Walking Tours: Berlin Wall Tour
The Wall is probably Berlin´s most famous building. Pieces of it remain only in a few places, but the official Wall Memorial with a reconstructed “Death Strip” at Bernauer Straße is the ideal place to understand the absurd and tragic situation of Berliners on both sides of the Wall. In this street dramatic flight attempts took place and a church was detonated in the border zone. A ride on a former ghost train line and a visit to the “Palace of Tears” are also part of the tour. The tour ends at Checkpoint Charlie, hot spot of the Cold War and site of the dramatic tank confrontation in 1961.
- Private tour
- Local tour guide
- Tour along the former Death Strip
- Incl. open-air Wall Documentation Center
Date and time:
At your hotel
English, German, other languages upon request
Prices (incl. all taxes):
€ 149 per group
Offer and Booking:
Book the tour online using the yellow „Book now“ button on this page. For questions or to receive an individual offer with price and tour suggestion use the contact form on this page or simply call us at +49-30-220 11 88 89 (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time).
The tour can be customized according to your individual needs and your preferred meeting and ending point. During the tour partly public transportation is used – tickets are not included in the price. Maximum 30 travelers per group – for larger groups ask for an individual offer.
The tour starts at the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße where the facades of houses on the southern side of the street became part of the fortifications when the border was closed in 1961. People jumped out of the windows to reach the other side of the street and several people died during flight attempts. You will see the site of famous tunnel 57, that was named after the number of persons that escaped through it, the place where a church was blown up in 1985 in the so-called „Death Strip“ (between the two walls that defined the border zone), a reconstructed part of the wall with a watchtower and a memorial to all those who died at the wall. From Bernauer Straße we will use a so-called “Ghost Train Line” where the train did not stop at stations in East Berlin, because the trains belonged to West Berlin´s public transport system. It takes us to Friedrichstraße where the former checkpoint has been turned into a museum (free of charge). After a short visit we will take an underground line (which used to be a ghost train line as well) to Checkpoint Charlie where American soldiers passed the border to visit East Berlin. In 1961 the fate of mankind was hanging on a bare thread when American and Soviet tanks stood opposite each other at Checkpoint Charlie threatening to open fire.
During the tour you will see:
- Observation platform with a view of the reconstructed death strip (if accessible) and a watchtower
- Documentation Center and Visitor Center of the Wall Memorial
- Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße
- Sites of escape tunnels
- Chapel of Reconciliation, built from pieces of the detonated Reconciliation Church
- Ruins of torn-down houses in the former death strip
- Exhibition on “ghost train stations”
- Rides on former “ghost train lines”
- “Palace of Tears“, former checkpoint at train station Friedrichstraße
- Checkpoint Charlie, iconic landmark of the Cold War
Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie
The Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie is a private collection on four floors displaying exhibits on the history of the Cold War and, for example, devices that were used for flight attempts: Ropes, kites, balloons, cars etc. The museum can be visited after the tour.