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Berlin: The Wall and Cold War Private Walking Tour

1. Berlin: The Wall and Cold War Private Walking Tour

Experience the fascinating history of Berlin up close on this private walking tour. Find out about the construction and fall of the Berlin Wall, see its remains, and discover places where escape attempts were made with your local guide. Begin the tour on Bernauer Strasse, a street that is now home to an open-air documentation museum, and follow the former borderline through the center of Berlin. As you go, listen to real-life stories about the experiences of Berlin's citizens during the Cold War. Check out an original border crossing station at the Palace of Tears. If it's open, head up to a viewing platform to see the "death strip" that aimed to prevent escape attempts. The tour concludes at another border crossing station, Checkpoint Charlie.

Berlin Insider's Cold War Walking Tour

2. Berlin Insider's Cold War Walking Tour

Follow the ghost-like trail of the death strip and wall, and discover everything there is to know about the Cold War on a fascinating walking tour around Berlin. Learn about where the cold war powers formerly confronted each other, the routines and duties of border guards, Soviet and allied forces, the Stasi and the CIA. Get an extraordinary insight into what it was like to live in the eastern bloc, and hear about failed escapes, and how the border command was ordered to shoot to kill anyone who would dare attempt the heinous crime of emigration, known as “flight from the Republic.” Learn about how the M16 and the CIA tunnelled under the Wall into the Soviet Zone and tapped into the Red Army’s secret communications, about the methods used by Stasi to control the East German population, and what happened to the leaders of the GDR when the wall fell. Discuss the state of the present German society and the plight of former East Germans. Learn about the changes that German society went through, from shopping to daily life and work, and what the future holds. Explore sites such as ghost stations, former guard towers, and hidden areas of the death strip, espionage points of the CIA and KGB, and much more. The tour finishes at Ruschestraße 103.

Berlin: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

3. Berlin: Private Tour with Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Berlin at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like East Side Gallery, Holocaust memorial, Museum Island and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Red Berlin: Secrets of the Communist Capital

4. Red Berlin: Secrets of the Communist Capital

Take the Cold War and Communist Berlin walking tour and learn about the city before the days of reunification. Hear how Berlin existed on the front line of the Cold War, and learn of the people, places, and secrets that kept 2 worlds on the brink of World War III, along with the wall that separated them. You will be strolling through Berlin's former Soviet Sector, a Cold War battleground and foundation of Communist East Berlin. Learn about life behind the Iron Curtain, and see how the Stasi, the largest spy network the world has ever seen, kept an entire population under observation.

Berlin: Cold War and Berlin Wall Tour in Spanish

5. Berlin: Cold War and Berlin Wall Tour in Spanish

This tour follows in the history of the Cold War and takes you on a discovery of an important period that shaped the city of Berlin. Explore the places that defined Berlin during the Cold War, including the Bernauer Strasse Wall Memorial, the Soviet Memorial in Tiergarten, and the Reichstag. Discover what it was like to live in a divided city and explore the former ghost stations of the underground lines. Visit the Stasi Museum and find out what methods the secret service used to control the population of East Berlin. See what remains of the Berlin Wall and the infamous Death Strip, learn about why the wall was built, and discover the ingenious ways some Berliners tried to cross the Berlin Wall. You will also learn about why the wall eventually came down, how the city has developed itself since, and what has changed in the lives of Berliners.

East Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in a Russian Van

6. East Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in a Russian Van

Explore the highlights of the former East Berlin in a vintage Soviet “Bukhanka”, also called a “pan loaf” van, on this private 2.5-hour sightseeing tour.   Start your tour at Friedrichstraße train station, where the Palace of Tears was once the central border crossing for Berliners. Many tears flowed here during the division of Berlin, which separated many families.   The next stop will be the famous Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse. This is the only place in the city where you can experience the former inner-city border strip in its entire dimensions.   Then, head to Ernst Thälmann Park, a former prestigious urban development project of the late GDR. Admire the skyscrapers and huge monument to Ernst Thälmann, which was finished only 3 years before the end of the GDR. Continue on to see the former Lenin Square and Karl-Marx Boulevard, which combines Soviet neo-Classicism with socialist Modernism and Brutalism.   Finally, visit Alexanderplatz Square, where you’ll see a huge socialist mosaic and the 365-meter-tall TV tower. Finish the tour back at Friedrichstraße station.

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What people are saying about Tränenpalast

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Booked the tour last minute with my cousin as I have done similar tours in other cities! Our guide Paul was amazing!!! He had such knowledge of the city and of its history that I feel I'm leaving Berlin with an even better appreciation! It was also light hearted and fun and topped off with a local sweet snack mid walk! A list of recommendations of what to do and where to eat was also given to us which I think fulfills any trip! Thanks PAUL!

A friend and I chose to do the cold war tour since we had free time. Nothing beats the youth and enthusiasm of the young tour guides, like PAUL FOR EXAMPLE! His tour was great and covered a lot of ground and information. He's a pretty smart guy and if you are looking for a choice of guides, I would highly recommend him.

The absolute best walking tour I have ever done! And I have done a few. Paul was completely amazing. His storytelling is remarkable. He knows what he is talking about and makes the stories very alive and gets everybody with him. I saw myself standing with my mouth open while listening. I definitely recommend this tour.

We had an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and funny tour guide called Paul, that made the tour really interesting and time just flew by 4 hours is not enough as there is plenty of interesting things to know about the city. Don’t hesitate and just book them, it’ll be a fun experience

We had a great walking tour with Paul! Cannot recommend it enough, it's a MUST for everyone visiting Berlin. So much info provided in a very nice way.