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Berlin Communist & Socialist Tour

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Total time
2 hours 45 minutes
Meeting point
In front of the Red Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus) - look for the yellow umbrella!
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What comes to your mind when you’re in Berlin and someone says “communism”? The Wall? GDR? Hotspot of the Cold War? 

All of these things are an important portion of our tour, but they’re only a part of the topic called “communism & socialism”. So our goal is more ambitious than just showing you the Berlin Wall and mentioning a couple of chapters of the Cold War history. We want to give you a holistic understanding of one of the most revolutionary and controversial ideological movements in world history. 

How? By way of having a chronological journey from the 19th to 21st century and covering all the main chapters of the history of German communism. You will learn about the fathers of communist ideas – K. Marx & F. Engels and what they really taught about. You’ll hear the story of R. Luxembourg & K. Liebknecht and understand their role in a political struggle that tore German society apart 100 years ago and thus also helped A. Hitler rise to power. You’ll see and compare the Soviet model of socialism exported to Germany after WWII: you’ll experience it architecturally, grasp it geopolitically and perceive it through people’s life stories. Finally, we’ll talk about leftwing movements today. 

After this 3 hours Walkative journey, you’ll form a historical Gestalt of communist & socialist ideas! Both in Germany and Europe (and even beyond). Both before and after WWII. Long before and long after.

You will discover:

• Marx-Engels Forum – a memorial dedicated to the fathers of communist ideas

• Liebknecht balcony – a place of the proclamation of the Free Socialist Republic of Germany 

• Volksbühne at the Rosa Luxemburg Platz – formerly the most representative theatre in Berlin

• Karl Marx Allee – the most impressive Stalinist architecture in Germany

• Frankfurter Tor – an example of further development of socialist ideas in East Germany

• The Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery) – the longest remaining part of the notorious border between East and West

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a daily transport ticket (AB zone)

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Meeting point: In front of the Red Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus) – look for the yellow umbrella!

Start time: participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.

Attention: a daily transport ticket (AB zone) is needed for this tour!

Language: English

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes


Attention: a daily transport ticket (AB zone) is needed for this tour!

Meeting Point
In front of the Red Town Hall (Rotes Rathaus) - look for the yellow umbrella!

Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

A must for visitors to Berlin with interest in political history!

Rated 5 out of 5
19 hours ago

The tour guided by Mari was very interesting. She took us to often overlooked signs and explained everything with great knowledge and passion. We now far better the history of communism and socialism and the differences between them. Thanks again Mari!


Great tour for the history and ideas of socialism in Berlin

Rated 5 out of 5
2 days ago

My tour guide, Mary, was incredibly informative and passionate about the subject. Her passion for figures such as Rosa Luxemburg is intoxicating! The tour consisted in visiting some key landmarks (prominently, memorials of Germany’s socialist past) as Mary explained the history and ideas that motivated them. The tour is also a great chance to meet people and a few of us, including Mary, went for drinks afterwards!


Tour with Mary

Rated 5 out of 5
4 days ago

Our tour guide was Mary and she showed and told us all aspects of Berlin during the World War I and II, Cold war, and nowadays. It was a very delighting walking, mainly because she compared with others countries and cities and showed not known places. I will definitely participate again when I come back to Berlin.


Amazing Tour

Rated 5 out of 5
3 weeks ago

A very informative, entertaining and interesting tour led by Mary. Thank you very much.


A wonderful informative tour with Mari

Rated 5 out of 5
3 weeks ago

Very informative, interesting, and Mari brought her expertise and very personal passion for the subject all along the way, especially on the subject of Rosa Luxembourg. A fun way to tour the city and meet other tourists too!


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