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Berlin: Cold War History Private Walking Tour

Berlin: Cold War History Private Walking Tour

From US$ 396.20 per group up to 15

Embark on a private tour of Berlin. See Checkpoint Charlie, the Palace of Tears, and the remainder of the Berlin Wall. Learn about life in a divided city while led by a knowledgeable guide, who will share personal memories and stories of this time.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Personalized tour led by an expert guide
  • Visit Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous crossing point between East and West
  • Experience the Berlin Wall, the only spot where the original system still exists
  • Stand on the spot where the Wall was breached for the first time in November 1989
  • Learn about Berlin's ghost stations and listen to stories about the old city whilst roaming its streets
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Meet your guide in front of Starbucks at Friedrichstrasse 61. Embark on a 4-hour private walking tour and explore divided Berlin of the Cold War era. Follow a local guide with personal memories of the Berlin Wall and its fall in 1989. You will first stop at Checkpoint Charlie. This is the most famous border crossing and the one mostly used by the allied military. Hear stories about the people who attempted to escape from the East, which mostly ended in death. Your guide will tell you the haunting stories of this turbulent era. You will also hear the brief story about the tank confrontation of 1961, one of the events for which Checkpoint Charlie is so famous. From here, the tour moves to the Palace of Tears, a lesser-known landmark. This is another former crossing point with a poignant history. You will learn about the divided transport system and hear the stories of "ghost stations." Bernauer Straße is the next stop the only remaining spot where the Wall still exists in its original setting. At this spot you will find out how the system was organized and also, with the help of personal accounts and memoirs, attempt to understand what inhabitants truly thought of the Wall at the time. At Bösebrücke, the Wall finally came down on November 9, 1989. You will visit the memorial there and learn what made the guards suddenly open their gates. As there are also plentiful interesting landmarks along the way, your guide will be happy to customize the tour based on your interests and wishes.
  • Expert private guide
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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 in front of Starbucks at Friedrichstr. 61, close to Stadtmitte tube-station

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  • This is a walking tour
  •  A full-day transport ticket is required (cost is currently €8,60)
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Product ID: 17056