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Berlin > Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

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Berlin
| 4 hours

Overview

At a glance
Category: Tours
Duration: 4 hours
Highlights
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Small group ensures personal service
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Description
Start your 4-hour walking tour in either East Berlin or West Berlin. Your guide will begin with an overview of how Berlin was founded, and will continue explaining the long, complex and fascinating history of Germany’s capital city throughout your tour.
Stroll down the Unter den Linden boulevard, linking the Stadtschloss royal palace to Pariser Platz and Brandenburg Gate. As Berlin grew and expanded to the west, Unter den Linden became the grandest and best-known street in the city by the 19th century.
Visit Museum Island, the Neue Wache memorial and the Berlin State Library, where Albert Einstein once worked, and walk under the triumphal arc of Brandenburg Gate, the monumental entry to Unter den Linden. Nearby you’ll see the Reichstag parliament building, Pariser Platz, Hitler’s bunker and the poignant Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial.
Follow the 'death strip' to Checkpoint Charlie, and stand in the square of Bebelplatz, the site of the infamous 1933 Nazi book burnings. Walk along the remains of the Berlin Wall, which once divided East and West Berlin, and learn of the momentous events leading to its collapse in 1989.
Pause outside the Topography of Terror museum, located on the site of the former Gestapo and SS headquarters. Your guide will explain how the museum’s intentioned location reflects Berlin’s efforts at confronting and grappling with its past. Look down into the excavated cellars, where political prisoners were tortured and executed.
On a lighter note, get a taste of modern Berlin at Potsdamer Platz, with its urban architectural spread, and see how the area of Friedrichstrasse is being reinvented as Berlin's luxury shopping street. Your tour ends at the beautiful square of Gendarmenmarkt, and you'll be provided a city map with information regarding public transport and the best of Berlin's museums and nightlife.
Inclusions
City map/guidebook
Professional guide
Gratuities (optional)
Food and drinks, unless specified

Location

Meeting point
Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station

Reviews

Jul 2018

Great way to get a taste so you can explore in detail later

Recommend for a first day to orientate yourself

Jul 2018

Laura was an amazing tour guide. She really knew her stuff and encouraged us to ask questions, give opinions, and to creatively open our minds.

Jul 2018

The tour was great. Our tour guide was Jonathan, he’s really good for telling the history and facts about the different places we visited. He gave us good time at the places for see the sorroundings and take some pictures.
He’s very friendly and open to answer all the questions.
I will highly recommend to take this tour :)

Jul 2018

Presentation and explanation of the tour guide was excellent. Detailing of the history was really excited and attractive.

Jun 2018

My friends and I absolutely loved this tour! Our guide Gregor set a great pace for all ages involved, showed us all the major sites one would want to see in Berlin, and gave us advice for after our tour of various areas we may want to see and how to get there. Overall would definitely do again!

Jun 2018

We had an excellent guide, Beth from Original Berlin Walk. Great tour, great guide, highly recommend.

Jul 2018

Amazing tour! My guide Nathan was knowledgeable on German history, Nazi Germany history, the Cold War, and World Wars I and II. He took us around to all the top attractions of Berlin and this tour is a great way to get yourself acquainted with the big city of Berlin. I would recommend staying in Berlin for at least 3 days because I didn't feel like my day and a half stay was nearly long enough to explore the city in depth.

Jul 2018

It was so very unexpectedly cold when I did this tour and I ended up feeling too cold to pay any attention, but I recall the guide being very informative and passionate about the history of Berlin - personally I feltt it was too long, but again it could be down to the very cold weather.

Jul 2018

This tour basically accomplished our purpose of getting an intro to the city on one of our first days. Positives: visited main sites as described, fast paced. Opportunities for improvement: Kevin was a bit cranky on the day we went; dismissive of some sites (i.e. Checkpoint Charlie); and too large a group.

Jul 2018

Way too long, too much walking and too detailed

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