Bowie, Berlin and The Iron Curtain

(210 reviews)
Check Point Charlie, Berlin, Germany
60 mins

About the tour

This one-hour tour takes you from Potsdamer Platz, referenced in David Bowie's elegiac "Where are we now?" to the Hansa Studios where he recorded 2 of his most celebrated albums. Next, we'll walk along where the infamous Wall once stood and make a stop at Berlin's Topography of Terror, situated where some 80 years ago the SS and Gestapo had their HQ's. Across from it, there's the former Reichs Ministry of Aviation, once the turf of Hermann Göring, now Germany's Ministry of Finance, no less! Continuing our walk, we get to the place where Hitler gave his first non-public speech in Prussia, back in 1927, today a swanky office building, what's left of it ... We'll finish our tour at Checkpoint Charlie, symbol of the Cold War and the division of Germany. Today, it is one of Berlin's most visited tourist attractions.

Meet your local guide


Berlin’s stunning landscape can stupefy you. Home to over 200 parks, forests and green spaces, and over a hundred lakes - replete with beautiful lidos and sandy beaches - it’s one of the greenest cities in the world. Martin helps you discover all this, and more! Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010 and experienced a potpourri of different cultures. At university, he explored German history and studied German-Jewish exile organizations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis. Following his graduation, he was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organized by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. This led Martin back to Berlin, and he re-discovered the city he had left long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. Since then, his tours have been peppered with adventures and exciting stories, ranging from European cultures to celebrities like Marlene Dietrich. “I once gate-crashed the building where David Bowie used to live in Berlin with a customer who was a huge David Bowie fan and ‘bumped’ into a resident who promptly invited us to have coffee!” he says.

Martin has been guiding since May 2011

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Mala S.

24 February 2021

Excellent tour

Aoife S.

23 February 2021

Second tour with Martin he's a great guide, very passionate on his subject and thorough.

Christine R.

23 February 2021

very interesting tour

Jennifer N.

23 February 2021

Really interesting tour as always

Lorna C.

23 February 2021

One of Martin’s tours is never enough, so I repeated his Bowie one, assimilating far more this time, and enjoyed it more, if that is possible. He is probably VT’s best speaker as his knowledge of his subject is unsurpassed. He is never superficial so I came away fired up to explore the links he told us about. Everyone on his tour was silent, but looking at all the reviews now posted for this tour of Bowie in Berlin it seems that they were as engrossed as I was. Many many thanks yet again, Martin.

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