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Berlin: Luxury Solar Catamaran River Tour

1. Berlin: Luxury Solar Catamaran River Tour

Admire Berlin's waterways from a unique perspective aboard a 2-hour luxury solar catamaran cruise sailing down the Spree River. Start your trip at the bridge Jannowitzbrücke where you can get views of hidden clubs like "Kater Blau" and the last original part of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery. Pass the oberbaumbrücke and head towards Treptow Park. Here you can see a very green part of Berlin. Enjoy scenic views of the harbor of Treptow and the small island "Insel der Jugend". After, relax on your way back to Jannowitzbrücke.

Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

2. Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

On your beautiful tour of Sanssouci, stroll past the grand buildings that were once the center point of Prussia's imperial grandeur. Take in the stunning gardens of Friedrich II's legendary Sanssouci Palace, and experience a true piece of history. After meeting at Kurfürstendamm, take a short bus ride and arrive in Potsdam for a guided tour of the city. Your guide will show you all of the city's best sights, and they're sure to tell you a fascinating story or two. Stroll through the Dutch Quarter to admire its magnificent buildings and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka along the way. The highlight of this tour is, of course, the visit to Sanssouci Palace. A walk through its beautiful park grounds, passing by magnificent Chinese teahouse or the New Palace, are sure to inspire.

Berlin: Sachsenhausen Small Group Bus Tour

3. Berlin: Sachsenhausen Small Group Bus Tour

After meeting at the Berlin Zoologsicher Garten station, you will board a hired coach to reach Oranienburg. Along the way, your guide will introduce Sachsenhausen, showing you where the inmates would have worked in Oranienburg. You will also learn more about what the local populations knew about the realities of this immense camp system. Sachsenhausen was the first concentration camp that was built from the ground up to be a camp, planned and designed for maximum control. You can enter the old barracks and learn about daily life for the inmates of the camp, as well as how hard labor, starvation, disease, torture and death were a part of daily life. You will also see the harrowing areas where people were gassed, shot by firing squad, or hanged. With your guide, you'll walk around the interior of Heinrich Himmmler's new, modern, and always expandable concentration camp. You can visit the commandants house, before walking through Tower A, where the iconic words "Arbeit Macht Frei" can still be seen on the gate today. The East Germans memorialized Sachsenhausen in 1961, and today you can experience the location where atrocities were committed, as well as discover how the Germans deal with their history and how they come to terms with their past today. Once the tour has concluded, you will be picked up and brought back to Berlin in an air-conditioned bus to the meeting point at Zoologischer Garten station. Once your tour has concluded, your guide will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have about your stay in Berlin.

Berlin: Scavenger Hunt for School Classes and Families

4. Berlin: Scavenger Hunt for School Classes and Families

Explore exciting Berlin on your own with this scavenger hunt tour that gives families, school classes and day-trippers the opportunity to get to know Berlin in a unique way. The compact version of the Seductive Berlin City Game will lead you to the most famous sights of this vibrant city. The starting point for this unique Scavenger Hunt City Tour through Berlin will be the World Clock at Alexanderplatz. Continue on to the TV tower, which offers a wonderful view of the city of Berlin from its observation deck (ticket not included in the price). A puzzle will also await you at Berlin Cathedral, a perfect spot to take a little breather. You will be able to take a break from the Scavenger Hunt City Tour Berlin whenever you feel like it. Perhaps you would like to take a closer look at the Berlin Cathedral, for example, or visit the Pergamon Museum on Museum Island. Afterwards, continue on to the Neue Wache, the Humboldt University and probably the most beautiful place in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt with its picturesque French and German Cathedrals. Needless to say, the puzzles will also lead you to Pariser Platz, where the symbol of Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, stands. The tour will end at Potsdamer Platz with its famous Sony Center. The city game box contains 8 sealed and numbered envelopes with puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear and unambiguous directions, you will make your way through Berlin. Solve the puzzles and let the clues lead you to the next destination. The envelopes will also contain detailed background information of each attraction - its history and today's use, which can be used, among other things, for follow-up in class.

From Berlin: Battle for Seelow Heights WW2 Battlefield Tour

5. From Berlin: Battle for Seelow Heights WW2 Battlefield Tour

After meeting your guide, travel to the town of Seelow, approximately 1.5 hours from Berlin. Visit the Seelow Heights War Museum where your guide will provide a detailed overview of the Berlin-Seelow offensive operation and highlight key exhibitions, including a 3D model of the Soviet 1st Belorussian Front bunker and the trench network which will be visited later in the tour. Explore the museum at your own leisure following the introduction. After the museum, it is a short drive to the next town of Reitwein. Discover this small and unassuming town which played a vital role in the Soviet advance and was the starting point for the 1st Belorussian Front assault on Seelow and the future advance on Berlin. Learn how Marshal Zhukov set up his command post in this town and visit the remnants of the bunker and trench network systems located in the nearby forest. See the remains of Marshal Zhukov’s observation point where he commanded the battle. Following a small excursion through the trench network, continue to Dolgelin Railway station. Learn about the German defensive positions and the immense difficulties that the Russian and Polish troops faced in crossing the aptly named "shooting gallery". Begin the journey back to Berlin following the original route of the Soviet advance. Pass through the town of Lietzen and stop at the German field cemetery. Make a final stop at the town of Jahnsfelde, which you will discover the brutality and desperation of the fighting. Now host to a sports field, see the site of a German field hospital which was attacked by Soviet aircraft during the final days of the war.  Once back in Berlin be dropped off at the Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel.

Berlin and Sachsenhausen Shore Trip from Warnemünde Port

6. Berlin and Sachsenhausen Shore Trip from Warnemünde Port

Timed to your arrival in the port of Rostock, your day trip to Berlin begins shortly after your arrival with pickup in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with Wi-Fi. Head straight to Berlin to see the vivacious city’s most stunning sights. Tour the government quarter, replete with stately buildings and monuments, like the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, the Tiergarten, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, and Hitler's bunker.  From there, head south through Potsdamer Platz to see the remains of the Berlin Wall, the former Headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, and Checkpoint Charlie. Time permitting, you’ll head up Friedrichstrasse to the classic heart of the German capital, which includes Gendarmenmarkt, one of the city’s most ornate squares, Unter den Linden, downtown Berlin’s central arterial, Museum Island, and the former Royal Palace of Berlin, which is currently being rebuilt.  After lunch, bus to the northern outskirts of Berlin to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial for a 60 to 75-minute visit, led by an expert guide. Learn firsthand of the atrocities carried out under Nazi rule as you tour the well-preserved concentration camp. Afterwards, you’ll be whisked back to your cruise ship, in perfect time for your departure.

Potsdam: Royal Palaces and Gardens Private Black Van Tour

7. Potsdam: Royal Palaces and Gardens Private Black Van Tour

Start this fascinating tour with pickup at your hotel in Berlin. From there, you will be transported to the beautiful city of Potsdam to begin an 8-hour tour through an atmospheric city crammed full of history and cultural heritage. Whether it's the Prussian Royal Family or Cold War espionage that excites you most, you will not be disappointed. Less than 1 hour from Berlin, Potsdam is a small city surrounded by picturesque landscapes, beautiful nature, abundant palaces, castles, and baroque architectural wonders. Led by an expert guide, explore the picturesque Potsdam and learn the stories behind the city’s spectacular façade. You will visit Glienicker Brücke (Bridge), which crosses the River Havel and runs through the middle of the East/West division. There, hear exciting stories about the spies’ exchanges, undertaken by the allies 3 different times. Many other historic traces of the German division can still be found here as well. The tour will lead you through the former KGB headquarters, the unusual small colony of wooden houses built almost 200 years ago, and other highlights that expose the Soviet influence after the Second World War. Next, visit the Dutch quarter, whose endless rows of red brick houses will remind you of Amsterdam. Potsdam is a city constructed from a patchwork of cultures. The New Garden was commissioned by King Frederick William II more than 200 years ago. After roaming this beautiful fairy-tale garden, the tour guide will lead you to Cecilienhof Palace, the location of the famous Potsdam Conference, built in 1916.  There, walk through the very halls where Stalin, Truman, and Churchill negotiated after the war. Perhaps one of the most visited places in Potsdam is the grave of Frederick the Great at Sanssoucci; situated at the top of a vineyard, it's a truly wonderful spot. You can also visit the other Prussian Royal Family graves at the awe-inspiring Peace Church. The spectacular design of the church is known to evoke spirituality even in those who do not believe. There is so much to see and hear about in this city. At the end of the tour, just sit back and relax as the tour guide transports you back to your hotel. About our guides: Our Berlin/Potsdam tour guides are more than just guides — they are true characters of the city, with deep knowledge of Berlin’s history, art and politics. Some of them were eyewitnesses to the Cold War, and all of them enthusiastic ambassadors of their city. As our guest, we want you to feel welcomed and catered to. Our guides will always take the time to answer your questions and can adapt the itinerary to suit your personal wishes and interests.

Berlin: JetSim Flight Simulator Experience

8. Berlin: JetSim Flight Simulator Experience

Be a pilot for a day and take your first flight with the JetSim Flight Simulator in the cockpit of an Airbus A 320. Fly from one of 24,000 airports around the world to enjoy the indescribable feeling of being above the clouds. Discuss your flight plan with your personal JetSim flight instructor, whose real flight experience is at your disposal, then choose your weather conditions, the season and your destination. After a short introduction, begin your personal flight experience, guided the whole time by your trusty co-pilot, who can advise you along the way. At the end of the day, earn your simulator license and have a few memento photographs taken.

Scavenger Hunt through Berlin

9. Scavenger Hunt through Berlin

Enjoy a unique tour of Berlin and adventure through the city unraveling riddles. If you are up to the challenge, Berlin awaits! The starting point of the "City Route I" is at the World Time Clock at Alexanderplatz. Then, head to the TV Tower, which has a viewing platform with wonderful views over the city (tickets not included). Continue on to the Rotes Rathaus and the Berlin Cathedral, where you’ll find further activities for the scavenger hunt. Then, visit the Museum Island with its 5 fantastic museums. Take a break there or visit one of the museums, such as the Pergamon Museum or the Neues Museum with stunning bust of Nefertiti. Find more tasks at Gendarmenmarkt, the beautiful square with French and German Cathedrals. Continue on to Pariser Platz and the Brandenburg Gate before experiencing the atmosphere at the Holocaust Memorial. Head on to Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie but don't forget to solve those riddles. How the scavenger hunt through Berlin works: In the box there are between 8 and 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.

From Berlin: Guided Day Trip to Dresden

10. From Berlin: Guided Day Trip to Dresden

Join this fascinating day trip to Dresden aboard your coach hired just for this round trip to Dresden. Dresden was the royal residence of the Saxon Kings, who established a city of such cultural and artistic splendour it was named “The Pearl of the Baroque.” To this day it is still considered one of Germany's most beautiful cities. During the tour you’ll explore the immaculately restored Old Town and Old Market, including the famous Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the Semper Opera House, and the Balcony of Europe – once Dresden's defensive rampart on the River Elbe. You will also wander around the Zwinger medieval fortress – home to the Old Masters’ Collection featuring works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens, and more. During the tour, you will also learn about the Albertinum, Blue Wonder, Dresden Castle, Taschenberg Palace, and Procession of Princes. Walk by the Augustus Bridge, Brühl's Terrasse and the New Market. Hear stories of Dresden at the time of August the Strong (who allegedly sired 300 children), emotional wartime experiences, and the Communist era. Discover the vibrant city of today, and enjoy free time to visit the world-class museums, relax on the waterfront, or stroll through the flea market.

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5 best day trips from Berlin

Day trip to Leipzig

1. Day trip to Leipzig

The cultural hub of Leipzig is an enriching day trip from Berlin. In the 20th-century, Leipzig was a leading urban area of East Germany, and visitors today can take a walk through history from that era up to the present at the Forum of Contemporary History. Art lovers can peruse the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts, while classical music fans can visit the Bach Museum before paying respects at the composer’s tomb in St. Thomas Church. Get off your feet for a bit at Coffe Baum, a historic cafe that’s been open since 1686.

How far is Leipzig from Berlin?

Situated about 160 kilometers (99 miles) from Berlin, the ICE express train can get you to Leipzig in 70 minutes. By car, the journey is closer to two hours, depending on traffic. Express buses can take anywhere from an hour to two hours, depending on the time of day.

Day trip to Dresden

2. Day trip to Dresden

Taking a day trip to Dresden is an excellent way to get to know the city sitting on the Elbe River. Easily accessible from Berlin, the Saxon city is renowned for its splendid royal buildings. Though many have been rebuilt from ruins, sites like Zwinger and the Hofkirche are as majestic as ever. Stop into the city’s iconic Frauenkirche, which was rebuilt from its own rubble after sitting as ruins for 60 years. While walking around the city, always make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the incredible street art.

How far is Dresden from Berlin?

The 193 kilometers (120 miles) between Berlin and Dresden take around two hours by car (without traffic) or by Eurocity train. The bus is the most affordable option and will take two and a half hours.

Day trip to Wannsee

3. Day trip to Wannsee

The two lakes of Wannsee are a popular escape from the heart of the city for locals and travelers, alike. A retreat for the rich and famous, this picturesque area boasts a collection of luxurious villas; you can get a glimpse into this lavish lakeside life at the Liebermann Villa. Wannsee is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the elegant Jagdschloss Glienicke, and the Phaueninsel castle. Of course, during nice weather this large lake region is full of sun-worshipers enjoying the outdoors and water recreation.

How far is Wannsee from Berlin?

Located in the west of Berlin, Wannsee is an easy 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the center of Berlin. You can get there in just 30 minutes by car or public transportation.

Day trip to Hamburg

4. Day trip to Hamburg

Head north for the day to explore the northern port city of Hamburg. Known for its maritime importance and heritage, can learn about the city’s history at the Internationale Maritime Museum. But this hip city is more than boats and cargo. Tour the Speicherstadt — the largest warehouse district in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, check out the St. Pauli Piers, or see the modern design of the Elbphilharmonie. If you have time, the nightlife in the St. Pauli district is unforgettable — and where The Beatles honed their musical chops.

How far is Hamburg from Berlin?

The express train is by far the fastest option to Hamburg, making the 285-kilometer (177 miles) trip in just 90 minutes. For more affordable options, traveling by bus or car will take closer to two and a half to three hours.

Day trip to Szczecin

5. Day trip to Szczecin

Head over the eastern border of Germany for an adventure in Szczecin, Poland. This charming seaport city on the Oder River offers travelers a delightful day of culture and sightseeing. Not to be missed is the commanding Ducal castle, once the seat of the dukes of Pomerania. Don’t miss the old town, or stare miasto, with its colorful facades and town hall, which now houses a museum and the Wyszak Brewery. Architecture fans should head to Solidarity Square to see the ultra-modern Szczecin Philharmonic building.

How far is Szczecin from Berlin?

However you travel, the journey of 143 kilometers (88 miles) from Berlin to Szczecin will take between two and three hours. The bus takes closer to three hours, while driving is usually around two. Travel by train ranges anywhere in between.

Berlin day trip FAQ

What are the best transportation options for my day trip?

There are several different ways to travel around for a day trip from Berlin. Your decision depends on your priorities and your preference.
  • • Berlin day trips by train

    The train is always a smart and efficient choice when traveling around Germany. Though it may not always be the cheapest option, trains to most popular destinations are frequent and on time, and often faster than driving in traffic.

  • • Berlin day trips by bus

    From Berlin, the bus is almost always the most affordable option for taking a day trip, though it may not be the quickest. Travel times for the bus tend to be about equal or slightly longer than driving. Local buses that make more stops may take significantly longer.

  • • Berlin day trips by car

    Having your own car gives you the freedom to do your day trip your way. You can take breaks to admire the scenery, or power through without any undesired stops. You can also access more rural areas faster than you would on public transportation.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

If you want to take your day trip to a whole new level, a guided tour is a great idea. Whether you’re visiting sites with long lines and ticket reservations or trying to combine three different locations into one trip, a guided tour can make it happen with minimal work for you.

What should I pack for my day trip?

What to bring on your trip always depends on a number of factors. If you’re taking a guided tour, they may provide you with meals, rain gear, and even souvenirs. Regardless of where you’re headed, cold weather clothes are necessary for the winter months.

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Visiting Sachsenhausen is never a pleasant experience, but the guide made it a memorable one. Each site is explained in detail, complimented with perspectives of different entities. Would highly recommend the tour and tour guide Nicolas (sorry if I misspelt your name). p.s. Was made sure that I got on the right train after the tour, which is really nice.

Experience a WWII Eastern Front battle I knew nothing about! Exceptional opportunity to learn about it and see the places where it happened. Matt has so much information but makes it interesting and astounding!

It is an amazing experience and Ryan was such a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Learnt a lot.

Very good value. Matt really knows his stuff and his knowledge of the sites is actually incredible

Was a great expiriecne, Postdam is a very nice city.