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)

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.

Amazing tour, great guide!

Rated 5 out of 5
5 days ago

I learned a great deal of information from the tour! The guide is super nice, knowledgeable, and has a great talent to explain events and tell stories. I would really recommend!


A passionate guide

Rated 5 out of 5
6 days ago

Will was our highly qualified and passionate guide. We were very impressed with his knowledge and easy way of retelling this complicated story. We saw places we wouldn’t have seen without him and understood other places we had seen but hadn’t fully appreciated.


Amazing Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

William is extremely knowledgeable and good at delivering the histories and anecdotes of Berlin. Truly educative and enjoyable.


Berlin socialist and communist tour

Rated 5 out of 5
2 weeks ago

Very enjoyable,anccessible and I learned loads. Will was our guide -he was very personable, knowledgeable and presented a complex subject with panache


Annabel Crowe

Berlin and Communist tour and Berlin under Fascism

Rated 5 out of 5
3 weeks ago

My son and I took 2 tours with RU this past week. They were both excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects covered Recommended for all history buffs

Michael Hamelin

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