decaying splendour and lots of Ostalgie in the former Deutsche Demokratische Republik
East Berlin – Brandenburg – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Sachsen-Anhalt – Sachsen
Regular monthly departures: this tour is offered regularly once a month. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the ask-us button below and we will match your preferences with the relevant scheduled group departure. If you are unsure about the month you wish to travel in, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours!
Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with friends and there are 5 or more of you, you can set your own dates and we will organise a tour just for you without charging any additional fee. If you are travelling solo or with less than 4 companions we will organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.
Please note: this is an itinerary with a strong focus on Socialist Architecture and Soviet Heritage. If you are more into classic attractions (i.e. churches, museums, historical city centres) and/or natural wonders (forests, lakes and marshes), we can easily design a bespoke itinerary according to your own specific preferences. Get in touch for more details on our tailored routes in East Germany.
Day 1 - East Berlin
In the morning you will meet your our guide in the lobby of the designated hotel (exact hotel address and meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email; private airport pickup and shuttle service available for a small additional fee).
Introductory briefing about the region and the route.
East Berlin Tour: Karl-Marx Avenue, (former) Lenin Square, Stasi headquarter in Lichtenberg, Volkspark Friedrichshain, Thälmann-Monument and a plethora of Socialist architectures, modernist mosaics and communist monuments scattered around the former capital of the German Democratic Republic.
Traditional East-German lunch.
In the afternoon we'll visit the Soviet-German Museum of Karlshorst, located in the very villa where the capitulation of the Third Reich was signed by Wilhelm Keitel in 1945, and pay our homage to the glorious Soviet Memorial in Treptow.
Dinner and overnight in East Berlin.
Day 2 - Wünsdorf-Waldstadt, Eisenhüttenstadt and Frankfurt an der Oder
Morning visit to the abandoned Soviet military base in Wünsdorf-Waldstadt, where one of the last still standing Lenin statue in the country welcomes the rare visitors.
We'll then drive south to Eisenhüttenstadt, a quintessential GDR planned city with plenty of nostalgia and post-Socialist decay.
After lunch transfer to Frankfurt an der Oder, a large town adjacent to the Polish border with a remarkably vast array of Socialist monuments dotting the archetypically GDR city centre.
We'll enjoy a short walking tour of the city centre and pop into the neighbouring town of Słubice for quick taste of Poland.
Dinner and overnight in Frankfurt an der Oder.
Day 3 - Ostbrandenburg, Schwedt and Usedom
We'll spend the morning driving around the melancholic villages and towns of Ostbrandenburg, a region full of Soviet memorials (such as the magnificent one near Seelow) and GDR nostalgia.
For lunch we will stop in Schwedt, a wide-alleys-and-concrete-blocks planned city boasting a rather massive and highly unusual theatre.
We'll then reach Usedom, a famous resort island during GDR times.
After having toured the island and its many natural wonders, socialist landmarks (e.g. the crumbling Kulturhaus in Zinnowitz) and abandoned military bases (such as the one in Peenemünde).
Dinner and overnight in Usedom.
Day 4 - Rostock, Schwerin and Glewe
In the morning we’ll tour the picturesque Pomeranian countryside and visit the somber outskirts of Rostock, where racist riots back in the wild 90s.
After lunch we'll head south to Schwerin, the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and one of the only few places in Germany where you can still admire a Lenin Statue still standing defiantly against all odds.
If time permits, we will also visit the notorious hamlet of Jamel, an impoverished Pomeranian settlement fully occupied by III Reich nostalgics and Nazi sympathisers.
We'll then reach reach the pretty albeit rather sleepy GDR-town of Nuestadt-Glewe for the night.
Dinner and overnight in Neustadt-Glewe.
Day 5 - Stendal, Halle Neustadt and Leipzig
Early start and onto Sachsen-Anhalt, the least travelled German Bundesland, also known by the dubious epithet Land of the Early Birds.
We’ll first stop near the former GDR border town of Stendal to visit a somber Soviet memorial forgotten in the woods and then continue onto the semi-deserted metalworking village of Tangerhütte, a somber urban reminder of industrial decay and Socialist nostalgia.
After lunch we’ll finally reach today’s highlight: the dystopian satellite city of Halle Neustadt, a broken communist dream of raw concrete and public art.
After a comprehensive tour of Halle Neustadt and its many GDR-era wonders, we’ll drive to the nearby city of Leipzig, a major industrial and cultural centre of the former GDR and one of the most significant places in the whole history of Germany.
We'll enjoy a late-afternoon Socialist-themed drive around this extremely interesting and highly educated East German town, that has always played a leading role in the country’s history, economy and culture.
Dinner and overnight in Leipzig.
Day 6 - Leipzig, Karl-Marx-Stadt and Dresden
After breakfast we'll move to Karl-Marx-Stadt, a nostalgic industrial town that homaged the philosophical father of modern communism with a giant statue dominating over the main square.
After lunch, we'll head to Dresden crossing some truly melancholic Ostalgie-landscapes along the way.
Once in Dresden, we’ll visit the mighty Kulturpalast, an architectonic doppelgänger of the now infamously demolished Palast der Republik, the building in Berlin that served as the seat of the Volkskammer, the parliament of the GDR, from 1976 to 1990.
Dinner and overnight in Dresden.
DAY 7 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations
After enjoying a last GDR-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of your choice.
For those wishing to take the train: we will arrange a free-of-charge transfer to Dresden central station.
For those wishing to travel back to Berlin: we will arrange private transfer to the capital for just 25 € per ride.
For those up to something unusual: we will arrange full-day extension into the land of the Sorbs, an obscure West-slavic minority inhabiting the dark woods stretching between Saxony and Brandenburg.
End of the tour.
4 to 9 participants: 890 €
The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 25 euro/night), private transport in the region (car or minivan), entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.
The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, transport to and from the airport of arrival/departure (25 euros/ride), visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.
The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility.
Please note: It’s advisable to arrive in Berlin one day before the actual tour begins. You should notice, however, that you’ll have to take care of your accommodation for any day and night preceding the actual start date of the tour. Without any additional charge we will readily and gladly reserve a room for you at our hotel of choice and you’ll be able to pay for it by cash or credit card once you check-in. If your flight lands on the same day as the tour begins and you prefer to rest a bit before going out sightseeing, you will then meet your tour guide and the rest of the group at the designated hotel in the late afternoon.
Airport transfer/pickup in Berlin is available for just 25 euros per ride.
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