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Berlin: City Highlights Bike Tour

1. Berlin: City Highlights Bike Tour

Cycle through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a bike tour with an expert guide cycling by your side. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture, see important historical sites and famous monuments, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide, pick your bike, and set off to discover the German capital. Peddle alongside the River Spree, make your way over to the picturesque Museum Island, and marvel at the magnificent green domes of Berlin’s Cathedral. Cross the iconic Brandenburger Gate, peddle past the Reichstag, and take in the lush scenery of the Tiergarten’s green spaces and its majestic Victory Column. Here you can take a moment to commemorate WWII victims as you overlook the Holocaust Memorial. Admire the beautiful architectural ensemble at Gendarmenmarkt square and continue towards the notorious Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about the historical site and get a chance to see remnants of the Berlin Wall. Snap pictures of colorful graffiti art and get a taste of local life as you ride past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries in trendy neighborhoods. Head back to return your bike and don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

2. Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

Hear about the tumultuous contemporary history of Berlin in a nutshell on a two-hour small-group or private walking tour. Meet your tour guide in front of the Brandenburg Gate, the site of many changes in 20th-century Berlin. Listen to expert commentary about the last days of the Second World War and hear how the gate came to be a symbol of reunification in Germany after 1989.  Next, learn about the curious Reichstag Fire of 1933 as you pass the German House of Parliament. Here you’ll delve deep into the key events that took place after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933, what happened to this building since the fall of the wall in 1989 and how it is used today. Continue your whistlestop sightseeing tour via the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, you’ll have the chance to examine Soviet military hardware, tangible sources of the history of the city.  From here you’ll move onto the impactful Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a poignant dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. After seeing the site of Hitler’s Bunker you’ll progress onto Hermann Göring's enormous Ministry of Aviation building, later the site of the founding of the GDR in 1949. Next, you’ll head to see where the SS and the Gestapo institutions were located. Contemplate life on both sides of the Berlin Wall while gathering around a 200-meter long stretch of the wall. Despite the wall falling 30 years ago, standing here allows you to absorb the very palpable history of the city. Round off the walk with a stop at Checkpoint Charlie, where your guide will finish the tour with anecdotes about the infamous American versus Soviet tank standoff and the final hours before the wall fell.

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Berlin: Third Reich Walking Tour

3. Berlin: Third Reich Walking Tour

Join an informative walking tour to explore the tumultuous history of Berlin during Hitler’s regime. Hear about the rise and fall of the Nazi party, visit memorials for the victims of the Third Reich, and see where Hitler and his henchmen made the decisions that would shake the world. Stand in front of Brandenburg Gate and listen to expert commentary about the last days of the Second World War and how the gate came to be a symbol of division after the war and later reunification in Germany after 1989. Learn about the curious Reichstag Fire of 1933 as you pass the German House of Parliament. Here you’ll delve deep into the key events that took place after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Continue over to see artillery-pieces and tanks adorning the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten commemorating the Battle of Berlin, which helped liberate the country from Nazism yet claimed over 80,000 Soviet soldiers' lives. From here, move onto the impactful Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a poignant dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Progress onto Hermann Göring's enormous Ministry of Aviation building, which remains as one of the few last standing examples of Third Reich architecture. Next, head to an outdoor and indoor museum complex referred to as the Topography of Terror where the SS and the Gestapo institutions were located. End this tour by seeing the site of the Reich Chancellery and Hitler’s infamous Bunker.

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Berlin: Private Cold War Walking Tour

4. Berlin: Private Cold War Walking Tour

Go back and time and learn about what life was like in Berlin during the Cold War. Embark an exciting and informative private walking tour that takes you to see important sites of the time and gives you an insider's look at the life of the residents of this once-divided city. See the Friedrichstrasse station, one of the most important border stations during the Cold War. Follow the River Spree to the parliament and government district, whose buildings were situated partly along the border strip. Visit the famous Brandenburg Gate where the border ran and was the symbol of the division of the city. From the Holocaust memorial at the former "death strip", proceed to Potsdamer Platz, where the split is particularly visible. See remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall and the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about how MI6 and the CIA tunneled under the wall into the Soviet Zone, the methods used by the Stasi to control the East German population, and what happened to the leaders of the GDR when the wall fell. Get a fascinating insight into what it was like to live in the eastern block and hear about failed escape attempts. Hear about the changes that German society went through, the plight of former East Germans, and how the Cold War shaped modern-day Berlin.

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Berlin: Private Third Reich Walking Tour

5. Berlin: Private Third Reich Walking Tour

Explore the tumultuous history of Berlin during Hitler’s regime on a walking tour alongside a private guide. Hear about the rise and fall of the Nazi party, visit memorials for the victims of the Third Reich, and see where Hitler and his henchmen made the decisions that would shake the world. Stand in front of Brandenburg Gate and listen to expert commentary about the last days of the Second World War and how the gate came to be a symbol of division after the war and later reunification in Germany after 1989. Learn about the curious Reichstag Fire of 1933 as you pass the German House of Parliament. Here you’ll delve deep into the key events that took place after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Continue over to see artillery-pieces and tanks adorning the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten commemorating the Battle of Berlin, which helped liberate the country from Nazism yet claimed over 80,000 Soviet soldiers' lives. From here, move onto the impactful Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a poignant dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Progress onto Hermann Göring's enormous Ministry of Aviation building, which remains as one of the few last standing examples of Third Reich architecture. Next, head to an outdoor and indoor museum complex referred to as the Topography of Terror where the SS and the Gestapo institutions were located. End this tour by seeing the site of the Reich Chancellery and Hitler’s infamous Bunker.

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Berlin: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

6. Berlin: Private City Highlights Segway Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore Berlin on a private segway. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your guide along the way. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and get an instructional session on how to use the segway. You’ll ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the popular avenues and parks as well as on the banks of the Spree River. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Berlin and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary. The itinerary includes famous sites like the Reichstag Building, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, and of course the iconic Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities, but can also be customized according to your interests.

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Berlin: Private City Highlights Bike Tour

7. Berlin: Private City Highlights Bike Tour

Cycle through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a bike tour with a private guide cycling by your side. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture, see important historical sites and famous monuments, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide, pick your bike, and set off to discover the German capital. Peddle alongside the River Spree, make your way over to the picturesque Museum Island, and marvel at the magnificent green domes of Berlin’s Cathedral. Cross the iconic Brandenburger Gate, peddle past the Reichstag, and take in the lush scenery of the Tiergarten’s green spaces and its majestic Victory Column. Here you can take a moment to commemorate WWII victims as you overlook the Holocaust Memorial. Admire the beautiful architectural ensemble at Gendarmenmarkt square and continue towards the notorious Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about the historical site and get a chance to see remnants of the Berlin Wall. Snap pictures of colorful graffiti art and get a taste of local life as you ride past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries in trendy neighborhoods. Head back to return your bike and don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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Berlin: Private Soviet Tour in a Russian Minibus

8. Berlin: Private Soviet Tour in a Russian Minibus

Enjoy a 3.5-hour private tour of Berlin in a Russian “Bukhanka” minibus, hitting all the most important historical and cultural highlights. Start with pickup at your accommodation and head across the Spree to the center of the German capital where you’ll see the Reichstag and the monumental Soviet War Memorial Tiergarten, which bore witness to bloody fighting in the spring of 1945.   Passing by the famous Brandenburg Gate, your next stop is the former border crossing Checkpoint Charlie, where Soviet and American tanks faced each other in the heyday of the Cold War in the early 1960s. Head to Alexanderplatz and Karl-Marx Boulevard, impressive urban development projects of the socialist GDR. Between the TV tower, the socialist mosaics, and the Soviet classicism and socialist brutalism, you’ll feel the old splendor of East Berlin.   Next, the “Bukhanka” vintage van will take you back over the Spree River to the kilometer-long Eastside Gallery, which was once part of the insurmountable Berlin Wall. For the grand finale, head towards Treptower Park with its gigantic Soviet War Memorial, combining deep history and impressive architecture.

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Original Scavenger Hunt through Berlin's City Center

9. Original Scavenger Hunt through Berlin's City Center

Discover Berlin in an individual way with this exciting scavenger hunt. The starting point of this scavenger hunt is the Russian Embassy on the boulevard Unter den Linden. Continue on to Pariser Platz, home to perhaps the most iconic landmark of Berlin – the Brandenburg Gate. The “City Route II” scavenger hunt in Berlin then continues on to the Reichstag building and the Federal Chancellery. You can interrupt the game at any time, for example to enjoy a picnic in Tiergarten. You will also discover Bellevue Palace and the Victory Column, which offers a breathtaking view over the German capital (ticket not included). Take a stroll through Tiergarten to Potsdamer Platz and the Sony Center. History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the imposing Soviet War Memorial on Straße des 17. Juni, as well as the Holocaust Memorial. Along the way you will pass by many cafes, bars, and restaurants, allowing you to take a break at any time. This tour through Berlin covers a route of approximately 10 kilometers. It is also possible to carry out the scavenger hunt by bicycle. All directions are also suitable for those traveling by bike. The duration of the tour will be accordingly shorter. Explore the city at your own pace as you decide when to start the scavenger hunt and how long to spend at each attraction. You can take a break at any point or continue the tour on another day of your choice. Enjoy an interactive puzzle that's fun for the whole family. How the scavenger hunt works: In the city game box there are 16 closed and numbered envelopes. These include small tasks that need to be solved. With clear and understandable directions, you make your way through Berlin on foot. Solve the riddles and find your way to the next attraction in the city. At each location you will receive extensive background information.

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Berlin: English Private Berlin Wall Tour by Minivan

10. Berlin: English Private Berlin Wall Tour by Minivan

On this historical private tour of East Berlin, you’ll learn about the Cold War as you see the area’s top sites, including the Berlin Wall. Learn about the city that remained divided for 40 years after WWII. On this tour that’s priced for a group of up to 7 participants you’ll hear stories of how the Allies divided Berlin into 4 sectors at the end of WWII and see where 3 of those sectors converged. Today Potsdamer Platz boasts some of the city’s most impressive contemporary architecture and has become a symbol of the new Berlin. Visit the crossing point known as Checkpoint Charlie and the Stasi archives, where you’ll learn about the secret police. Head down Karl-Marx-Allee, formerly known as Stalinallee, and learn how this boulevard’s wedding cake-like architecture was designed to showcase Communist power during the Cold War. Visit the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse and get a sense of the security arrangements designed to prevent GDR citizens from reaching West Berlin. Learn from your guide about the risks that many people took to escape the notorious state security service, the Stasi, and how many lost their lives in the attempt. Continue on to the East Side Gallery, where the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall stands, still intact. This historic site has now been turned into an impressive open-air art installation with more than 100 contributions from artists from around the world. Your private tour ends with a drive to the western part of the city, so you are able to feel the contrast between the 2 sides.

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What people are saying about Soviet War Memorial

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We loved our guide Asaf! He made the tour fun, would joke around and talk with us when walking to the different locations and helped accommodate the tour for our grandfather when he got cold and needed to stand in the sun. He even found us a shop that sold hot chocolate during the tour! He made the experience great and taught us things that tv, documentaries and school never did.

Our tour guide was Ciaran. He did an amazing job speaking to the history of Berlin from the rise of Hitler to the end of the Cold War while making the information engaging and entertaining. My wife isn’t a huge fan of history but really enjoyed the tour and our guide. Even though it was cold and lightly raining, the two hours zipped by. Highly recommend!

The guide Jamie was superb! He shared a lot of historical facts about the spots we visited and made the entire tour incredibly entertaining. I absolutely recommend the tour to all those who love to learn how the past impacts our present.

Our guide Phil was excellent. Interesting information appropriately delivered. Good back up photos and very interesting details. Would recommend

Great tour, with enthusiastic and very competent guide Jamie. Highly recommended!