Welcome to the
Big Berlin Wall Walk
a fascinating walking tour of the Berlin Wall,
exploring its history and the effect it had on the city and its residents
Discover the Berlin Wall and its unique history on foot and by public transport led by an enthusiastic, qualified and experienced English-speaking professional Berlin guide with a genuine love for his adopted city.
On this fascinating and informative tour you’ll discover the three main remaining sections of the wall on Bernauer Strasse, at the East Side Gallery and on Niederkirchnerstrasse, plus lots of background facts about the Wall’s place in the East-West confrontations of the Cold War, as well as the personal triumphs and tragedies which accompanied the 28 years during which the Wall divided the city.
Sometimes the story is a dark one, but through it are points of light where the human spirit triumphs over adversity and courage beats bureaucracy, so the tour is not just factual and educational — it’s entertaining and fun, too!
Participating in the tour is easy — no booking is necessary, just show up at the meeting point before the starting time.
One of the most frequently asked questions from visitors to Berlin is “Where was the Wall?” and our answer is “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
There are only a few places in Berlin where sections of Wall have been preserved, elsewhere the course of the Wall is marked by stones in the road, and in most places there is little or nothing to indicate where the wall once stood.
On the Big Berlin Wall Walk you’ll see the cityscape as it is now and compare it with how it was when the Wall existed with the help of original photos taken in the 1980s — bringing the story to life.
On this professionally guided tour of the Berlin Wall you’ll discover…
- how the Berlin Wall was secured, the exclusion zone, Border Wall, Hinterland Wall, and the infamous Death Strip with watchtowers, guards’ patrol track, floodlights, dog-runs, alarm-fence and shoot-to-kill orders.
- when and why the former East German state took such drastic measures to seal its borders.
- where courageous attempts to cross the Berlin Wall were made — some successful, some not.
- details of two of the former East/West checkpoints, including the legendary Checkpoint Charlie.
- how the Wall changed the Berlin cityscape and how the city is growing together again since the Wall’s demise — including the re-creation of an artificial lake and beautiful sunken gardens.
- and much more!
The tour is organised by Keith Anderson, a qualified and experienced Berlin guide and a registered “Blue Badge” guide for the West Country in the UK. He is also a member of the UK’s Institute of Tourist Guiding.