Berlin Wall and Cold War Bike Tour of Berlin
Trace the path of the former Wall as you hear stories of East and West, escape attempts, and life behind the Iron Curtain, and take in more of what makes Berlin the unique city it is today.
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Trace the path of the former Wall as you hear stories of East and West, escape attempts, and life behind the Iron Curtain. You will cycle away from the Mitte district in Berlin and the pedestrian Cold War sights to take in more of the former East, more of the Wall, and more of what makes Berlin the unique city it is today.
Ride along the imposing Karl-Marx-Allee before taking in the colorful East Side Gallery and the powerful Treptower Park Memorial. From there we return through the former no-man’s-land death strip to visit former checkpoints and hear tales of espionage and escape attempts. To put the Cold War into perspective we'll timeline other important worldwide events to show how these effectively put Berlin at the forefront of Cold War tension. You will break for lunch (cost not included) at nice cafe options just in the former East. This is a great opportunity to ask your guide more questions about the Cold War or the Berlin of today.
- Duration: 5 hour(s)
- Available: Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
- Pick-up: Not available
- Inclusion: English-speaking guide / Fully guided tour by bike of Berlin / Beach cruiser or City style bike with easy gears and comfy seat plus helmet (provided but optional) / Stop for lunch (cost of lunch not included)
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10:30 Depart on your bike tour!
Eastside GalleryExplore the East Side Gallery, a kilometer-long stretch of still-standing Wall, famous for its graffiti. It's politically charged and we give you plenty of time to soak it in, so don't forget your camera.
Classic PropagandaYou'll see many examples of still-standing communist propaganda lining various buildings along our route. Many are now on buildings under historical protection.
Tales of EspionageYour guide will recount numerous stories of espionage by the CIA, KGB, and Stasi that made Berlin one of the physical focal points of the Cold War.
Street ArtThe influence of the Cold War still shape Berlin in many ways. Unlike other German and European cities, Berlin's lively art scene and bohemian lifestyle is readily apparent. See some great examples of what sets Berlin apart from its counterpart European capital cities.
Plattenbau ApartmentsJust one block away from the grandeur of Karl-Marx-Allee lies a completely different environment for citizens of the East. Understand the differences not just between life on different sides of the Wall, but also within the realities of the communist East.
Treptower ParkThe reliefs lining the memorial are the finest of Stalinist propaganda, telling the story from his point of view. The memorial is off the beaten tourist path - yet quite accessible by bike - and not to be missed.
Deathstrip WatchtowerThis is one of just few remaining control towers left standing in the former deathstrip. Your guide will explain the 3 different levels of these types of watchtowers and what type of officials were chosen to man these towers.
Cafe MoscowAmong many of the impressive sights along the historic Karl-Marx-Allee is the Cafe Moscow. This cafe, like the rest of the Stalinist boulevard, blatantly shows still-existing communist propaganda.
No-Man's LandThe fortifications of the Berlin Wall were impressive. See remaining sections not just of the Wall, but also of the breadth of no-man's-land. You'll see firsthand how Berlin is now creatively reallocating this land.
Get the Full StoryWhy was the Wall built? Why was it built on that particular location? What else was going on around the world to "justify" the building of the Berlin Wall? Your guide will help you make sense of the string of events from 1945 to 1989 and their impact on Berlin of today.
What happens if it rains?
- The tours run rain or shine. The tours in the rain can be a different kind of fun and an even more fun memory! The guides try their best to take cover but sometimes you will be exposed to the elements. Pocket-sized rain ponchos are for sale in the shop and it is highly recommend that you purchase one before the tour. If you don’t use it, the shop will buy it back from you - it's a bit of a rain insurance policy!
Do we go inside the Berlin museums and monuments?
- The tour guides cannot enter the Berlin museums and monuments. German Law restricts museum guides to their authorized officials. Plus, some people would want to spend only ten minutes in the museum while others would prefer 3 hours. Your guide, and the shop staff, will be happy to show you exactly how to go back to any sites you would like to explore further or visit the interior. This applies to all bike and segway tours except Gardens and Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour from Berlin. This tour includes entrance tickets and audio-guide of Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam.
Do I need to bring anything with me for the Berlin Wall and Cold War Bike Tour of Berlin?
- Be sure to bring your camera and some cash for the lunch break. It is also recommended that you bring an extra layer of clothing in case it gets chilly during the tour. There is a luggage rack on the e-bikes so you can easily carry some small items with you.
Do we stop for lunch on the Berlin Wall and Cold War Bike Tour of Berlin?
- Yes, you will make a stop for lunch during the bike tour. Please remember that the cost of food is not included in the tour price, so make sure to have some cash with you.
Is this bike tour of Berlin suitable for children?
- Yes. This tour is a great options. Families and kids are very welcome. There are several types of kids' bikes, seats, and helmets available to make sure everyone of all sizes is comfortable on Berlin Wall and Cold War Bike Tour of Berlin.
What if I haven't ridden a bike for a while? Can I continue to join the bike city tour of Berlin?
- Don’t worry, it’s just like riding a bike! The tours move at a very comfortable pace so don’t worry if you are a bit rusty. If you are worried about being comfortable on the bike, feel free to stop by the shop a bit early and you can take a few practice laps.
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