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East Berlin and the Wall: Walking Tour

1. East Berlin and the Wall: Walking Tour

Learn about the daily life of divided Berlin and how east Berliners lived the existence and the fall of their country, the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Visit the most iconic places of the former capital of the GDR using public transport, including the memorial to the victims of the Berlin Wall on Bernauer Strasse. Next, hit Alexanderplatz and the Karl-Marx-Allee, the monumental Communist avenue. The tour ends at Alexanderplatz, where your guide can help you find a typical restaurant or take transportation to the next part of your adventure.

Berlin Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour

2. Berlin Highlights: 3-Hour Bike Tour

A bike tour of Berlin is the ideal way to see the best of the city in just a few short hours. Your guide will meet you at the easy-to-find central location in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz. Your friendly and experienced English-speaking guide will help you select your bike and prepare you for an easy ride to each landmark. During the tour you will stop at each site for questions and time to take pictures. The route is carefully designed so that you never have to cycle far between stops. Your guide will help the city come alive, taking time at each attraction to give you a comprehensive and insightful history. Questions are welcome during the tour as you will find your guide a valuable resource and wealth of insider information! During the tour you will learn about all facets of Berlin’s history, including its Prussian past, the rise of the Third Reich and more recently the creation and fall of the Berlin Wall. There’s something for everyone on this tour and is a great tour option for guests of all ages.

Berlin: Private Soviet Tour in a Russian Minibus

3. Berlin: Private Soviet Tour in a Russian Minibus

Enjoy a 3.5-hour private tour of Berlin in a Russian “Bukhanka” minibus, hitting all the most important historical and cultural highlights. Start with pickup at your accommodation and head across the Spree to the center of the German capital where you’ll see the Reichstag and the monumental Soviet War Memorial Tiergarten, which bore witness to bloody fighting in the spring of 1945.   Passing by the famous Brandenburg Gate, your next stop is the former border crossing Checkpoint Charlie, where Soviet and American tanks faced each other in the heyday of the Cold War in the early 1960s. Head to Alexanderplatz and Karl-Marx Boulevard, impressive urban development projects of the socialist GDR. Between the TV tower, the socialist mosaics, and the Soviet classicism and socialist brutalism, you’ll feel the old splendor of East Berlin.   Next, the “Bukhanka” vintage van will take you back over the Spree River to the kilometer-long Eastside Gallery, which was once part of the insurmountable Berlin Wall. For the grand finale, head towards Treptower Park with its gigantic Soviet War Memorial, combining deep history and impressive architecture.

Berlin: East Berlin Guided Walking Tour

4. Berlin: East Berlin Guided Walking Tour

Dive into the history of east Berlin on this walking tour. Walk to sights like Bebelplatz square, the Frederik II monument, and the Marx-Engels statue. Choose from a private or a group tour. Meet your guide in Paris square next to the Brandenburg gate. Listen as your guide tells you about why the communist German state was created. Stroll to the Russian embassy and hear about the difficult relationship between the Soviet Union and East Germany. Find out how the East German government used organized political demonstrations in Berlin`s historical quarter at Bebelplatz. Let your guide tell you how Prussian the East German statue was at the monument of Frederik II. Continue to the Humboldt-Forum where your guide will tell you what happened after the surrender of 1945. Finish at the Marx-Engels-Monument in Alexanderplatz square.

Berlin: Red Metropolis Walking Tour

5. Berlin: Red Metropolis Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the life of the former socialist metropolis of East Berlin and learn all about the beginnings of socialism in times of Soviet occupation. Start in Berlin-Mitte at Berlin Central Station and then explore the prestige projects of the former socialist urban development. For the Soviet Union, East Berlin was the socialist outpost in the heart of Europe. Also, see two of the monumental Soviet War Memorials that once again underscore why Berlin was so important to the Soviets. During the tour, discover some of Berlin's most famous sights and listen to the exciting history of the Cold War. The tour ends at Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park, one of the largest antifascist monuments in the world.

East Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in a Russian Van

6. East Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in a Russian Van

Explore the highlights of the former East Berlin in a vintage Soviet “Bukhanka”, also called a “pan loaf” van, on this private 2.5-hour sightseeing tour.   Start your tour at Friedrichstraße train station, where the Palace of Tears was once the central border crossing for Berliners. Many tears flowed here during the division of Berlin, which separated many families.   The next stop will be the famous Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse. This is the only place in the city where you can experience the former inner-city border strip in its entire dimensions.   Then, head to Ernst Thälmann Park, a former prestigious urban development project of the late GDR. Admire the skyscrapers and huge monument to Ernst Thälmann, which was finished only 3 years before the end of the GDR. Continue on to see the former Lenin Square and Karl-Marx Boulevard, which combines Soviet neo-Classicism with socialist Modernism and Brutalism.   Finally, visit Alexanderplatz Square, where you’ll see a huge socialist mosaic and the 365-meter-tall TV tower. Finish the tour back at Friedrichstraße station.

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What people are saying about Alexanderplatz

Very good guided tour which allows you to know the sometimes hidden history of the city, its history and its architecture in connection with the history of the Berlin wall. The guide we had was very friendly and answered all our questions.

Super good way to take in some of the biggest sights in the city and get a feeling of the layout. Really good guide with interesting facts and also small stories about the sigths that you don't get from the average guide book.

The tour was amazing, and our tour guide Alicia was very engaging. She knows Berlin's history very well and gave us quite a bit of insight into this history

Really good tour, see all the major sights that you would hope to see in Berlin, really lovely tour guide Alisha & very informative

We both thoroughly enjoyed the tour today. Alisha was very informative and engaging!