Berlin audio tour: Into the Heart of Berlin

Into the Heart of Berlin

Walking Tour

20 mins

About the Tour

Why are we drawn to certain cities? Perhaps because of a story read in childhood. Or a chance teenage meeting. Or maybe simply because the place touches us, embodying in its tribes, towers and history an aspect of our understanding of what it means to be human. Parıs is about romantic love. New York means energy. And Berlin…? Berlin is all about volatility and this walk -- with best-selling author Rory MacLean -- takes you into the heart of Berlin's tumultuous history, from Kaiser to Hitler, Kennedy to national rebirth.

Tour Producer


Rory MacLean

Author Rory MacLean has known three Berlins: West Berlin where he made movies with David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich, East Berlin where he researched his first best seller 'Stalin's Nose', and now the unified capital. His newest book 'Berlin: Imagine a City' (published in the US as 'Berlin: Portrait of a City through the Centuries') was chosen as a Book of the Year by the Washington Post whose reviewer called it 'the most extraordinary work of history I've ever read'.

Major Landmarks

  • Reichstag Building

  • Brandenburg Gate

  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Directions to Starting Point

Walk begins outside the Bundestag U-Bahn station, in front of the Reichstag

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Places to stop along the way

Both Starbucks and a Häagen-Dazs café are beyond the Brandenburg Gate, across Pariser Platz.

Best time of day



For a world city, Berlin is comparatively safe but do watch for pickpockets in the crowds at the Brandenburg Gate


This is probably the tenth or 11th voice map tour I have done, and the first one I have been disappointed with. 13 spots? For the price not worth it. Also just not up to the quality and information I have come to expect

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 7 months ago

Thanks for your comment. Like any big city, Berlin often hosts public events, necessitating the closure of roads or sidewalks. I am sorry to hear that you and your parents found part of your path blocked by temporary security barriers. I believe Voicemap has offered you a free tour to compensate you for your disappointment.

Posted by Rory , over 2 years ago

I wouldn’t recommend. The tour asks you to go down a corridor that is blocked by security barriers. With elderly parents in tow, ended the tour early.

Posted by Chris C , almost 3 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.