Experiance a journey through a devided city
Berlin, April 1945. The Red Army captures Berlin. As World War II draws to an end and the echos from the artillery and street fighting slowly die out, Berlin meets its new fate: occupation and division amongst the victorious allied powers.
The tension in Berlin is escalating and the tank stand-off between the Americans and the Soviets in 1961 took us to the brink of a third world war. Khrushchev calls Berlin "the most dangerous place on earth. "
On this tour we will visit the frontline of the Cold War - Checkpoint Charlie. We'll learn about life under Stasi-controlled East Germany and pay a visit to the Stasi HQ: where the largest - ever - secret police, led by Erich Mielke, had its headquarters.
We'll visit the official Berlin Wall Memorial along Bernauer Strasse to cover the topography of the wall in-depth. We'll walk on the streets above where tunnels were dug by Westerners in desperate attempts to get their families and loved ones out of the communist controlled East.
• Checkpoint Charlie
• The Palace of Tears
• The Berlin Wall Memorial
• Escape Tunnels
• Stasi HQ
• Ghost Stations
• Life in a divided city
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: at your hotel or as per previously arranged
End location: at your hotel or as per previously arranged
Duration: 4 hours
Walking tour, possible use of public transportation.
If you like the tour conducted in a car, I can not be the driver. Not that I can't multi task but rather, in Berlin it is not allowed to be the driver of a car and give a tour simultaneously. Contact me and we'll work out an arrangement.
Private guide for 4 hours
We will have plenty of opportunities creating your own memories - don't forget to load your cameras.
I also carry my iPad loaded with images to help you understand differences between East and West Berlin, the course of the Berlin wall and how the city has changed, particularly since the fall of the Berlin wall.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2 Euro - A bottle of Water cost about €2 in Berlin
Food and beverages if you would like a break
Tickets for public transportation, if needed
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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This tour of post WWII, the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain was our second day with Jessica. Our granddaughters gained an important perspective about freedom and why it should not be taken for granted. We were sad to part with Jessica at the end of the day.