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East Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in a Russian Van

East Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in a Russian Van

From US$ 427.74 per group up to 8

Enjoy a private tour in the Soviet minibus "Bukhanka" of East Berlin, the capital of socialist East Germany. Experience metropolis flair and a great deal of history in the city of the Berlin Wall and the GDR window to the world.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Your guide/driver will pick you up at your hotel in Berlin center. Please wait in front of the hotel for the grey "Bukhanka" minibus.
Private group


  • Take a private sightseeing tour in a Russian vintage mini bus "Bukhanka"
  • Have an authentic experience with your local professional guide
  • Enjoy a Soviet-style soft drink and other surprises on board
  • Discover the highlights and sights of East Berlin
Full description
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.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Soviet soft drink
  • Local guide and driver
  • Food
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
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Product ID: 302938