Guided tour

Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

From US$ 16.42 per person

Learn about the fascinating history of events that took place in Berlin during the Cold War. See former guard towers, discover hidden military areas, and hear about secret espionage missions.

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Duration options: 2 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German
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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Tours operate rain or shine.
  • Get an insider's glimpse at the history of the Cold War in Berlin
  • Discover hidden areas of former death strips and espionage points
  • Visit historical sites like Palace of Tears and Checkpoint Charlie
  • See remnants of the Berlin Wall and learn about life in a divided city
  • Hear stories about incredible escape attempts from the GDR
Full description
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.
  • Live tour guide
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide in front of Starbucks Café, near Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate. Your guide will have a red umbrella and red t-shirt.

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    Warm recommendation

    The tour Red Berlin guided by Sophie was great! I am very happy that I could attend it and have very nice history lesson. Many thanks! I warmly recommend it. By the way - There is very important remark for GetYourGuide - You advertise that the tour Red Berlin includes visit to Treptower Park - Soviet memorial, what actually is not part of the tour. Please, update it as it can make misunderstandings and issues for Sandemans guides.

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    September 3, 2019

    Amazing tour with (Scottish) Sam

    We had an insightful experience. The tour was very interesting and we could ask our guide (Scottish) Sam any question. He loved the subject, told us loads of stories and facts about the Cold war (loved the chalk map on the floor), the Berlin wall and how life was on the Eastern side. Totally recommended! (Also, thanks for recommending Watergate...)

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    August 18, 2019

    Whow....amazing guide and learnt so much

    Every step of this tour is a learning moment with moments of the satirical and moments for tears. Sarah our guide was so generous with her knowledge, her passion to share this tragic part of history and with other aspects of Berlin life. Sarah thank you I have taken so much away with me...and am reading more and more. An enlightening roller coaster of a tour

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    July 22, 2019

    Product ID: 392395

    VA ID: 392395