Bowie, Berlin and The Iron Curtain



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


Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010, first in London and later in Paris. He later went back to studying, gaining an MA and PhD in the UK. After completing his PhD dissertation on German-Jewish exile organisations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis, he was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organised by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. And so, Martin was back in Berlin, re-discovering the city he'd left so long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over since he left some 16 years earlier, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. He has since obtained his official certificate that classifies him as a fully licenced Berlin Tour Guide.

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 or tablet.

Reviews from travellers


27 November 2020

Interesting tour, thank you


27 November 2020

Very interesting tour and I learned about Bowie and Berlin Well worth the time Thanks


26 November 2020

It was a very interesting tour and very informative. Martin is a excellent tour guide


25 November 2020

Informative, knowledgeable and engaging. Looking forward to our actual Bowie tour in person, having had to cancel TWICE in 2020!


25 November 2020

I loved Martin's tour and would love to take it again because one couldn't possibly take it all in in one hour. He was so informative and I was amazed at how much he shared with us regarding Berlin's history. I will most definitely sign on for more of his tours.

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