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Skip-the-Line: Berlin Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie

1. Skip-the-Line: Berlin Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie

The museum was founded on October 19th, 1962, shortly after the construction of the Berlin Wall, as a protest against the Wall and to provide assistance to the people seeking help. The Berlin Wall Museum was formed with the purpose of fighting against human rights violations as a result of the wall. Gradually the museum increased its exhibition space and contributed to the fall of the Wall. The museum had a vital role in history and the objects on display in the museum provide evidence of this. They are original artifacts from successful escapes such as a hot-air balloon, a mini-submarine, cars and airplanes. People helping East Germans to flee used the museum as a base from which they planned the escapes and organized resistance to the unjust GDR regime. After escaping, the refugees and their helpers donated their various means of conveyance and other objects to the museum. 

Berlin: 75-minute Trabi Safari

2. Berlin: 75-minute Trabi Safari

No need to queue: just jump into your very own Trabant and chug away through Berlin. Join your fellow cardboard-comrades in convoy, and see the capital like you've never seen it before during this Trabi Safari. After a short introduction to the mysteries of the four-stroke and manual gearbox, your adventure can begin. Take a trundle back in time, in your much-loved vehicle, over the cobblestones of Berlin. After your second hair-raising corner, you'll have caught the Trabi-fever, and never want to get out again. Though all good things must come to an end, you'll get your very own Trabant driver's license as a souvenir of this unique experience. Pass by popular Berlin sights during your tour, including Potsdamer Platz, the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, the Berlin Cathedral, the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall), the TV Tower, East Side Gallery, the Oberbaum Bridge, and Checkpoint Charlie. Tip: Why not follow up your tour with a trip to the Trabi Museum at Trabi World.

Berlin Wall: Small Group Guided Tour

3. Berlin Wall: Small Group Guided Tour

Dive right into the history of Berlin. Take a walking tour of the Berlin Wall, starting from Bornholmer Straße, a place steeped in history: it was here that the first Berliners from East and West met and rejoiced together on the day the wall fell and the unified German nation was reborn. Walking along the former death strip, you will see traces of the wall, sometimes only detectable by experts. Discover how these traces are being documented, and learn the strange history of the cherry trees that grew the length of the wall. Visit the wall memorials, and the Mauerpark – today one of the capital's liveliest cultural and social centers. Relax over coffee along the way and make tracks finally to the Nordbahnhof, a former ghost station, where the tour ends.

Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

4. Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

A guided bicycle tour is the best way to discover Berlin. Cycling is not only an easy way to get around the city but also brings you close to the action. Even visitors who already know Berlin well are amazed at the new perspectives they see on this tour. This tour usually runs on bike paths and safe, quiet roads. Start at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg and cycle toward Volkspark Friedrichshain and Karl-Marx-Allee. In Friedrichshain, bike around Boxhagener Platz and the RAW Tempel. This area is home to great nightlife, but there's still plenty to see during the day. Continue along the East Side Gallery and over the Oberbaumbrücke to Kreuzberg. Discover back courtyards, explore beautiful parks, and ride along the banks of the River Spree. See Görlitzer Park, and experience the alternative way of life in the colorful SO36 district of Kreuzberg. You’ll not only learn many interesting facts but hear various anecdotes about the city and insider tips.

THE WALL: asisi Panorama Berlin Ticket

5. THE WALL: asisi Panorama Berlin Ticket

Visit the Panorama, an artistic representation of what life was like in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Experience Kreuzberg on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s. With your day ticket, take in the scenes of everyday life. View the alternative life of SO 36 in West Berlin, separated from East Berlin and yet only a stone's throw away. See the so-called Death Strip and border facilities. From the visitor’s platform, experience how mundane, and yet how gruesome life was in the shadow of the Wall. The exhibition also features a documentary on the artist, Yadegar Asisi from his early ideas to the creation of the Panorama.

Berlin: The Wall Museum East Side Gallery Ticket

6. Berlin: The Wall Museum East Side Gallery Ticket

Visit the Wall Museum at East Side Gallery and take a journey through Berlin’s recent history. Enjoy the convenience of skipping the line. Located next to the East Side Gallery, the largest section of the Berlin Wall still standing, the Wall Museum tells the emotional story of the city during the Cold War. Investigate it’s 13 rooms, each one exploring a different theme. Experience this dramatic time period through film, documents, and interviews.   See what the city was like after the war. Watch as the Wall is erected in 1961. Find out what life was like in the divided city. Witness the dramatic fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991. Discover the truth behind the wall, and see how it changed this exceptional city.

Berlin: Best of East and West Segway Tour

7. Berlin: Best of East and West Segway Tour

Discover the highlights of Berlin with ease on a half-day sightseeing tour by the latest model Segway. Get a short training session before you set off on the eco-friendly, self-balancing electric vehicle. Glide through beautiful parks and along vibrant streets, and learn more about the city's divided past at the site of the former Berlin Wall. Hear interesting facts from the history of the city during World War II and the Cold War. Learn about the reunification of Germany after the fall of the wall and get an insight into the political and cultural life of the city in the present day. Benefit from a more personalized experience as you explore in a small group, and get insider tips from your professional guide. See more than 50 sights, such as the Reichstag building and Checkpoint Charlie. Venture into the Tiergarten and cruise along the banks of the River Spree.

Berlin Wall & Cold War Bike Tour

8. Berlin Wall & Cold War Bike Tour

Discover the German capital by bike on this fantastic 3.5-hour tour. Ride along the former border between East and West Berlin, and see the remains of the Berlin Wall, former border crossings, one of the last watch towers, and other traces left by the division of the city. The tour starts at the Kulturbrauerei, a remarkable old brewery site in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. Along the way, discover interesting facts about why the city became divided and how this affected its residents. Hear about successful and fatal escape attempts, how the Berlin Wall came down overnight after almost 30 years, and how the city has changed since. The route runs from Mauerpark, over Bernauerstraße, all the way to the Brandenburg Gate. Checkpoint Charlie, the former boarder crossing, and Bornholmerstraße also be covered during the tour.

Berlin Wall History Small Group Cycling Tour

9. 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 Wall: Fates, Heroes, and Love Stories Walking Tour

10. Berlin Wall: Fates, Heroes, and Love Stories Walking Tour

On this tour with a certified guide, walk through the history of the Berlin Wall and Berlin Wall Memorial. On August 13, 1961, the GDR sealed off all crossings along the sector borders in Berlin and erected a wall. For more than 28 years, not only Berlin but an entire nation was divided. For the many people who had to pay the price for their freedom with their lives, get the opportunity to observe in remembrance during your visit to the Berlin Wall and its memorial. The construction of the wall was particularly tragic for the residents in the houses along Bernauer Strasse. They were forcibly relocated because their homes had to give way to the building of the wall. Learn about some of the dramatic scenes that took place here, such as people jumping to their deaths out of fear and despair or being kidnapped by the Stasi back to the BDR after their escape. Dare to look into the wall strip today and listen as your guide explains the construction of the death strip and how the border was secured today. Also hear stories from people who managed to escape to freedom. Be amazed by the stories of people who have managed to escape into freedom with creative ideas. Feel uplifted while enjoying love stories with happy endings. After 28 years of separation and division, the Berlin Wall fell during the peaceful revolution on November 9, 1989.

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Trabisafari is a must do! I had a ile on my face all the time. Just don’t book it with the Get your guide app. We payed 138 euros fie two using the app that should provide discount. We needed to book in advance to secure a place. We found out the the normal price at the office was 59 pp. So instead getting the 25% discount we did pay 20 euro’s extra. So the ride is great the card is a scam!! You do not need it for transport, buying day tickets is much cheaper

We knew it would be cold so the minivan was perfect. Holgar took us all over and filled us with history, insights and anecdotes. It’s his own vintage Soviet ATV and his own business. Check out BerlinsTaiga.De Highly recommended

Great experience and a tour of Berlin as well. And lovely characters leading the tour.

Excellent fun. Crazy drive through Berlin in the Trabi. Guide was great.

Highly recommend the Trabi Safari! So much fun and great info