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Berlin: East-Berlin City Planning Private Walking Tour

Berlin: East-Berlin City Planning Private Walking Tour

From US$ 397 per group up to 10

Attempt to understand the eastern side of the Iron Curtain by exploring its architecture. Walk through East Berlin with an expert guide and discover the implications of decades of changes to the city's structures.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • East Berlin's post-war architecture
  • Enlightening discussion of parallels between city planning and politics
  • Swans's House at Weberwiese
  • Sugar Bakery Style at Karl Marx Avenue
  • Nikolaiquarter
Full description
This walking tour, focused on East Berlin's city planning in the decades following WWII. The tour follows the history of Cold-War-era East Berlin by looking at architecture and city planning. Your local guide will explain the changes and continuities in East German architecture and also highlights the links between political will and architecture. The Karl Marx Avenue is an important stop on this tour. It features a style that some East Berliners call the "Sugar Bakery Style" or "Stalin-Gothic." Your guide will explain to you the reason why. Walk along the street formerly named after Stalin, learn about the workers' uprising of 1953, and witness the various changes in architecture that occurred during the 1960s. This tour also makes stops at City Hall and features facts about medieval Berlin. Statues of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels still stand upright. Discover their importance to the city via these architectural structures. Finally, the tour ends where local rulers once had their palace. Your expert guide will explain the layers of Berlin's tantalizing history. Walk in to the past with this fascinating tour.
  • Expert private guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet on the southern side of Karl Marx Avenue, near the Metro station Weberweise.

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  •  Guests must book this tour at least 14 days in advance. Please note that this a walking tour, and guests should have the physical ability to walk for four hours at an average tempo.
  •  Guests are encouraged to let the guide know what they would specifically like to see, as they are eager to provide a personalized experience.
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