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Itinerary
Start your walking tour next to Hackescher Markt train station in East Berlin at 10am. Your guide will begin your tour by setting the scene: how did the U.S. and the USSR fall into a Cold War? How was Berlin caught in the middle of everything? How did military tensions Berlin split into two?

Your guide will take you to the Berlin Wall memorial, where you’ll see a section of the Wall preserved in its original state, as well as a birds-eye view of the ‘Death Strip,’ where East Germany’s shoot-to-kill orders were carried out on would-be escapees.

Next you’ll travel to the north of Berlin to Bornholmer Strasse, where the Wall came down on November 9, 1989. Here, your guide will explain the unlikely tale of how one East German politician’s mistake brought down the Berlin Wall.

Continue deeper into East Berlin. You’ll see the Karl-Marx-Allee, a boulevard built as a monument to Stalin to demonstrate the new socialist utopia of the German Democratic Republic.

You’ll also visit the headquarters of East Germany’s terrifying secret police, the Stasi, and learn how the East German state increasingly spied upon its own people, creating a system of complete government control over its citizens. Finish your walking tour at Alexanderplatz, the site of the iconic TV tower in the heart of the former East German capital.
Locations visited
Potsdamer Platz
East Side Gallery
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
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Overview
Learn the history behind the Cold War while you sightsee on this 4-hour walking tour of East Berlin. Led by a guide, explore the Cold War capital of spies, secret police, and exciting escapes. Visit the Berlin Wall memorial, see the Stasi headquarters, and stand at the place where the Wall fell in 1989. A Berlin city map with museum recommendations and public transportation information is also included.
Highlights
  • 4-hour guided walking tour of East Berlin
  • Visit top Berlin sites including the Berlin Wall, Stasi headquarters, and Karl-Marx-Allee
  • Get the unique opportunity to touch the remains of the Berlin Wall
  • Learn from your guide about the Cold War and daily life for East Berlin citizens
  • Soak up the history of the city while you sightsee
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Bonza East Berlin tour!!!

I did the East Berlin tour with a young lady by the name of Lynsey. It was a great half-day tour, as Lynsey was (and remains) a very relaxed but well-informed tour guide. Lots of interesting stories, and happy to expand on topic, or off...More

Thank StephenE1447
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Cold War Tour

Did the trip which was hosted by Mike, a Kiwi now resident in Berlin. He is a qualified historian and his passion for the subject shine through - most informative and superb value for money.

Thank Howard S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Interesting throughout

Lynsey, our guide for the morning was absolutely great. Her knowledge was immense and to speak in busy streets throughout the morning so clearly and concisely was a huge effort and a great success for those listening. She was very open to as many questions...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing tour of Berlin

We did the East Berlin and Cold War walking tour as a family. Our guide was Mariette and she was absolutely amazing! We learnt so much and got to see all the good spots, and our guide even recommended restaurants and places for us to...More

Thank Lucy T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Interesting, entertaining and informative tour

Georgia (from Aberdeen) led us for nearly four hours around the sites. The commentary was informed and entertaining and we learned far more than we would if we had gone around ourselves with a guide book. She is also very knowledgeable about German history and...More

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