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Experience a tour of the Berlin Parliament Quarter and learn more about the rich past of the capital. Enjoy the view of the city on a visit to the…

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5 historical facts about the Berlin Wall

For 28 years the Berlin Wall symbolized an ideological stalemate and its fall was swiftly followed by that of the Soviet Union. It's shaped the contemporary life of a city and the attitudes of its residents, so here are some things to know before your trip.

It was built in 1961 to cut off access to West Berlin

Berlin was the main route for the 3.5 million East Germans emigrating to the West prior to 1961. The 155km wall was intended to stifle a hemorrhaging workforce!

The wall couldn't stop emigration...

An estimated 100,000 still escaped East Germany after the wall went up. In the first two years, 1,300 of them were border guards!

...But it could slow it down!

Crossing wasn't easy, of course. At least 98 people were killed as a result of trying to sneak through, although some counts put the death toll well above 200!

There were plenty of imaginative escapes

East Berliners devised many daring ways of entering the West, from tightropes, zip-lines, and hot air balloons to crashing through in a speeding train!

It was torn down in 1989

Misinformation about relaxed regulations spread across East German news, driving citizens to gather at the wall hoping to cross. Outnumbered, the border guards eventually gave way!

Berlin Wall: Our Tips

Where is it now?

Most of the wall has been demolished, but tourists can still visit preserved segments, such as the Eastside Gallery (so-called for its large graffiti murals running along the Spree River's east bank between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain). A notable section is also visible at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. City tours should cover most of the sites, including Checkpoint Charlie – the famous American checkpoint on Friedrichstrasse.

When to visit?

Berlin is a true summer city and there are few better ways to spend a sun-soaked visit than to tour its sights by foot or by bike! If your visit has been cursed by cold or rainy weather, however, visit the segment at the Berlin Wall Memorial. It can be viewed from the top floor of its Visitors' Center, which also provides fascinating insights into life behind the wall.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Outdoor areas are always open, but the Visitors' Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    The open areas and Visitors' Center are free to visit, but the Center does accept donations.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A tour is definitely worth it! Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Depending on the exhibit you wish to see, directions will vary, but the wall is easily reachable!
  • Additional tips
    ** Remember to remain respectful during your visit. | Check the weather! Berlin can get windy quickly so plan ahead.*

What People Are Saying About Berlin Wall

Excellent value for money, highly recommendable

Really easy to use, easy to pick up from airport, gave us the freedom for 72 hours to travel freely in Berlin on all public transport. Would always buy this again

Very good way to learn the most of Berlin in 3 hours.

Georgia was a really interesting guide. She really seems to enjoy what she does and she was also interacting with us at all times. She showed us most of the importand things in Berlin through jokes and references to things that everybody knows eg movies. We really enjoyed it.

Berlin Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Eirini, 12/05/2016

Great introduction to the city, fabulous guide, great fun.

Easy to find the pick up point. Knowledgeable friendly guide - gave a sensitive history of the city. Great activity for your first day to see all the main sights you can then choose which ones to go back and see in detail. We covered a great distance that I wouldn't want to have walked and would have missed seeing so much if we'd travelled underground.

Highlights of Berlin Segway Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/05/2016

Berlin welcombe card hassle free way to see Berlin.

We picked up our Berlin Welcombe Cards at the airport, we were then able to reach our hotel easily. With the Berlin map and train route map it was easy to pick out route we needed. Just match up the name of the station with that on the notice boards no need to be fluent in German.

Excellent overview and introduction to Berlin

Really pleased I began my trip with this tour. Our guide was excellent- really knowledgeable and delivered his comments with humour and great pace. Thoroughly recommend the tour.

Berlin Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Natasha, 12/02/2016

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