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Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Experience Berlin’s past and present on this half-day guided walking tour through the city's Mitte district. Visit landmarks from the city’s Prussian, Imperial, Nazi, Cold War and modern eras, offering insight into the evolution of this fascinating German capital. Stroll along the iconic Berlin Wall and follow Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate. Then check out the rebuilt Reichstag and the Holocaust Memorial and hear the amazing stories of Cold War Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie. Your walking tour of Berlin also includes a complimentary city map and guidebook.
  • Learn about Berlin during the eras of the Prussians, Imperialists, Nazis and the Cold War
  • Visit Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and the Topography of Terror
  • Walk along the Berlin Wall and down Unter den Linden
  • Witness Berlin’s modern urbanization at Potsdamer Platz and Friedrichstrasse

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Learn about Prussian kings, the Nazis, and the city’s modern rebirth in areas such as Potsdamer Platz.
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Neue Promenade 3 , Neue Promenade 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

In front of the Starbucks across from S-Bahn "Hackescher Markt"

This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Gendarmenmarkt , Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  • Checkpoint Charlie , Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  • Take a walk back in time as you explore the many layers of history found in Berlin, covering everything from its Prussian period, to its violent 20th century and the present period of rebirth. History fans and those interested in the remarkable renaissance of Berlin’s urban center will enjoy this insightful, half-day trip past the city’s key monuments.

    Start your day at Neue Promenade 3 where you'll meet your guide. Listen to an introductory overview of the strange, winding history of Berlin, covering the city’s founding and continuing with stories about the turbulent years of war and modern era as the tour moves forward. Walk down Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard, a thoroughfare that links Stadtschloss royal palace with Pariser Platz and Brandenburg Gate. By the 19th century, this elegant street was among the most famous in the city, growing even more grand as Berlin’s boundaries pushed further west.

    Head next to Museum Island, pausing at the Berlin State Library (once the workplace of Albert Einstein) and the Neue Wache memorial as you continue. Travel beneath the monumental Brandenburg Gate, which forms the beginning of Unter den Linden, and check out the Reichstag, home of Germany’s parliament, just nearby. Then explore Pariser Platz, the location of Hitler’s bunker and the Holocaust Memorial, commemorating the many Jews that lost their lives during the Nazi regime.

    Trace the path of the “death strip” to Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous crossing point for those traveling between East and West Berlin, and visit Bebelplatz, the location of an infamous 1933 book burning by the Nazis. You’ll then have time the stroll along the Berlin Wall, demarcating the boundary between East and West during the Cold War, and hear details about its triumphant downfall in 1989.

    Take a moment to stop at the Topography of Terror Museum, situated at the former Gestapo and SS Headquarters. Hear from your guide about the significance of the museum’s location, which the city’s leaders consciously chose to help confront and reconcile the awful moments of Berlin’s past. Look down into the building’s excavated cellars, a haunting spot where political prisoners were once tortured and killed.

    Wrap up your Berlin walk on a lighter note with a stop at the modern area of Potsdamer Platz, a one-time “dead zone” between East and West that has since been rebuilt. Then take a walk along Friedrichstrasse, a high-end retail district. You’ll end your tour at Gendarmenmarkt, where you’ll receive a city map detailing useful info on Berlin’s public transport, nightlife and museums.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Hackescher Markt
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    James Simon Park
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Museum Island
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin - Centrum Judaicum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Berliner Fernsehturm
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Neues Museum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Pergamonmuseum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Altes Museum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Berliner Dom
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Stadtschloss Berlin
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Rotes Rathaus
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Nicholas Quarter
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Lustgarten
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Schlossbrucke
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Deutsches Historisches Museum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Neue Wache
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Bebelplatz
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
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    Book Burning Memorial at Bebelplatz
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
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    German State Opera (Deutsche Staatsoper)
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
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    Cathedral of St. Hedwig - Domgemeinde St. Hedwig
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Humboldt University (Humboldt Universitat)
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Ampelmann Shop
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Pariser Platz
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Brandenburg Gate
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Reichstag Building
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Victory Column (Siegessaule)
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Hitler's Bunker
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Platz des Volksaufstandes von 1953
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Memorial of the Berlin Wall
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Topography of Terror
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Checkpoint Charlie
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Gendarmenmarkt
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Franzoesischer Dom
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Original Berlin Walks
    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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "The tour is a lot of walking and standing, so wear comfortable shoes." See review
    • "I suggest comfortable shoes because you will walk a lot (maybe run a little bit)!" See review
    • "Not rushed, but lots of walking, so wear comfortable shoes." See review

    Reviews

    5.0
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    4,172 Reviews

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    star-5
    Great tour
    TuLinh_N
    , Jun 2022
    Our lead tour guide is Sarah. She was quite passionate on giving us as much information about each passing landmark as possible, especially the day we had this tour was quite hot, really appreciate this. The tour is a must-try when you want to have a first glance about Berlin. Last but not least, Berlin is a beautiful city, modern yet nostalgic look.
    star-5
    A Very Entertaining Overview.
    William_M
    , Jun 2022
    Ciaran was a wonderful guide. He was both informative and entertaining. The tour was very comprehensive. We ended our day with a much clearer understanding of the history and culture of this vibrant city. Thank you.
    star-5
    Fun and informative trip in Berlin!
    Albert_Y
    , Jun 2022
    Giorgio is an enthusiastic tour guide. He is humorous and knowledgeable. Makes the tour fun filled and highly informative. Would definitely recommend for someone visiting Berlin, or wanting to know more about Berlin.
    star-5
    Very informative and...
    Svetlana_B
    , Jun 2022
    Very informative and interesting tour. Jacob was our tour guide and was fantastic! Highly recommend!
    star-5
    Addicted to Berlin!
    Jen_C
    , Jun 2022
    Georgia was amazing, hottest day of the year so far but she kept us all motivated and entertained. Her knowledge of Berlin and its history is impeccable. I’ve learnt so much and I’m already itching to come back!
    star-5
    Berlin Walking Tour
    Parker_W
    , Jun 2022
    Giorgio was an awesome tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see the best of Berlin.
    star-5
    Great experience with a brilliant guide
    Emanuela_S
    , Jun 2022
    Glen was our guide, he was great, very interesting and entertaining. The historical facts were clearly explained and the walks between stops very well paced. He was careful to always find a spot in the shade for us to stand while listening to his talks as it was a very hot day.
    star-5
    a stroll through history
    Warwick_M
    , Jun 2022
    Davide provided an excellent overview if The Mitte district history. He provided useful ways to keep names and places on historical and chronological order. He delivered the story in a clear and precise manner. Always open to questions. Great walking tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    A must do
    Kathy_A
    , Jun 2022
    We had a marvellous tour with Greg. He was so full of historical knowledge. He truly gave us the background on everything that we were about to see. He was also so full of stories and photos. I highly recommend this tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Excellent tour content & guide
    Nan_B
    , Jun 2022
    Excellent tour leader - Maxime! He was thorough, knowledgeable & informative. The time spent was well worth it.
    star-5
    A must do tour!
    David_C
    , Jun 2022
    Jess was very knowledgeable and very passionate about the history of Berlin. He loved for us to ask questions. Ask for him as your guide.
    star-5
    Beautiful Berlin
    Miriam_S
    , Jun 2022
    Excellent informative tour with Scott. Covered brief history of Berlin in succinct terms and allowed you to re examine more sensitive events yourself. Learned a lot in a short time
    star-5
    Great tour to start your visit to Berlin
    Kathryn_C
    , Jun 2022
    Excellent tour. Glen our tour guide was very knowledgeable and full of stories. It's a great way to get your bearings when you first arrive in the City. It's hard going as you are walking all over the city, but covers pretty much all the main attractions. You don't have time to stop and explore but it's a good way to figure out what you'd like to go back to and express on more detail. Make sure you have plenty of water. Would definitely recommend.
    star-5
    Great paced trip
    Lindsay_T
    , Jun 2022
    Very knowledgable guide. Visited many places of interest. Would have liked a longer stop at Berlin Wall but otherwise very well paced
    star-5
    Informative and entertaining!
    IRENE_M
    , Jun 2022
    Ay, our guide had an extensive knowledge, delivering the tour with great story-telling and eloquence.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Getting historical...
    Anshu_D
    , Jun 2022
    Getting historical context of places visited added to the overall experience. Our guide Glen was fantastic.
    star-5
    Great tour to do with Jacob
    Tamie_M
    , May 2022
    Jacob is full of knowledge and you can tell, really enjoys leading a tour. His voice is strong and he pays attention to who is in his party. He brings the sites in Berlin to life and helps one understand the history of Berlin. The tour is long, but because Jacob stops often to explain what there is to see, the tour does not seem long. We saw many major sites.
    star-5
    So many incredible sites, tons of information
    Walaa_A
    , May 2022
    Ay was super engaging and shared a lot of history and interesting facts. She presented the information in a way that was very entertaining for the whole group. We were able to see so many incredible sites in 4 hours. The tour pace was great with lots of opportunities for breaks and coffee. Highly recommended!
    star-4
    Excellent but too long
    Benedicte_D
    , May 2022
    Friendly guide (Walid) who had a lot to tell and took us to several highlights of the city. However, we skipped the last hour of the tour because after 2,5 hours of standing and strolling our backs and legs gave out. A small break after 2 hours would have been very welcome.
    star-5
    Gregor was AMAZING!! His...
    Donald_D
    , May 2022
    Gregor was AMAZING!! His knowledge and personality were first rate! I have used Viator many times and Gregor was another shining example of the quality that one expects from Viator! Many thanks!

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