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Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Experience Berlin’s past and present on this half-day guided walking tour through the city's Mitte district. Visit landmarks from the city’s Prussian, Imperial, Nazi, Cold War and modern eras, offering insight into the evolution of this fascinating German capital. Stroll along the iconic Berlin Wall and follow Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate. Then check out the rebuilt Reichstag and the Holocaust Memorial and hear the amazing stories of Cold War Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie. Your walking tour of Berlin also includes a complimentary city map and guidebook.
  • Learn about Berlin during the eras of the Prussians, Imperialists, Nazis and the Cold War
  • Visit Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and the Topography of Terror
  • Walk along the Berlin Wall and down Unter den Linden
  • Witness Berlin’s modern urbanization at Potsdamer Platz and Friedrichstrasse

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Learn about Prussian kings, the Nazis, and the city’s modern rebirth in areas such as Potsdamer Platz.
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Neue Promenade 3 , Neue Promenade 3, 10178 Berlin, Germany

In front of the Starbucks across from S-Bahn "Hackescher Markt"

This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • Gendarmenmarkt , Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  • Checkpoint Charlie , Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  • Take a walk back in time as you explore the many layers of history found in Berlin, covering everything from its Prussian period, to its violent 20th century and the present period of rebirth. History fans and those interested in the remarkable renaissance of Berlin’s urban center will enjoy this insightful, half-day trip past the city’s key monuments.

    Start your day at Neue Promenade 3 where you'll meet your guide. Listen to an introductory overview of the strange, winding history of Berlin, covering the city’s founding and continuing with stories about the turbulent years of war and modern era as the tour moves forward. Walk down Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard, a thoroughfare that links Stadtschloss royal palace with Pariser Platz and Brandenburg Gate. By the 19th century, this elegant street was among the most famous in the city, growing even more grand as Berlin’s boundaries pushed further west.

    Head next to Museum Island, pausing at the Berlin State Library (once the workplace of Albert Einstein) and the Neue Wache memorial as you continue. Travel beneath the monumental Brandenburg Gate, which forms the beginning of Unter den Linden, and check out the Reichstag, home of Germany’s parliament, just nearby. Then explore Pariser Platz, the location of Hitler’s bunker and the Holocaust Memorial, commemorating the many Jews that lost their lives during the Nazi regime.

    Trace the path of the “death strip” to Checkpoint Charlie, the infamous crossing point for those traveling between East and West Berlin, and visit Bebelplatz, the location of an infamous 1933 book burning by the Nazis. You’ll then have time the stroll along the Berlin Wall, demarcating the boundary between East and West during the Cold War, and hear details about its triumphant downfall in 1989.

    Take a moment to stop at the Topography of Terror Museum, situated at the former Gestapo and SS Headquarters. Hear from your guide about the significance of the museum’s location, which the city’s leaders consciously chose to help confront and reconcile the awful moments of Berlin’s past. Look down into the building’s excavated cellars, a haunting spot where political prisoners were once tortured and killed.

    Wrap up your Berlin walk on a lighter note with a stop at the modern area of Potsdamer Platz, a one-time “dead zone” between East and West that has since been rebuilt. Then take a walk along Friedrichstrasse, a high-end retail district. You’ll end your tour at Gendarmenmarkt, where you’ll receive a city map detailing useful info on Berlin’s public transport, nightlife and museums.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Hackescher Markt
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    James Simon Park
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Museum Island
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin - Centrum Judaicum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Berliner Fernsehturm
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Neues Museum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Pergamonmuseum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Altes Museum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Berliner Dom
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Stadtschloss Berlin
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Rotes Rathaus
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Nicholas Quarter
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Lustgarten
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Schlossbrucke
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Deutsches Historisches Museum
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Neue Wache
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Bebelplatz
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Book Burning Memorial at Bebelplatz
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    German State Opera (Deutsche Staatsoper)
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Cathedral of St. Hedwig - Domgemeinde St. Hedwig
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Humboldt University (Humboldt Universitat)
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Ampelmann Shop
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Pariser Platz
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Brandenburg Gate
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Reichstag Building
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Victory Column (Siegessaule)
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Hitler's Bunker
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Platz des Volksaufstandes von 1953
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Memorial of the Berlin Wall
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Topography of Terror
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Checkpoint Charlie
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Gendarmenmarkt
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Franzoesischer Dom
    The guide will explain the history of the site
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Original Berlin Walks
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "The tour is a lot of walking and standing, so wear comfortable shoes." See review
    • "I suggest comfortable shoes because you will walk a lot (maybe run a little bit)!" See review
    • "Not rushed, but lots of walking, so wear comfortable shoes." See review

    Reviews

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    4,070 Reviews

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    star-5
    Great visit
    marcos_m
    , May 2022
    Boris was a great guide. He went well beyond the scene with his deep explanations. An entertaining visit, with some moving moments, all in time. I strongly recommend it, and hope you get Boris as a guide.
    star-4
    Chris (Canadian) gave a...
    Rosemary_O
    , May 2022
    Chris (Canadian) gave a very informative history and tour of Berlin at a relaxing pace If you want to know Berlin a tour worth taking 👍👍
    star-5
    Great tour
    Les_F
    , May 2022
    Jacob was very informative. He is very passionate about Berlin and it's history. I would recommend him to friends.
    star-5
    Glen, our tour guide,...
    KRISTA_P
    , May 2022
    Glen, our tour guide, really made this tour! He was so knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Berlin. It was the first thing we did when we landed because we wanted a bit of the landscape and history of the main attractions/ sites - Glen went above and beyond answering questions and engaging the group. Highly recommend the tour- and even more so with Glen!!
    star-5
    Best walking tour I’ve done!
    Emma_D
    , May 2022
    The walking tour with Jacob was absolutely fantastic. I had a day to myself & it was the the best way to see Berlin and learn things you’d never know by waking around on your own. Jacob was extremely knowledgable and engaging & I’d definitely recommend you do this tour!
    star-5
    Jacob was passionate...
    Ken_B
    , May 2022
    Jacob was passionate about showing us Berlin‘s history, character and historical sites as well as insight Into Berlin as a living and breathing socioeconomic city
    star-5
    I was posted in Berlin...
    Kevin_R
    , May 2022
    I was posted in Berlin when the wall came down. This was my first time back and its changed so much. Such an amazing place and the tour was brilliant
    star-5
    Best tour ever!
    John_B
    , May 2022
    This is by far one of the best tours I have experienced in my life. Our guide was amazingly knowledgeable, and I have a whole new appreciation for Berlin because of him. This tour was the highlight of our trip.
    star-5
    Definitely one to do
    Peter_D
    , May 2022
    Rob S was a superb guide. He was enthusiastic and really knowledgable. We saw and learnt stuff that we'd definitely have missed if we'd gone it alone. Highly recommended.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Berlin
    stephen_k
    , May 2022
    Highly recommend this tour. Great commentary from our guide Walid . Very informative without completely overloading you with all details. Wear comfortable shoes as its quite a long tour. But a great overview of what Berlin is about.

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