1. East Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in a Russian Van
Explore the highlights of the former East Berlin in a vintage Soviet “Bukhanka”, also called a “pan loaf” van, on this private 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Start your tour at Friedrichstraße train station, where the Palace of Tears was once the central border crossing for Berliners. Many tears flowed here during the division of Berlin, which separated many families. The next stop will be the famous Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse. This is the only place in the city where you can experience the former inner-city border strip in its entire dimensions. Then, head to Ernst Thälmann Park, a former prestigious urban development project of the late GDR. Admire the skyscrapers and huge monument to Ernst Thälmann, which was finished only 3 years before the end of the GDR. Continue on to see the former Lenin Square and Karl-Marx Boulevard, which combines Soviet neo-Classicism with socialist Modernism and Brutalism. Finally, visit Alexanderplatz Square, where you’ll see a huge socialist mosaic and the 365-meter-tall TV tower. Finish the tour back at Friedrichstraße station.