East Berlin: Wall and Cold War special

Duration: 3h
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: Alexis
Quality Verified Registered on April 10, 2023

My name is Alexis and I am a Philosophy teacher. I came to Berlin 5 years ago to do my PhD, which is closely related to Berlin and the history of Germany. The German capital is a living laboratory that has witnessed the most important events of the 20th century that have shaped the world as we know it today. The streets of this city thus become a space where each and every one of us can listen and be heard: this is the main motivation that inspires me to do this work. From there the 'Side to Side' project was born, which proposes not only to look, but to see, listen and reflect on history. The 'Side to Side' tours are structured and designed to make the most of your visit to the capital, be it short or long. We avoid repeating monuments or commercial slogans. My tours are focused on historical periods to understand the essence of each era. Get to know the history of the city from the hand of a professional, with a close and entertaining language. If you want an exclusive tour, this is your tour. Book now :)

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

Berlin, 1961 : one city, two countries. Communism and capitalism separated by a 155 kilometer wall that faced the Soviet sector and the Western sector. 28 years of divided families, of tanks face to face, of cut communications, of escape tunnels, of spies and red telephones, of ghost stations and above all of tears.

 Today, 34 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain , we wonder how Berliners lived through the Cold War. What was life like for a Berliner behind the wall? How important was the role of the family and the role of women in socialism ? What were the Stasi's methods of repression and surveillance ? We will also talk about the most famous escape attempts and how the resistance and peaceful revolution was organized, which led to the fall of the Soviet bloc. If you wonder what the wall means today and if it still exists: this is your tour .

 In 'Side to Side' tours we seek to answer these questions. Tours to see and know Berlin, but also to think and feel it , this is our philosophy. We will talk about all this visiting the most emblematic places that are the living testimony of a not too distant past.

 At the end of the tour, you will be able to discover the most emblematic corners of Berlin thanks to the digital guide 'Side to Side East Berlin' that I have prepared with great care. A small gift that includes a selection of the most authentic bars, restaurants and breweries so that you can make the most of your stay in Berlin.

Do not hesitate and book with ' Side to Side Tours' one of the most elaborate and thought tours to get to know the Berlin of the Cold War .

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Zietenplatz, Mohrenstraße 66-67, 1011...
    Zietenplatz, Mohrenstraße 66-67, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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    Hi, I'll be waiting for you outside of the underground station Mohrenstrasse(orange line U2). You will recognize me by my black & white umbrella.

  • 1
    Outside visit

    Socialist mural: the new communist ‘brave new world’.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Berlin Wall Remains

    A city: two sides: the beggining of the nightmare.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Checkpoint Charlie

    The dangerous border of Europe.

  • 4
    Outside visit

    Trains, tears and farewell: big brother is watching you.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Berlin Nordbahnhof

    The ghost station par excellence.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Victims of the Berlin Wall Window of Remembrance

    The unforgettable repression.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Watch tower of Berlin Wall

    24/365 the death stripe.

  • 8
    Outside visit

    The end of an era.

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Reconciliation Church

    Faith in the middle of nowhere.

  • 10
    Outside visit
    House at the border

    From east to west through the windows.

  • 11
    Outside visit
    Tunnel 57

    The most succesful tunnel escape.

  • 12
    Outside visit
    U Bernauer Str.

    The path to freedom.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Uliana 04 Dec 2023

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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
One of the best tours I‘ve ever taken! Very well-structured and informative, and though it lasted 3 hours, it never dragged and I was never bored, not even a second, which tells a lot about quality. Alexis has great knowledge about the topic and tells things in a very engaging manner, he’s truly a professional. Also there‘s a break in the middle of the tour so don’t be intimidated by its duration :)
Marva 04 Dec 2023

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Travelled in family - Dec 2023
The tour with Alexis was very interesting ! He was very well prepared and despite the very cold weather we loved this tour all the way!
Francisco 03 Dec 2023
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Travelled alone - Dec 2023
I had an absolutely fantastic experience on the tour. Alexis, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable, providing an insightful narrative and engaging anecdotes. Their enthusiasm and passion were evident as they expertly navigated through the historical sites, answering all questions with a welcoming and positive attitude. Alexis's expertise made the tour truly exceptional, leaving me with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this pivotal period in history. Five stars without a doubt – highly recommended for anyone visiting Berlin!
MARIANA 01 Dec 2023

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2023
If you like history or even just to learn something new, this IS the tour. Alexis is a great person, he knows a lot of things and he will guide you to know more about this historical era. Besides, he is a great person, Alexis will recommend you great places to go, (food museums places to visit). This tour was THE BEST at our trip. Congrats 🎉👏🎉
Caitlin 30 Nov 2023

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Great knowledge and visuals, learnt a lot about how the Cold War shaped Berlin and its people!!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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