Tours & Activities in Berlin
Berlin is without any doubts one of the most interesting and important cities in the world. Our tour will give you a good understanding of the city, its history and the many ideas born in Berlin that shaped this city and the entire world! We will journey in time from the humble medieval beginnings, through the capital of a mighty kingdom and empire, revolution, dark times of nazism, destruction and communist divisions up to today – the trendiest and hottest city in the world. That was truly a spectacular transition, one you should not miss!
On the tour we will see and discuss:
- TV tower
- Red Town Hall and the remains of the old Berlin
- Museum Island and the Berlin Cathedral
- Unter Den Linden and Humboldt University
- Book Burning Site
- Checkpoint Charlie and Berlin Wall stories
- Adolf Hitler’s Bunker Site
- Jewish Holocaust Memorial
- Brandenburg Gate
The last stop for this tour is Brandenburg Gate.
Look for the yellow umbrella at the meeting point!
ℹ️ ⚠️ ATTENTION - booking rules
The tour is fit for pets, but one site, the Holocaust Memorial, is only allowed to walk around (so you see it, but not walk through). Please have that in mind.
Please note that our free tours are designed for individual travelers and small private groups only. Hence, we do not accept parties of 8 or more people on regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a private tour in advance.
If you show up at the meeting point with the bigger group our guide will ask you for the payment (12 eur/person) before the tour or cancel your reservation on the spot. To confirm your reservation please arrive 10 minutes before starting. We can not guarantee participation when you will be late.
Please note that multiply bookings (under different names) for 7 people who belong to one group will still be treated as one organized group and the guide has the right to deny participation to such parties.
This policy is implied in the best interest of our individual visitors.
Please respect our rules.
Berlin, 1961 : one city, two countries. Communism and Capitalism separated by a 155 kilometer wall that faced the Soviet sector and the Western sector. 28 years of divided families, of tanks face to face, of cut communications, of escape tunnels, of spies and red telephones, of ghost stations and above all of tears.
Today, 34 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain , we wonder how Berliners lived through the Cold War. What was life like for a Berliner behind the wall? How important was the role of the family and the role of women in socialism ? What were the Stasi's methods of repression and surveillance ? We will also talk about the most famous escape attempts and how the resistance and peaceful revolution was organized, which led to the fall of the Soviet bloc. If you wonder what the wall means today and if it still exists: this is your tour .
In 'Side to Side' tours we seek to answer these questions. Tours to see and know Berlin, but also to think and feel it , this is our philosophy. We will talk about all this visiting the most emblematic places that are the living testimony of a not too distant past.
At the end of the tour, you will be able to discover the most emblematic corners of Berlin thanks to the digital guide 'Side to Side East Berlin' that I have prepared with great care. A small gift that includes a selection of the most authentic bars, restaurants and breweries so that you can make the most of your stay in Berlin.
Do not hesitate and book with ' Side to Side Tours' one of the most elaborate and thought tours to get to know the Berlin of the Cold War .
Welcome to Berlin! Join me for a captivating ~3,5 hour tour of Berlin's rich and complex history. Starting at Alexanderplatz, we'll explore the city's diverse landmarks and delve into its fascinating past.
My tour will take us to iconic sites such as the Marx and Engels Memorial, Museums Island, the Nazi book burning site, Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie, the remains of the Berlin Wall, Hitler's bunker, the Jewish Memorial, the Reichstag, and the Brandenburg Gate.
What sets my tour apart is my unique perspective on history. My focus is not just on the places themselves, but on the ideas they reflect. As a Jewish woman of Polish heritage, I approach Berlin's past with a deep sense of personal connection and empathy. I tell the stories of my own family, weaving together personal narratives with broader historical themes.
Rather than simply presenting historical facts and events, I approach the subject of ideologies like fascism from a sociological perspective, highlighting their current relevance.
We'll explore the ways in which Berlin's history has shaped its character and identity, and how it continues to impact the city today. We'll examine the parallels between the past and present and reflect on the lessons we can learn from history.
So come along with me on this unforgettable journey through the heart of Berlin. Let's gain a deeper understanding of the forces that have shaped it into the vibrant and dynamic metropolis it is today.
Please be aware that nobody can be accepted on this tour from 10 minutes after the tour’s start. Thank you for your cooperation.
Victims and executioners, invaders and invaded, dictators and dictatorships, pacts and betrayals. All this is part of the narrative in which the history of Nazism is framed, but what are the reasons that lead a civilized country like Germany to fall into fanatism? Who collaborates and why in the Nazi blitzkrieg? What interests are hidden behind the Hitler dictatorship? And, above all, where did the Final Solution and the extermination of an entire people lead the world?
If you want to answer these questions and reflect on what happened, getting to know the protagonists and the places that write the most important chapters of the 20th century, this is your tour. Let yourself be guided by the philosophy of 'Side to Side': tours thought out and documented from the historical rigor; author tours, with a precise and close language that avoids the sensationalist clichés.
We will visit the most important Nazi monuments in Berlin and the memorials to the victims to rebuild together the history of Berlin under nazism.
The tour will take us through the Brandenburg Gate, scene of the Nazi parades and also testimony of their defeat after the battle of Berlin. The Reichstag, the parliament, where the nazis conquer power. The Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to murdered Jews in Europe. Hitler's bunker, still today the object of conspiracies and for some a place of worship. The street of terror, where the Nazi chancelleries imposed fear and submission. There we will see Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda, the New Chancellery, the work of Albert Speer and the Air Ministry, Hermann Göring’s impressive air force. The tour ends at the Berlin Wall, in front of the Topography of Terror, a documentation center and museum on Nazism that you cannot miss.
Throughout the tour we will also visit the memorials to the victims of the LGTBIQ collective, and the gypsy people and we will also talk about other lesser-known affected groups. Resistance to Nazism and how Germany today confronts the consequences of the most tragic chapter of its history complete the content of one of the most interesting tours of Berlin.
The tour includes the digital guide 'Side to Side: Heart of Berlin' that I have prepared with great care. A small gift so that you can continue discovering Berlin on your own: restaurants, breweries, alternative excursions and much more. Do not hesitate to book, 'Side to Side Tour' is your tour.