Third Reich & Cold War


Choose your start time


2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 hours

Meeting Point

The lobby of your hotel













  • 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
  • Templehof airport, Nazi airport and site of Berlin airlift in 1948/49
  • Old Nazi above ground bunkers
  • Bendler Block, Military high command during WW2 and site of German Resistance museum today, which was the location the site where many resistors, including Stauffenberg were executed after the failed assasination attempt on Hitler’s life in 1944 (operation Valkyrie)
  • Berlin Wall memorial on Bernauer Strasse, where you can see the old “death strip” area, and where tunnel 29 and 57 were dug in 1962 and 1964

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. Walk through the old Jewish quarter and learn about what life was like under the Nazi’s and why Hitler had such a hatred for the Jewish population. Go to where there was a protest against the deportation of Jewish people in 1943, the amazing story of the Rosen Strasse protest.

Discover the pock-marked columns, remnants of the Battle for Berlin. Learn about how the Soviet’s defeated the Nazi’s in battle for 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.

See the former “death strip area”, where you can experience an old East German gaurd tower and signal fence.  Stand over the locations of tunnel 29 and tunnel 57, where some of the most daring escapes took place under one of the most heavily fortified areas in the twentieth centrury.

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 and 29
  • Alexanderplatz & the Monday Demonstrations
  • Rosen Strasse, site of the protest against Nazi deportations in 1943

Insider Reviews

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

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.

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