Explore Berlin

Time

10:00

Duration

3 hours

Meeting Point

Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin

Prices

Adult

18+

€19

Senior/Student/Youth

under 18, over 65

€17

WelcomeCard

€17

Children

0-12

free

Required Transport Ticket

No ticket required

Highlights

  • Get to understand Berlin in three hours with an expert professional Insider guide
  • Learn all about the Third Reich and Cold War – Berlin – the epicentre of two dictatorships in the twentieth century
  • See the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate.
  • Visit Museum Island a world UNESCO heritage site with 5 world class museums
  • See the new reconstructed Prussian royal family palace (Humboldt Forum)
  • Walk down the royal boulevard and visit palaces, churches and royal the Concert House
  • Stand on the location of where at least 20,000 books were burned by fanatical Nazi supporters in 1933
  • Touch the Berlin Wall and learn about the perfection of the so called “death strip area”
  • Walk past the Goering’s enormous Airforce ministry on your way to Hitlers bunker
  • Experience the powerful Memorial dedicated to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Stand above Hitler’s bunker and hear the blow by blow account of the last days of WW2.
  • Stand at Checkpoint Charlie and hear the story about the tank standoff between the US and UUSR in 1961.

Starting Point

Meet at our guide on the square next to the Palace of Tears, Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin.

Description

Stroll down Berlin’s royal boulevard, Unter den Linden, and retrace the city’s evolution from a fishing village into the capital of Prussia, a centre of the Enlightenment under Frederick the Great, the scene of occupation by Napoleon, and the capital of Bismarck’s German empire.

Delve deep into the history of Berlin from the time of the Teutonic Knights through to its key role in the major events of the twentieth century, as capital of the Nazi Third Reich, as the divided capital of the Cold War, and as the modern capital of a unified Germany in the new Europe!

You’ll see Goering’s former Luftwaffe HQ and the site of Himmler’s former SS & Gestapo HQ at the Topography of Terror. Walk through the Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe and over the site of Hitler’s Bunker. Enter the moving Memorial Dedicated to the Victims of War and Tyranny. Go to the location where Nazi’s burned books in the infamous 1933 book-burning. See a section of the Berlin Wall. Spend time at Checkpoint Charlie, the place where an American-Soviet standoff took place and WWIII felt like an imminent threat. Learn about the tumultuous years of the Reichstag building- it’s history from the German Empire, the failed democracy of the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazi’s in 1933, how it was trapped at the Berlin Wall during the Cold War years and how it symbolizes the transparency of German democracy today.

This tour finishes with a flourish at the historic and picturesque Pariser Platz, right in front of the beautiful Brandenburg Gate and close to the famous Hotel Adlon.

Your Insider guide will happily point you in the direction of your next destination or give advice on how you can maximise your time in Berlin.

Finishing Point

Brandenburg Gate.

Insider Route

The following sites are an example of our approximate route on this tour. You will see and learn stories about all these sites and many more! The route may change any day, given circumstances on the day.

  1. Meeting Point: Reichstagufer 17, on the square beside the Palace of Tears
  2. Neue Wache, memorial to the victims of war and tyranny.
  3. Humboldt University
  4. Museums Island UNESCO site
  5. Humboldt Forum, the new city palace which was completely rebuilt and opened in 2021
  6. Bebelplatz – the Bibliothek, memorial to the site of the Nazi book-burning
  7. Gendarmenmarkt, the most beautiful square in Berlin
  8. Checkpoint Charlie, Cold War checkpoint and site of tank stand off between the Soviet Union and the USA in 1961
  9. Berlin Wall at Niederkirchnerstraße and the Topography of Terror exhibition
  10. Nazi Airforce Ministry
  11. Site of Hitler’s bunker
  12. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  13. Reichstag house of parliament
  14. Brandenburg Gate

Insider Reviews

The tour is fun and informative

The tour is fun and informative on the history and landmarks of Berlin. Love our tour guide who has great sense of humour, which make all the amount of information easier to digest and remember, would be cool if the tour can be longer ha! H. Lo Jan. '23

Perfect for our first day

We did the explore Berlin tour. Perfect for our first day. Our guide was fantastic. Good knowledge of the city and its history. Just hit the right level of detail. Covers all the main sights so great for getting our bearings and deciding what to do in more detail. Highly recommended. Sandra P. Jan. '23

The Explore Berlin Tour

Completely recommended. Our tour guide was funny and engaging. It's 3 hours long, covering all the major sites. Time well spent.

Good for all ages

The tour and guide was incredible! My husband loves everything history and I'm always down for anything but I truly enjoyed this tour.

Berlin's most iconic sites.

The tour took us to a lot of must see destinations. Our guide was brilliant at providing information and tips. She made the tour a very enjoyable experience.

I would absolutely recommend this tour

I booked this tour recommended by my friend and it was amazing. Our guide Peter was extremely knowledgeable, interesting and funny. I would absolutely recommend this tour if you want to get to know Berlin better. Ellen Jan. '23

An excellent guide

An excellent guide, made the tour really interesting and fun, and can thoroughly recommend this tour and guide 5/5. Janice M. Jan. '22

Superb guide, very knowledgeable, passionate and philosophical.

Superb guide, very knowledgeable, passionate and philosophical. This tour provides an interesting and fairly comprehensive sweep of Germany’s/Berlin’s history. Highly recommend. R3879EL Jan. '23

Highly recommended!

You will not find a better or more reasonably priced walking tour! We have not had a better guide on any city tour and highly recommend him. Highly recommended! K. Steele Dec. ‘22

Great 1st day activity!

Great stories and a perfect introduction to Berlin! Peter did a great job leading us around East Berlin and answering our questions. Julie_B Nov. 22