In August 1961, the East German government ordered the erection of the Berlin Wall. Since then, many attempts were made to dig tunnels through Berlin’s sandy soil in order to overcome the heavily guarded border. The first tunnel was dug in October 1961, the last one in 1985. There were more than seventy escape tunnels in all; and in total, more than 300 citizens of the GDR were able to escape through those, which were successful. When the East German secret police (Stasi) learned of these operations, the outcomes differed. Sometimes this lead to spectacular cloak-and-dagger operations, other times to betrayal and bitter failure. A cat-and-mouse game played between the tunnel builders and the Stasi, meant that those wished to escape faced ever worsening odds.
Tour M gives you an insight into the history of these escape tunnels, and delves into the subject of the subterranean border – in the subway and sewer systems, which were used by those trying to flee the east. After a visit to various photo exhibitions in a former civil defence shelter, our guests will be taken via the subway to Bernauer Strasse. There more than seven escape tunnels were attempted within a distance of just 350 meters of each other. Here you will hear tales of betrayal in addition to the story of the two most successful tunnels.
At the end of the tour we recommend a visit to the Berlin Wall documentary centre “Berlin Wall” at Bernauer Straße.
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Approx. 120 minutes.
13 € (reduced 10 €, child 6 €) Underground Railway transfer Gesundbrunnen-Bernauer Straße is included in the entrance fee.
Tickets are available from 10.00 a.m. (open from 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from April through the end of October) in the pavilion next to the south entrance of the Gesundbrunnen underground station (in front of ‘Kaufland’), Brunnenstraße 105, 13355 Berlin (exit direction to Humboldthain Park, Brunnenstraße).
Reservations are not possible and tickets may only be purchased on the day of the tour.
Please arrive early in order to buy them – expect lines on busy days.
We only take cash as payment, credit/bank cards are not accepted!
Brunnenstr. 105 – southern entrance-hall of the subway station Gesundbrunnen (exit direction to Humboldthain Park, Brunnenstraße), next to our ticket sales-pavillon.
U8 Underground Railway Gesundbrunnen,
S 1, S 2, 25, S 41, S 42 (S-Bahn, City-Railway, National Railway), Gesundbrunnen, Bus 247
This tour is also available upon request to groups in English and in some other languages (min. 260,- € / reduced 200,- € per group). Please contact us for details.