Discover Berlin’s unique story on a 2-hour walking tour. Enjoy a shared small-group experience or private tour, starting from Brandenburg Gate and…
Explore the impressive art collection of the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin with its more than 1,000 masterpieces by famous artists from different artistic…
Embark on a journey of discovery as you bike through Berlin and explore the impressive original sites of the Nazi era and the Cold War. Learn about…
Drive through Berlin in the official car of the DDR! Squeeze yourself behind the wheel of a Trabant of your choice and putter around the capital. See…
Enjoy an exciting journey through the history of Berlin by bike and discover the most famous sights in the city. On this 3.5-hour bike tour you ride…
Explore Berlin’s dark past on a tour of its former Nazi buildings, Soviet war memorials, and the site where Hitler’s bunker stood. Learn how Hitler…
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Enjoy a guided tour of the parliament quarter in Berlin in German and learn more about the troubled and eventful history of the capital.
Top sights in Berlin
For 28 years the Berlin Wall symbolized an ideological stalemate and its fall was swiftly followed by that of the Soviet Union. It's shaped the contemporary life of a city and the attitudes of its residents, so here are some things to know before your trip.
Berlin was the main route for the 3.5 million East Germans emigrating to the West prior to 1961. The 155km wall was intended to stifle a hemorrhaging workforce!
An estimated 100,000 still escaped East Germany after the wall went up. In the first two years, 1,300 of them were border guards!
Crossing wasn't easy, of course. At least 98 people were killed as a result of trying to sneak through, although some counts put the death toll well above 200!
East Berliners devised many daring ways of entering the West, from tightropes, zip-lines, and hot air balloons to crashing through in a speeding train!
Misinformation about relaxed regulations spread across East German news, driving citizens to gather at the wall hoping to cross. Outnumbered, the border guards eventually gave way!
Most of the wall has been demolished, but tourists can still visit preserved segments, such as the Eastside Gallery (so-called for its large graffiti murals running along the Spree River's east bank between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain). A notable section is also visible at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. City tours should cover most of the sites, including Checkpoint Charlie – the famous American checkpoint on Friedrichstrasse.
Berlin is a true summer city and there are few better ways to spend a sun-soaked visit than to tour its sights by foot or by bike! If your visit has been cursed by cold or rainy weather, however, visit the segment at the Berlin Wall Memorial. It can be viewed from the top floor of its Visitors' Center, which also provides fascinating insights into life behind the wall.
- When should I visit?
- Outdoor areas are always open, but the Visitors' Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- The open areas and Visitors' Center are free to visit, but the Center does accept donations.
- Will I need a guide?
- A tour is definitely worth it! Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get there
- Depending on the exhibit you wish to see, directions will vary, but the wall is easily reachable!
- Additional information
- ** Remember to remain respectful during your visit. | Check the weather! Berlin can get windy quickly so plan ahead.*
What people are saying about Berlin Wall
There was a mess up with our tour time but the guys there were more than accommodating. They took us out on our own little tour twice and did everything they could to make sure we still had a great time which we did. It is an awesome way to see the city and the tour guys are very friendly and knowledgeable. It was great fun and a once in a lifetime experience, I would highly recommend, worth every penny.
One of the best guides I have ever had on a tour. Walid is a captivating storyteller, extremely knowledgeable on the subject matter and was respectful towards different opinions in the group. The small group size makes the tour feel intimate and you are able to relate to the other people on the tour. I highly recommend if you are interested in Berlin's fascinating history!
Johan was our guide, and, boy, did he guide us on a glorious sunny day in Berlin for 4.5 glorious hours. Good to meet Murphy (Johan's dog) too. She was a star. Not only did were do Cold War sites and tales but were managed to fit in some Nazi/Hitler history too. Fantastic! Highly recommended. And a great way to see bits of Berlin you never otherwise would.
Taylor brought the history of Berlin to life, he struck a great balance between entertaining and informative and the 2 hours flew by! Even as someone who has previously studied these subjects there was new and interesting information and stories on the tour. Thank you to Taylor for a thoroughly enjoyable morning!
We had managed to visit a number of attractions before doing this tour - Nikolai added so much depth to what we had seen. In fact there were things we hadn’t even noticed which were significant places and memorials. So pleased we took this walking tour.