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Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

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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
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    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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    • "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

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    star-5
    Good introduction to the highlights of Berlin
    Nigel_R
    , Aug 2022
    Very interesting and enjoyable tour. Toni was an informative, knowledgable and engaging tour guide. This tour covers all of the highlights of Berlin.
    star-5
    Best experience in...
    Dawn_B
    , Aug 2022
    Best experience in Berlin. Highly recommend. Sarah the guid was brilliant. Very friendly and engaging with a huge amount of knowledge
    star-5
    Highly recommend
    Brock_C
    , Aug 2022
    My wife and I wanted to learn more about Berlin and Germany in general and thought this would be a great way to do it. This tour was amazing and exactly what we were looking for. Our guide was Sarah and she was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. We highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in seeing the major landmarks of Berlin and learning the significance of these places
    star-5
    Brilliant Berlin!
    Gregory_H
    , Aug 2022
    An excellent tour which was made memorable by our excellent guide, Scott. He brought a truly fascinating city to life with his outstanding knowledge and sensitivity. It was well paced and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Thank you.
    star-5
    Brilliant, Informative, Entertaining.
    Ernie_C
    , Aug 2022
    Brilliant, Informative, Entertaining. A MUST Do if you are in Berlin - a great insight to the city's history.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Beautiful Berlin
    gayatri_s
    , Aug 2022
    Had a great experience with Sarah. Wonderful guide, patient and very knowledgeable. Soaked in the beauty of Berlin with this very informative tour.
    star-5
    Super storytelling with Heidi
    Sarena_B
    , Jul 2022
    Had a very informative tour with Heidi. Her overview up front, photos, and strategic sharing at each spot helped us to get a really clear understanding of the dynamics of East and West Berlin as well as Berlin’s broader storytelling. Very well organized tour with some sitting and a drink/snack break. Highly recommend for anyone new to Berlin looking for context and to see the main sights!
    star-5
    Excellent tour
    Chuck_B
    , Jul 2022
    Hiede was an excellent guide, very informative and very pleasant to be with. She is a winner. Will definitely recommend this to my friends.
    star-5
    First time in Berlin
    Robert_W
    , Jul 2022
    Georgia was fabulous with her knowledge of Berlin and it’s history. This tour is a wonderful introduction for anyone visiting this city for the first time.
    star-5
    Tour guide Chris ❣
    Claudette
    , Jul 2022
    We loved,Canadian Chris, he was such a great guide, very engaging, informative and just a great sense of humor, we really enjoyed the tour around the city..... Thanks for having us. The Icelanders ❣
    star-5
    A fantastic tour!
    Selina_K
    , Jul 2022
    To be honest, all of it. Cieran was the best guide we have had ever. He took time to get to know us which made it more enjoyable and his knowledge was second to none. I learnt so much that day from him!
    star-5
    Worth every penny
    Caitlin_T
    , Jul 2022
    This tour is absolutely worth the money. If you are visiting Berlin for a short amount of time, this tour takes you to all the highlights whilst also explaining the background of the city. Our guide Johnathan N was great - he clearly explained the history behind every spot we visited whilst also incorporating humour into the tour.
    star-5
    Highly recommended!
    Kaylene_B
    , Jul 2022
    Fabulous guide. This was a very informative waking tour. I would have missed so many important things had I done this on my own.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Brilliant!
    Joe_B
    , Jul 2022
    I had a wonderful day exploring the city with our guide Sarah. She had excellent knowledge of Berlin and great command of the group, would highly recommend!
    star-5
    Not 5 but 10 stars!
    Danilo_Q
    , Jul 2022
    This was an amazing tour of Berlin; our guide was very knowledgeable and well prepared, gave a complete history lesson about Prussia, the first and second world wars, the East Germany era and the fall of the Wall. He took us through the main spots and explained everything in details, sometimes even drawing maps on the floor (with chalk, hand he cleaned it afterwards) to give more details. The guy was funny and friendly. The best city tour I’ve ever done.
    star-5
    We had a great tour and...
    stela_p
    , Jul 2022
    We had a great tour and Heidi was an excellent guide. I definitely recommend this tour, it was enlightening and smooth.
    star-4
    Put on your Walking Shoes!!
    Gary_C
    , Jul 2022
    Touched on lots of the key sights to see in Berlin, including some interesting places. The guide made history come to life. Definitely worth the cost, but no map or guidebook was given at the end.
    star-5
    Fantastic tour!
    David_F
    , Jul 2022
    Our guide was Campbell and he was extremely knowledgeable. He was able to answer all questions…loud enough to hear…a nice pace to walk…friendly. Recommend this tour to all. A+++
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Complete Berlin History In 4 Hours
    Scott_R
    , Jul 2022
    Giorgio was very knowledgeable of Berlin and Germany’s history through the centuries. He presented some difficult topics very well. He was engaging and entertaining.
    star-5
    Great experience
    val3111971
    , Jul 2022
    We travelled as a couple and thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Hitters "bunker" stunned us, the Holocaust memorial left us speechless and the Brandeburg gate is powerful. Our guide, "Campbell" was funny, entertaining, knowledgeable and passionate, what more could you ask for?

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