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Free Tour Berlin Wall and the Cold War

Your Guru: Rodrigo
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  • Berlin
  • Available in English
  • 3 hours

About the Guru

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 ... More

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.

About the 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 begins at the Brandenburg Gate , which stood alone between East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989, when the city was divided. From there, you will go further into East Berlin, stopping to see what was the Soviet embassy (and now it is the Russian one). You will learn about the good and bad of living in the so-called "communist regime" , what life was like under the GDR (German Democratic Republic) and the reasons behind its downfall. You will learn not only about the Cold War era espionage between East and West (with tunnels, double agents and gadgets), but also about the spying that the East German government carried out on its own people , with the Stasi collecting thousands of searches, imprisoning and interrogating its citizens.
From there, you will visit the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears) to hear how families in the West and East suddenly split when the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961, and their limited reunions over the next 28 years. We will see a real piece of the Berlin Wall , explaining to you how the two wall system worked (with the Death Strip in the middle) and telling you about some of the people who died tragically trying to cross the Wall.
I will contextualize the history of the Berlin Wall in the broader history of the Cold War and how the events that took place in Berlin during this time period shaped the world we live in today.

 Useful information for the traveler:
 The tour will end at the Bernauer Strasse U-Bahn (underground / underground) station, in the modern and beautiful Prenzlauer Berg district and just 3 stops (5 minutes) from Alexander Platz.

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: At the entrance door of the Academy of the Arts, in front of the Academy of the Arts. Look for the jolly guy with the mustache

Tour Schedule

  • Sat, 08 May
    14:30
  • Wed, 12 May
    14:30
  • Sat, 15 May
    14:30

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (6)

Jennifer Rumbos 03/13/2021

We cannot recommend Rodrigo enough! He entertained us with stories and so much history. Because he's lived in various places, his understanding of history is well thought out. With a great sense of humour, our 5 kids ages 14 to 5 were held captive by Rodrigo's tour. 5 full stars! Book this tour; you won't regret it.

Julia Hüsken 11/26/2020

Julia 11/16/2020

Amazing Tour! Rodrigo has so much knowledge to share, it was a very informative and interesting tour. Highly recommend!

Mirjana 10/17/2020

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.

Altynai 10/17/2020

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

5.0(6) Ratings

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

5.0(6) Ratings