This is a remarkable free tour all about the Cold war era in Berlin as the city went from witnessing the bloody reign and eventual fall of the Third Reich as Germany’s Nazi capital, to become the epicentre of tense conflict between Superpowers. A city divided by the infamous wall, Berlin’s fascinating stories during this era are told by passionate and engaging local guides to make this almost unbelievable period in history accessible and thought-provoking. We definitely recommend doing this free walking tour when in Berlin, as a hugely important period of Berlin’s recent history it will forever have a lasting effect on the city and this tour will certainly inform your perception of Berlin and your understanding of the city as it stands today.
Berlin, victim to the violent fall of The Third Reich had now become the centre of global political conflict, spanning 4 decades of crucial military & political tension between the world’s largest superpowers. On our free tour we’ll take you into Berlin’s past to discover everything from the lives of those who lived in the shadow of the iron curtain,it’s lasting legacy on Berlin itself and hear stories of those who lived through it all.
Please note that you need ONE AB METRO DAY TICKET on this tour.
This tour includes:
WWII & Germany's division — Berlin Wall Memorial — Life in the DDR — Palace of Tears — Russian Embassy & Soviet War Memorial — Ghost stations — TV Tower & Alexanderplatz — communist ideology, propaganda, art & architecture — 17th June 1953 uprising — Karl Marx Allee & 'Stalin's bathroom' — Reichstag & German Reunification — Escape Stories & victims of the Wall
“Great trip with enthusiastic guide.”
Reviewed on June2, 2016
Despite the freezing cold, we spent a really interesting day, knowing some famous places in Berlin from a bit other perspective than from guidebooks- thanx, Hexi!
“Free tour in Berlin with Chloe”
Reviewed on June1, 2016
Really had an awesome experience on my tour. My guide, Chloe, was great. We only had three people in the tour because it was pouring rain out but she still continued with it and did a great job…
“great experience definitely worth doing”
Reviewed on May 30, 2016
Our tour guide was great. She knew a lot of history, we saw so much of Berlin. It was definitely a highlight of our trip It was a couple of hours long so if its a sunny day bring a hat and some…
The closest S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations to Lustgarten are Hackescher Markt (lines S5 and S7) and Alexander Platz (lines S5, S7, U2, U5 and U8). Both of them are within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the meeting point.
If you are coming from Hackescher Markt, once you get off the S-Bahn take Burgstrasse, which becomes Spreepromenade situated along the riverbank. Once you see the bridge on your right, cross it and walk to the Berliner Dom. Congratulations, you have arrived to Lustgarten, the square in front of the Old Museum and the Cathedral! Walk to the middle of the square and look for our guides with light-blue Hostelculture T-shirts and umbrellas at the marble bowl.
Coming from Alexanderplatz take Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, pass St. Mary’s Church on the left, towards Museum Island. Cross the bridge and continue to the Berliner Dom. Once at the Dom make a right onto the Lustgarten. Our guides with light blue Hostelculture T-shirts and umbrellas are waiting for you at the marble bowl in the centre.
Things to note
Booking for this tour is recommended to reserve your space specially during high season. This helps us to guarantee you’ll receive a top quality tour!