Join us on a walk through Berlin’s complicated history. You can choose between Berlin’s historical or modern city center for this informative and entertaining tour.
The Berlin Wall & Cold War - Walking Tour
A Street that made history – Walking along Bernauer Strasse
Experience 30 years of German history. That’s how long the Wall cut through Berlin, separating neighbourhoods and families. Our city tour starts at Nordbahnhof, one of the former ghost stations abandoned after the Wall was built. Here, heavily armed soldiers made sure that no one escaped via the S-Bahn trains that were passing through.
Bernauer Strasse was a focal point in the history of Berlin’s division. Hardly any other section of the Wall has seen as much action as this one. Today, the street is the site of the “Berlin Wall Memorial” that stretches over almost 1.5 km and includes the only remaining part of the former death strip still intact, replete with an original guard tower and a visitors centre. Here you can experience first-hand how the so-called “anti-fascist wall” divided the heart of Berlin.
A city tour with Berlin on Bike is not just about statistics, but above all about human stories. What happened to the residents who jumped out of their windows in Bernauer Strasse into another country? What can go wrong when digging a tunnel to get to another country just across the street? What is the difference between heroes and murderers and how did the the various sides perceive these things? We will follow the former border to Mauerpark, where the Wall strip was widened incrementally until as late as the 1980s, and where today visitors and locals enjoy themselves at Sunday karaoke. From here you can catch a train at the Eberswalder Straße subway station, taking you to the nearby sights in the city centre.
Of course we also offer a Berlin Wall bike tour.
Are you interested in this tour? – Request private tour
- Park at Nordbahnhof – a peek into history
- What is a “Ghost Station”? – Exhibition at Nordbahnhof
- Info pavilion of the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Strasse
- Reconstructed death strip with guard tower at the Berlin Wall Memorial
- Berlin Wall Documentation Center with a view from the observation tower
- Chapel of Reconciliation – a place of worship inside the death strip
- Tunnel 57 – Escape tunnel to the West
- Conrad Schumann, the most famous Wall escapee
- Mauerpark – once the death strip, today Prenzlauer Berg’s favourite hangout
Our guides adapt the bike tours to weather conditions, participants’ interests, street closures and sometimes their own preferences. Changes and deviations are possible.
Kulturbrauerei – uniquely beautiful starting point in the car-free courtyards of a 100 year old former brewery
Daily public bike tours along several routes, in English, Dutch and German
Specially trained guides – knowledgeable and entertaining team of guides
Personal touch – our bike guides are enthusiastic about Berlin and set their own priorities for individual tours
The real Berlin – in addition to Berlin sightseeing, we show aspects of everyday life in the city
Safety – our chosen bike routes favour the use of bike paths and quieter side streets
Well-maintained bike fleet – 21-speed trekking bikes, as well as backpedal or e-bikes
Ideal for families – children’s bikes in various sizes, trailers, child seats, matching helmets
Easy bike tour booking – online, by e-mail or even by phone
Customer friendly and flexible cancellation policy, currently Corona cancellations are free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the tour
After the bike ride, you can go to the museum, restaurant or beer garden on the brewery grounds