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Berlin: E-Bike Tour of the Berlin Wall and Mitte Highlights

1. Berlin: E-Bike Tour of the Berlin Wall and Mitte Highlights

Stay active while on vacation in Berlin on an e-bike tour. Cycle to famous sites linked to the Berlin Wall and iconic Berlin landmarks, including the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate. Learn about Berlin's rich and sometimes dark history from your local guide en route. Explore Berlin's central Mitte district, where most of the city's historical landmarks are based, and cycle to important locations linked to the former Berlin Wall. Start your tour near the iconic ex-border crossing on Bornholmer Strasse, where East and West Berliners jubilantly stormed through the opened gates at the fall of the wall on the night of November 9, 1989. Cycle on to Mauerpark, where the wall used to divide the park in two between East and West Berlin. Continue down Bernauer Strasse to the Wall Memorial and the Chapel of Reconciliation before heading to a former ghost train station, Nordbahnhof. Head into the Mitte neighborhood to see Berlin's famous and long-standing Charité hospital, the government quarter with its imposing Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and leafy Tiergarten. Pause at the Holocaust Memorial to pay your respects to the fallen Jews of Europe during WWII before making your way to the historical and imposing Gendarmenmarkt, and Bebelplatz. Cycle down the large and long Unter den Linden allee to see the Berlin Cathedral, the renovated Berlin Palace, and the charming streets of Nikolaiviertel — the original village that constituted Berlin. End your tour in the modern central district to see the iconic TV Tower, Marien Church, Rotes Rathaus, Alexanderplatz, and the World Clock.

East Berlin and the Wall: Walking Tour

2. East Berlin and the Wall: Walking Tour

Learn about the daily life of divided Berlin and how east Berliners lived the existence and the fall of their country, the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Visit the most iconic places of the former capital of the GDR using public transport, including the memorial to the victims of the Berlin Wall on Bernauer Strasse. Next, hit Alexanderplatz and the Karl-Marx-Allee, the monumental Communist avenue. The tour ends at Alexanderplatz, where your guide can help you find a typical restaurant or take transportation to the next part of your adventure.

Berlin: DDR Museum Motorbike Exhibition Admission Ticket

3. Berlin: DDR Museum Motorbike Exhibition Admission Ticket

Enjoy an in-depth look at East German motorbikes, restored and displayed at Berlin's famous DDR Museum. Get an insight into life in East Germany as you explore the carefully curated exhibitions with over 130 motorbikes. See the widely used two-wheelers such as the "Schwalbe" and rarities like the Simson motorbike, used for the East German Ministry of the Interior escort, of which only 30 were manufactured. Continue to admire the "Duo 4/1," which was exclusively allocated through the IFA Directorate or the state insurance of the DDR. Enjoy a truly immersive experience with background texts on individual objects, atmospheric installations, historical photos, and advertising material to complement the exhibition.

Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

4. Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

In the summer of 1945, the Cecilienhof Palace and the surrounding "Neuer Garten" park were closed to the public for the Potsdam Conference. The most powerful heads of state in the world came to Potsdam: Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill. The conference was an end to World War II, but also the starting point of the Cold War. For almost five decades, the Soviet military town No. 7, a “forbidden city”, was located next to the New Garden park. It was one of the most important intelligence sites of the Soviets during the Cold War. Here were, among other things, the German headquarters of the military counterintelligence of the KGB and a remand prison. On the tour you will learn more about the work and life in this forbidden city. Finally, head to the Glienicke Bridge that became world famous as the "Bridge of Spies" where the 2015 Hollywood film of the same name was shot. During the Cold War, agents were exchanged between East and West because the bridge was the border between the GDR and the American sector in West Berlin.

Berlin: Battle of Berlin & Cold War Guided Tour

5. Berlin: Battle of Berlin & Cold War Guided Tour

The tour concentrates on the devastating Battle of Berlin, which occurred in April & May 1945. The battle was very much the dramatic conclusion to the Second World War in Europe, but it also played a huge part in the post-war situation of Berlin and the world. The tour takes us through central Berlin - known as 'Z Sector' during the battle. Here we will see many of the major battle sites and learn what the soldiers and civilians experienced during the battle. Your guide will discuss the war in general and the aftermath including its division into East and West, showcasing how the city recovered, changed, and became the city that would epitomize the Cold War.

Potsdam: Private City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

6. Potsdam: Private City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

Discover the different facets of the small but historically important city of Potsdam. The city is not only a Prussian residence and Garrison Town, but is also one of the birthplaces of European cinema and gained great importance in the 20th century. Explore the city and learn about its past on board of a modern Soviet vintage minibus. Departing from Potsdam Central Station or your hotel, head towards the famous film studio Babelsberg. Visit the historic site of the Potsdam Conference, Cecilienhof Palace. Next door at Hiroshima-Nagasaki Square, visit the former villas of the historic figures Truman, Churchill, and Stalin. Then, head to the world-famous Glienicke Bridge, aka Bridge of Spies, which was used for agent exchange and features in the Hollywood movie of the same name. Continue the tour and pass by the former Soviet KGB district, for decades a "forbidden city" in the center of Potsdam. Then, stroll along the Russian colony of Alexandrowka before heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Park Sanssouci, the favorite residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great. Visit the stunning New Palace, a symbol for the rise of Prussia to a European power. Find out about the significance of the palace in regards to World War I. Next, stop at the “Rechenzentrum” Potsdam, a cultural center in a GDR building with a 70-meter-long mosaic depicting motifs of the space race. Right next to it is the controversial construction site of the Garrison Church. Your final stop will be at the Old Market, the historic center of the city. Marvel at the fascinating architecture of the St. Nicholas Church, the City Palace, the Old Town Hall, and the Barberini Palace before returning to the meeting point where your tour ends.

Potsdam: Private Soviet History Walking Tour

7. Potsdam: Private Soviet History Walking Tour

Explore the small but extremely historical city of Potsdam, which together with Berlin was the Prussian center of power. Learn about the connections of Soviet history in 3.5 hours and enjoy the highlights of the city. Learn about the enormous importance of Potsdam to the Soviets and hear interesting facts about the Allied victorious conference in 1945. See one of the most important intelligence sites of the Soviets in East Germany and visit the world-famous Glienicke Bridge, Bridge of Spies, used for agent exchange. Start at Potsdam Central Station and walk to the Old Market. The city center of Potsdam was destroyed in World War II. You will learn more about the reconstruction of the city in socialist East Germany and current reconstructional projects. Then head for the city´s Soviet War cemetery, the final resting place for hundreds of Red Army soldiers. Then take the bus and go to Cecilienhof Palace, the venue for the Potsdam Conference in summer 1945. After visiting the former KGB district you eventually go to the Bridge of Spies. The bridge once was the border between the East and the West, hence the iron bridge was part of the Iron Curtain.

Berlin: The Wall and Cold War Private Walking Tour

8. Berlin: The Wall and Cold War Private Walking Tour

Experience the fascinating history of Berlin up close on this private walking tour. Find out about the construction and fall of the Berlin Wall, see its remains, and discover places where escape attempts were made with your local guide. Begin the tour on Bernauer Strasse, a street that is now home to an open-air documentation museum, and follow the former borderline through the center of Berlin. As you go, listen to real-life stories about the experiences of Berlin's citizens during the Cold War. Check out an original border crossing station at the Palace of Tears. If it's open, head up to a viewing platform to see the "death strip" that aimed to prevent escape attempts. The tour concludes at another border crossing station, Checkpoint Charlie.

Berlin: Private Soviet Tour in a Russian Minibus

9. Berlin: Private Soviet Tour in a Russian Minibus

Enjoy a 3.5-hour private tour of Berlin in a Russian “Bukhanka” minibus, hitting all the most important historical and cultural highlights. Start with pickup at your accommodation and head across the Spree to the center of the German capital where you’ll see the Reichstag and the monumental Soviet War Memorial Tiergarten, which bore witness to bloody fighting in the spring of 1945.   Passing by the famous Brandenburg Gate, your next stop is the former border crossing Checkpoint Charlie, where Soviet and American tanks faced each other in the heyday of the Cold War in the early 1960s. Head to Alexanderplatz and Karl-Marx Boulevard, impressive urban development projects of the socialist GDR. Between the TV tower, the socialist mosaics, and the Soviet classicism and socialist brutalism, you’ll feel the old splendor of East Berlin.   Next, the “Bukhanka” vintage van will take you back over the Spree River to the kilometer-long Eastside Gallery, which was once part of the insurmountable Berlin Wall. For the grand finale, head towards Treptower Park with its gigantic Soviet War Memorial, combining deep history and impressive architecture.

Potsdam: City Tour in a Soviet Minibus

10. Potsdam: City Tour in a Soviet Minibus

Discover over 50 years of Soviet history in the small but historically important city of Postdam. Travel in a modern Soviet vintage minibus. Departing from Potsdam Central Station, head for Bassinplatz Square. Here, discover the Soviet War Cemetery, the final resting place of hundreds of fallen Soviet soldiers. Then head to the historic site of the Potsdam Conference, Cecilienhof Palace. Next door, visit one of the most important Soviet intelligence sites in East Germany and a detention center. Next, head to the world-famous Glienicke Bridge, aka Bridge of Spies, which was used for agent exchange and features in the Hollywood movie of the same name. Your final stop will be the Rechenzentrum Potsdam. Here, admire a huge socialist mosaic which depicts scenes of the notorious Cold War Space Race, before getting dropped off back at the main station.

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The whole trip was perfect all round. A different perspective on Potsdam and its history was explained and documented with a great deal of knowledge.

Very interesting and instructive, many stories from Holger make this tour a lively experience. Absolutely to recommend.

It was absolutely entertaining and interesting! Thanks to our guide Holger for the great tour!

It was just great and interesting. Super, nice, competent guide. Thank you for the nice hours.

A very thoughtful and interesting route. Mr. Guide was very knowledgeable. I recommend!