The Wall is probably Berlin’s most famous building. Pieces of it remain only in a few places. The official Wall Memorial with a reconstructed “Death Strip” at Bernauer Strasse is the ideal place to understand the absurd and tragic situation of Berliners on both sides of the Wall. In this street dramatic escape attempts took place and a church was detonated in the border zone. A ride on a former ghost train line and a visit to the “Palace of Tears” are also part of the tour. The tour ends at Checkpoint Charlie, hot spot of the Cold War and site of the dramatic tank confrontation in 1961 between America and the Soviet Union.
- Private tour
- Local tour guide
- Tour along the former Death Strip
- Open-air Wall Documentation Center
Date and time:
Underground station “Bernauer Strasse”
English, German, other languages upon request
Prices (incl. all taxes):
Small groups of up to 9 travelers € 119 per group
Groups of 10 or more travelers € 12 per person
Groups of 20 or more travelers € 9 per person
Groups of 40 or more travelers: please request an offer
If you wish to be picked up in the lobby of your hotel, the tour lasts 30 minutes longer, the surcharge is € 3 per person (minimum € 30 in total) and tickets for public transportation are required.
Offer and Booking:
Book the tour online using the yellow „Book now“ button on this page. For questions or to receive an individual offer with price and tour suggestion use the contact form on this page or simply call us at +49-30-220 11 88 89 (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time). Cancellations and changes – including a change of the number of participants – are free of charge, provided that they are made not later than 48 hours before the start of the tour – payments already made will be reimbursed.
Tickets for public transportation are required and not included in the tour price. If there are more than 30 people, the group will be split and a second guide will be assigned at no extra charge. The tour can be customized according to your individual needs.
The tour starts at the Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse where the facades of houses on the southern side of the street became part of the fortifications when the border was closed in 1961. People jumped out of the windows to reach the other side of the street in the West and several people died during escape attempts. You will see the site of tunnel 57 which was named after the number of persons that escaped through it and the place where a church was blown up in 1985. The so-called „Death Strip“ between the two walls that defined the border zone has been partly reconstructed including an old watchtower and a memorial to all those who died at the Wall. From there we will use a so-called “Ghost Train Line” where the train did not stop at stations in East Berlin because the trains belonged to West Berlin’s public transportation system. It takes us to Friedrichstrasse where the former checkpoint has been turned into a museum. After a short visit of the museum free of charge we will take an underground to Checkpoint Charlie where American soldiers passed the border to visit East Berlin. In 1961 the fate of mankind was hanging on a bare thread when American and Soviet tanks stood opposite each other at Checkpoint Charlie threatening to open fire.
During the tour you will see:
- Observation platform with a view of the reconstructed death strip (if accessible) and a watchtower
- Documentation Center and Visitor Center of the Wall Memorial
- Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse
- Sites of escape tunnels
- Chapel of Reconciliation, built from pieces of the detonated Reconciliation Church
- Ruins of torn-down houses in the former death strip
- Exhibition on “ghost train stations”
- Rides on former “ghost train lines”
- “Palace of Tears“, former checkpoint at train station Friedrichstrasse
- Checkpoint Charlie, symbol of the Cold War
Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie
The Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie is a private documentation on four floors about the history of the Cold War. It also exhibits original devices that were used for escapes, such as ropes, kites, balloons and cars. The museum can be visited after the tour.