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The Berlin Wall and the Cold War - Bike Tour

  • When does it run?
    14 May - 30 Jun & 1 Oct - 16 Oct: Tue & Sat
    1 Jul - 30 Sep: Tue, Thu, & Sat
  • Start time
    10am
  • Duration
    About 4.5 hours 
Inclusions
  • Comfortable cruiser- or city-style bike
  • Helmet (provided but optional)
  • Experienced, English-speaking guide

Key Highlights

  • Bike along the fault line that once divided East and West Germany, and discover the scars the country still bears
  • Hear stories about brazen escape attempts by those that dared to challenge the Wall
  • Cycling around Berlin allows you to cover more ground
  • The tour brings to life the events which split this great city in half
  • Tour is led by a knowledgeable English speaking guide
  • Your bicycle will be a state of the art, comfortable cruiser
  • Suitable for all ages and fitness levels

Overview

This bike tour lets you relive the tense, tragic days of the Cold War when the Iron Curtain fell on Berlin and a city was walled off. 

With cushy seats, thick tyres and adjustable handlebars, your bike lets you navigate the streets of Berlin with ease and comfort. An expert guide will take you back to the strained, shadowy days on both sides of the Wall during the Cold War.

Bike from West to East along the wide boulevard of the Karl-Marx-Allee, which typifies the socialist classicism of Soviet design.

Explore the East Side Gallery, famous for its politically-charged graffiti that returns you to the agonies and frustrations of a nation divided. Take plenty of time to soak it in and pull out your camera to capture the most arresting images. 

Retrace more than 5km of where the Wall once stood and learn about the differences and misunderstandings that still fester between former East and West Berlin. Listen intently to anecdotal tales of espionage and harrowing escape, many on the exact site where they actually took place. Bike by the last of the deathstrip watchtowers to comprehend the unimaginable risk taken by those that tried to cross over. 

Highlights of the tour:

Berlin Wall Memorial

Former Death Strip 

No-man's-land watchtower 

Site of tunnels and escapes 

Stasi Records Agency 

Günter Litfin Memorial 

Invaliden Cemetery 

New government quarter 

Subway ghost station 

Chapel of Reconciliation 

Mauer Park 

Zionskirche

Even your lunch stop illustrates that fault lines that once sprawled between East and West, as you break for a bite at a charming café in the remains of an old train station split from its tracks by the Wall.

About the Supplier: For Fat Tire Tours the mission is as simple as getting on a bike! To provide safe, fun and unforgettable experiences that will create memories and smiles that last a lifetime. With over 11 years of experience offering bike, Segway, walking and skip-the-line tours, designed with the traveller in mind. And with their knowledgeable, funny guides, you can be assured of enjoying a tour that offers a lot, lot more.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    14 May - 30 Jun & 1 Oct - 16 Oct: Tue & Sat
    1 Jul - 30 Sep: Tue, Thu, & Sat

  • Duration

    About 4.5 hours 

  • Start time

    10am

  • Meeting Point

    This tour meets at our Alexanderplatz shop, located at the base of the giant TV Tower (Fernsehturm). You can find us on the northeast side of the tower between the Alex Café and the entrance to the TV Tower. The address is Panoramastraße 1a, 10178 Berlin.

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early.

  • Ending Point

    Same as the start point 

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Comfortable cruiser- or city-style bike
  • Helmet (provided but optional)
  • Experienced, English-speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (if you wish, go on then) 

Please note

Voucher Type: Paper 

Always keep a photo ID handy.

Tours run rain or shine. Please dress comfortably for the weather.

A short stop for refreshments is included in the tour, but the cost of the meal is not. Euro cash or Maestro/EC card. Many establishments in Berlin do not accept credit cards.

Customer Reviews

  • Great thing to do if you only have a short stay
    Noel W Campbell, Australia 07/09/2011

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