East Berlin and Cold War walking tour
Walking tours

East Berlin and Cold War walking tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 4 hours
Do this because
  • Visit the Berlin Wall Memorial, Palace of Tears and Ghost Stations
  • Learn more about life in East Berlin during the Cold War
  • Listen to stories about the secret police and escape attempts
  • Walk along Bornholmer Straße, the first border to open in 1989
What to expect

Discover Berlin during the era of Kennedy, Khrushchev, Gorbachev and Reagan, when there were armed border guards watching over the Berlin Wall and people digging secret escape tunnels underneath. Travel back in time and learn about life in East Berlin that was shaped by communism, secret police and the Berlin Wall.

Your expert guide will explain why Germany was divided into two parts, whether East Germany was the most spied upon society in history and if the fall of the Berlin Wall was really an accident. Visit several historic sites and end the tour where the Cold War did, at the Bornholmer Straße. Thousands of East Berliners came together here to demand the opening of the border. This led to the first open border crossing during the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Some of the historic sites you will see at a glance:

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Palace of Tears (Tränenpalast)
  • Ghost Stations
  • Tunnel 57
  • Bornholmer Straße
  • Soviet, French, British, and American Embassies
  • 'Death Strip'
  • Chapel of Reconciliation
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
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What's included
  • Expert guide
What's not included
  • Ticket for public transport
Reduced price
  • Children (0-11) accompanied by an adult: free
  • Youth (12-25): reduced
  • Students (with valid ID): reduced
  • Senior (65+): reduced

Hackescher Markt, Neue Promenade 3, 10178 Berlin

Meeting point:

Meet your guide in front of Starbucks at the Hackescher Markt

What to remember
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note: you will need an AB day pass for public transport
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  • November to 31 March: Saturday at 10.00am
  • April to 31 October: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10.00am

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Original Berlin Walks
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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