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

Additional Important Information

professional local guide


a daily transport ticket (AB zone)

Ticket Message

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.

Another great tour

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

Another fantastic tour. Will was so knowledgable. If you are in Berlin, book one of the tours around the city. A fantastic way to learn about history


The communist and socialist tour

Rated 5 out of 5
3 weeks ago

We hade a great time with Alex as a guide. He was an amazing, funny and enthusiastic guide. Extra plus for the moustasche!


Fascinating tour

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

Really insightful and interesting. Time flew by as Rui packed in loads of interesting facts and really brought the city alive. Thank you.

Chris and Ben

Highlight of Berlin trip

Rated 5 out of 5
1 month ago

The tour with Alex was one of the highlights during our stay in Berlin, giving great historical perspectives to our visit; definitely recommend this one!


Amazing tour

Rated 5 out of 5
2 months ago

I am very happy that we were able to take part in the tour with Ruarid. He is a great storyteller, for 3 hours there wasn’t a minute where we would be bored or even less interested in what he was explaining, has great history knowledge and marvellous sense of humor. One of the best tours I have ever done. Really recommended


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