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Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Berlin as the frontier of the Cold War on this guided historical walking tour. After World War II, Berlin changed from the capital city of Nazi Germany into the pivotal city in a struggle to control war-torn Europe. Retrace the trail of the “death strip” and the Berlin Wall. Visit some of Berlin’s most popular Cold War attractions, like the Berlin Wall Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, underground "ghost stations," and more. Learn about the history of Berlin, from its founding to this divided city of the Cold War.
  • See the Berlin Wall, the Palace of Tears (Traenenpalast), the Soviet Embassy and hidden areas of the Death Strip
  • Learn about the military tension between the United States and its NATO allies and the Soviet Union and its allies
  • Hear about the CIA, KGB and Stasi surveillance techniques
  • Learn about daily life for Berlin's citizens during the Cold War
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Local Expert Guide
Free map of Berlin
Berlin Transport AB Zone ticket
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Meeting point: outside FRIEDRICHSTRASSE TRAIN STATION, on the square beside the 'Traenenpalast' (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin. Our guide will be wearing a blue lanyard with a yellow name tag! If you still cannot see us, please call us at the office before the tour starts.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

10178 Berlin, Germany
Begin this walking tour with a Zoologischer Garten meet and greet with an expert local guide, who will provide a detailed account of Berlin’s fascinating and oftentimes troubled history — specifically its place in the Cold War. After World War II, Berlin turned from its role as the capital city of Nazi Germany into the pivotal city in a struggle to control war-torn Europe. Berlin became the centerpiece of the Cold War, where the two superpowers collided.

Discover this divided city and retrace the trail of the “death strip” and the Berlin Wall. Walk along Bernauer Strasse, the site of many remarkable escape attempts, and the remains of the wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial and Former Stasi (DDR secret police). Walk under the famous Brandenburg Gate, one of Berlin’s most important monuments. It was a symbol of division between Berlin and Germany during the war, but it’s now a national symbol of peace and unity. 

Learn about the history of Berlin, from its founding to this divided city of the Cold War, and get a fascinating insight into what it meant to live in the German Democratic Republic, the Eastern Bloc’s most heavily policed state. Find out what it was like to live behind the Berlin Wall.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Berlin Friedrichstrasse Station
Take a ghost train ride from our meeting point through the old Cold War ghost stations
Duration: 7 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Admiralspalast Berlin
See the location where the East German Political Party (SED) was founded in 1946
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Tears
A former East German transit exit building, now a sensational museum that speaks to the importance of the building during the Cold War.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bernauer Straße
Take a ghost train ride up to Nordbahnhof. Learn about what happened in a divided city with the underground which went historically from East to West.
Stop At:  
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
Death strip area, East German guard tower, Tunnel 57 (longest and most successful escape tunnel), Chapel of Reconciliation, first death at the Berlin Wall, where people jumped out of windows to escape the oppression of socialistic East Germany
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chapel of Reconciliation
See this symbolic church, once blown up by East Germans in 1985. Now rebuilt, it unites architectural and ecological modernity with remembrance, standing as a triumph against its predecessor's destruction
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring a Berlin Transport AB Zone ticket
  • As a good amount of walking is involved, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Insider Tour Berlin
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you stop for a photo you may get left behind." See review
  • "There are many stops along the way with opportunities to browse exhibits/museums pertaining to the tour, to ask questions and take photos." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Well done!
Kelly_L
, Sep 2021
Our guide, Nikolai, was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject matter. He wove in his personal experiences during the tour. The history was fascinating and there were no complaints from my two teenagers. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Very informative tour and well worth doing
keeganjohnr
, Sep 2021
Palace of Tears at the start of the trip was the most memorable of the trip and one of the most symbolic monuments of the cold war period for ordinary citizens.
star-5
Brings cold war Berlin to life
Kim_W
, Aug 2021
Very nice tour. Guide shared a lot of very interesting family stories about life behind the iron curtain. Saw all the classic sites with good explanations. The guide was very knowledgeable!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Cold War Tour
Ella_M
, Jul 2021
We loved that our tour guide had a personal connection to the topics discussed in the tour. We had a really good time :)
star-5
A Memorable Experience
C_M
, Jul 2021
The personal anecdotes offered by the guide made this both a highly informative and memorable tour. Highly recommend!
star-5
Cold War Tour
Stephan_A
, Aug 2020
Great job from Dublin lad Kiaran 👌 He started with a historic review for a better understanding. Afterwards we did a tour with many infomations at the Wall Monument in the Bernauer Strasse. Beeing in Berlin everyone should joyn some education. Do it ! ☺️
star-5
The Cold War Tour
Stephan_A
, Aug 2020
It has been a wonderful tour trough Berlin done by a lad from Dublinc, Ciaran (I think, wrote ist wrong). As a studied historian he was perfectly educated with all the details you need to know about the „Wall Story“ ( WW I and WW II and the Marschall Plan). Do it folks... Education is always the right choice!
star-5
Cold War Walking Tour
Jayne_Kennedy
, Feb 2020
Our tour was a fantastic addition to our break in Berlin. It was informative and the story of the Cold War came alive. Jamie our tour guide was excellent, full of knowledge and a great story teller. I would fully recommend.
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MelJam
, Feb 2020
Myself and a friend went on the Cold War tour with the lovely Maria. She was passionate about the subject and that brought lots of facts and accounts of Berlin during that time. The tour itself was fab, visited memorials and covered a large area of the city. Would defo recommend for anyone keen to get a bit of history for the CW and a better understanding of what made Berlin the way it is today!
star-5
Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended
Sarah
, Feb 2020
Mike was a fantastic tour guide. He was full of interesting stories about the Cold War and its impact on Berlin and even managed to engage the 14 year olds! We couldn't recommend this highly enough.

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