Behind the Wall - East Berlin Stories

Discover what the former East Berlin was really like in this unique experience; from cultural traditions and anarchic rebellions, to dividing walls and creative fervour, this tour will take you behind the scenes of the real East Berlin.


  • Learn all about the Cold War and East Berlin's dramatic transformation over the last decades

  • Explore the history of Berlin's most creative neighbourhoods which were the heart of Berlin subculture in the 90s

  • Discover where Martin Luther King gave his famous speech in 1964

  • On Sundays only: Be a real 2020 Berliner and pick up a bargain from Mauerpark fleamarket, just five minutes' walk from the end point before strolling through the beautiful leafy neighbourhood of Prenzlauerberg with its stunning architecture and lovingly restored buildings

Local English-speaking guide
Local snack
Additional food and drink
Tips or gratuities for your guide.
Important Information
What is included in the tour?

Local, English-speaking guide, drink, and a local snack

What isn't included in the tour?

Additional food and drink, tips or gratuities for your guide

Where do we meet?

The entrance of the Melia Hotel at Friedrichstraße,103 (Close to the suburban station Friedrichstraße)

Where does the tour end?

Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauerstrasse (close to S-Bahn Station Nordbahnhof), located in Berlin Mitte

What is the duration of the tour?

4 hours

Are there any Covid-19 vaccination requirements?

While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour. For further information, please review COVID-19 Health & Safety at

What if I can't find my guide?

If you have any issues on the day of your tour, please call +49 30 26105 715

Can I cancel my tour?

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity.


On this Behind the Wall Tour, you will explore and discover the fascinating side to Berlin’s history that has shaped the city into what it is today. After meeting your local tour guide and group, you’ll walk to the ‘Palace of Tears’ and learn about the incredible story behind its name. You’ll follow the fading traces of the Cold War in Berlin to a spot where East and West were divided for decades. The next part of the tour will give you the opportunity to see some of the major highlights of Berlin, which have lived through the decades and survived the many regimes (WWII, The Cold War, Reunification) such as the world famous Humboldt University's palace-like main building, where the notorious book burning of 1933 took place, before passing the impressive Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site with numerous world-class museums and the majestic Berliner Dom. Your guide will share the story behind the reconstruction of the new Prussian Palace, which is being rebuilt at the exact location of the former Palace of the Republic (The GDR Government building). Your tour will lead you past the famous DDR Museum (a visit inside is not included in the tour, but is highly recommended if you have time at a later date). Next you´ll take a leap into life in 90s East Berlin, taking in some of the most well-known squats and punker clubs before exploring the Hackesche Höfe, a stunning building of interconnecting courtyards, and now a buzzing cultural and arts space. You’ll discover the transformation that the neighbourhood has undergone and hear stories of its wild past; it was here that Berlin’s alternative subculture thrived in the 90s and continues to thrive today. On your way to the final highlight of the tour, you will see where Martin Luther King held his famous speech in 1964 before finishing the tour at the notorious Berlin Wall, where you will see how the Wall divided the city. Urban Adventures offers you a truly unique insight into the incredible German capital. Your local guide will be full of insider knowledge that they will share with you along the way, giving you an exclusive insight into the transformation of Berlin over the last century.

  • We reserve the right to change both the route and places visited within the tour. Food inclusions are subject to change, dependent on availability on the day.
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