See the impacts that World War II, the Holocaust, and the Cold War had on this city, then see how it has reinvented itself to emerge as one of the hottest spots.
- Go back in time as you look upon the Berlin Wall through stunning virtual reality headsets
- Explore the history of Berlin’s most creative neighbourhoods which were the heart of Berlin subculture in the 90s
- Discover where Martin Luther King gave his famous speech in 1964
- On Sundays only: Be a real 2020 Berliner and pick up a bargain from Mauerpark fleamarket, just five minutes’ walk from the end point before strolling through the beautiful leafy neighbourhood of Prenzlauerberg with its stunning architecture and lovingly restored buildings
- Adults Ages 12+
- Children Ages 6-11
Discover Berlin’s Hidden Spots
Discover what the former East Berlin was really like in a unique experience; from cultural traditions and anarchic rebellions, to dividing walls and creative fervour, this tour will take you behind the scenes of the real East Berlin.
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips or gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: Four hours
- Meeting point: The entrance of the Melia Hotel at Friedrichstraße,103 (close to the suburban station Friedrichstraße). View Location on What3words.
- Starting time: 10.00 am
- Ending point: Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauerstrasse (close to S-Bahn Station Nordbahnhof), located in Berlin Mitte
On this Behind the Wall Tour, you will explore and discover the fascinating side to Berlin’s history that has shaped the city into what it is today. After meeting your local tour guide and group, you’ll walk to the ‘Palace of Tears’ and learn about the incredible story behind its name. You’ll follow the fading traces of the Cold War in Berlin to a spot where East and West were divided for decades.
The next part of the tour will give you the opportunity to see some of the major highlights of Berlin, which have lived through the decades and survived the many regimes (WWII, The Cold War, Reunification) such as the world famous Humboldt University’s palace-like main building, where the notorious book burning of 1933 took place, before passing the impressive Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site with numerous world-class museums and the majestic Berliner Dom.
Your guide will share the story behind the reconstruction of the new Prussian Palace, which is being rebuilt at the exact location of the former Palace of the Republic (The GDR Government building). Your tour will lead you past the famous DDR Museum (a visit inside is not included in the tour, but is highly recommended if you have time at a later date).
Next you´ll take a leap into life in 90s East Berlin, taking in some of the most well-known squats and punker clubs before exploring the Hackesche Höfe, a stunning building of interconnecting courtyards, and now a buzzing cultural and arts space. You’ll discover the transformation that the neighbourhood has undergone and hear stories of its wild past; it was here that Berlin’s alternative subculture thrived in the 90s and continues to thrive today.
On your way to the final highlight of the tour, you will see where Martin Luther King held his famous speech in 1964 before finishing the tour at the notorious Berlin Wall, where you will see how the Wall divided the city.
Urban Adventures offers you a truly unique insight into the incredible German capital. Your local guide will be full of insider knowledge that they will share with you along the way, giving you an exclusive insight into the transformation of Berlin over the last century.
Dress standard: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Dependent on weather, wet weather gear is useful.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Ms. Zoé B. from USA travelled on 25 Jun 2018:
Great tour, our guide was a history buff and it showed in his enthusiasm for the sights and places we visted.
Mr. Susie N. from Australia travelled on 12 May 2017:
Lucian was an excellent guide; knowledgeable, enthusiastic, relatable. He was very generous with his time and we leant so much that we would never have discovered on our own.
Mr. Ron W. from Canada travelled on 22 Dec 2016:
The guide was unbelievable. He was enthusiastic, informative and very intuitive as to our needs and specific interests. His interaction couldn’t have been better and we were very fortunate to be the only couple on the tour after an Australian couple dropped out after a couple of hours. I can’t wait to rebook if this is the standard provided by Urban Adventures.
Ms. Janelle V. from Canada travelled on 12 Oct 2016:
Joanna was very knowledgeable about the history of Berlin as well as some of the lesser known events or stories. I loved the chance to see areas of the city that I likely would not have found on my own.
Mr. John C. from Australia travelled on 10 Jul 2015:
Hidden Berlin was a great introduction to a city that does not hide its past.
Mr. Barbara T. from USA travelled on 09 Jul 2014:
I was the sole person on this adventure, and it was wonderful! Lots of information, good pace, interesting places I’d never have found on my own.
Ms. Elizabeth F. from USA travelled on 05 Jul 2014:
Fantastic tour of Berlin. Our guide made history come alive.
Mr. Peter O. from United Kingdom travelled on 26 Mar 2014:
Can’t fault it! Nadin’s knowledge and enthusiasm were excellent. Her experience of life in East Berlin before the Wall came down, and then the changes after that were invaluable. This trip is highly recommended as it takes in both the main sights but also takes you away from the crowds to see less known sights. Really good.
Mr. GEOFF W. from Australia travelled on 25 Jul 2013:
Julia was sensational , very thorough , enthusiastic and great to talk with. Would recommend this tour to everyone. If you could pass on amessage to Julia , the name of the song regarding the fall of the berlin wall _ The wind of change by the Scorpions , a german band.
Mr. Jan G. from Norway travelled on 30 May 2013:
UA presented places I have not seen on 4 prior visits as tourist.
Claudia gave a presentation on Hidden Berlin, mostly Old East, with such enthusiasm that we forgot all about the cold and rainy weather. She had great knowledge about the sites and presented a lot of illustrations and photos from past times. I have visited Berlin 3 times from 1968-1980 (both east and west) and once after the wall fell. I learned so much new this time.
Ms. Julie W. from Saudi Arabia travelled on 10 Nov 2012:
The tour leader was excellent it really was a privilege to learn from Sebastian the realities of living in Berlin prior to the reunification and the Jewish history.