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Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

1. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

Explore Berlin's top sights on a convenient hop-on hop-off tour. The complete route will take around 2 hours although you'll have the freedom to jump on or off throughout the validity of your ticket. If, for example, you start your tour at Kurfürstendamm, you will pass the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and reach KaDeWe, one of Europe’s largest shopping centers, through Tauentzienstraße. Next you continue on to Lützowplatz and the embassy district at the Tiergarten and over to the Philarmonic and the West Berlin Kulturforum. The next stop is the historically significant Potsdamer Platz. In the 1930s, it was one of the most public squares in Berlin. After the Second World War, this was no man’s land, where the Berlin Wall divided the city. Today, seeing the vibrant life and the newly erected towers reminiscent of New York’s urban canyons, you will hardly believe that for years there was nothing here other than the Berlin Wall, spring-guns and GDR soldiers. Also, the Legoland Discovery Center is on Potsdamer Platz. From there, continue to Berlin’s other important historical sites. In the Niederkirchner Straße you can find the city parliament, the Martin-Gropius-Bau, a museum with changing exhibitions, the Topography of Terror, which exhibits the history of the Nazis and of the Jews’ suffering under the Nazis, as well as the Ministry of Finance, which was once the Nazi Ministry of Aviation. From there you drive on to Checkpoint Charlie, one of the former border crossings between East and West Berlin. A permanent exhibition looks back at the Cold War period. On Friedrichstraße you come across one of the nicest spots in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt, with two similar buildings, the German and French Cathedrals. The Konzerthaus Berlin is in the middle of the square. After the Gendarmenmarkt it’s on to Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower. The stop for these sights is the Neptune Fountain. This used to be the Berlin City Palace. Here you will also have the opportunity to go shopping. The next stop is Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, in front of the Radisson Hotel. From here you can transfer on to a boat if you wish to experience Berlin by boat as well as bus. Also, the Aquadom, Sealife Berlin and the Berlin Dungeon are located at this stop, as well as the Berlin Cathedral, which holds the sarcophagi of the Hohenzollern family. From here you can also admire the golden dome of the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße. The “Hackeschen Höfe” are only a few minutes away. Next you'll go over the glamorous street Unter den Linden to the Museum Island, Bebelplatz, Humboldt University and to the stops Unter den Linden 36 (Friedrichstrasse) at ZDF Capital City Studios and Unter den Linden 74, where one of Berlin’s most important attractions is located: Madame Tussauds Berlin. From here the ride continues to the Brandenburg Gate. On the way you will see the UK, Russia, France and US embassies, followed by the Holocaust Memorial. The stop there is at Platz des 18. März. The road leads on past the Reichstag and the government district. You will soon reach the new Hauptbahnhof. From here you have the world-famous view of the German Chancellery, the Reichstag and – as a special surprise – Berlin’s “Fujiyama”. Finally you will cross Berlin’s ‘green lung’, the Tiergarten. This park is bigger than New York’s Central Park. The tour then brings you past the Congress Hall to the stop at Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the President of Germany. From here you can also see the Siegessäule with the golden Victoria statue at the top. On the way back to Kurfürstendamm you will see, for example, the old Hauptbahnhof of former West Berlin, the Technical University and much more. The stops: 01 - Kurfürstendamm 231 (in front of Karstadt) 02 - KaDeWe (main entrance) 03 - Lützowplatz (opposite Hotel Berlin) 04 - Philharmonic / Kulturforum 05 - Potsdamer Platz (at Kolhoff-Tower) 06 - Potsdamer Platz / Linkstraße 07 - Topography of Terror 08 - Checkpoint Charlie (at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum) 09 - Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafen- / Taubenstraße 10 - Alexanderplatz, Red City Hall, Neptunbrunnen (not in service during the Christmas market in December) 11 - Karl-Liebknecht Str. 5, (to the boat) 12 - Museumsinsel 13 - Humboldt University / Bebelplatz 14 - Unter den Linden 36 / Friedrichstraße 15 - Unter den Linden 74, Madame Tussauds Berlin 16 - Brandenburg Gate, Ebertstraße 17 - Reichstag, Scheidemannstr. 18 - Hauptbahnhof, exit Rahel-Hirsch-Straße 19 - Haus der Kulturen der Welt 20 - Bellevue Palace / Siegessäule / Tiergarten 21 - Bikini Haus, Budapester Straße 22 - U-/S-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten

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Berlin: City Highlights Bike Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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: City Highlights Walking Tour

5. Berlin: City Highlights Walking Tour

Walk through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a walking tour with an expert guide 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 and, after a brief overview of the tour’s itinerary, set off to discover the German capital. Walk 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 Brandenburg Gate, stroll 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 street art and get a taste of local life as you walk past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As your tour nears the end, don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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Berlin: Private City Highlights Rickshaw Tour

6. Berlin: Private City Highlights Rickshaw Tour

Be driven around Berlin in your very own private electric rickshaw taxi. Make your own itinerary or go on one of the suggested tour routes and see the city’s top tourist attractions, historical monuments, and popular neighborhoods. Meet your guide/driver and set off to discover the German capital. You’ll zip by popular avenues, historic bridges over the Spree River, and through many areas that are unreachable by car like the Tiergarten. Ride past famous sites like the Berlin Wall at the Eastside Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, and of course the stunning Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities. Learn about the fascinating history of monuments you visit and get an insight into Berlin's modern day transformation and its vibrant culture.

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Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

7. Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

Go back and time and learn about what life was like in Berlin during the Cold War. Join an exciting and informative 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, the single border station 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 in the former Tiergarten triangle. See the longest remaining stretch of the wall and the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about how MI6 and the CIA tunnelled 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: Hop-on Hop-off Day Tour in Double-Decker Bus

8. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Day Tour in Double-Decker Bus

Discover the sights of Berlin and experience the city. Get up close to the sights of your choice according to your interests. At 20 stations, take the chance to get on and off the bus. See the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag or Kurfürstendamm, all at your own pace. The buses run every 15 minutes, so you can make a round trip whenever you wish. See the following sights: 1. U Kurfürstendamm / Kranzler: Café Kranzler 2. Kurfürstendamm: Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church 3. KaDeWe / Wittenbergplatz 4. Lützowplatz 5. Kulturforum: Gemäldegalerie, Berliner Philharmonie, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), St. Matthäus-Kirche 6. Potsdamer Platz: Sony Center, Berlin State Library, Transfer to PanoramaPunkt 7. Martin-Gropius-Bau: Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin, Bundesrat 8. Checkpoint Charlie: Museum Haus at Checkpoint Charlie 9. Gendarmenmarkt 10. Bebelplatz / Berlin State Opera 11. Rotes Rathaus / TV Tower / Alex: Käthe Kollwitz Museum 12. Karl-Liebknecht-Str.: Sealife 13. Berlin Cathedral / Lustgarten: Altes Museum 14. Unter den Linden / University: City Library Berlin 15. Unter den Linden / Friedrichstr. 16. Holocaust Memorial 17. Brandenburg Gate 18. Reichstag / Tiergarten 19. Hauptbahnhof (Central Train Station) 20. Bellevue Palace

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Berlin: Private City Rickshaw Tour with Transfer

9. Berlin: Private City Rickshaw Tour with Transfer

Be driven around Berlin in your very own private electric rickshaw taxi. Make your own itinerary or go on one of the suggested tour routes and see the city’s top tourist attractions, historical monuments, and popular neighborhoods. Get picked up by your guide/driver at your preferred pickup location and set off to discover the German capital. You’ll zip by popular avenues, historic bridges over the Spree River, and through many areas that are unreachable by car like the Tiergarten. Ride past famous sites like the Berlin Wall at the Eastside Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, and of course the stunning Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities. Learn about the fascinating history of monuments you visit and get an insight into Berlin's modern day transformation and its vibrant culture.

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Berlin: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

10. Berlin: Private City Highlights Walking Tour

Walk through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a private walking tour with an expert guide 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 and, after a brief overview of the tour’s itinerary, set off to discover the German capital. Walk 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 Brandenburg Gate, stroll 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 street art and get a taste of local life as you walk past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As your tour nears the end, don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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What people are saying about Tiergarten

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,700 reviews

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.

Unfortunately we don't know the name of our guide anymore. But his expertise was huge. We got a great insight into the time after WWII, the division of Germany, the time in the GDR and after the fall of the Wall. The focus was on historical backgrounds, economic aspects and (private) stories and anecdotes. It was terrifying to hear how the Stasi worked ..

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.

We had Martin as our guide. Very respectful and understanding. Learned a lot of things we would’ve over looked going on our own! Highly recommend!! Thank you Martin!

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