Private Walking Tour: Behind the Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: Germany, Germany, Berlin

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  • 4 hours
  • Berlin
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Unveil the fascinating history of the Cold War and the Berlin Wall on this private walking tour led by an expert historian guide. Learn about the rise of the Iron Curtain after World War II and hear how the Soviet Union collapsed with the fall of the Berlin Wall. See pieces of history come together on an enlightening 4-hour stroll to the sites where it all took place, such as the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Strasse, Karl-Marx-Allee boulevard, Gethsemane Church and Bornholmer Strasse.


  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Fully narrated tour

Meet at Hauptbahnhof train station for your private morning or afternoon walking tour. Your expert historian guide will lead you on a leisurely 4-hour walk through Berlin’s city center and point out important landmarks, monuments and buildings relating to the city’s Soviet legacy.

For decades after World War II, there were two Berlins: one a bastion of the free West, the other a capital city vying for communism. Dividing these two sectors — and the rest of Europe — was the Iron Curtain, marking the Soviet Union’s efforts to demonstrate its superiority.

See the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse, which commemorates the city's division and the deaths that occurred from East Berlin citizens trying to reach West Berlin. Listen to your guide talk about the measures that were put in place to prevent people crossing the wall, and hear stories of the risks many took to escape, thus thwarting the efforts of the notorious security service, the Stasi.

Visit Gethsemane Church in Prenzlauer Berg, where many courageous civil rights activists gathered in the late 1980s to protest the regime. See where these efforts first led to the breaching of the Berlin Wall at Bornholmer Strasse.

The story culminates with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War and, finally, the reunification of Germany. End your tour in Alexanderplatz, feeling more informed and enlightened — thanks to a handful of courageous East Berliners who managed to prevent the shredding of files at the Stasi headquarters, allowing us important insights into the inner workings of the Soviet regime.

  • Professional guide
  • Pick up at the hotel (if centrally located)

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Public transport day pass
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please note: a public transport day pass covering zones AB is required during the tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick you up at all Berlin Hotels or meet us at our Meeting Point at Hackescher Markt

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Berlin, Germany

Voucher info

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


4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 27 Sep 2016 -

Alan E

Our tour guide Rachel Wells, was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with historical facts as well as visiting actual historical sites. I highly recommend this tour.

Image - 21 Jun 2016 -

Stephen B

Alex was a great guide and had an wonderfully deep understanding of the DDR era and reunification. His choice of sites and routes through wall areas was very informative. A highlight of our trip and far exceeding expactations.

Image - 05 Apr 2016 -

Philip H

What a superb tour and our guide, Philippa, was fantastic! We had booked this as a private tour and she catered it to suit our needs excellently. We learnt so much from her and the way she put things across made it a truly enjoyable four hours. The tour ended at the Stasi Museum which put the whole tour into perfect context. We will certainly be recommending it and Philippa of course! to friends and colleagues. Many thanks!

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