Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise
- Duration options: 2 - 3 days
- Optional audio guide
From US$ 33.88
For 28 years the Berlin Wall symbolized an ideological stalemate and its fall was swiftly followed by that of the Soviet Union. It's shaped the contemporary life of a city and the attitudes of its residents, so here are some things to know before your trip.
Berlin was the main route for the 3.5 million East Germans emigrating to the West prior to 1961. The 155km wall was intended to stifle a hemorrhaging workforce!
An estimated 100,000 still escaped East Germany after the wall went up. In the first two years, 1,300 of them were border guards!
Crossing wasn't easy, of course. At least 98 people were killed as a result of trying to sneak through, although some counts put the death toll well above 200!
East Berliners devised many daring ways of entering the West, from tightropes, zip-lines, and hot air balloons to crashing through in a speeding train!
Misinformation about relaxed regulations spread across East German news, driving citizens to gather at the wall hoping to cross. Outnumbered, the border guards eventually gave way!
Most of the wall has been demolished, but tourists can still visit preserved segments, such as the Eastside Gallery (so-called for its large graffiti murals running along the Spree River's east bank between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain). A notable section is also visible at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. City tours should cover most of the sites, including Checkpoint Charlie – the famous American checkpoint on Friedrichstrasse.
Berlin is a true summer city and there are few better ways to spend a sun-soaked visit than to tour its sights by foot or by bike! If your visit has been cursed by cold or rainy weather, however, visit the segment at the Berlin Wall Memorial. It can be viewed from the top floor of its Visitors' Center, which also provides fascinating insights into life behind the wall.
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There were 15 of us on the tour which was not a problem and this is the largest group the company would take. Eran was an Israeli guide who was extremely helpful and sympathetic to the situation of the gipsies and Roma Who were killed in the Second World War. We visited some interesting sites that I have not seen before and his attention to detail and willingness to explain was superb.
Absolutely excellent. Well explained history with personal touches. Highly recommend!
It was a great way to see the city and learn some of the history.
Great fun, segways are the best way to explore Berlin!
Wonderful guide! I'm very thankful for private tour!