Berlin - Life in East Berlin Along Karl-Marx-Allee

Life in East Berlin Along Karl-Marx-Allee

(33 reviews)
Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin, Germany
45 mins

About the tour

Karl-Marx-Allee formerly know as Stalin-Allee is one of the most iconic streets in former East Berlin and one of the first and biggest building projects following WWII. Built in for Berlin non-typical "sugar baker style" the wide avenue is home to thousands of Berliners, shops and cultural institutions. It also was the representative place for military parades and political photo ops during Eastern German times. And whilst everyone in Berlin knows about the uprising of the 17th of June 1953 and there is even a street named after that date it was really here on Karl-Marx-Allee one day earlier that the unrest began. Take a walk with me along this nearly 3km long street, have a look at the amazing architecture and hear the stories of life in East Berlin, the events which unfolded along this street and how it is all going today.

Meet your local guide


Arja has worked for over 13 years as a full-time tour guide in Berlin and all around Europe. She is a studied historian and passionate about all the big and small stories surrounding this beautiful city she calls home. Born and raised in Northwestern Germany, she came to Berlin after finishing university in Hamburg with a Masters degree in history and American literature and having traveled the world for 4 years. With her family roots in the city, she always felt drawn to the multitude of layers of life you can find in Berlin starting with her own family story. Telling stories is what she loves and meeting people from all over the world is the next best thing to traveling the world herself.

Arja has been guiding since Mar 2007

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 an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 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 join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide's hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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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

Augusto M.

20 April 2021

I enjoyed Arja's informative tour of the history and current life on Karl-Marx-Allee in East Berlin.

Paulene D.

20 April 2021

Another excellent tour

Lee(Amsterdam) ..

19 April 2021

Fantastic tour! Arja delivers interesting info in a fun manner so there's never a dull moment! Always love a cameo by sweet lil Lulu as well!

Mark L.

19 April 2021

What a lovely walk today with Arja & Lulu down Karl Marx Alee with tons of info about East Berlin & Communist culture & architecture. Sooo many great postcards too!

Mary T.

19 April 2021

Thank you Arja for showing us the Karl Marx avenue and telling us more about the history of East Germany.

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