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Overview

Experience Berlin’s past and present on this 4-hour, 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.
  • 4-hour historical walking tour of Berlin
  • 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
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, 4-hour trip past the city’s key monuments.

Start your day at the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station 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.

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Reviews

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C
, Oct 2018

This was a brilliant tour! Beth was our guide for the morning and she was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour! She started by giving us a very comprehensive overview of the history of Germany, which laid a good foundation for the rest of the tour. Her approach as a guide was fantastic, she encouraged us to explore the memorials and then discussed how they made us feel afterwards. We really enjoyed this tour as it gave us a good overview of the city, both in finding our way around and in a historical context. I would definitely recommend it!

K
, Oct 2018

Tobi was great tour guide. He was extreme personable, knowledgeable, and able to answer the many questions that were posed. Can’t thank him enough for such a positive experience and its benefit to us as we continued to explore Berlin. If you are lucky enough to get Tobi as a tour guide, you’ll have a great time!Thanks to Tobi andViatir!

K
, Sep 2018

This is actually a really, really good tour, BUT if you are a slow walker watch out. They move on this one and I had a lot of trouble keeping up. And after all that, you are nowhere close to where you started, so it could be a long walk back to the hotel or plan on a cab ride home.. Our tour guide was really, really good.

B
, Sep 2018

This tour served as the perfect introduction to the history and geography of Berlin. Lyndsey, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and kept us going at a good pace to squeeze in many places of interest. Highly recommended.

T
, Sep 2018

This tour was amazing!

C
, Sep 2018

Wonderful Guide

J
, Aug 2018

An excellent tour to see the main sites and get the background on the history and events of the area for a new visitors to Berlin. Well worth the time and our guide was extremely knowledgeable of the history and significance of the sites visited and overall history of Berlin.

k
, Aug 2018

Ryan took my wife and I along with a group of about 20 people through Berlin. It was a delight. He was cordial, professional, knowledgable about the city and its history, and very funny. Ryan gave us ample time to explore on our own and alotted about 30 minutes for us to explore downtown near Checkpoint Charlie. He took us to all of the spots named in the description and had really informative information about each and every sight. He weaved in modern, Cold War, 3rd Reich, and Imperial German history into his tour, spanning centuries of historical events in this one tour. We loved it and would highly recommend it. We only spent 2 days in Berlin and this was a great way to see a lot of the city in an afternoon.

J
, Aug 2018

Berlin is a City that really requires a guide to see and understand. There is so much history and the City is one of constant change. We loved Berlin and this tour really got us acquainted with the City and what we wanted to do in Berlin during the remainder of our stay. Highly recommend this tour!

M
, Aug 2018

This was a wonderful tour that gave us a thorough overview of Berlin. At four hours, we thought it would be too much walking - but Sarah our tour guide - was engrossing, engaged and easily conveyed a lot of information. The time flew by even though the heat was almost unbearable. Sarah - despite the fairly large size group - took a lot of time to answer individual questions. Her enthusiasm as a Berlin transplant from Australia - was very apparent. Loved this tour. Would recommend to anyone trying to get an interesting snapshot of Berlin and its history.


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