Hello! I am Rodrigo, originally from Buenos Aires, and living in Berlin for 2 years. Throughout my life I've also lived in Dublin, Ireland, Copenhagen, Denmark, and different parts of Norway (I have a passion for good weather...) I have been a tour guide for 7 years and across 3 cities (Buenos Aires, Copenhagen and Berlin, always in English) and I really enjoy what I ...
Hello! I am Rodrigo, originally from Buenos Aires, and living in Berlin for 2 years. Throughout my life I've also lived in Dublin, Ireland, Copenhagen, Denmark, and different parts of Norway (I have a passion for good weather...) I have been a tour guide for 7 years and across 3 cities (Buenos Aires, Copenhagen and Berlin, always in English) and I really enjoy what I do. I studied political science and journalism and I also write. I try and mix all three on my tours so I can tell you a story and make you feel as if you were actually watching it happen. I am enthusiastic, outgoing and love telling stories, anecdotes and sharing my knowledge of the city I live in. And I also like to have fun, so it is not all about history... ask what you want to know! Can do tours in English and Spanish, so get in touch in any of these 2 languages if you have any questions or want a tailor made tour.
No other city in the world experienced the cold War the way Berlin did. After all, there was only one Berlin Wall.
The tour starts at the Brandenburg Gate, which stood alone between East and West Berlin from 1961 until 1989, when the city was divided. From there, you’ll head deeper into East Berlin, stopping to see what was the Soviet (and is now the Russian) embassy.
You will learn about both the bad and the good of living in a so called "communist regime", how was life under the GDR (German Democratic Republic) and the reasons behind its downfall.
You’ll learn not only about the Cold War-era spying between the East and the West (complete with tunnels, double agents and gadgets), but also the spying that took place by the East German government on its own people, with the Stasi collecting thousands of records, imprisoning and interrogating their citizens.
From there, you’ll visit the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears) to hear about how families in the West and East were suddenly divided when the Berlin Wall went up in 1961, and their limited reunions in the 28 years that followed. We will see a real piece of the Berlin Wall, explaining to you how the two-wall system (with the Death Strip in the middle) functioned, and telling you about some of the people who tragically died trying to go over the Wall.
I will contextualise the story of the Berlin Wall in the broader Historyof the Cold War and how events that took place in Berlin during this time period, shaped the world we live in today.
The tour will finish in Bernauer Strasse U-Bahn (metro/subway) station, in the trendy and beautiful neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg and only 3 stops (5 mins) away from Alexander Platz.
Meeting point: Open in Google Maps
How to find me: At the entrance of The Academy of Arts, in front of the Brandenburg Gate. Look for the enthusiastic moustache wearer
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Amazing Tour! Rodrigo has so much knowledge to share, it was a very informative and interesting tour. Highly recommend!
Rodrigo is great presenter and very knowledgeable guide. I would recommend this tour to everyone and would join Rodrigo in any tour that he leads.
Loved it! Rodrigo was super engaging, knowledgeable and nice! It is my favorite walking tour, where I will be bringing my friends from now on
Fantastic time with Rodrigo. Great story teller, deeply knowledgeable and a very interesting way of telling the history of such complex topic. Highly recommended
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