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German Tour: Parliament Quarter & Reichstag glass dome

Duration: 90 minutes – 2 hours
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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

Very informative tour through the parliament quarter

Our tour guide was well informed and provided us with plenty of details, all in all it was a very interesting walk through the parliament quarter and we skipped the line to the Reichstag, which was of great advantage, especially for the low cost of the ticket.

German Tour: Parliament Quarter & Reichstag glass dome Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/25/2017

Lewis was very passionate about tour and gave us a lot of attention.

Great experience. We got to know Berlin in a very nice and clear way through the tour. Thanks a lot!

Berlin Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Cristina, 01/21/2017

Great insight into Berlin and Bowie's time there

Really enjoyed our walking tour round Berlin with Jim our guide. He was great company and gave us some interesting details about life as a musician in this fabulous city. Thanks.

Very balanced account on the cold war history of Berlin

Tour was very interesting, showing lot's of locations. I would highly recommend this tour as you get to know a lot about Berlins recent history.

Berlin Insider's Cold War Walking Tour Reviewed by Dominik, 12/30/2016

Enjoyed the tour and information on Bowie and link to Berlin history

Our guide was knowlegable when it came to Bowie and I appreciated the link the tour made with Berlin history, particularly regarding the wall. The information added a realness to Bowie's stay in Berlin that I hadn't considered before.

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