Warnemünde Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Berlin’s World War II and Cold War Sites


Book your tour for the time at which your ship docks.


12-hour round trip

Meeting Point

Our driver will be dockside holding up a sign with your name on it.


1-2 people


3-6 people



  • Enjoy a round-trip ride to Berlin in our private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver who will pick you up directly from the dock.
  • Meet your professional tour guide in Berlin and embark on a fascinating voyage through Berlin’s complex and multi-faceted history.
  • Gain a solid understanding of the city’s evolution, from the era of Prussian splendour to the destruction wrought by the Third Reich, from the division of the Cold War years to the reunified Germany of today.
  • Take in all the main sights: the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Museum Island, the East Side Gallery, the site of Hitler’s bunker, a section of the Berlin Wall, and many more.

Travel in comfort in our private vehicle. Our driver will pick you up from the dock and whisk you off to Berlin (around a 2.5-hour ride), where you will meet your personal guide for the day and embark upon one of our top-ranking Insider tours.

Your expert guide will help you make full use of your time in Germany’s capital city, providing you with a succinct yet comprehensive overview of the city’s evolution over the centuries. After hearing how Berlin came to be one of the most important cities in Europe under Prussian ruler Frederick the Great, you will chart its progress from the years of the German Empire to the turbulent 1920s and the failed Weimar Republic. This backstory will allow you to put the Nazis’ rise to power into its historical context. The tour will give you a sense of what life was like in the city under the Third Reich and, subsequently, under occupation during the Cold War years.

Moving through the city both on foot and in our vehicle, you will be able to cover a lot of ground during this unique experience. You will see the Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island, Bebelplatz (site of the infamous Nazi book burnings), Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall and death strip fortifications, Goering’s Air Force Ministry, Hitler’s bunker, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the East Side Gallery and many more sights!

If you are travelling in a group of more than six people, please contact us by email at management@insidertour.com and we will do our very best to accommodate your party.

Example Itinerary

The following list of sites is intended to give you an idea of what you can expect to see on this tour. Please note that our exact route may vary on the day, depending on circumstances and your hotel pick-up point.

  • Dockside – our driver will be waiting for you, holding up a sign with your name on it.
  • The Berliner Dom – the impressive cathedral, where you will meet your guide
  • Museum Island – UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Neues Museum, Pergamon, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum and Altes Museum
  • Humboldt Forum – the new, completely rebuilt city palace, which opened in 2021
  • Unter den Linden – a royal boulevard lined with palaces, churches and the grand Berlin State Opera
  • Bebelplatz and the Empty Library – a memorial on the site of the 1933 Nazi book burnings
  • Gendarmenmarkt – the most beautiful square in Berlin
  • East Side Gallery – an open-air art gallery on the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall
  • Kreuzberg – a vibrant neighbourhood known for its diversity and arts scene (street art)
  • Checkpoint Charlie – Cold War checkpoint and site of the 1961 tank standoff between the Soviet Union and the USA
  • The Topography of Terror – an exhibition on the site of former HQs of Nazi institutions of terror
  • East German guard tower – Berlin’s last remaining watchtower, used to monitor the border strip
  • Potsdamer Platz – modern redevelopment on a square that was once divided by the Berlin Wall
  • German Resistance Memorial Centre – the Bendler Block, where the leaders of the 20 July plot were executed
  • Site of the Führerbunker, where Hitler committed suicide as Soviet troops stormed Berlin in 1945
  • The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • The Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism
  • The Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism
  • The Brandenburg Gate – Berlin’s most iconic site
  • The Reichstag parliament building, crowned by its striking glass dome
  • German government district and Federal Chancellery complex
  • Bernauer Straße and the Berlin Wall Memorial – an open-air exhibition on the former border strip
  • Tunnels 29 and 57 – the locations of escape tunnels built under the Berlin Wall
  • Return to your ship

Insider Reviews

Wonderful Day!

Our experience was fantastic from initial contact/booking until the end of the day. We were picked up on time by our driver. When we arrived in Berlin, we were met by our wonderful guide, David. He was very personable and knowledgeable. We saw everything as advertised and more. We were driven back to the cruise ship by another driver and arrived in plenty of time. Couldn't have asked for a better day. S. Wood Aug. '23

Best of Berlin.

We did the hidden Berlin tour with insider Berlin and loved it. While it is a long drive from Rostock, it is well worth your time and money. Our guide Anne grew up as a east Berliner and saw the wall coming down as a teenager. We saw a lot of the major sites and finished the day at a great German beer garden. A really nice day. Our driver micha was also very nice and got us back to our port swiftly before we sailed. Highly recommended!!! T. Pat July '23

Great tour guide.

This was a fantastic 4 hour tour. Worth every penny and time spent. Extremely knowledgeable tour guide who is very passionate about his job. Highly recommended. Keep up the great work. Elz P. July '23

Great tour.

We had a limited amount of time, having come from a cruise ship in Warnemünde - 3 hours from Berlin. Our guide showed us the main sites, explained the history and was a very pleasant presence throughout. I can highly recommend this tour - I travelled with a daughter in her early twenties. Helen P. June '23