Unmistakably, the Berlin Wall was the defining symbol of the Cold War and marked the line in the sand between democracy and dictatorship, capitalism and communism in Berlin.
Join an expert guide on this group tour of the key-sites related to the Berlin Wall and Cold War Berlin. Learn the when, why, how of the Berlin Wall. Explore the incredible Berlin Wall Memorial, with the complete death-strip preserved and partially reconstructed. Unique even prior to the memorialization that occurred after the wall fell, it was the scene of incredible escapes and tragic loss of life.
From the Wall Memorial you will head to the part of Mitte where the Berlin Wall bounded the American Sector to the South and as well as the British Sector to the west. There, you'll see the Check Point Charlie (the most famous of all the crossing points between West and East), the immense former House of Ministries buildings (and one of the very few surviving Nazi ministry buildings) and from there head to the last surviving of the B-Tower - a type of watchtower used by the East German Border Guards (which you can actually ascend).
The tour will finish at Potsdamer Platz, which was once one of the busiest city intersections in Europe. It was decimated by the end of the Second World War and what remained was further erased due to the construction of the Wall and the development of the death-strip. Now a bustling commercial and entertainment district it is a stark symbol of how a city can rebound from what was a social catastrophe if there ever was one.
On the tour you will see:
- The Berlin Wall Memorial
- Check Point Charlie
- Former House Of The Ministries
- Wall Fragments and Remaining Areas
- Visit The Top Of A Wall Watch Tower
- Potsdamer Platz
- Escape Attempts and Local Legends
- Life In The DDR