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Berlin: City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Berlin: City Highlights Walking Tour

Walk through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a walking tour with an expert guide by your side. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture, see important historical sites and famous monuments, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide and, after a brief overview of the tour’s itinerary, set off to discover the German capital. Walk alongside the River Spree, make your way over to the picturesque Museum Island, and marvel at the magnificent green domes of Berlin’s Cathedral. Cross the iconic Brandenburg Gate, stroll past the Reichstag, and take in the lush scenery of the Tiergarten’s green spaces and its majestic Victory Column. Here you can take a moment to commemorate WWII victims as you overlook the Holocaust Memorial. Admire the beautiful architectural ensemble at Gendarmenmarkt square and continue towards the notorious Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about the historical site and get a chance to see remnants of the Berlin Wall. Snap pictures of colorful street art and get a taste of local life as you walk past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As your tour nears the end, don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

2. Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

Go back and time and learn about what life was like in Berlin during the Cold War. Join an exciting and informative walking tour that takes you to see important sites of the time and gives you an insider's look at the life of the residents of this once divided city. See the Friedrichstrasse station, the single border station during the Cold War. Follow the River Spree to the parliament and government district, whose buildings were situated partly along the border strip. Visit the famous Brandenburg Gate where the border ran and was the symbol of the division of the city. From the Holocaust memorial at the former "death strip", proceed to Potsdamer Platz, where the split is particularly visible in the former Tiergarten triangle. See the longest remaining stretch of the wall and the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about how MI6 and the CIA tunnelled under the wall into the Soviet Zone, the methods used by the Stasi to control the East German population, and what happened to the leaders of the GDR when the wall fell. Get a fascinating insight into what it was like to live in the eastern block and hear about failed escape attempts. Hear about the changes that German society went through, the plight of former East Germans, and how the Cold War shaped modern-day Berlin.

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Berlin: Wall and Cold War Bike Tour

3. Berlin: Wall and Cold War Bike Tour

Discover Berlin by bike on a guided tour that explores the city’s experience during the Cold War. Ride along the former East and West border and see the remains of the Berlin Wall, one of the last watch towers, hidden military sites, and other traces left by the division of the city. Bike to Friedrichstraße station and Bornholmer Straße to see former border crossing locations. Follow the River Spree to the parliament and government district and arrive at Brandenburg Gate where the border ran and was the symbol of the division of the city. Ride past areas where the ‘death strips’ were located and see watchtowers left behind after the fall of the wall. Stop to look at remaining stretches of the wall and the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Get a fascinating insight into what it was like to live in the eastern block and hear about failed escape attempts. Learn about the changes that German society went through and how the WWII and the Cold War shaped modern-day Berlin.

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Berlin: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

4. Berlin: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Berlin on a private segway. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your guide along the way. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and get an instructional session on how to use the segway. You’ll ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the popular avenues and parks as well as on the banks of the Spree River. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Berlin and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary. The itinerary includes famous sites like the Reichstag Building, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, and of course the iconic Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities, but can also be customized according to your interests.

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Berlin: English Private Berlin Wall Tour by Minivan

5. Berlin: English Private Berlin Wall Tour by Minivan

On this historical private tour of East Berlin, you’ll learn about the Cold War as you see the area’s top sites, including the Berlin Wall. Learn about the city that remained divided for 40 years after WWII. On this tour that’s priced for a group of up to 7 participants you’ll hear stories of how the Allies divided Berlin into 4 sectors at the end of WWII and see where 3 of those sectors converged. Today Potsdamer Platz boasts some of the city’s most impressive contemporary architecture and has become a symbol of the new Berlin. Visit the crossing point known as Checkpoint Charlie and the Stasi archives, where you’ll learn about the secret police. Head down Karl-Marx-Allee, formerly known as Stalinallee, and learn how this boulevard’s wedding cake-like architecture was designed to showcase Communist power during the Cold War. Visit the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse and get a sense of the security arrangements designed to prevent GDR citizens from reaching West Berlin. Learn from your guide about the risks that many people took to escape the notorious state security service, the Stasi, and how many lost their lives in the attempt. Continue on to the East Side Gallery, where the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall stands, still intact. This historic site has now been turned into an impressive open-air art installation with more than 100 contributions from artists from around the world. Your private tour ends with a drive to the western part of the city, so you are able to feel the contrast between the 2 sides.

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Berlin: Cold War, East Berlin, Communism & Berlin Wall Tour

6. Berlin: Cold War, East Berlin, Communism & Berlin Wall Tour

Get a complete picture of a divided Germany on this tour on foot through the capital. See traces of the former East-West divide and follow your guide to such crucial sites as the East Side Gallery and Berlin Wall Memorial and get a clearer image of history. Head out east from your meeting point, making stops at border crossings, escape points, and famous East Berlin landmarks. Through the lens of your guide, come to understand the Cold War and communism in Berlin. Listen as the guide points out the differences between east and west Berlin. Look at propaganda from each side that is still visible today. Hear stories of tragedy and triumph along the route to some of Berlin’s most famous historic points. See the East Gallery, featuring pieces of the wall adorned with modern art that shows the continuation of the wall's effects today. Take a look at where armed border guards once stood sentry. Explore the Berlin Memorial, the central memorial site of German division, in the middle of the capital. See the last piece of the Berlin Wall complete with the original preserved grounds. Take in the traces of the original border obstacles and let your guide fill in the blanks with tales of real life horror and inspiration.

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Berlin: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

7. Berlin: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Berlin at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like East Side Gallery, Holocaust memorial, Museum Island and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

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Berlin: Private Cold War Walking Tour with Pickup

8. Berlin: Private Cold War Walking Tour with Pickup

Go back and time and learn about what life was like in Berlin during the Cold War. Embark an exciting and informative private walking tour that takes you to see important sites of the time and gives you an insider's look at the life of the residents of this once-divided city. After your hotel pickup, begin your journey and stop to see the Friedrichstrasse station, one of the most important border stations during the Cold War. Follow the River Spree to the parliament and government district, whose buildings were situated partly along the border strip. Visit the famous Brandenburg Gate where the border ran and was the symbol of the division of the city. From the Holocaust memorial at the former "death strip", proceed to Potsdamer Platz, where the former border split is particularly visible. See remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall and the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about how MI6 and the CIA tunneled under the wall into the Soviet Zone, the methods used by the Stasi to control the East German population, and what happened to the leaders of the GDR when the wall fell. Get a fascinating insight into what it was like to live in the eastern block and hear about failed escape attempts. Hear about the changes that German society went through, the plight of former East Germans, and how the Cold War shaped modern-day Berlin.

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Berlin: Cold War and Berlin Wall Tour in Spanish

9. Berlin: Cold War and Berlin Wall Tour in Spanish

This tour follows in the history of the Cold War and takes you on a discovery of an important period that shaped the city of Berlin. Explore the places that defined Berlin during the Cold War, including the Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial, the Soviet Memorial in Tiergarten, and the Reichstag. Discover what it was like to live in a divided city and explore the former ghost stations of the underground lines. Visit the Stasi Museum and find out what methods the secret service used to control the population of East Berlin. See what remains of the Berlin Wall and the infamous Death Strip, learn about why the wall was built, and discover the ingenious ways some Berliners tried to cross the Berlin Wall. You will also learn about why the wall eventually came down, how the city has developed itself since, and what has changed in the lives of Berliners.

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Hidden Berlin Walking Tour with a Local

10. Hidden Berlin Walking Tour with a Local

Discover the hidden Berlin on this 4-hour walking tour. Meet at the entrance of the Melia Hotel at Friedrichstraße 103. This is a small grouped tour of no more than 12 people and led by a knowledgeable guide, ensuring you a personalized experience. The first place you will visit is the Palace of Tears. Your guide will teach you about the turbulent events which gave this place its name. Visit the sites where Jewish children were rescued in the Kindertransport system. From here you will go on to visit the famous Humboldt University. Next is the Museum Island. Boasting world-class museums, this is a UNESCO world heritage site. Glimpse the impressive Neoclassical architecture of the Neueus and Altes Museums. If you get a little closer you will see the scars that haunt these building from the Second World War even today. The New Synagogue is a site not to be missed in Berlin. You will hear stories of the “Reichkristallnacht” from your guide. Delving deeper into the Jewish identity of this city, you will visit the grave of one of the most famous Jews – Moses Mendelssohn. You will learn more about this man including how he made a career as a baker during the war, and you can visit the bakery, too. Perhaps the most famous of Berlin’s monuments due to its relatively recent collapse, is the Berlin Wall. Learn about the mechanism of the Wall and how it became a potent symbol of the Cold War. Through original documents, maps and images, you will learn how Berlin has transformed to the city it is today. You’ll finish the tour with a mind-blowing, exclusive experience at the notorious Berlin Wall, where you will see the wall through virtual reality headsets. Your guide will take you back in time to when the wall was built, until its demolition from an east and a west perspective. This is a unique experience that’s not being offered by any other tour company at the moment. This local supplier offers you a truly unique insight into the incredible German capital. Your local guide will be full of insider knowledge that they will share with you all along the way, giving you an exclusive look into the transformation of Berlin over the last century.

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What people are saying about Tränenpalast

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 537 reviews

We hadden een hele goede gids, Jamie uit Ierland, die al 5 jaar in Berlijn woont en studeert. Hij vertelde boeiend en wist het vehaal over de muur en de koude oorlog ook voor mijn twee pubers goed over te brengen. Zeker de moeite waard!

Would highly recommend taking this tour especially for history buffs! Our tour guide Nick told us amazing stories I had never heard before. Extremely informative, engaging, and fun. A must-do if you’re visiting Berlin.

Great city tour, where you get to see more than just the well-known buildings. Our guide was very reliable and super nice.

The guide Dominic ( Dom) was great - the stories were super interesting- like going through a movie

Really good tour to learn about the history of the Cold War, guide with excellent and informative