Cold War Berlin - Behind the Wall Half Day Tour

Brilliant insight into the history of Berlin . Tour guides Maria and Barry were outstanding , would highly recommend this tour to anybodyPascal G., Ireland – See more reviews
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What To Expect

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.


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Meeting Point:
McDonald's opposite the main entrance to Zoo Station
4 hours
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:00 AM
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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.


-Services of an expert guide


  • AB ticket

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activities

Please Note

  • Children below 13 years old are free of charge if accompanied by paying adult. Seniors and students have special rates. Please inquire.

  • You will need to purchase a train ticket (AB Zone) for this tour, to be paid on site.

  • Private guide service is available upon request. Please inquire.

Meeting Point

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

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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