A Hike Along The Berlin Wall

A guided walk along the Berlin Wall Trail from Griebnitzsee to Wannsee…

The edge of the city can be as fascinating as the centre, as we will discover on this 15km guided walk along the Berlin Wall trail. This walk takes in some of the most beautiful corners of Berlin and Potsdam, with much of the walk between the woods and the water.

Of course, this being Berlin, the walk is not only picturesque, and along the way we will discover the villas that housed Stalin, Truman and Churchill during the Potsdam Conference, discuss the present-day access debates that are preventing walkers and cyclists such as ourselves from accessing the embankment, look out over the bridge where spies were exchanging during the Cold War, and wander the cobbled streets of what was once an exclave of the GDR, surrounded on all sides by the Berlin Wall and the water.

As the walk reaches Wannsee we will pass the villa where Nazi officials discussed the “Final Solution” and the lakeside summer residence of the artist Max Liebermann, who resigned from the Academy of Arts when the Nazis came to power, and who, on witnessing their victory march through the Brandenburg gate, said; “I cannot eat all that I want to throw up.”

About the Tour Leader

Combining a leg-stretching good walk with stories, history and politics along the way, the guided walks and urban rambles of the Grey Sky Appreciation Society are led by Paul Scraton, who runs the Under a Grey Sky website, devoted to “adventures beyond the front door”.

Paul has lived in Berlin for over ten years, has a Master’s degree in International Studies, and amongst other activities writes for Slow Travel Berlin and organises the Eyewitness History Talk in cooperation with the ZeitZeugenBörse at the Circus Hotel.

Pricing

€25 per person for four hours. Private tours and groups can be arranged in advance.

Group Size

2-6

Additional Information

The walk is 15 kilometres along well-maintained pathways. However, it is still at least four hours on your feet, and suitable footwear is a must.

Booking

Contact us at tours | at | slowtravelberlin.com or on + 49 171 122 5973.

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  1. Julie fraser says:

    The tour was definitely a high point of our Berlin stay. Unlike the Disneyworld scene at Checkpoint Charlie we learned real history and enjoyed a delightful walk along easy paths by the lake, culminating in classic fashion at a beer garden. Tour leader Paul is not only right on top of his subject but an excellent raconteur. Do it!

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