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Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

1. 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: Luxury Solar Catamaran River Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

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

4. 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 14 - Unter den Linden 36 / Friedrichstraße 15 - Unter den Linden 74, Madame Tussauds Berlin (out of order) 16 - Brandenburg Gate, Ebertstraße 17 - Reichstag, Scheidemannstr. 18 - Hauptbahnhof, exit Rahel-Hirsch-Straße 19 - Haus der Kulturen der Welt 20 - Bellevue Palace 21 - Bikini Haus, Budapester Straße 22 - U-/S-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten

Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

5. Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

A guided bicycle tour is the best way to discover Berlin. Cycling is not only an easy way to get around the city but also brings you close to the action! Even visitors who already know Berlin well are amazed at the new perspectives they see on this tour. This tour usually runs on bike paths and safe, quiet roads. Start at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg and cycle toward Volkspark Friedrichshain and Karl-Marx-Allee. In Friedrichshain, bike around Boxhagener Platz and the RAW Tempel. This area is home of great nightlife, but there's still plenty to see during the day! Continue along the East Side Gallery and over the Oberbaumbrücke to Kreuzberg. Discover back courtyards, explore beautiful parks, and ride along the banks of the River Spree. See Görlitzer Park, and experience the alternative way of life in the colorful SO36 district of Kreuzberg. You’ll not only learn many interesting facts but hear various anecdotes about the city and insider tips.

Berlin: Government District, Chancellery, and Reichstag Tour

6. Berlin: Government District, Chancellery, and Reichstag Tour

Experience an informative guided tour in the government quarter of Berlin. Stop at the Chancellery, the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, and many more highlights of this unique part of the city while you discover the political center of Germany. Learn about Berlin's eventful history and ask your questions as your guide takes you to some of the most significant places in this district. Think about how Berlin could be redesigned after the Wall, see the ribbon of the federal government and spot the symbolic bridge between the east and west. Start the tour at the Futurium and then cross the Spree as you wander from former East to West. Witness how modern buildings dominate the cityscape. Marvel at works of art along the Berlin Wall and get to know more about the history of the site. Along the tour, discover some of the best photo spots in the center of Berlin. Receive some great local insights on this German-language guided tour. The guided tour ends outside the Reichstag where you will learn more about the tasks and duties of the parliament and the story behind a building that has played such a significant role in German history.

EasyCityPass Berlin: Public Transportation and Discounts

7. EasyCityPass Berlin: Public Transportation and Discounts

Discover the exciting city of Berlin with the EasyCityPass and benefit from many advantages. The EasyCityPass offers you an inexpensive ticket for public transportation as well as discounts from many different cooperation partners from a wide variety of industries. The discount partners come from the areas of gastronomy, culture & stage, shopping, fun & action, sightseeing, specials and nightlife. It is practical for families that the EasyCityPass allows up to three children until the age of 14 years to travel free of charge. Together with your EasyCityPass, you will receive a flyer detailing the partners and their advantages. The locations of the attractions are also listed together with the respective public transport connections. Discount list (subject to change) Places of Interest: Alternative Berlin Tours -2 EUR Berlin Dungeon -20% Madame Tussauds -20% Stadt im Ohr -20 % Teufelsberg guided tours -20% Illuseum Berlin -10% Culture and Stage:   Friedrichstadt Palace -10% Tipi am Kanzeleramt -5.50 EUR Wintergarten Varieté -25% Gastronomy:   Berlin Kaffeerösterei 1 free espresso eliza - Café & Lieblingsstücke -10% Nocti Vagus Dunkelrestaurant with show stage -10% Fun and Action:   Dockx schwarzlicht Minigolf & Lasertag -1.40 EUR Exit The Room (Berlin) -15% JetSim flight simulation -10% LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Berlin -20% SeaLife Berlin -20% Stand Up Paddling -20% Segwaytour Berlin -10 EUR

Berlin: Evening Sightseeing Tour by Bus

8. Berlin: Evening Sightseeing Tour by Bus

Avoid the daytime crowds and the hassle of navigating public transportation to catch all the highlights of Berlin. Hop on the one-stop sightseeing bus and experience the best views of the city from a double-decker bus on a 45-minute ride. During the trip, cruise past and through some of Berlin's most vibrant locations after darkness falls, including Alexanderplatz, the new Berlin Palace, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island, Potsdamer Platz, and the Topography of Terror. Take in spectacular views of the Berliner Fernsehturm, the Holocaust Memorial, and, of course, the Berlin Wall. Get a feel for the spirit of the city with multiple-language audioguides which shed light on the German capital's culture and history. Enjoy the convenience and efficiency of a sightseeing tour via modern bus.

THE WALL: asisi Panorama Berlin Ticket

9. THE WALL: asisi Panorama Berlin Ticket

Visit the Panorama, an artistic representation of what life was like in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Experience Kreuzberg on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s. With your day ticket, take in the scenes of everyday life. View the alternative life of SO 36 in West Berlin, separated from East Berlin and yet only a stone's throw away. See the so-called Death Strip and border facilities. From the visitor’s platform, experience how mundane, and yet how gruesome life was in the shadow of the Wall. The exhibition also features a documentary on the artist, Yadegar Asisi from his early ideas to the creation of the Panorama.

Berlin: "Vibes of Berlin" Bike Tour

10. Berlin: "Vibes of Berlin" Bike Tour

Take a bicycle tour through the wild, alternative Berlin and discover what Klaus Wowereit meant when he said, "Berlin is poor, but sexy!" The tour begins in the central Nikolaiviertel, just five minutes from the TV Tower by foot. Start the tour where Berlin's history began, then ride far from the center to experience the city life in Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Neukölln, and Treptow. Immerse yourself in the different districts of Berlin and learn how they've changed. On this 17-kilometer ride, take a look at alternative projects and restored buildings as you ride along side streets and bike paths. The tour takes you through diverse areas and lets you see exceptional buildings and innovative ideas. Enjoy a beautiful ride along the Spree and the Landwehr Canal, where the contrasts of Berlin could not be clearer. Stop every 5 to 10 minutes to learn interesting and historical facts. A small group of up to 15 people, an intimate atmosphere, and a relaxed pace make this an unforgettable experience.

Planning Your Visit

  • Where is it now?

    Most of the wall has been demolished, but tourists can still visit preserved segments, such as the Eastside Gallery (so-called for its large graffiti murals running along the Spree River's east bank between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain). A notable section is also visible at the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse. City tours should cover most of the sites, including Checkpoint Charlie – the famous American checkpoint on Friedrichstrasse.

  • When to visit?

    Berlin is a true summer city and there are few better ways to spend a sun-soaked visit than to tour its sights by foot or by bike! If your visit has been cursed by cold or rainy weather, however, visit the segment at the Berlin Wall Memorial. It can be viewed from the top floor of its Visitors' Center, which also provides fascinating insights into life behind the wall.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Outdoor areas are always open, but the Visitors' Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00AM to 6:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    The open areas and Visitors' Center are free to visit, but the Center does accept donations.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A tour is definitely worth it! Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Depending on the exhibit you wish to see, directions will vary, but the wall is easily reachable!
  • Additional information
    ** Remember to remain respectful during your visit. | Check the weather! Berlin can get windy quickly so plan ahead.*

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What people are saying about Berlin Wall

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 34,546 reviews

This was the highlight of our holiday. Our guide Maria was absolutely amazing, warm and knowledgable about her subject matter. The value for money was exceptional, learned so much more than I would have just wandering around her little gems of knowledge made my whole stay better. Thanks so much Maria!

Fantastic boat trip along the river Spree. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to see Berlin in this way. We came from the UK and saw lots of great sites. Also friendly English speaking staff and tasty beer!!

Highly recommend this tour. Our guide was very friendly and provided dynamic explanations about the history’s events.

nice trip, the weather was also ideal, lovely staff on the ship, gladly again

The guides on our trips were excellent and the trips were very insightful