stasi headquarters
  • Discover what life was like in divided Berlin
  • See where the Wall came down in 1989

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Description

Your expert guide will take you to the Berlin Wall Memorial and show you exactly where the Wall once stood, tell you how it was built, and explain how the ‘death strip’ stopped East Berliners escaping to the West. You’ll hear the stories of those who lost their lives, learn how the Wall was erected overnight, and find out how some people managed to escape to West Berlin.

You’ll then journey further into East Berlin, passing the monumental TV Tower and arriving at Karl-Marx-Allee – Europe’s last grand boulevard. This impressive showcase of communism was a monument to Stalin until all reference to the Man of Steel was removed without a word from East Germany’s communist leaders.

Next, you’ll visit the headquarters of the terrifying institution that defined life in East Germany – the secret police, or Stasi. The Stasi controlled all information in the East;, their increasing paranoia resulting in neighbours spying on neighbours, not to mention the common sudden “disappearances” that were part of East German life.

The tour ends at the Bösebrücke, where East German protestors made it through the Wall on November 9, 1989, bringing an end to more than 40 years of divided Germany.

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What’s included & not included

  • 4-hour tour covering the history of divided Berlin
  • Expert guide
  • Public transport tickets (a full-day pass costs around €7)
  • Food
  • Drinks

Meeting point

In front of STARBUCKS restaurant (opposite the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station) (In front of the STARBUCKS (opposite the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station))

Reviews from travellers (3)

5.0/5

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Our Tour guide's name was Rick and he was really good at setting the scene when we came to a new site on the Tour.

The Group was very interested in German affairs and history so a lot of different questions came up during the day..

Just Do It!
A
Excellent tour with amazing guide Rick, he was full of great stories and information that really made you feel like you were there. highly reccomend this tour as it is so much a part of Berlins more recent history.
H
Did the Berlin Wall your with Kevin. It was a fantastic tour and Kevin was a wealth of information. I would highly recommend.

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4.9/5

Great Overview of Berlin
Really good way to get your bearings both historically and geographically. It helped the whole family to decide where to focus our interests for the rest of our visit.
Laura was great
Lots of interesting facts and well organised!

Will recommend
Interesting and informative tour whilst seeing parts of the city you wouldn't have otherwise, and the good food is a bonus! Great value for money.
MATTI our guide
This was an excellent tour of Berlin which we thoroughly enjoyed.
My wife and I both felt that our guide was superb and extremely knowledgeable and it was he, introducing the rich history of Berlin that made all this happen.
5 Stars for sure !!!
Just an amazing experience
Our guide was Beth, who has studied modern German history and presented information in a very clear way. She provides context into the wider nazi machine, how it came to be and how Sachsenhaussen fitted into this.

She alone made the tour what it was. She was nothing short of Sensational and cannot thank her enough.

Take good comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking and take food and drinks as there is nowhere to buy snacks or drinks.
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20 EUR
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Tour operated by: Original Berlin Walks