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

2hr

€150

3hr

€195

4hr

€240

6hr

€330

8hr

€420

Highlights

  • Spend the day with one of our expert guides and kick off the tour with a hotel pickup
  • Go on a journey through the geopolitical hub of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century and dive into WWII and Cold War topics
  • You’ll see sights like Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, Soviet War Memorial, Hitler’s bunker, Berlin Wall, and Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Begin your tour with a hotel pickup and walk through the Museums Island- a UNESCO heritage site today, but also a location where Goebbels delivered passionate, propaganda speeches and not far from where he staged the Nazi book-burning in 1933. Discover the pock-marked columns, remnants of the Battle for Berlin. Learn about how the Soviet’s defeated the Nazi’s in Berlin in 1945.

Understand how Berlin transformed from the capital of Nazi Germany to the geopolitical hot-spot of the Cold War. Walk through the old military checkpoint, Checkpoint Charlie, where WWIII almost transpired with a tank stand off between Americans and Soviets in late October in 1961. Hear stories about wall escapes, espionage and spy-swapping as you visit the Berlin Wall.

Sites like the Reichstag, Topography of Terror (the former HQ of the SS and Gestapo), Brandenburg Gate, Hitler’s bunker and Görings airforce ministry, teach us about how Germany memorialises its past and treats that dark chapter in its history.

At the conclusion of your tour your guide can give you tips on how best to maximise your remaining time in Berlin.

Choose between a 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 hour tour.

Example Itinerary

The following sites are examples of places to see on this tour. Your exact route will depend on your hotel pickup point, but this list should give you a good idea of what to expect!

  • Museums Island
  • Bebelplatz & Lustgarten – Book burnings & Nazi Propaganda
  • Palace of Tears & the Admiralspalast
  • The Wall Documentation Center – Bernauer Strasse
  • Friedrichstrasse train station
  • Former Guard Watchtower on Potsdamer Platz
  • The T4 Euthanasia Memorial
  • German Resistance Museum – Bendler Block/von Stauffenberg/Valkyrie
  • Reichstag & Soviet Memorial on 17th June Street
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Site of Hitler’s & Goebbels’ Bunkers
  • SS & Gestapo HQ – Topography of Terror
  • Luftwaffe/Airforce Ministry & Site of 1953 Uprising
  • Checkpoint Charlie – Geopolitical & military confrontation
  • Ghost train ride to Nordbahnhof
  • Church of Reconciliation & the Site of Tunnel 57
  • Alexanderplatz & the Monday Demonstrations

Insider Reviews

Tangible facts of the past

The tour was very informative and interactive. It was great to know the sad stories of the world war with tangible facts, cold war site. Highly recommended.

Fantastic historical walking tour

Thanks for an amazing walking tour of Berlin - John Jerome is an extremely knowledgeable and clearly has the love and passion of Berlin history. In particular he ran the tour with us - bunch tourism professionals who were still a bit shocked and stuck in Berlin after the ITB conference was canceled due to covid19. We weren't the best kind of travelers but we did appreciate John and the tour immensely. Thank you!!

Fantastic way to see Berlin!

We had the most enjoyable afternoon walking around Berlin! Out tour guide Ciarain was absolutely fantastic, his knowledge of the city was so great and he really did keep you entertained for the 4 hours! As there is so much to see and do in Berlin I highly recommend this tour as you really do cover most of it!

Excellent again

Great private tour by insider tour. I hesitate to write this review as so many have written reviews so what can i add? Well, this is the second time i have used the group in the last 4 years. Different tour leaders but both were excellent and that is the point of the review. It is clear that this organization is able to properly train their staff and provide excellent walking tours. We did a combination of WW2 /cold war sites. Highly recommend this group.

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!

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.

Efficient, informative and worthwhile

Our guide and we quickly knew we (myself and my two adult sons) were in good hands with this Master degree holder in Nazi history. We took the tour on our first full day and we were able to see so much it made the rest of our trip more productive.

Must use this tour!

Our guide was simply fantastic. His knowledge of each different part of the city was unmatched. We were trying to figure out how to make this trip unforgettable and this tour made that happen. This is the best tour I’ve ever been on and the value we got out of this was amazing. This is a must book tour if you visit Berlin!