2.5-Hour East Berlin Walking Tour

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2 hours 30 minutes
Free cancellation
1 - 9
Mobile ticket


The Cold War fought its battles in the shadows of Berlin. Leave the center of town and head east to explore Berlin’s former Soviet Sector and learn about life behind the Iron Curtain. This guided walking tour lasts 3 hours and is limited to a group size of 9.


  • Local English- or Spanish-speaking guide
  • Break partway through

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Beginning near the Brandenburg Gate, this walking tour will take you on an exploration of East Berlin to reveal how the city’s former Soviet sector became the front line of the Cold War.

Stop At: Embassy of Russia in Berlin, Hotel Bristol, Unter den Linden 63-65, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Stop to see what was the Soviet (and is now the Russian) Embassy - only a short distance from where the American Embassy in East Berlin once stood.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Palace of Tears, Reichstagufer 17 Mitte, 10117 Berlin Germany

See the Palace of Tears, which used to be the crossing point between East and West Berlin.

Your expert guide will share with you insightful information about how several families were suddenly divided when the Berlin wall was built in 1961.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin, Germany

Trace the path of the Berlin Wall and discover the lives of those who lived behind the Iron Curtain.

Learn how the two-wall system (with the Death Strip in the middle) functioned and hear the stories of those who tragically died trying to go over the Wall.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: East Side Gallery, Muehlenstrasse 3-100 Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, 14167 Berlin Germany

Explore the East Side Gallery, while you learn not only about the spying between the East and the West but also about the spying that took place by the East German government on its own people. Your expert guide will tell you how the Stasi -the feared East German secret police - interrogated and intimidated their citizens.

You'll continue walking by East Berlin, while your tour guide shares with you insightful information about the life for citizens of the GDR, Berlin's "Ghost stations", the 'Ostalgie' concept and much more.

Duration: 40 minutes

Pass By: Bernauer Straße 36 Objektgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Schönhauser Allee 172, 10435 Berlin, Germany

Your tour finishes near the U Bernauer Strasse.

Time of tour

02:30 PM

Meeting point

Berlin Free Walking Tour, Departure Point, Unter den Linden 80, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children under the age of 13 may join free, however, please note that some content may not be suitable for younger guests
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 3.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • You will need to purchase an AB day transport ticket for this tour
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • - Guides will wear masks and gloves when required - Guests are encouraged to bring their own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone number) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group pictures will no longer be taken


  • Transportation - an AB travel ticket should be purchased before joining the tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Ticket delivery

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


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
May 2022

Fabulous tour from our guide Ernestina - very brutally honest and rich in the history of Berlin with funny little anecdotes. We would have loved to have done more of Ernestina’s tours but unfortunately weren’t in Berlin for long enough - definitely on our list for when we return though and will b...

Kerem B
May 2022

It is a great way to start discovering the city! Drawing connections through stories and facts about the city between history of the place and its current state was a tranforming experience for me. Our guide Hannah made the tour special thanks to her unique style of telling things and really made...

May 2022

The Guide Marcel was really Nice and did his Job really really Well. I liked the walking tour of Berlin and was happy to get a lot of information which I never knew before. It was my 2nd day in the city, the tour helped me to know many places.

May 2022

Very friendly and lively guide. Very well explained and organized. Comfortable time to get to know a little more about the city without being tiring.

May 2022

Our guide Matias was awesome. c. 25 of us. The talk & walk was so informative, well-paced, fascinating, intriguing, troubling (in a good way) and thought-provoking. Don't hesitate, just book & go - you're in good hands with Sandemans! (that is soooo an advertising slogan)

April 2022

I generally don’t do walking tours, or I last about 5 minutes and have to leave because the guides try to be funny and that annoys me. The history of Berlin is not remotely funny. I soon realised that if I walked the city by myself, I was going to miss out on a lot of insight and stories. My tou...

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