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This 3­ hour tour explores the surviving monuments of the East German regime including the infamous Berlin Wall and Stasi headquarters. A historian will reveal the dialogue between modern Berlin’s built environment and its dark and often hidden history. You’ll hear about life under Communist rule, the East Germans’ growing discontent and their government’s brutal suppression.

Description:
Your tour begins at the Brandenburg Gate where, in June 1987, President Ronald Reagan famously called on Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to, “tear down this wall!” Nearby is the former Soviet Embassy, a grandiose monument built in 1945 amid the rubble of World War II as a bold declaration of Stalin’s ambition to control all of Berlin. You will be informed on how the Allies’ post­war division of Germany into four parts led to decades of Cold War tensions.

Next stop is the Friedrichstrasse train station, a key crossing point between East and West Berlin. When families were torn apart by East Germany’s iron­fisted immigration laws, they said their sad goodbyes here in the office known as the Palace of Tears. At Nordbahnhof, you’ll explore how Berlin’s division created “ghost” stations, unused but heavily guarded stops on West Berlin’s subway lines that lay in East German territory. Farther along, the Berlin Wall memorial allows you to experience the notorious Death Strip and hear stories of East Berliners whose attempts to escape led to their tragic deaths.

You will visit the grandiose mile­ long housing complex known as Karl Marx Allee and consider how East Germans’ dreams for a Socialist paradise turned into a nightmare of deprivation, suppression and paranoia. East Germany’s secret police, the notorious Stasi, coerced neighbors and family members to spy on each other. At the former Stasi headquarters, you’ll learn how its feared leader Eric Mielke recruited a massive network of spies and created innovative surveillance techniques.

Finally, you will visit the center of public life in East Berlin, Alexanderplatz, which was rebuilt in the 1960s with monuments like the futuristic parliament building and the iconic TV Tower. In 1989, this symbol of East German pride was the setting for massive demonstrations that led to the regime’s downfall and brought 40 years of Communist rule to an end.

Highlights:
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Location: Berlin, Germany

Duration: 3 hours

Voucher Redembtion: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. 





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    Departure Point:
    Unter den Linden 42, Berlin, Germany

    Departure Time: Mondays and Fridays -- 2:00 PM
    Wednesdays and Saturdays -- 10:00 AM

  • Inclusions:
    • Local guide
    • Walking tour

  • Exclusions:
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions: You will need to use public transport a few times, since the distances between some key sites would be too far to walk. If you will not have a few days visitor's transit pass to Berlin already, we suggest that you purchase the day metro pass.  If you cannot purchase it in advance, your guide will help you purchase it at the first metro station on the tour.
    • Berlin Transit One Way Tarif AB Ticket 2.8 Euro, Senior Discount 1,70 EUR
      Berlin Transit Day Ticket for one Person 7 Euro, Senior Discount 4,70 EUR

  • Other Information:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved


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