Free Cold War Tour

Learn all about the Berlin Wall & the life in a divided city.

From 23rd to the 1st, due to holiday schedules, it's highly recommended to book your tour to ensure availability.

Meeting Point

At the huge granite bowl in Lustgarten, the park in front of the Old Museum and the Berliner Dom

Description

A city rebuilt upon the ruins of its former self; Berlin was transformed from the capital of the Third Reich into the embodiment of Cold War conflict and became ground zero for a war of propaganda and 4 decades of chronic political & military tension between superpowers. Next Berlin Tours free tour of the Cold War era will take you back in time to experience Berlin’s past as an occupied city. Hear the stories, see the lasting legacy, and learn what it really meant to live behind the Iron Curtain and in the shadow of the Berlin Wall.

Please note that you need ONE AB METRO DAY TICKET on this tour.

  • WWII & Germany's division
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Life in the DDR
  • Palace of Tears
  • Russian Embassy & Soviet War Memorial
  • Ghost stations
  • TV Tower & Alexanderplatz
  • communist ideology, propaganda, art & architecture
  • 17th June 1953 uprising
  • Karl Marx Allee & 'Stalin's bathroom'
  • Reichstag & German Reunification
  • Escape Stories & victims of the Wall

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Things to note

How do free tours work? It's simple, you're free to pay what you feel the tour was worth. Your lovely local guides don't receive any income other than tips from satisfied customers like you, meaning top quality tours on fair terms.

Booking is recommended to reserve your space, especially during high season & at weekends. This helps us to guarantee you'll receive a top quality tour!

Groups of 7+ must book online 24 hours in advance. Please note, fixed rates apply for groups joining the tour.

Please note, groups of 7-15 people who book to join the tour are not guaranteed their own guide. Should your group require their own guide, we recommend you use our contact form to arrange a private tour exclusively for your group.


Schedule

Starts at
Monday 11 AM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 11 AM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Directions

The closest S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations to Lustgarten are Hackescher Markt (lines S5 and S7) and Alexander Platz (lines S5, S7, U2, U5 and U8). Both of them are within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the meeting point.

If you are coming from Hackescher Markt, once you get off the S-Bahn take Burgstrasse, which becomes Spreepromenade situated along the riverbank. Once you see the bridge on your right, cross it and walk to the Berliner Dom. Congratulations, you have arrived to Lustgarten, the square in front of the Old Museum and the Cathedral! Walk to the middle of the square and look for our guides with light-blue Hostelculture T-shirts and umbrellas at the marble bowl.

Coming from Alexanderplatz take Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, pass St. Mary's Church on the left, towards Museum Island. Cross the bridge and continue to the Berliner Dom. Once at the Dom make a right onto the Lustgarten. Our guides with light blue Hostelculture T-shirts and umbrellas are waiting for you at the marble bowl in the centre.

You can download our city map from here.

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