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Berlin Walking Tour: The Cold War - Soviet Secrets & CIA Spies

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This tour follows the often ghost like trail of the Death-strip and Wall, retracing some of the more intriguing fortifications of its border from Guard Towers to tank traps.


Starting at the infamous Checkpoint Charlie, where the Cold War powers formerly faced off just yards apart, we describe the routines and duties of Border Guards, the Soviet and Allied forces, Stasi and CIA.

Get an extraordinary insight into: what it meant to live in the eastern bloc's most Stalinistic State - the former GDR; successful and failed escapes where Border Command sooner followed the orders of 'shoot to kill' than allow the heinous crime of 'flight from the Republic'; how MI6 and the CIA tunneled under the Wall and Soviet Zone and tapped into the Red Army's secret communications; the methods used by the Stasi to guarantee control of east Germany's population, from 'radiation tags' to "Day X" preparations.

Find out who were and what happened to the GDR's leadership - the key figures and where they are today.

For a proper historical perspective we look at the plight of former east Germans in present society: from former Stasi agents and every day citizenry through to the remarkable scenario of Germany's, not only first female, but "ossie" (the nick-name for east Germans) Chancellor - what do they miss about the GDR, are things better? From shopping to daily work, before, after and what the future holds.

Features include the monumental Soviet Embassy, "Ghost Stations", former Guard Towers, hidden areas of the Death Strip and espionage points of the CIA and KGB, Stasi surveillance techniques and equipment, locations of both succesful and failed escape attempts, a complete reassembled area of inner and outer fotifications of the state border and more.

Meeting Point

West: Meet outside main entrance to Zoo Station in front of McDonalds (View West Meeting Point Map)


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Berlin Walking Tour: The Cold War - Soviet Secrets & CIA Spies

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Thu and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide

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  • 09:45

    Check-in at S+U Zoologischer Garten Train Station

  • 10:00

    The Death Strip, Berlin Wall and Bernauer Strasse

    Retrace the horrors of the Cold War as your guide leads you to significant sites during the conflict. Visit the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse and see where the Death Strips' guard towers and tank traps once stood alongside the Berlin Wall.

  • Discover stories and secrets surrounding the Berlin Wall

    Throughout the tour, listen to your guide share stories about the locals' struggles of living "Behind the Wall". Hear about the escape stories of citizens wanting to commit the crime of "flight from the Republic". Learn about tactics of the STASI and GDR.

  • 14:00

    End of the Tour

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  • The fee for any public transport used during the tour is not included in the price. You are required to purchase a AB zone card before taking part.

  • Children under 12 are free only when accompanied by a paying Adult.

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Brilliant insight into the history of Berlin . Tour guides Maria and Barry were outstanding , would highly recommend this tour to ...anybody more


We had Barry (Wexford, Ireland) as our tour guide and told him that we would be carefully listening to what he had to say as I had... served with the allied forces in Berlin from 1986 - 1990. All I can say is what a good job he done and without referring to any notes, the history and his wit just flowed from him. He really took to the history of both the former West/East Berlin and it showed in his talks. he answered any questions asked of him without any problems and like a true Irishman really had the gift of the garb. more


Marina was great - very informative but in a relaxed way which made the day an absolute pleasure. The Stasi museum is a must as i...s the cafe there which is a complete return in time! more


Tour guide was very knowledgeable


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  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 10:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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