Enjoy a tour of the Berlin Wall led by a 20th-century historian and visit surviving sections of the Wall, exploring the construction and demise of this symbolic structure that defined much of the 20th-century in both Europe and the world at large.
What to Expect
This walking seminar unravels the complex social, cultural and political history of the Berlin Wall by tracing a section of its former route through the city’s vibrant center. In doing so, you will investigate the post-war background of the Wall’s construction, the realities of life in a divided city, and the implications of its fall for a reunified Berlin. The main goal will be to understand the Wall for what it was: not merely a concrete barrier, but also a controlled series of empty spaces and activities (searches, patrols, observations, and checkpoints) that came to signify all the consequences of the division of Berlin and of Europe.
Beginning at the Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse, the site of some of the earliest and most dramatic escape attempts from the communist GDR, you will stop at numerous exhibitions, memorials, works of art, and historical locations in order to get a sense of the scale and nature of the city’s division. See how the Wall was constructed and expanded, the ways in which it was used as an ideological symbol by Cold War powers, and ultimately how and why it fell.
- 20th-century historian as your personal guide
Know Before You Go
This is a private tour. The price is per party. You pay a flat fee, and may bring up to five more people.
Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.