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Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

1. Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

Discover some of the key landmarks of Berlin on a sightseeing boat tour. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the Spree to take in the sights at the heart of this bustling city.   Depart from Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel. Your 1-hour sightseeing tour will take you past the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), through the new Regierungsviertel (Government Quarter), all the way to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures). After turning at the Lutherbrücke (Luther Bridge), keep a look out for Schloss Bellevue (Bellevue Palace), the "Beamtenschlange" (civil servant housing), and the Siegessäule (Victory Column). Marvel at Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), Museumsinsel (Museum Island), and the Nikolaiviertal, the oldest residential area in Berlin. Arrive back either Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel to finish the tour.

Berlin: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour Along the River Spree

2. Berlin: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour Along the River Spree

Discover the center of Berlin via its major waterway, the River Spree, on a 2.5-hour boat cruise. See the main sights of the city from the water and feel the heartbeat of the bustling city. Start your roundtrip sightseeing tour on Friedrichstrasse and pass by the Federal Chancellery to reach Bellevue Palace, overlooking the Beamtenschlange (civil servant accommodation) and the Victory Column. Enjoy informative audio commentary as you see Berlin Central Station and the Interior Ministry before continuing on to Charlottenburg Palace. From there you will cruise past the Westhafen Canal, the Berlin-Spandau Ship Canal, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Hamburger Bahnhof. You will then cruise back to Friedrichstrasse.

Berlin: TV Tower Fast View Ticket

3. Berlin: TV Tower Fast View Ticket

With over 1.2 million visitors a year, the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Berlin. Due to the huge numbers of visitors wishing to check out the views each day, securing your entrance tickets in advance is never a bad idea. Thanks to this ticket, you'll benefit from fast track entrance. Bypass the endless lines of people waiting to enter and journey straight up to the observation deck without having to queue for hours. Incredible scenes await you at the top of Germany's tallest tower. Berlin sprawls out from beneath you, complete in all its glory. Keep an eye out for the city's famous icons such as the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and Berlin Central Station. Admire the Olympic Stadium, the famous Museum Island next to the Berlin Cathedral, and the modern Potsdamer Platz complex.

Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

4. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

Discover the city at your own pace with the Berlin hop-on hop-off bus. Freely wander the city on well-equipped sightseeing buses. Explore Museum Island, amble down the Ku'Damm, the famed shopping street, and catch a glimpse of divided Berlin at Check Point Charlie. Visit the Brandenburg gate or the Reichstag with its marvelous glass dome. There are a wide variety of options, with buses traveling the entirety of the city. To get even more out of your trip to Berlin, combine your bus pass with a spree to your experience. You can redeem your boat ticket at any time and add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. During the summer, there is also a guided walking tour available, so you can learn even more in-depth, insider knowledge about the sights and landmarks. The stops for the bus tours are: Line 1 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Rotes Rathaus • Museum Island • Friedrichstrasse • Brandenburger Tor • Reichstag • Hauptbahnhof • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Bellevue Palace • Siegessäule (Victory Column) • Kurfürstendamm • KaDeWe • Lützowplatz • Kulturforum • Potsdamer Platz • Mauerreste • Check Point Charlie • Gendarmenmarkt Line 2 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Frankfurter Allee • East Side Gallery • Ostbahnhof • Alexa • Rotes Rathaus

Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

5. Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

Experience a special East Side boat cruise, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Besides numerous sights in the old and new center of Berlin, see also the recent changes in the area surrounding the East Side Gallery. The roundtrip boat cruise starts at the pier by the old stock exchange building, near the Hackersche Höfe. Relax onboard the boat as you listen to detailed information in English and German and enjoy a delicious food service (own expense). After passing by the cradle of Berlin – Mühlendamm Lock – the tour continues on past Radialsystem V, an energy forum, Berlin Ostbahnhof and the Mercedes Benz Arena. Pass under the Oberbaum Bridge into the east harbor with its many new residents including Universal Music, MTV, Coca Cola, and Label 1 and 2. You will also pass by the Badeschiff at Arena Treptow and the Molecule Man sculpture. Journey back to Berlin-Mitte and see the Nikolaiviertel, the palace construction site, and the Humboldt Forum. The famous Museum Island begins at the Berlin Cathedral. Pass under the Weidendammer Bridge to reach the area around Friedrichstrasse with the Schiffbauerdamm, the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), and Friedrichstrasse station. Cruise past the government district where you will see the Reichstag building and the Federal Chancellery. You will also see the most modern railway stations in Europe from the water – Berlin Central Station. Pass by Bellevue Palace – the seat of the Federal President – before heading back to the starting point, the old stock exchange building.

Berlin: TV Tower Ticket & Breakfast at Revolving Restaurant

6. Berlin: TV Tower Ticket & Breakfast at Revolving Restaurant

Enjoy panoramic views of Berlin over breakfast from the famous TV Tower, which was built between 1965 and 1969. The tower is a landmark of unified Berlin, located in the middle of the city at Alexanderplatz. It is also one of the tallest towers in Europe, at 368 meters high. Skip the ticket line at the entrance and enter the tower with a fast-track entrance ticket. After a security check, take the high-speed elevator up through the tower to the revolving Sphere restaurant. While taking in views of the city, enjoy a delicious breakfast. You can choose between a tower or vegan breakfast option. After your breakfast, visit the viewing platform and take in panoramic views of the city. Tower breakfast: Reblochon de Savoie (French raw milk cheese), Salami Milano, San Michele core ham, Mortadella, smoked salmon, selected jam, honey, butter, coffee smoothie, fresh fruit, spelt and wholemeal bread, wheat rolls. Vegan breakfast: Avocado spread, avocado slices, tomatoes, pickled peppers, soy yogurt, chickpea cream, bulgur salad with peppers, jam, coffee smoothie, spelt and whole wheat bread.

Berlin: Illuseum Berlin Entrance Ticket

7. Berlin: Illuseum Berlin Entrance Ticket

Take a break from the real world and step into the Illuseum Berlin. Located in the center of Berlin, the Illuseum is a place where nothing is as it seems and where fun, entertainment, and interactivity for visitors of all ages is the focus. Whether it's slate space or infinite space, baffling holograms, or an impressive tunnel, anyone can immerse themselves for a moment in a world full of illusions, allowing themselves to fall under the spell of their senses. Experience a one-of-a-kind museum where you will defy gravity, lose the ground under your feet, see yourself grow and shrink, and become inspired by optical illusions. As a special treat, check out clever play-areas made of sustainable wooden toys with many impressive 3D puzzles and riddles that are not only fun but also train your logical skills. It's easy to waste a day at this tricky fitness center for the brain.

Berlin: Pergamon Museum Entrance Ticket

8. Berlin: Pergamon Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit the Pergamon Museum, whose redevelopment will transform it into a worldwide attraction among the Berlin museums. The redevelopment is still ongoing, however, you will be able to enjoy most of the museum. The Antiquity Collection The Pergamon antique collection is one of the world's most significant collections of Greek and Roman art. See the architectural installations from Ancient Greece and Rome, including the gem of Roman architecture: the Market Gate of Miletus from circa 100 AD. As part of the renovation, the hall with the Pergamon Altar will remain closed until at least 2024. The Middle East Museum The Middle East Museum collects artifacts of the 6,000-year cultural history of civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Assyria, and Anatolia. Among the 270,000 objects, the main attractions are the reconstruction of the gloriously colorful Ishtar Gate and the Procession Way of Babylon from the time of Nebuchadnezzar II. Gaze in wonder at the earliest examples of writing in Cuneiform script on clay tablets from Uruk. Islamic Art Museum The Museum for Islamic Art displays both masterpieces of applied art and archaeological artifacts from Muslim as well as Christian and Jewish groups from the 8th to 19th century. Let yourself be amazed by architectural works that you will not find in any other museum. See the richly decorated stone facade of the Mshatta palace and the famous Aleppo Room with its colorfully painted wall paneling.

Berlin: Natural History Museum Entrance Ticket

9. Berlin: Natural History Museum Entrance Ticket

Come and join a journey of discovery that begins by following the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin and takes you all the way to the modern-day explorers of life on earth. Every day, the approximately 200 scientists working at the Museum für Naturkunde look for answers to the great problems and challenges the future holds, relying on their scientific collections, comprising over 30 million items. Their insights shape the various permanent and special exhibitions and many special events. Some of the best-known exhibits are to be found in the Dinosaur Hall, which shows life as it might have been in the Upper Jurassic period, 150 million years ago. Giraffatitan brancai, the tallest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world, impressively welcomes all visitors in the center of the exhibition hall. The precious Archaeopteryx lithographica, the Mona Lisa of natural history, is elegantly displayed in a safety showcase at the back of the hall. All of the fossil objects – and the dinosaurs in particular – still yield new secrets to scientists and researchers from all over the world. The museum offers much more than extinct fossils - the East Wing allows visitors to see a genuine scientific research collection that has received many accolades. This collection is home to about a million animals stored in 80 tonnes of alcohol. The Biodiversity Wall fascinates visitors, displaying 3,000 species in one glance. This thought-provoking installation opens up a discussion on biodiversity and its loss – a theme that remains at the heart of the museum’s research efforts. With changing temporary exhibitions and a diversified education program including guided tours, lectures, and workshops, the Museum für Naturkunde is always worth a visit.

Berlin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with River Cruise Option

10. Berlin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with River Cruise Option

Hop on an open-top double-decker bus and enjoy fantastic views and the great atmosphere of Berlin. Choose from a 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket along 2 different routes and discover the city's history and vibrant culture from the fully narrated audio tour. From the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Victory Column, and the legendary Checkpoint Charlie to the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. The city's vibrant culture, diverse architecture, and fascinating history will take your breath away. Explore over 20 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Ku'Damm or Alexanderplatz. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Follow your guide from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie with highlights including the Holocaust Memorial, the location of Hitler’s Bunker, and captivating stories of the divided Berlin. There are main stops on the red route from Ku’Damm and the KaDeWe Department Store. You can also hop on or off and enjoy the blue route with amazing views from Alexanderplatz and Karl-Marx-Allee.

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Family-friendly activities: Things to do in Berlin with kids

Looking for things to do in Berlin with kids? You'll find plenty of them! Its unique history through the Cold War comes alive at the DDR Museum. Or take them to the Berlin Wall to see how something sad and dreadful is now a symbol of hope. But Berlin is more than history. Graffiti is seen as an art form (although you may not want to encourage it at home!), and there’s the Illuseum, dedicated to playing tricks on your eyes. Beyond the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, there’s the joy of playing at Legoland and jumping on a trampoline at the Jump House.

Museum für Naturkunde: Visit Tristan the T-Rex and friends

See nature’s mightiest and tiniest. The Museum of Natural History takes the family on a journey from the beginning of time to today. Sit back on a comfy sofa and watch the Big Bang create the universe and Earth. The Jurascopes recreate dinosaurs, making you feel like you’re in Jurassic Park. Then go to the insect hall where tiny bugs are enlarged into models, so you can get a closer look. And for a fascinating thrill, there’s the Wet Collection, where thousands of animals are preserved in jars of alcohol for future study.

There’s a free coat room to store bags as they aren’t allowed inside the museum. There’s a café, but food and drink are not allowed inside. There are special discounts for families and children under 10 require adult supervision.

Gardens of the World: Stop and smell the roses, cherry blossoms, and pines

There is more to these gardens than plants. Aspiring botanists love the green delights from all over the world. There’s also a water garden with ponds, waterfalls, and a natural water spray. But for more active diversions, there’s a massive maze of over 1,000 evergreens to explore, as well as a cable car, toboggan ride, and playgrounds.

You’ll be happy to hear that strollers are welcome and recommended. You can bring food and drink, and there are restaurants and snack bars onsite. Closing times vary during the year, so you should check ahead as you plan.

Deutsches Technikmuseum: Explore planes, trains, automobiles, and science galore

The German Museum of Technology makes learning fun. In addition to exhibits of planes and engines, kids can climb inside to pull levers and pretend to conduct a train. Or they can try their hand at captaining a big ship in the marine simulator. Gear heads young and old can walk through automotive history from steam cars to modern road machines. Not into transportation? Then the 150 science experiments your kids can try at the Science Center are bound to captivate. They can learn how planes fly, how magnets work, what colors are, and so can you!

Strollers are allowed and available for rent, but you must check bags in the coat room. You can bring your own food and drink to the picnic area and there are cafés onsite as well.

DDR Museum: Discover the city’s history 

Even if they’re too young to understand, kids enjoy the DDR Museum. Fully interactive, visitors are encouraged to touch and explore all the exhibits. See how life was behind the Iron Curtain. There are authentic recreations of an apartment, a prison cell, a tiny East German car (complete with driving simulation), and even a kindergarten for kids to investigate. This may be the only time they see a rotary dial phone or watch a TV with no remote!

Strollers are allowed, although navigating may be difficult when there are a lot of visitors. It is better to go earlier or later to avoid crowds and the museum is open every day until 9 pm.

Jump House Berlin: Welcome to Germany’s biggest trampoline hall

Give your kids a chance to burn off some energy while having lots of fun at the same time. Jump House Berlin has around 120 different trampolines and is divided into zones to play various games. Jumping into a foam ball pool sure sounds like fun. You can join your kids on the many trampolines and burn some calories. Or you can leave them in the hands of experienced staff and observe from the onsite restaurant while enjoying a snack. The best part is that this place is great even if it’s raining.

Your kids must be at least 6 years old to enter the trampoline park. If you get hungry, you can purchase snacks and drinks inside.

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What people are saying about Berlin

Everything fitted. I also find the price/performance ratio for the restaurant offer ok. The app that advertises the view as a QR code directly in the restaurant is not good. The app itself is ok, but there is no easy way out. After turning off the phone and no PIN, no more photos. Service and organization great.

The room with dinosaurs alone makes it totally worth it. It is not that huge, it took us about 1 hour to pass it.

Very good activity what allows to see Berlin from different sides. Enjoyed the descriptions of places to see.

The best way how to get to know the Berlin and it’s places what you want to explore more.

Magnificent building with really excellent and provocative permanent collection.