Alternative Berlin Bike Tour Excellent tour! We had three hours with Eric showing us the sites of alternative Berlin. We covered a variety of spots from the Berlin wall, urban garden projects and street art to all weekend techno clubs / raves!... read morerebecca
Untz Untz Untz Eric was a great guide showing us several Berlin techno clubs. He made recommendations on clubs to visit which would suit our tastes and gave us hints on how to get in! It was wonderful learning about the... read moreMissy
Informative and Fun My husband and I are visiting Berlin and we signed up for Eric’s Berlin Wall and Cold War private walking tour. Having grown up during that time and remembering the fall of the Wall, it was an amazing... read morejawbunny
Answer all the questions you want to know about local Berlin If you want to know about the street art of Berlin and don't want the commercial 'spin', Eric is the guide for you. He gave great insight into the artworks and the culture behind the development of some... read moreKathryn
One of the greatest tours that I have ever done AMAZING Street Art Tour! Eric the guide, was so knowledgeable about all the street art, artists and areas. It was a 3 hour tour, walking around different areas of Berlin that we would have no idea about and... read morealexbyak
This tour was perfect I recently booked a tour with Eric of the street art in Berlin for my sisters hen weekend. She absolutely loves art and graffiti. Eric is polite, patient (we had LOTS of photos), and very knowledgeable. I would... read moreCharlotte
Some hidden places we wouldn't have seen on our own We went to Berlin for a bachelorette's party and we hired a tour with Berlin like a local. It was a really interesting tour, we learned about some of Berlin's history and saw some hidden places we wouldn't... read morePatricia
Highly recommended for a company tour I booked the Wall & Berlin Cold War walking tour with Eric for our company and it was really great! Eric took us to places we could have not found otherwise, shared information you cannot learn at a... read morePatricia
The best tour I've done I went on 2 tours with Eric. My first tour was a walking architectural tour. As a photographer, i was very specific with Eric about what i wanted to shoot. He did a lot of advance preparation to... read morejohnsbaker2018
Entertaining & interesting! Hi, we were a group of friends who had Eric walk us around in old East-Berlin for a day. He took us to a lot of interesting places, had good stories to tell, and were in general a... read moreTheBard11
Powerful understanding of the political and cultural Berlin world My boyfriend and I arranged a street art walking tour with Eric in Berlin earlier this month in march and we are so pleased we did! Eric's knowledge of street art in Berlin was excellent and how he... read moreAngelique
Great tour that really added to our holiday Techno music and street art. Eric took us to the most fascinating parts of former East Berlin on this bike tour. As an avid clubber himself he knows a lot about the different clubs, and the background of... read moretrippetytrip
We highly recommend Berlin like a Local! Berlin Cold War and Wall bike tour. Eric is a fantastic guide with a lot of passion for the history of Berlin! We had a fantastic time! Besides the history, architecture and stories he takes you to special... read moreMonique
Brilliant Techno Tour! We have been coming to Berlin - the best city in the world! - many times. I wanted to understand more about techno - Berlin’s anthem - and the amazing clubbing scene in Berlin. This was an afternoon... read morenickwyse
The real Berlin, away from the generic tourist stuff I had the pleasure of walking around some of Berlin's coolest suburbs and seeing some incredible art work along the way. Eric is very knowledgeable and through him I got a history in Art, Music and Berlin itself.... read morePrit
Cold War and Berlin Wall We had a great walking tour with our excellent guide Eric. He took us to places we’d never have known about and was very well- informed and interesting. He also made recommendations for other places for us to... read moreHilRo
Great city walk with Eric Great city walk in both the eastern block parts and modern parts of Berlin with guide Eric and my seven norwegian friends. He understood what we wanted in advance and matched our interests and our humour. We spent... read moreKyrreB
Great and personalised bike tour Thank you very much Eric for this great and personalised bike tour. Even if I am living in Berlin for more than 5 years almost everything was new to me. We had a lovely time and would be... read morePaloma
Excellent and Meaningful Guide! Eric loves Berlin and that shows in the stories and detail he puts into the tour. I took the street art tour and it was fantastic. He takes you to the best vantage points and thoughtfully describes each... read morecfish767
Powerful understanding of the political and cultural Berlin world My boyfriend and I arranged a street art walking tour with Eric in Berlin earlier this month in march and we are... read moreAngelique
During this unusual tour, you will explore cold war Berlin along the footsteps of the Berlin wall.
- Discover why the city of Berlin had been divided.
- Remember the events related to the construction of the wall.
- Figure out if you are in East Berlin or West Berlin.
- Immerse yourself in Berlin life during the cold war.
- Examine the reasons for the fall of the Berlin wall.
- Get a better understanding of socialist architecture.
Private tour. Walking or biking. 2 or 3 hours. Contact me or book online:
Tel/WhatsApp: +49 160 55 131 51
The fascinating story of the Berlin wall
The Berlin wall separated the city between East and West for 28 years. This is undoubtedly the event that most symbolizes the cold war period and the end of the 20th century.
Discover during my Berlin cold war tour, the history of the German capital, marked forever by the construction and then by the fall of the Berlin wall.
Looking forward to seeing you soon to discover the fascinating history of Berlin during the cold war era.
The Wall and Berlin cold war tour by Berlin like a local
In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, during my wall and Berlin cold war tour, I introduce you to the unmissable events that marked the city from 1945 to 1989.
Private Berlin cold war tour
I offer my cold war tour Berlin as a private tour. No one will be added to your group, whether you are alone, in a couple, with your family and children, with your friends, or in a group (school or company). This allows me to be fully flexible, listen to your questions and to go at your pace.
Why a guided Berlin cold war tour?
I have known Berlin for a long time and I have experienced its evolution. During my Berlin cold war tour, I want to share with you my knowledge and passion for the history of the city. The first time I came to Berlin, it was to West Berlin back in 1987. The city was still separated in two by the wall, an impressive and almost impassable system. Eager to know about its evolution, I visited Berlin again just after its fall. I fell in love with this city and came back many times before finally deciding to settle down here in 2010.
For each of my guided tours, I take the time and care needed to study the route and topic in depth. Thus, I can present the subject to you in a concise manner, its many aspects and answer all your questions in detail. I am particularly careful that the tour adjusts to your rhythm, your group and your desires for history, culture and exploration.
What are we going to talk about during the Berlin Cold War Tour?
During my Berlin cold war tour, you will walk or cycle to explore the most important aspects of the cold war period: the origins of the cold war, the division of Germany and of Berlin into four occupation zones after World War II, the emergence of two political systems and finally two countries, two Germany’s. You will discover the reasons for the construction of the Berlin wall and its consequences for the lives of its inhabitants. The whole system that made it impassable and how it eventually came down, then finally the reunification of Germany.
You will also understand the ambition of the architectural and urban projects of the post-war socialist Berlin. We will spend a large part of our cold war tour Berlin on the eastern side of the city, which became the capital of East-Germany, the German Democratic Republic (GDR), on the 7th of October 1949.
Berlin, the origins of the cold war and its evolution
We have to remember the last hours of the Second World War to understand the origin of the Cold War. The United States of America (USA) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) were allies of circumstance in order to defeat Nazi Germany led by Adolf Hitler. They would decide on the fate of Germany after its defeat and occupied it. Disagreements soon arose between these two powers, especially concerning the occupation and administration of the city of Berlin.
For the Berlin cold war tour by Berlin like a local, I have chosen for you the best locations and events, to illustrate the different aspects of the cold war, a technological, economic and social conflict. The fall of the Berlin wall will symbolize the end of this historical era.
East Berlin, the capital of the GDR and its major construction projects
In post-war Berlin, Berlin has been destroyed by heavy bombing, it needed to be rebuilt. One of the fascinating aspects of my cold war tour Berlin, is to observe the different phases of reconstruction in the eastern part of the city. You will understand and appreciate the scale of the architectural projects from the 50s to the 70s in the center of East Berlin.
Berlin wall tour: from its construction to its fall
Concerning the wall itself, you will understand how the East German socialist regime decided to build it with the agreement of Moscow. As part of your Berlin wall tour, you will see how it separated the city in two and we will discuss its technological aspect and evolution. It will also be an opportunity to relive together the emotions of successful or failed attempts to escape, and talk about the border pass agreements between East and West Berlin.
During these 28 years of separation, the two blocs used Berlin as their window, in the West the "free" world” and in the East the "socialist" world. You will understand the causes of the fall of the wall and how it came down on the night of the 9th of November 1989, leading a year later to the German reunification.
Where will we go during our wall and Berlin cold war tour?
During our wall and Berlin cold war tour, you will explore the Berlin districts of Mitte, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. You will go from East to West, cross the Berlin Wall, which was impossible back then. En-route, we will stop several times to illustrate the cold war era, the highlights of my Berlin cold war tour are, the Alexanderplatz, the Karl-Marx-Allee, the Oberbaum Bridge and of course the Berlin wall.
Alexanderplatz and the TV-tour
Our Berlin cold war tour starts at Alexanderplatz, in the center of East Berlin. There, you will appreciate the size of the square and its buildings, most of them constructed after the wall. This will allow us to look at one of the most remarkable monuments of the city, the highest in Germany, the famous television tower, now a true symbol of Berlin.
We will then walk or cycle along the Karl-Marx-Allee, which has changed names several times over the course of history. It is the site of the biggest reconstruction project in Berlin after World War II. The ambitions of the socialist system through the Soviet architecture that some call Stalinist will no longer be secret to you.
The remains of the Berlin wall today converted into East-Side-Gallery
We will continue along the longest still standing part of the Berlin wall, which is located on the banks of the River Spree. You will be able to realize the magnitude of the system set up by the East German regime to prevent its citizens from fleeing to the West. Today this part of the wall has become an open-air street art gallery: the East Side Gallery.
Oberbaumbrücke – West-East crossing point
One of the highlights of our Berlin cold war tour, is to cross the Oberbaum Bridge, which is certainly the most significant Berlin monuments after the Brandenburg Gate and the TV-Tower. You will discover its unusual history from the middle-ages to the present day. During the wall, it served as a check-point for the West Berlin inhabitants visiting their families and relatives in the East.
The extras of our wall and Berlin cold war tour?
En-route, there are some amazing Berlin street art murals. Urban art is part of the atmosphere of the city and enlivens its walls with their colors and messages.
For our Berlin wall tour, I choose the best side stories to reveal the living conditions of East Germans during the Cold War. I can propose you to combine my tour with the visit of the DDR Museum, just ask me and I will organize the tickets for you. We can also visit the museum with an eyewitness.
For your restaurants, bars and outings, I can give you some advice according to your desires at the time.
You can choose between a walking or bike tour. If you need a bike, I propose comfortable city bikes for adults and children. I offer my guided Berlin cold war tour in 2 or 3 hours. The 3-hour tour includes a break in a typical Berlin coffee place.