Guided tour

Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

Activity provider: Insider Tour Berlin

Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

Activity provider: Insider Tour Berlin
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From US$ 19.80 per person

Discover Berlin’s unique story on a 2-hour walking tour. Enjoy a shared small-group experience or private tour, starting from Brandenburg Gate and encompassing a long stretch of the Berlin Wall, still standing 30 years after the wall fell.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, German, Swedish, Spanish, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Private or small groups available

The Original experience

Highlights
  • Visit all the major historical spots in the unique city of Berlin with a small group or private tour
  • Hear stories and learn the recent history from an experienced and passionate English-speaking tour guide
  • Spend 2 hours walking from place to place on this fast-paced but informative journey
  • Become an expert on Berlin during the Third Reich and the Cold War
  • Make history tangible through encountering palpable historical sources
Full description

Hear about the tumultuous contemporary history of Berlin in a nutshell on a two-hour small-group or private walking tour.

Meet your tour guide in front of the Brandenburg Gate, the site of many changes in 20th-century Berlin.

Listen to expert commentary about the last days of the Second World War and hear how the gate came to be a symbol of reunification in Germany after 1989. 

Next, learn about the curious Reichstag Fire of 1933 as you pass the German House of Parliament.

Here you’ll delve deep into the key events that took place after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933, what happened to this building since the fall of the wall in 1989 and how it is used today.

Continue your whistlestop sightseeing tour via the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, you’ll have the chance to examine Soviet military hardware, tangible sources of the history of the city. 

From here you’ll move onto the impactful Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a poignant dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

After seeing the site of Hitler’s Bunker you’ll progress onto Hermann Göring's enormous Ministry of Aviation building at the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, which was later the site of the founding of the GDR in 1949. Next, you’ll head to see where the SS and the Gestapo institutions were located.

Contemplate life on both sides of the Berlin Wall while gathering around a 200-meter long stretch of the wall. Despite the wall falling 30 years ago, standing here allows you to absorb the very palpable history of the city.

Round off the walk with a stop at Checkpoint Charlie, where your guide will finish the tour with anecdotes about the infamous American versus Soviet tank standoff and the final hours before the wall fell.

Includes
  • Live guide
  • Walking tour
  • Public transport tickets to or from the tour meeting point
  • Entrance tickets to attractions
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Camera
  • Water

Know before you go

  • Shared group and private options do not always offer the same languages. Please check all languages of interest to find your preferred option type
  •  Tours run in all weather conditions and on public holidays
  •  Expect to walk approximately 3 kilometers on the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 1311 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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Our guide Stefano did a great job. The tour went longer for reasons out of anyones control, and Stefano was not concerned about his time at all, and did not rush. He was considerate of everyone’s schedule but made sure to complete the tour effectively! The guide can make or break the experience, Stefano made it great!

July 1, 2022

Anne (our guide) was very knowledgeable and answered lots of questions as best as she could! She was very mindful of the heat throughout and found shade when possible to talk about all of the stops. Anne was able to tell us a great deal about the different places we visited and also added some of her own experiences of growing up in Berlin. 5 Stars!

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June 18, 2022

Matt as our tour guide was friendly and helpful - he knew a lot about the history and was able to answer our questions very well. A great experience to quickly take a look at and understand the east & west sides of berlin if you do not have a lot of time to spend in the city.

June 17, 2022

Product ID: 280242