The Republic of Fear
Life Behind The Iron Curtain


"An atmosphere of secrecy and fear..."

Berlin’s pivotal role on the frontline of the ideological conflict played out between East and West during the Cold War period is undeniable. There is no greater symbol of the absurdity of the era – and the atmosphere of paranoia, secrecy & fear that permeated the city for much of the 20th century – than that of the Berlin Wall. Still scattered across the cityscape in minor pieces.

Cold War Tour Of Berlin - Berlin Wall At The Brandenburg Gate
Cold War Tour Of Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie

"The playground for numerous international intelligence agencies..."

Carved into two competing zones, Berlin became a truly stage managed city – with each side seeking to prove the supremacy of their system. The glamourous individualistic excesses of West Berlin standing in contrast to the planned economy utopianism of the East. The city grew to become the playground for numerous international intelligence agencies vying for control – Berliners struggled alongside various plotting acronyms and government actors – the CIAMI6, the KGB, the STASI and the BND.

While what normality that existed was played out in the looming shadow of The Bomb.

Cold War Berlin
Tour Description

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From spy novel tropes to Kennedy’s famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech: no city epitomises the Cold War as much as Berlin.

Here, East and Westcapitalism and communism – clashed within the narrow confines of the city, leaving their marks on buildings, streets, and on the lives of countless ordinary Berliners.

This tour considers not just history with a capital-H, but also the stories of life (and of lives uprooted) on either side of the Wall.

Hear about a society that deemed itself a workers’ paradise while waging a war of surveillance on its citizens, about subcultures carving out their own little niches of freedom, and about the events that ultimately led to the fall of the Wall.

The length of this tour means that a short snack/coffee break (not included in the tour price) can be integrated into the route – or, if requested, a longer meal break.

Cold War Berlin
Tour Sites

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– all four of the former occupied zones of Berlin; the British, French, US & Soviet sectors
– the former Cold War Checkpoint Charlie border crossing
– numerous remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall
– the Potsdamer Platz frontier area
– a number of former East German guard towers
– the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin Wall ‘death strip’
– the Reichstag building
– the Soviet War Memorial in the Tiergarten
– the site of the 1953 East German uprising
– the former East German passport control office at Friedrichstrasse Station
– the present day (and Cold War era) North Korean Embassy
– A number of Berlin’s former ‘ghost stations’
– the only remaining preserved ‘death strip’
– the site of the famous Conrad Schumann escape
– numerous escape tunnel routes
– the spot where the first victim of the Berlin Wall died
– the TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
– the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park
– the East German Secret Police (STASI) headquarters


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Our Cold War Berlin Tour Blog Posts

Read some of the blog posts we have written that are relevant to our Cold War Berlin tours:

Secret Rendezvous Berlin - Spy

7 Places For A Secret Rendezvous In Berlin

We all have secrets—and sometimes those secrets require us to meet up with others in the outside world without anyone taking notice of our rendezvous. Maybe you need to hold an important business meeting that your other colleagues or professional competitors can’t know about.

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Berlin Experiences - The Big Three In Potsdam (Truman, Stalin, Churchill)

Potsdam Conference 1945: Day-By-Day

This month we take a look back at the Potsdam Conference. Seventeen days in the summer of 1945 that would change the course of human history forever. The first, and last time, that US President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin would meet.

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Berlin Experiences - The Berlin Wall Escapes

Eight Strangest Berlin Wall Escapes

As of Monday the 5th of February 2018, the Berlin Wall will have been down for longer than it stood: 28 years, 3 months, and 28 days. In our latest blog post we take a look at eight strange Berlin Wall escapes and the desperate lengths people would go to escape from the German Democratic Republic.

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Cold War Tour Of Berlin - Bernauer Strasse Berlin Wall Memorial

Ten Great Reasons To Tour The Berlin Wall

You’d be hard pressed to find a piece of concrete as historically significant as the Berlin Wall. No trip to Berlin would be complete without a tour of what remains of that infamous concrete barrier constructed by the East German goverment over 150 km long around the capitalist island of West Berlin.

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BER Airport - the Fiasco Flughafen

Berlin Brandenburg Airport – Behind The Scenes

Mired in controversy, Berlin’s International Airport remains unfinished, more than five years after its planned opening. An absurd saga complete with malpractice, staggering incompetence, bribery, whistleblowing and organisational myopia. We’ve gathered this photo gallery from a recent behind the scenes private guided tour of Berlin’s most problematic building site – the fiasco Flughafen.

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Friedrich Engels - Gravedigger of Capitalism

On this day: Friedrich Engels, Prussian political theorist and ‘gravedigger of capitalism’, is born (28th November 1820)

In 1842, the 22-year-old Friedrich Engels travelled to tend to family business near Manchester, England. Sent by his father to protect the family investment in a cotton manufacturing firm in Salford, with the added paternal hope that exposing his son to the realities of business would rid him of his increasingly radical leanings.

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