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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

Apr 2018

Amazing tour with Heidi she was very informative and answered everyone's questions. I saw everything that I wanted to see and so much more. I would highly recommend her and this tour. I cannot wait to go back to Berlin.

Apr 2018

This tour was very good, would highly recommend it. our guide Kevin was excellent.

Apr 2018

Tour guide was very informative.

Apr 2018

Rick, our guide, is an American from Pittsburgh. He gave an outstanding, apolitical tour. Furthermore, he had to take two groups because one of his coworkers was ill.

My wife was one of the slowest in the bunch, and he waited until all the group was together prior to starting his talk. He did answer individual questions very well as people walked with him. Even our ten year old grandson, who accompanied us with our daughter, was interested. My wife and I grew up during the cold war, and we were able to tell our daughter and grandson what it was like growing up during the late 50's and early 60's as well as the Reagan years.

He was also cognizant of the safety of the group. If others were held up by a red light, he would advise those held up by the light to remain behind, and he would wait for them until they had a green light. Having spent 37 of my career in the chemical industry, which is VERY SAFETY oriented, I personally appreciated this.

He also pointed out a number of faith-based items I would have missed without this tour. These include: the history around the building, destructing, and rebuilding of the Jewish synagog the fact that the Lutheran cathedral was modeled, by the emperor, after St. Peter's in Rome, as the cathedral for the Protestant Reformation. He also pointed out the irony of the Berlin Funkt Turm reflecting a cross in the sunlight this is ironic as the communists built the tower to reflect their prestige.

As an enthusiast of German history, I learned much from him. This tour is highly recommended by me.

I am truly sorry that our limited time in Berlin did not allow us to book more of your tours.

Sincerely,

Jay G. Otten, PhD

Apr 2018

Very informative and interesting. The guide was a genius!

Apr 2018

This was the absolute highlight of our Berlin trip!! Very well done and organised tour of the history of Berlin, up to the Berlin wall. Our tour guide Jonathan did an excellent job, he was very knowledgable and happy to answer all questions! I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone visiting Berlin!

Mar 2018

Great way to get an introduction and overview of many of the significant sights

Mar 2018

We loved this tour!!

Apr 2018

A pleasant experience, Kyle was a good tour guide. My only suggestion would be to speak a bit more slowly and allow more time for people to ask questions, as it made the whole experience seem a bit rushed.

Apr 2018

This tour was the first and too long of a walk on a cold, rainy, snowy miserable day in Berlin. The guide moved very quickly and we couldn't hear most of what was being said. I am not sure why they don't use head phones with these large walking groups in Germany. I was interesting seeing the place by foot, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone who have a hard time walking. It is a big city and a lot of walking.

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