Third Reich & Cold War

Time

Choose your start time.

Duration

2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 hours

Meeting Point

The lobby of your hotel

Prices

2 hours

€249

3 hours

€299

4 hours

€389

6 hours

€559

8 hours

€699

Highlights

  • Enjoy the advantages of getting picked up directly at your hotel by one of our expert guides and launching straight into your tour.
  • Dive into the most tumultuous and epoch-defining events of the 20th century in the city where they happened.
  • See key sights such as Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, the Soviet War Memorial, Hitler’s bunker, the Berlin Wall, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
  • Head to Tempelhof Airport, a grandiose structure designed to showcase Nazi ideology that was later the site of the Berlin airlift of 1948-49.
  • Visit surviving Nazi-era above-ground bunkers, since repurposed or transformed into memorial sites.
  • Go to the Bendler Block, dedicated to the memory of Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators, who were executed here after the failed assassination attempt on Hitler’s life in 1944.
  • Discover the open-air Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Straße, where you can walk across the old “death strip” and see where the most successful escape tunnels were dug.
  • Soak up the atmosphere at Checkpoint Charlie, site of the alarming 1961 tank standoff between the Soviet Union and the USA.
  • Hear about the Tränenpalast, a border crossing point dubbed the “Palace of Tears” for the countless emotional farewells it witnessed during the Cold War.

Experience Berlin on our award-winning tour with someone who has a genuine passion for the city and its history. Whether you have opted for a tour format of two, three, four, six or eight hours, your personal guide for the day will meet you at your hotel. Let the experts show you around! The tour will begin with a walk across Museum Island – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but once a platform where Goebbels delivered impassioned propaganda speeches. It is also just a stone’s throw from the square where Third Reich censorship policies led to Nazi students organising book burnings in 1933.

As you walk through the old Jewish quarter, you will get an impression of what life was like under the Nazi regime and gain an understanding of how widespread anti-Semitism and political ambition cemented Hitler’s policy of persecution and extermination of Europe’s Jews. At the location of a rare act of civil resistance against Nazi policies, you will hear the remarkable story of the Rosenstraße protest of 1943.

En route to the site of the final battle for the Reichstag in 1945, your specialist guide will be able to point out battle-scarred buildings and pock-marked columns amid the remnants of the “Thousand-Year Reich”: Goering’s Air Force Ministry, Goebbels’s Propaganda Ministry, and the ruins of Himmler’s SS and Gestapo HQ, now occupied by the Topography of Terror exhibition. Sites such as these illustrate how Germany memorialises its past and the issues the country faces when dealing with the dark chapter of Nazism in its history.

Your expert guide will lay out the city’s transition from capital of Nazi Germany to geopolitical hotspot of Cold War Europe. Sites that are key to your understanding of Berlin as a divided city include Checkpoint Charlie, the former military checkpoint where events came close to triggering WWIII in late October of 1961.

The tour makes an essential stop at the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Straße, where you will be able to see a preserved section of the original wall and hear stories of escape attempts, espionage and spy-swapping. This is also the site of Tunnels 29 and 57, by means of which 29 and 57 determined individuals pulled off daring escapes to West Berlin in the 1960s.

We head to Alexanderplatz, where on 4 November 1989, half a million East German citizens peacefully demonstrated for political reform, thereby sounding the death knell for the German Democratic Republic and directly precipitating the fall of the Berlin Wall. Hear about the many factors that converged to create a climate of change and set Berlin on the path to reunification.

At the conclusion of your tour, your Insider guide will happily point you in the direction of your next destination or advise you on how to make the most of your time in Berlin.

 

 

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.

  • Museum Island and Lustgarten – the impressive backdrop for Nazi-party speeches and rallies
  • Bebelplatz – site of the infamous Nazi book burnings
  • Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears) – a former border crossing point between East and West Berlin
  • Admiralspalast, where the East German SED political party was formed
  • Berlin Wall Memorial extending 1.4km along the border strip on Bernauer Straße
  • Former East German watchtower on Potsdamer Platz
  • The Memorial to the Victims of the Nazi Euthanasia Programme
  • The Bendler Block – now the German Resistance Memorial Centre
  • The Reichstag, where a Soviet flag was raised to symbolise the defeat of Nazi Germany
  • The Brandenburg Gate – marooned in no man’s land while the Wall stood
  • Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten
  • The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Site of Hitler’s and Goebbels’s bunkers
  • Topography of Terror – exhibition on the site of the former HQ of the Gestapo and SS
  • Site of the East German uprising of 1953
  • Checkpoint Charlie – scene of spy operations, escape attempts and military confrontation during the Cold War
  • Nordbahnhof – a “ghost station” in the divided city
  • Former border strip – Chapel of Reconciliation and the site of Tunnels 57 and 29
  • Alexanderplatz – scene of a pivotal anti-government demonstration in 1989
  • Rosenstraße – memorial on the site of the 1943 protest against the deportation of Jews

Insider Reviews

The best we had in Europe.

We were a family of 4 on a quick visit to Berlin at the end of a two week trip. So our guide had a tough crowd, a claustrophobic mom, exhausted dad and two burnt out teenage boys. Yet, Xavier was amazing! Totally engaging, informative and resourceful, he was able to pivot and redirect and keep everyone’s attention. We learned so much history while visiting Berlin and were amazed by the amount of historical information we received in the four few hours we were with him. He was fun and an excellent guide. Really the best we had in Europe. I wish we could give him 6 stars! Maria M. June '24

Superb.

Hannah was amazing and I highly recommend this company. Kelly s. May '24

Very good.

Our guide Hannah was a very good and nice guide with obviously a huge amount of knowledge on history. I would strongly recommend the tour (and Hannah) to others. Petra van P. May '24

Amazing!

George was my guide. He was articulate, knowledgeable and friendly. Did not realise how the time went by as I absorbed the history, intrigues and cosmopolitan beauty of Berlin of 21st century. Booking the tour was easy and I would highly recommend this to everyone. K. Das Apr. '24

Terrific tour! We really enjoyed.

Our guide was wonderful and we had a beautiful day to walk. No problem booking or meeting our guide at the hotel. I would recommend. Audrey M. Oct. '23

Suberb, interesting tour...

Tom is a brilliant and interesting man with so much knowledge about Berlin and its history. He had dozens of old photos from the past which accompanied his endless stories and numerous facts. He went way over and above what we were expecting and I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wanted an insight into Berlins fascinating history. Mark G. Sept. '23

Best tour in Berlin.

I give Jamie 5 enthusiastic stars! We travelled to Berlin with my mother-in-law (who has been to over 100 countries) and two kids ages 10 and 13 and he tailored the tour to engage all of us. He has tons of stories that really make the history come alive and well as a treasure trove of facts and information. Highly recommend! Elizabeth L. Apr. '23

This was am amazing tour!

Perfect for families or solo travelers. We learned so much. We took three middle schoolers and they were engaged and informed. Our tour guide was thoughtful, flexible, and efficient. 5 stars!!! Kali P. Apr. '23

Great way to get to know Berlin.

Jim was very knowledgeable about Berlin and it’s history. Added some personal stories to the mix and gave us a great insight in the city and it’s history in a few hours. Great way to get to know Berlin. We brought our teenagers and they also really enjoyed the tour. Jeske W. May '23

Great private tour by insider tour.

Great private tour by insider tour. I hesitate to write this review as so many This was the best tour I have ever taken!!! Jamie, you are truly outstanding. You made our trip to Berlin worthwhile. For someone who has been guiding for that many years, you took the time and energy to make our tour special, and we thank you! 10/10 would recommend! Adam C. July '23

Highly recommended.

We had a wonderful walking tour with Insider, our guide was informative, funny, and experienced. Whether you have one day in Berlin or a week, this tour is not to be missed! Turner P. June '23

Berlin city tour - English language.

Our tour guide was a Native German whose English expression and comprehension was extremely good. His insight and knowledge of the WW2 and Cold War topics was top of the line. It was obvious he has done a lot of research on the topic and provided clarity on several areas where we had questions. Maggie S. May '23

Our guide was excellent.

Very knowledgeable, engaging, friendly and took her time to explain and show us the most interesting sights on this tour of Berlin. Highly recommended! Mathias Apr. '23

The tour was brilliant

The tour was brilliant. Maria was fantastic. Clearly passionate about the subject and so knowledgeable, answering all of our questions confidently. Howard T. Dec. '22

Jens was wonderful!

We all loved him. He was knowledgeable and informative and kind and adapted to all of our needs! Thank you! David N. July '23

I highly recommend this tour.

Took a 6hr Private Third Reich/Cold War Combo tour and it was great. The tour guide Jaime was fantastic. The 6 hr walking tour was just right for us. I highly recommend this tour. Troy G. July '23