Berlin, one of the oldest and most storied cities in Europe, offers a variety of local places, attractions, and activities any tourist can enjoy. The city is full of historical attractions, outside cafes, and a nightlife that's hard to beat.…
Top 66 Things to do in Berlin, Germany
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Arrive at the glamorous and grand Friedrichstadt-Palast, located in the East End, a vibrant nightlife district that is essentially Berlin's Broadway. Inside the hall is the largest theater stage in the world at a size of 23,680 square feet (2,200 square meters).
As the lights dim you're transported to a universe at once familiar and otherworldly. You soon meet a resident of Berlin’s landmark TV tower, a sort of celestial Rapunzel who feels closer to extra-terrestrials than she does to her fellow human beings, while tending to her pet poodles that may not be entirely what they seem. Watch as Egyptian goddess Nefertiti—whose iconic bust is permanently exhibited in a Berlin museum—appears to add another layer of mystery to this parallel universe.
With more than 500 eye-catching, space-age costumes dreamed up by Parisian designer Thierry Mugler and over-the-top performances from more than 100 artists, including the tricks, twists, and turns of a BMX bike rider, this Vegas-style production is a futuristic adventure and a timeless love story for the ages.
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Meet up with your guide and spend some time getting fitted for a bike, strapping on a helmet, and letting your guide adjust the seat and handlebars to the perfect height. Once you're all set, take off through the neighborhoods around the city center, stopping in front of monuments, landmarks, and even nondescript streets where major historical events have unfolded.
Hear about the settlement of Berlin and its prominence as the capital of Prussia after 1701. Learn how Berlin was a hub of culture and the arts during the Weimar Republic in the 1920s, and see how the city was transformed forever during the destructive rule of the Nazi Third Reich. Discover the wall that divided the city in two during the Cold War, and see evidence of Berlin's modern evolution into a vibrant, creative metropolis.
Along the way, pass by must-see sites like the red town hall of Rotes Rathaus, snap a photo in front of the iconic Branderburg Gate, take in the charm of the reconstructed historic city center in the Nikolai Quarter, and pause to reflect at the Nazi book burning memorial in Bebelplatz near Humboldt University. Pedal by the domes and fountains of the Berlin Cathedral, spend a moment of remembrance at the war memorial of the Neue Wache, and pass the Altes Museum and German Historical Museum on Museum Island before parting ways with your guide to continue your exploration on your own. Read More close
Isolated behind the Iron Curtain, West Berlin became a hotbed for radicals seeking an alternative lifestyle. Take a decidedly different approach to sightseeing as you explore the grungy underbelly of Germany’s capital that those radicals helped create.
Visit the area's coolest neighborhoods as you hear about protests and resistance to urban regeneration projects; see pictorial representation of the campaigners' beliefs through street art and graffiti. When the Wall came down, the underground scene migrated east, and tensions developed between the counterculture and those pushing corporate expansion.
Leave the well-trodden tourist trail and enjoy a fresh insight into Berlin’s gritty, controversial side with help from your fervent guide. Read More close
Head to your meeting location, just a block away from Großer Tiergarten, the largest urban park in the city. When you join your guide, spend a few minutes learning about your e-bike's operation and then hop on to practice a few turns before you make your way into the city. Chat about the places that interest you the most and let your guide plan a custom itinerary, or simply leave it to their expertise, pointing your handlebars to unknown destinations sure to pique your curiosity.
You might roll down winding paths that crisscross Großer Tiergarten's 520 acres (210 ha), zip along roads that hug the lazy bends of the Spree river, or hum into the city center for up-close looks and photo opportunities at iconic landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate or the Reichstag building. Before your battery runs out of juice, stop off at a local watering hole for a tasty cocktail, chatting with your guide about other good places to explore before you empty your glass and bid them auf Wiedersehen! Read More close
The pass also gives you a map to the highlights of central Berlin and unlimited use of Berlin's public transport, including airport transfers, to give you convenient access to the city's sights for as long as your pass is valid.
- Museum Island—Pergamon Museum, New Museum, and Old Museum
- New National Gallery
- Reichstag Dome and roof terrace
- German Museum of Technology
- Museum of Photography, including "Helmut Newton's Private Property"
- Design Museum
- Allied Museum
- Anne Frank Center
- Musical Instrument Museum
- History and Culture Museum
- Gallery of Engravings
- MACHmit! Museum for Children
- German Cathedral
- Nikolai Church
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Don some special duds and head out for a night on the town, making your way toward the city center to meet up with your guide for the evening. When you arrive, chat about that night's performance as you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can grab a drink at the bar and continue your lively conversation.
Empty your glass in plenty of time for a casual stroll to the Komische Oper Berlin. Meander around the 19th-century performance space's exterior, listening as your guide regales you with stories about some of the area's most famous performers. End your evening at the front entrance, where you part ways with your guide and head inside to enjoy the show. Read More close
Meet up with your guide in the vibrant Kreuzberg district and make your way to a nearby market to browse produce-packed stalls and listen to vendors hawking everything from locally made cheese to fresh cuts of beef and pork. Chat with farmers and get the chance to try an assortment of fresh veggies sure to warm up your appetite before you take off in search of lunch.
Grab a seat at a beloved wirtshaus—known for its rich and flavorful sausages—and browse the menu with help from your guide to choose between authentic dishes. To get the full experience, grab a frothy pint of beer to go with your lunch and enjoy chatting with your guide between bites, learning more about typical German food as you eat.
Indulge your sweet tooth with a final stop for coffee and homemade cake, getting tips from your guide on other places to dine in Berlin before you part ways and head into the city to continue exploring on your own. Read More close
Following a quick orientation, you're ready to safely take to Berlin's streets aboard your bike. The possibilities are numerous: embark on your own city tour, see the majestic Reichstag, pedal over the historic Brandenburg Gate, and reflect at the many emotive memorials.
The Berlin Wall Trail is a very popular route. Trace the former East German border via the track dedicated to walkers and bikers. Visit notable sites like Checkpoint Charlie and East Side Gallery—an area full of politically charged graffiti. Read More close
Begin your tour at either of the 2 convenient meeting points, which both lead to the same trail. Discover notable sights such as the Brandenburg Gate—a cultural icon for the city—learn about the destructive split of the city at the site of the Berlin Wall, and see Checkpoint Charlie—an allied crossing point at the former border. Stand above Hitler’s bunker and hear of the devastating effect of the Third Reich before some time for reflection at the emotive Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
With almost unlimited landmarks to unearth, continue to marvel at the important historical sites you encounter. Your expert guide provides intriguing tales of the great personalities who have visited and lived here, enhancing this delightful and inspiring introduction to Berlin. Read More close
Berlin has it all, from grungy underground bars and funky, sophisticated cocktail lounges to thumping nightclubs. Explore the whole range as you party across the city. Safe in the hands of your knowledgeable guide, pick up the best tips for the newest and coolest spots in town.
With excellent offers and free drinks to be had, it’s also a fantastic way to get better value from a night out. Swagger to the front of the queues for quick entry and take advantage of your VIP treatment. Chat with fellow travelers and make new friends as you all come together to create Berlin’s hottest party.
The city is long established on the party map and rightly proud of its nightlife heritage. Engage with the best of it on this vibrant tour of the night's highlights. Read More close
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The magnificent Charlottenburg Palace is a former summer residence for the wife of a former Prussian king; her role as a patron of the arts is honored as the palace now plays host to celebrations of baroque music. Providing a delightful ambiance, the Orangery is a long-standing favorite for holding festivities. Take your seat and settle in for a journey through classical music.
The deeply respected and distinguished Berlin Residence Orchestra takes to the stage in traditional period dress, ready to revive some of the most stirring works from the baroque era. Concertos from Mozart, inspirational solos, and work from the era-defining Johann Sebastian Bach are all aspects of the rousing performances you can expect to hear.
An evening at the Charlottenburg has been a firm favorite on the social calendar in Berlin for centuries; now take your chance to experience the enchanting atmosphere. Read More close
Following WWII, Berlin became the battleground for the Cold War. When the Wall was raised, the city was sliced in half—some guard towers and tank traps are still standing. Life under the Stasi (the Ministry for State Security) was brutal; hear what everyday life was like for East Germans, who lived under constant observation. Those who attempted to escape are now indelibly imprinted into history and legend.
Listen to intriguing and thrilling historical accounts of espionage from an era renowned for its spies. As your guide illuminates this city that the KGB and CIA used as a key battleground, contemplate these troubled times and reflect on the resulting scars that still remain today. Read More close
A candlelit lounge welcomes you. First choose from 3 different 4-course menus, then begin your exciting sensory journey into the darkness. An expert team of friendly hosts escorts you to your seats before your taste buds are treated to a deliciously unusual experience. Enjoy your meal and live entertainment in pitch darkness, letting your senses introduce you to a different kind of reality.
The evening finishes in the lounge, or if the weather permits, on the terrace, both discreetly lit. Should you ever feel uncomfortable in the dark during dinner, the team is at your service to lead you to one of these spots. Feel free to ask your waiters questions or discuss the experience with your fellow diners over a drink. Read More close
Your guide, a savvy local with a passion for discovering off-the-beaten-path areas in Berlin, picks you up where you're staying and starts your tour with a discussion of what you're most interested in seeing. There's a fascinating array of cool, creepy, and totally surreal abandoned sites around Berlin, so the itinerary can vary. If you're interested in street art, you can also add on a hands-on workshop about graffiti if you want to leave your mark on the old city walls.
Chat about the history of the city as you explore, learning why many areas were left behind, which have been revitalized, and why some gritty sites have become artistic hubs where creatives moved in after Berliners moved out. Along the way, you might stop by a former East German amusement park on the banks of the Spree, a long-vacant hotel, a brewery overgrown by trees, or a hospital that hasn't seen patients in decades. Snap photos of the creative street art that adorns many of these crumbling facades, and be sure to pick up pointers from your guide on other unusual sites to check out after your tour is over. Read More close
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Your expert tour guide highlights the storied history of the former palace, which housed Prussian kings and German emperors for more than 400 years, as well as the state-of-the-art construction techniques now being used to rebuild it. One exhibit features a large, intricate scale model of Berlin at the start of the 20th century, with the old palace as a central feature.
With models, films, graphics, and sculptures, you can see how the construction site next door will be transformed into the new Humboldt Forum. Learn about the design that replicates the old palace's façade and see examples from the palace construction workshop as the builders explain their progress.
At the end of the tour, you can enjoy a view of the Berlin Dome, Museum Island, and the palace construction site itself as you relax on the panorama terrace. Read More close
Meet up with your guide on the south side of the Hansaviertel District, a tiny corner of West Berlin that was riddled with bombs during the climax of World War II. Discuss the destruction as you start your walk, and find out how modern architects at the time thought of the rubble as a blank canvas on which to create a hopeful new neighborhood, filled with the most progressive urban designs.
Check out the winding staircase that leads to the bell tower at Kaiser-Friedrich-Gedächtniskirche, a German Protestant church. Nearby, admire the sleek lines and low profile of the Hansaviertel Library, and listen to stories about how the area earned landmark status and protection from development after the end of the Cold War. Before you part ways with your guide, ask for tips on other eclectic corners of this offbeat neighborhood to visit. Read More close
Berlin is spread out over a vast area, and there is hardly any better way to sense its size than from a captive balloon. You are in safe hands with an expert pilot as you quietly ascend over the city, taking in the undisturbed vistas that take your breath away.
From above, admire the German capital’s landmarks: the imposing TV Tower, the mighty dome of Berlin Cathedral, the historical Brandenburg Gate, the completely re-built boulevard of Unter den Linden, and the modern, steel-and-glass high-rises of Potsdamer Platz. This adventure is a great opportunity to take stunning photos as well. Read More close
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Join your guide outside the lobby of your hotel, get fitted for a snug helmet, and make final adjustments to the seat height before you put your feet to the pedals and ride toward the city center. Weave down wide bike paths to reach preserved sections of the Berlin Wall, where you can hop out and explore its pockmarked face. Find out why the wall was built in 1961 and how it came to be torn down in 1989.
Get up-close looks at watchtowers where resolute guards kept people from crossing over, chat about the city's efforts to revitalize sections of the city along the wall's former route, and then coast back to your starting point. Before you part ways with your guide, grab a few tips about other historic places to check out while you're in town. Read More close
With the ultimate freedom to take in the city at your own pace, stroll through the heart of the city. See the KaDeWe department store, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin TV Tower, and Brandenburg Gate, all must-see points in the German capital.
Whatever your idea of the perfect Berlin vacation, this bus pass ensures that you don't have to worry about your transportation. Select your ticket option according to your own must-do list and enjoy this fascinating city. Read More close
With the freedom to move at your own pace, you can stroll through stone-lined alleyways and stop at the city's world-famous attractions, tourist areas, and inviting neighborhoods. Listen to anecdotes about Berlin's past, present, and future and get insider tips about where to shop, dine, or dance the night away.
Whether you choose the 1- or the 2-day hop-on hop-off pass, tour-route stops include the TV Tower, Reichstag, Berlin Zoo, Museum Island, Potsdamer Platz, many other attractions, and the lively bars and shops along the elegant Ku’Damm or the trendy Hackescher Markt area. Read More close
Make arrangements to meet up with your guide in the lobby of your hotel or another convenient central meeting location, and then set a course for the city's historic Jewish communities. Start beneath the grand dome of the Neue Synagogue, used as a meeting place for faithful residents since 1866, and listen to tales about its nearly complete destruction during World War II.
Take a quiet walk past the headstones and grave sites at the the oldest Jewish cemetery in Berlin, where you hear about the tragic roundup of thousands of Jews over 2 nights in 1938, and listen to stories about the citizens who demanded freedom for incarcerated Jews during the Rosenstrasse protest in 1943.
Chat about the ways in which Berlin's present-day Jews are coping with their troubled past, see an active Jewish school where community leaders and their children gather, and get tips on other historic Jewish sites to check out before you bid your guide farewell. Read More close
Begin by discovering how the Old Jewish Cemetery is representative of Jewish life in Berlin: Originally the burial place for great Jewish people such as Mendelssohn, the site was all but destroyed by the Nazis. Now, the area has been restored. Observe the resplendent New Synagogue, hear the building's story, and admire its impressive dome.
The most inspiring story of the tour concerns Otto Weidt and his Workshop for the Blind. Here, learn of his selfless struggle to protect Jewish workers and how he saved many lives. As you complete your tour, contemplate how incredible it is that a community, who has endured so much, is able to flourish again in the place of their persecution. Read More close
When you enter the historic ballroom at the Hackesche Höfe, leave everyday life behind as the hours of orchestrated magic take the lead. Acrobatics, music, dance, comedy, and drama form a harmony in one of the most exquisite theaters of the city, with bold performances that are not to be missed.
The theater's spectacular shows create an atmosphere that builds a bridge between the past, the present, and the future, enchanting spectators in search of something exceptional and new. Internationally renowned artists create a sensuous, nonverbal display to leave the audience speechless.
Continuous reinvention is the Chamäleon's creative aspiration. After each season, the theater changes its colors in order to blend with the next show that premieres on stage. Your visit gives you a look at a unique environment, created to heighten a moment that will only exist here and now. Read More close
Get in touch with your guide ahead of time to talk about where you want to have photos taken, and then make your way to the agreed upon meeting point on the day of the shoot. You might opt to roam around the modern buildings that hem Potsdamer Platz and the iconic TV tower of Alexanderplatz, or head to the river to pose near the vibrant, powerful murals on the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery.
See major attractions like the Brandenburg Gate or the Oberbaum Bridge, stroll around the historic buildings of Museum Island, or opt for a totally different location. With Berlin's intriguing architecture and fascinating blend of old and new, there's no shortage of interesting, visually inspiring places to venture to. After your tour is over, you receive a set of 20 high-quality, professionally edited digital photos that you can print out to frame or share online. Read More close
Meet your guide at Brandenburg Gate and hop on the train to Potsdam, the city of Kings and Kaisers. Follow your knowledgeable guide as you wander through charming districts and down graceful streets lined with grandiose palaces and elegant parks—Sanssouci Palace was the summer residence of Frederick the Great, and is a shining example of decorative, rococo design. The city radiates character and history and large sections of it are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site—this splendor has made it a draw for czars and citizens alike for centuries.
Listen to intriguing stories and anecdotes from your experienced guide. Learn about Potsdam's reign as the crown jewel of the Prussian Empire, hear tales of the generations of rulers that fostered the city's growth and rise to prominence, and get insight into Potsdam's proud role as the capital city of the state of Brandenburg. Read More close
Get started by following the Wall's remains of the Wall along Bernauer Strasse, where your expert guide weaves together the politics of Cold War Berlin with stories of everyday life on either side of the divided city. Stop at the Berlin Wall Memorial to reflect on this history and get a sense of the security measures designed to prevent East Germans from reaching the West.
At Gethsemane Church, you can learn how courageous activists gathered to protest the East German regime and helped usher in the peaceful revolution that led to Germany's reunification. See where these efforts first led to the breaching of the Wall at Bornholmer Strasse and learn how courageous East Berliners at Stasi headquarters managed to prevent the shredding of files that now provide important insights into the inner workings of the regime.
End your tour at Alexanderplatz, another East German showpiece with the monumental TV Tower, or at a central location of your choice. Read More close
Meet up with your local guide just outside the entrance of the Rotes Rathaus, a massive town hall built of cinnamon-red bricks. Start your journey with a walk through Alexanderplatz, snapping photos of iconic landmarks like the 1,207-foot (368-m) Berlin TV Tower, designed by a Socialist Union Party leader in 1964.
Work your way toward the Mitte district, weaving through crowds moving down Karl-Marx-Allee, a wide boulevard built shortly after World War II. As you meander through each district, let your guide share stories about the Stalin-led construction efforts in Mitte during the '50s and '60s, the extensive WWII bombings that ripped apart a now vibrant Friederichshain neighborhood, and the historic headquarters of the Stasi police in Lichtenberg. Ask any questions you might have while you walk and get tips on other Cold War-era places to check out before you part ways with your guide. Read More close
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Cosmopolitan Berlin is a foodie’s paradise; tastes and aromas from all corners of the world are present on the scene. Let your guide introduce you to the glamorous buzz of the city. Get the best tables at 4 top locations and learn intriguing details of international food and wine trends.
Join the fashionable crowds as you feast on 4 courses—1 in each restaurant—with drinks, a perfect opportunity to do some serious people watching too. Take a leisurely walk between venues, never more than 10–15 minutes at once, and find out where to party later in the night. Be in the know, and see Berlin’s most stylish and extravagant side. Read More close
With all its chic eateries, cool coffee shops, and stunning architecture, Berlin is a photography lover's dream. Hit the streets with a local to scope out the German capital's most Insta-ready locales, snapping pics of high-design spaces, historic sights, and tasty, photogenic food and drink.
Stop in at a handful of eateries to capture both the artsy decor and the beautiful dishes, and then enjoy the snacks as you visit with your guide. Discuss the different photo editing apps available for phones, get advice on using hashtags, and take plenty of square-frame pictures as you explore parts of the city you might never have discovered on your own. Read More close
Your photographer captures portrait- and documentary-style moments that reflect your personal style and uses creative and professional talents to make you and your group look truly amazing.
Photo sessions are held in some of the city's most picturesque neighborhoods. The most popular itineraries include the gritty Neukölln district, a wander around the gardens of Charlottenburg, or admiring Berlin's most iconic buildings in the Mitte. You're free to choose a location that best suits your style and personality, even if that means an altogether different location.
You receive your beautifully retouched images in a shareable gallery within a week of your experience. Read More close
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Make your way to Berlin Hauptbahnhof to meet up with your guide and board a train bound for Oranienburg, the closest town to Sachsenhausen. As your ride through the countryside outside Berlin, listen as your guide shares a bit of the history behind some of the most notorious prison camps created under the Nazi regime. Depart the train when you arrive and head to the gates of the Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen.
Get up-close looks at the cramped quarters and barracks where prisoners were kept, see the infirmary where medical experimentation was inflicted on the sick, and spend a few quiet moments at the ruins of Station Z, a facility designed for efficient executions. Ask questions of your guide along the way and consider stopping in at the museum's shop where informative books offer deeper looks into Sachsenhausen's shocking past.
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Meet up with your resident guide at Hackescher Markt in central Berlin. Begin your walk and chat about the origins of the city's daring street artists, who use a variety of mediums to make controversial creations on everything from abandoned buildings to active edifices.
Learn about the tags and techniques that make each piece unique, and take some time to fill your camera with vivid photos of each intriguing piece. Before you part ways with your guide, get tips on other places to find great street art in the city, and then head out to do some more exploring on your own. Read More close
Get picked up directly outside your Berlin hotel and hop in the back seat of a car made at the height of the Cold War. Listen as you guide explains how the "Trabi", as locals call it, was the first car created using recycled materials and find out why that innovation led many to believe it was constructed of paper. When you reach a local pub, jump out and head inside to browse the taps for tasty German lagers.
Chat about the city as you sample traditional ales and creative brews and then hop back in your charming car for a ride past Checkpoint Charlie, where East and West Berlin were once divided between American and Soviet forces. Nearby, consider stopping off at a stand famous for its currywurst and hear what makes this spicy, sauce-covered sausage dish so popular among locals before you cruise back to your hotel and say goodbye to your guide. Read More close
As night falls in Berlin, revelers from all over the world gather in lively bars and clubs. Your night starts in the trendy Hackescher Markt district with a chilled pint of German lager. Once the merry mood is set, you are in for a treat.
Visit 4 bars, including chic cocktail haunts, and bohemian, velvet-draped watering holes, and enjoy free shots all night. Finish on a high and feel the beat on the dance floor as top DJs play the hottest tunes in one of the city’s infamous clubs. Read More close
Berlin’s significant role as a Cold War battleground has left deep scars. Visit important historical monuments as you journey through the former Communist half of the city. Stroll down Karl-Marx-Allee and observe the striking postmodern architecture so emblematic of the Soviet era.
Listen to your guide describe life behind the Iron Curtain, under the Stasi's watchful eye. This era also produced many tales of espionage. Hear about the competing campaigns of the KGB and the CIA.
Imagine the emotional moments in the "Palace of Tears," the border crossing where families were torn apart, some forced to remain in East Berlin. At the East Side Gallery, one of the last remaining stretches of wall still standing, admire the 100 or so pieces of politically charged graffiti.
An informative and poignant tour with your knowledgeable guide allows you to reflect on the difficulties faced by the city and its inhabitants not so long ago. Read More close
Just outside the Block House restaurant in downtown, meet up with Paloma, a local musician well-versed in the styles and stories of Berlin in the '20s. Follow her to your first stop of the day, listening as she serenades you with the sounds of jazz and swing music, plucked out on her ukulele. Along the way, you might scope out the former haunts of celebrated musicians, snap photos of once-bustling brothels, and see the places where dance-crazed Berliners went to do the Charleston.
Before you part ways with your wandering minstrel guide, find out which '20s-era gin mills and juice joints are still open, and get tips on the hippest live music venues to check out around the city. Read More close
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Meet your guide at Brandenburg Gate and begin your tour in the city's historic heart. As you meander through the modern-day traces of ancient settlements and by neoclassical architecture, listen as your guide discusses the culture and art that thrived here over the centuries and the well-known figures who once called this city home, from Frederick the Great to Otto von Bismarck. Pass by noteworthy landmarks like the sprawling Gendermenmarkt plaza with its stately, restored cathedrals, the colonnaded façade of the Neue Wache guardhouse building, and the tree-lined boulevard of Unter den Linden.
As you tour, gain insight into Berlin as it was before the World Wars. Listen to stories about the city's role in bringing peace and stability to Central Europe and the various artistic and intellectual achievements that took place in the city during the 18th and 19th centuries. Read More close
Take the short train ride out of Berlin to Sachsenhausen—one of Himmler’s first established camps. Understand the camp's layout with a moving walk around the facilities; see the punishment cells, execution grounds, and the hospital where medical experiments were carried out upon prisoners.
Discover how, post-WWII, the camp came under Soviet control and how, mainly through neglect, many thousands more would lose their lives during those bleak times. Pause at the memorials that stand today honoring the swaths of men, women, and children who were imprisoned here—especially those who lost their lives as 1 man chased a horrifying vision. Read More close
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Meet your guide at Brandenburg Gate and hop on the train to Oranienburg, home to one of the largest concentration camps in the Third Reich. Follow your knowledgeable guide as you wander through the camp's grounds, and learn how around 200,000 people were held captive, abused, and forced into slave labor.
The remaining surroundings and on-site exhibitions provide you with vivid insight into the inhumane living conditions of the captives and corrupt behavior of the SS guards.
Your experience is bought to life as your expert guide tells you heart-wrenching stories of brutality, torture, gas chambers, and mass executions of the detainees. In the present day, the recently renovated Sachsenhausen Memorial is the heart of Berlin's tribute to the tragedy of the last century. Read More close
Your walk begins at Heidereutgasse, the first synagogue in the city. Learn facts and anecdotes about the Jewish population during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Your tour then moves toward the Scheunenviertel, or Barn Quarter, a neighborhood in the center of Berlin, and the center of Berlin Jewish life from the 18th century on.
See numerous sites of historical relevance, like various synagogues and an old Jewish cemetery, while you learn about the successes of many of Berlin's Jews—including Max Reinhardt, Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, Max Liebermann, and Lesser Ury.
Your guide's discussion also covers the dark side of Berlin history, like anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and the Nuremberg Laws—which methodically stripped Jews of various human, political, and economic rights. Finally, you can study the efforts of contemporary Germany to commemorate this community.
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From products blazed with the iconic ampelmann to restaurants dishing up Soviet-era cuisine, there has been a recent trend in Berlin of Ostalgie—nostalgia for life in East Germany. Now, though, the pendulum appears to be swinging back in favor of the west side of town. Largely untouched by tourism so far, West Berlin offers a wealth of history and culture to explore. Begin at Steinplatz—in Germany's Golden Age of the 1920s, this was the place to see and be seen. Stroll past the neighborhood's museums and colorful cafes as you learn about the area's one-time role as a major artistic hub.
Wander through the cobbled streets of Charlottenburg—a historically affluent neighborhood, this area suffered decline under the Nazi regime and is now returning to its former glory. As you explore, your guide points out landmarks and architecture and discusses West Berlin's current place in the world economy. You end your tour with a new outlook on the modern metropolis as well as a deeper understanding of the different roles it has played through history, including, as John F. Kennedy famously described it, that of "an island of freedom in a communist sea. " Read More close
Berlin is widely regarded as a cultural and creative capital of Europe. Follow your guide, an expert participant in the local scene, to find out why. Meander through Auguststrasse—the core of the city's artistic community in the 1990s—where thriving artists turned abandoned factories into workshops, many of which are now the capital's finest galleries.
Along the way, visit many art galleries, including the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Eigen \\ Art, the exclusive Neugerriemschneider, and other, lesser-known galleries. As you venture further into the city's contemporary and historical artwork, learn more about the dynamic structures and the creative landscapes built by these artists' initiatives. Read More close
With your guide, analyze the rise and fall of the Nazi Party. Look down from Brandenburg Gate on the lengthy Strasse des 17 Juni, one of the major boulevards in Albert Speer's plan for the new center of World Capital Germania—what Nazi Berlin was to be renamed. Then continue your stroll toward Peter Eisenman's Memorial.
As you walk through Wilhemstrasse, the government center of Berlin up until 1945, you can see other sites, memorials, and structures that played an important role during Hitler's regime. Your last stop is the Topography of Terror exhibition, located where the Gestapo and SS Headquarters once stood. The exhibit provides a glimpse into the affects of the Nazi legacy on today's Berlin. Read More close
Begin your tour at the Visitor Center of the Berlin Wall Memorial and trace the former route of the wall through the city's center. Hear about the beginning of its construction, which took place in August of 1961.
It was called the Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart by the East German government and the Wall of Shame in the West. Discuss how this infamous "death strip" cleaved the German capital, and consider the physical realities of life in the city it divided.
Pause at exhibits, memorials, artwork, and historic sites along the way, including the Ghost Stations exhibit at Nordbahnhof, that help you put the city's division into perspective. Read More close
Meet up with your guide near Potsdamer Platz and set out on foot into the vibrant and locally loved neighborhood of Schöneberg. Scope out the elegant facades of stately civic buildings intermixed with more modern structures, gaze at the window displays of quirky boutiques and galleries, and stroll past market stalls overflowing with food, crafts, and antiques.
As you walk, listen to your guide share stories about the neighborhood's past, from it's turn-of-the-century days as a nightlife hub that inspired the musical Cabaret to its evolution into the progressive, welcoming district that it is today. Hear about the Hollandais Club, which drew revelers in the 1920s and '30s, and see where the Nationalhof—the historic ballroom of the gay rights movement—once stood.
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Choose the car—limo, hatchback, or convertible Trabant—and the route. Either way, lots of fun is guaranteed on this extraordinary tour. Experienced guides accompany the small convoy of vehicles in a leading car, giving you tips and directions while you navigate the streets on this joyride. Strike a pose during one of the photo stops and hear insider tips and background stories about the city’s past and present.
"The Wall Ride" drives along the former buffer zone between the Eastern and Western blocs, including the Berlin Wall and Charlie’s Check Point.
The "Wild East Route" visits off-the-beaten-path areas, where you still can glimpse how people lived under Communism, before arriving at the now-thriving, cosmopolitan district of Kreuzberg, home to plenty of bars, restaurants, and clubs.
The "Berlin Classic" gives you a general overview of the German capital, with slightly more emphasis on the historical sites located mostly in the Western part of the city. See the elegant shops of Ku’Damm and the sleek high rises of Potsdamer Platz. Read More close
Berlin City Center
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- Charlottenburg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Lichtenberg, Mitte
- Neukoelln, Potsdam, Prenzlauer Berg, Schoeneberg, Schoenefeld Airport
- Spandau, Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Tempelhof, Treptow-Koepenick, Wilmersdorf
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Berlin City Center
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- Charlottenburg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Lichtenberg, Mitte
- Neukoelln, Potsdam, Prenzlauer Berg, Schoeneberg, Spandau
- Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Tegel Airport, Tempelhof, Treptow-Koepenick, Wilmersdorf
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Discover why this restaurant chain has been so popular since its inception in the early 1970s. Utilize the skip-the-line feature and pass the queues that often extend out of the door as you're shown straight to your table. Sit back and admire the variety of memorabilia decorating the walls while you soak up the vibrant and funky atmosphere.
Take your menu choices from the Gold Menu. Choices include an entree (salad), 1 main (cheeseburger, veggie burger, Caesar Salad, barbecue chicken, chicken sandwich, or mac ‘n' cheese), Hard Rock’s signature ice cream for dessert, and 1 soft drink.
While you feast, pick out your favorite pieces from the walls. Perhaps the famous Trabi from U2’s Zoo TV Tour, a Hendrix guitar, a letter in Elvis’ own handwriting, or even the famous Clapton guitar. Take the opportunity to browse the shop and pick up a memento to remind you of your rock fix in Berlin. Read More close
Ever wondered how you dance the Lipsi? You can learn this and many other lessons from the DDR Museum's interactive exhibits. This journey into Germany's Socialist past gives you a unique look at everyday life: you can explore a reconstructed East German apartment, walk through its authentically furbished kitchen, and rummage through drawers and closets.
Climb into an original Trabant, the iconic East German automobile. Turn the ignition and drive the Trabi around a simulated housing estate for a little trip through history. Replay the famous 1974 World Cup match between East and West Germany on a classic football table, or see local programs from the communist era broadcast on an old TV.
As you stroll through the museum's exhibition spaces at your leisure, press buttons and pull levers to access a wealth of information, pictures, and objects. A wide range of exhibits gives insight into the reality of Stasi surveillance, the Berlin Wall, and everyday life in East Germany. Read More close
Enter the Dungeon and meet the Black Jester who takes you down in the Elevator of Doom. Down in the depths you enter the Old Library, where the mad monk Pater Roderich waits to tell you of the plague, the early tribes, and Emperor Otto.
Head to the Raft of Rebellion to escape the plague by crossing the River Spree, only to find yourself face-to-face with the Plague Doctor on the diseased streets of 16th-century Berlin. The Torturer tells you about his tools of the trade in the Torture Chamber, before you head to the witch trials of The Secret Court.
Wander the Lost Catacombs and encounter the ghostly White Lady and meet Carl Grossman, the Butcher of Berlin, known for grinding his victims into sausages. Finally, emerge back into the light of day, having lived to tell the tale.
If you want more Berlin entertainment, choose the optional combination ticket to the legendary Madame Tussauds to see wax replicas of everyone from historical figures like Albert Einstein to modern celebrities like Miley Cyrus. Read More close
Take a tour of the LEGO® Factory, where helpful workers show off the noisy machines that turn raw plastic into real LEGO® bricks. The little ones even get to take home their own colorful souvenir LEGO® Factory Building Block.
Next, climb onto a LEGO® dragon and wander inside the enchanted castle. Explore its hidden inner workings, including the distinguished royal banquet room. Be on the lookout for the dangerous dragon, who seems to pop out when you expect it the least.
Continue to the Build & Test Center to construct and race your own LEGO® car. Once your speed machine is completed, feel the rush as you compete in a race, cheering it on as it takes the checkered flag.
Visit Berlin in miniature at MINILAND®, where over 2 million LEGO® bricks recreate major city sights like the Brandenburger Tor. And before leaving, catch a movie in the 4-D movie theater, where you're part of the action. Feel gusts of wind and cold rain rush past you as lightning cracks overhead. Read More close
Stroll past the line with your fast-track ticket and head straight into the museum. Stand before stunning Sandra Bullock, and pretend to pose under Leonardo DiCaprio’s arm. Sting like a bee in front of Muhammad Ali, or practice that backstroke beside record-breaking Tiger Woods. Featuring celebrities, sports stars, and famed historic icons alike, Madame Tussauds offers plenty of material for your mini photography shoot.
Should you opt for the combination ticket, enjoy the world of wax, as well as Berlin’s AquaDom and SEA LIFE, Berlin’s premier marine life park. Complete with 5,000 marine creatures and the AquaDom, the largest cylindrical fish tank in the world, this aquarium is suited for sealife-lovers of all ages.
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Start your tour with a grand overview of the Berlin skyline from the famous Oberbaum Bridge, then follow your guide into the bustling streets of Kreuzberg. Pause at a favorite haunt for a delicious currywurst, ideal for boosting energy levels.
Continue the stroll through the charming streets as you smell the fragrant spice shops and freshly roasted nuts from street vendors. You can even try some rollmops, the well-known finger food.
Aside from its culinary heritage, the district is also a hub for street art. See the walls and façades that are adorned with mostly anonymous pieces that add character to the locality. Take some refreshment at the all-important beer stop and quiz your guide for further recommendations across the diverse and vibrant city. Read More close
Meet up with your guide and small group and visit the Palace of Tears, a former Cold War border crossing between East and West Berlin. Next, see the harrowing sites where Jewish children were either rescued or taken to concentration camps.
Continue on and explore Humboldt University and discover contemporary Berlin as you learn about current student life. Even this impressive campus has a link to the past as the site of the 1933 Nazi book burning. Afterwards, amble by Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the Jewish Quarter. View the 19th-century New Synagogue and learn about the tragic history of Berlin's Jewish population.
Now it's time for a sweet treat at one of the oldest city bakeries. The aroma of pastries fills the air as you bite into a Berliner, a traditional German snack similar to a doughnut. Navigate through the backstreets past old tenement houses to reach the Berlin Wall, the final stop of the tour. A symbol of the Cold War and the city's division, this graffitied concrete wall now serves as an infamous artifact. Read More close
The tour begins on the westside of the grand Reichstag building. Originally opened in 1894 and home to the German parliament, the building's huge glass dome allows for a stunning 360-degree view of the Berlin skyline.
Your guide leads you around this bustling city's famous landmarks like Pariser Platz and the Brandenburg Gate—the neoclassical arch that to many is the most indelible symbol of Berlin.
Visit some of Berlin's World War II related sites. Observe a solemn moment of remembrance at the 2,711 concrete slabs that make up the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. A visit to the site of the bunker where Adolf Hitler spent the last days of the war follows.
Stories about the division of Berlin during the Cold War are told as you are taken to the site of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, the best known crossing point between East and West Berlin.
Berlin's beauty is on display when passing Gendarmenmarkt, a square lined with stately French and German cathedrals, while on your way to one of Berlin's oldest chocolate makers. Enjoy a piece of authentic German chocolate as the tour concludes next to the imposing Berlin Cathedral. Read More close
Meet up with your guide and passionate history buff on Proskauer Strasse, just steps away from the bustling activity on Karl-Marx-Allee. After a few moments chatting about the day's itinerary, you set off toward Frankfurter Tor to find out what architectural styles are at play in the square's 2 main towers. Continue on to check out the remains of Kosmos, a convention center that was East Germany's largest theater when it was built in 1962.
Explore more architectural achievements with up-close looks at the renovated residences of Hochhaus an der Weberwiese, a high house apartment building representative of the city's early socialist classicism principles. Nearby, wrap up your excursion in the open air of Strausberger Platz, a massive square that was almost completely destroyed during World War II and then rebuilt in typical socialist style. Fill your camera with photos of its cascading fountain and visit a bust honoring the work of Karl Marx before you conclude your tour. Read More close
In the renowned Estrel Complex, you have the distinguished pleasure of enjoying a category 1 ticket (the seats and tables right in front of the stage). Having run for more than 15 years and entertained more than 4 million people, this production is nearly impeccable. Expect razzmatazz and light-hearted hyperbole throughout this Vegas-style show.
Marvel at the incredible detail as you see the artists take to the stage, the costume designers make certain your much-loved musicians are instantly recognizable. The show remains fresh with an ever-changing program filled with names like Madonna, Freddie Mercury, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Rod Stewart, and Louis Armstrong.
Delight in an evening of fantastic entertainment and see the concert you never thought possible with the world's most famous names brought to life before your eyes. Read More close
For a city like Berlin—alive with many tours and attractions to discover—enjoy a pass that offers a convenient and affordable way to see the sights. With more than 50 of the hottest spots covered, the possibilities are considerable. Whether your tastes are for the arts, ancient history, contemporary history, or nearly anything else, there’s a museum for you. Getting around town is also taken care of and simple—use your pass on any public transport method in zones A, B, or C.
Venture out on one of the guided tours or a hop-on hop-off bus, and give yourself a grand overview of the German capital. Armed with your informative guidebook, you are primed to absorb the best of city at your own pace and personalized to your preferences. Read More close
The severe impact of the Third Reich is visible across the city, but you begin by seeing the effect of extensive Allied bombing at the Memorial Church. Continue on and hear of the Soviet advancement toward the Reichstag. Then pause at the Soviet War Memorial now flanked by tanks.
Observe the important administrative buildings and learn about the power of Goebbels’ Propaganda Ministry and the effectiveness of Goering’s Luftwaffe (Air Force). Stand atop the site of Hitler’s bunker as you consider his closing days.
Complete your tour at Bendlerblock. The location of the German resistance movement, it now stands a memorial to those who lost their lives to its admirable and brave cause. Read More close
Having once stood as the capital of Nazi Germany, this city is still littered with remnants of a dark past, though many buildings have been destroyed and street names changed. Discover the former SS and Gestapo Headquarters, once scenes of torture and suffering for those who opposed the brutal establishment.
See the location of a former commanding administrative building, the New Reich Chancellery, and imagine the devastating influence Goebbels's Ministry of Propaganda once had. Stand atop the site of Hitler's bunker, the place of his death in 1945.
Using the latest historical research from your guide, consider the monumental effect Hitler and his administration had on humanity. Reflect on how Germany and the rest of the world now cope with the crimes of yesterday.
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Join up with your guide just outside your Berlin hotel, and then make your way on foot to the first stop of the day. As you walk, chat about the rise of National Socialism in Germany during the 1930s and how Hitler's regime ultimately changed the course of history in Berlin and across the world.
Meander past the building where Hermann Göring planned his Luftwaffe attacks, listen to stories about Joseph Goebbels’ propaganda, and investigate the edifices once used by the commanders of the fearsome Gestapo and SS.
Pay visits to the Museum to the German Resistance, where you can learn about efforts to assassinate Hitler in 1944, and spend some time reflecting on lives lost through the Nazis' forced euthanasia program at the T4 Memorial. Afterward, pass by the Soviet War Memorial, see the bunker where Hitler committed suicide, and check out the Topography of Terror exhibit before you part ways with your guide. Read More close
Follow your local guide and listen to shocking tales and gruesome realities of life under Nazi rule. Visit what were once 2 of the most feared buildings in Germany, the SS “Schutzstaffel” Protection Squadron headquarters and those of the Gestapo, the German Secret Police Service. Now part of the Topography of Terror complex, these 2 buildings were seriously damaged during the WWII bombings. Today, their remnants house an impressive exhibition on Nazi history.
Next, your tour moves toward the old Jewish district. Delve into the legacy of the successful Jewish community that prospered here prior to Nazi intervention, and learn how the local community is once again emerging as a thriving part of Berlin society. Read More close
Meet up with your guide and go behind the scenes of Neukölln, an off-the-beaten-path pocket of the city that draws hip young people, street artists, and musicians in droves. Soak up the creative atmosphere and eclectic vibe as stroll around the area, chatting about Neukölln past and present with your local guide.
Make your way to a nearby bar and visit over a drink, picking up tips and pointers for great spots to listen to live music or grab a bite to eat in the area. You guide drops you off at a theater close by, where you can catch a creative live performance before continuing your evening in Neukölln on your own. Read More close
Discover Berlin, Germany’s fascinating capital and one of the cultural, shopping, and nightlife centers of Europe, with a WelcomeCard. Get discounts up to 50% at top attractions and museums, such as Checkpoint Charlie, The Wall Museum, Berlin TV Tower, and even the opulent Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, just to name a few. You also receive reduced prices for sightseeing buses, walking and biking tours, bars, restaurants, and shops all around the city.
Move from 1 neighborhood to another at your pace by using the extensive public transport network of metro, overground trains, buses, and trams. Zone AB includes Berlin and Tegel Airport, whereas Zone ABC gets you to Potsdam and Schönefeld Airport, too. Read More close
The Berlin WelcomeCard Premium enables you to save time with fast-track entry at top attractions, such as the Pergamon Museum, Checkpoint Charlie Museum, and many others. It also provides you complimentary sightseeing cruises and hop-on hop-off tours.
For the 72-hour duration of your pass, access the city's public transport system—zone AB includes Berlin and Tegel Airport, whereas the Zone ABC card gets you to Potsdam and Schönefeld Airport as well. Find insider tips about your shopping and entertainment options in the city guidebook. Locate places to eat out and browse for discounted souvenirs with the help of the enclosed map. Read More close