Scholar-led Journey through West Berlin

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Duration: 3h
Location: Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany | Berlin, Germany

Category: Tours & Sightseeing

Fascinating culture & historic landmarks of West Berlin
Steinplatz, a creative hub in the golden era of the 1920’s
The city's role as an “island of freedom in a communist sea”
Charming area of Charlottenburg & its renewed vibrancy
Native Berliner guide offers expert commentary & insight

Guided walking tour of West Berlin
Live tour commentary provided in English


Uncover intriguing tales of West Berlin as you explore the rise and fall and rise again of the city's capitalist side. Your academic guide leads you to neighborhoods that have defined life in Berlin throughout the 20th century, providing insightful perspective as you go.

From products blazed with the iconic ampelmann to restaurants dishing up Soviet-era cuisine, there has been a recent trend in Berlin of Ostalgie—nostalgia for life in East Germany. Now, though, the pendulum appears to be swinging back in favor of the west side of town. Largely untouched by tourism so far, West Berlin offers a wealth of history and culture to explore. Begin at Steinplatz—in Germany's Golden Age of the 1920s, this was the place to see and be seen. Stroll past the neighborhood's museums and colorful cafes as you learn about the area's one-time role as a major artistic hub.

Wander through the cobbled streets of Charlottenburg—a historically affluent neighborhood, this area suffered decline under the Nazi regime and is now returning to its former glory. As you explore, your guide points out landmarks and architecture and discusses West Berlin's current place in the world economy. You end your tour with a new outlook on the modern metropolis as well as a deeper understanding of the different roles it has played through history, including, as John F. Kennedy famously described it, that of “an island of freedom in a communist sea.”

Cancellation Policy: 5 days
Know before you book: Children 12 and younger are not allowed., At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place., Maximum group size is 6 people., Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

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