Trace the route of the Berlin Wall on this 3-hour walking tour led by an expert historian guide. Learn about the wall’s construction and expansion, get a glimpse of life behind the Iron Curtain, re-envision the wall’s infamous collapse in 1989 and discover how the wall has shaped modern Berlin’s identity. Your guide will show you poignant memorials, artworks, exhibits and preserved landmarks along the way, such as the ‘ghost station’ at Nordbahnhof S-Bahn. Numbers are limited to six on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.Description
Meet your historian guide at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. On your 3-hour tour, you’ll walk the route of the wall through the city center and learn about the construction, purpose, presence and demise of one of the most famous walls in the world.
Erected in 1961, the Berlin Wall was a concrete barrier dividing the city in two: the free West and Soviet–run East Germany. The Iron Curtain, as it came to be known during the Cold War, ran 97 miles (156 km) around the three western sectors of Berlin and 27 miles (43 km) directly through the city center. But it wasn’t just a physical barrier; it came to represent an ominous symbol of the ideological divide between Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc for more than 25 years.
Visit memorials, exhibitions, artworks and landmarks along the wall to get a sense of the scale and nature of Berlin's division. Witness remains of the wall, see a preserved East German watchtower, discover the symbolism behind the rabbit artwork along Chausseestrasse street, and visit the Nordbahnhof S-Bahn ‘ghost station,’ a West Berlin subway station once deserted and guarded by soldiers or police.
Your guide will unravel the complex social, cultural and political history of the Berlin Wall, reveal the realities of life behind the Iron Curtain, and show you the searches, patrols, observations and checkpoints once rampant in this turbulent area. The drama culminates with the wall’s collapse in late 1989, leading to the reunification of Berlin.
But the story doesn’t end there, you’ll also explore how the wall’s history shapes the identity of Berlin. Should this history be erased from the city’s map, or etched indelibly into its memory? Continue pondering this debate after arriving at the tour's end point, near the Berlin Wall Memorial.
Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.Highlights
- Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Instant Confirmation
- Small group ensures personal service
: Berlin, GermanyDuration
: 3 hours Voucher Redembtion
: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.