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St Nicholas' Church Berlin: Our most recommended tours and activities

Berlin: Historic Center Walking Tour with a Real Berliner

1. Berlin: Historic Center Walking Tour with a Real Berliner

Learn about the exciting history and development of Berlin from the residence city of the Kingdom of Prussia to the capital of a reunited Germany. Meet your city tour guide outside the Nikolaikirche Museum (St. Nicholas' Church Museum) and begin your exploration of the city. See Berlin´s highest building, the Television Tower. Walk along the Spree to the beautiful Museum Island, where you can see the Berlin Cathedral, the Old Museum, and the Humboldt Forum. There, admire the reconstructed Berlin City Palace. Across the Palace Bridge (Schlossbrücke), explore the historical center of Berlin and see impressive buildings from the times of kings and emperors. Take a walk on the oldest boulevard in the city, Unter den Linden, where you can see the Equestrian Statue of Frederick the Great, the State Opera, the Humboldt University, and St. Hedwig's Cathedral. Finally, you will reach the Brandenburg Gate, the famous symbol of the city and the focal point for reunification in 1990. Hear the moving story of this landmark and its historical importance before, during, and after Berlin's division.

Berlin: Sayings, Legends and Myths Mystical Walking Tour

2. Berlin: Sayings, Legends and Myths Mystical Walking Tour

Tour a different side of Berlin, on a mystical guided walk through all the capital's mythical and legendary locations. Learn of Berlin's foundation at the St. George monument, hear the legend of the Berlin pancake, and meet the muses of Zeus. See the city sights and allow yourself to wonder. Meet your guide at the statue of St. George, the dragon slayer, and learn his epic tale. Admire the place where Berlin was founded and listen to the legend of Abrecht the Bear. Discover the ways that myths of fire-breathing dragons came to be in Berlin and why some still believe it today. Take a short walk to marvel at Berlin's Nikolai Quarter and hear about the most powerful craftsmen's association in the city. There, get introduced to the legend of the Berlin pancake and what the Muses of Zeus have to do with Berlin. At the Fountain of Neptune, the God Neptune is believed to be the protector of Berlin. Discuss why Kaiser Wilhelm II amused an entire nation over a fountain and whether these legends are just myths or the real thing. End the experience in the Lustgarten at the Berlin Cathedral.

Berlin: Walking Tour to the Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions

3. Berlin: Walking Tour to the Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions

Get an overview of Berlin's most important sights in about two hours and discover the highlights of the city. Start in front of the historic Reichstag in the middle of the government district with a view of the new, grandiose central station, the Federal Chancellery and the bell tower in the Tiergarten. Then discover one of Germany's landmarks - the Brandenburg Gate. From there, take a look at the embassies of the USA and France, the magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden and the Hotel Adlon. In the opposite direction you can see the Victory Column, the Zoo and the Russian Memorial. Stroll on to the famous Gendarmenmarkt with its three attractions: admire the German Cathedral, the French Cathedral and the Konzerthaus. Finally, take a walk to the new (old) Berlin City Palace, the Berlin Cathedral, the Museum Island, the Lustgarten with its testimonies of Prussian culture, before you finally learn all about the emergence of Berlin in 1237 in the Nikolai quarter.

Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour of UNESCO Site and Architecture

4. Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour of UNESCO Site and Architecture

Enjoy the scenery of Potsdam from the northern city center. See parts of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site at Sanssouci Palace, once the summer home of the Prussian ruler Frederik the Great in traditional Rococo architectural design. Your tour guide will bring you from here to other anecdotal locations in the German city, including the famous Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) with its massive Classicist style dome, modeled after ancient Greek architecture, and completed in the 1830s. Any stop along the way will be dissected in its history and cultural significance in the city as your guide is a historical expert on this small town. Impressive facts and antidotes will lead you along your guided tour and give you precise knowledge of Potsdam.

From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

5. From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

Climb aboard the comfortable VW bus and discover Potsdam, the stronghold of the Hohenzollern for almost 300 years. Admire the fascinating cultural landscape, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprised of almost 20 palaces and extensive park grounds surrounding Baroque architecture. See the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace and head along Königsstraße to the first park in the cultural landscape of Potsdam: Park Babelsberg. Here you will make your first stop before continuing on across the Glienicke Bridge and the Berlin suburb to the old market square with St. Nicholas’ Church, the old town hall, and the new parliament building, modeled closely on the old city palace. Drive through the Dutch Quarter to Bornstedt Crown Estate, where you can stroll towards Park Sanssouci. The first stop there is at the palace of the same name with its fascinating Baroque garden. Depending on the time and your interests, you can explore further attractions in the park including the Marly Garden of the soldier king, the Church of Peace, and Charlottenhof Palace by Frederick William IV, the New Palace, and the gallery of Frederick the Great. Drive in the VW bus through the Russian colony Alexandrowka and the “Forbidden City”, the European headquarters of the KGB during the Cold War, to the New Garden, where you will find the Marble Palace and Cecilienhof Palace. From the nearby Belvedere on the Pfingstberg you will have a fantastic view of Potsdam and its highlights.

Potsdam: Private City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

6. Potsdam: Private City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

Discover the different facets of the small but historically important city of Potsdam. The city is not only a Prussian residence and Garrison Town, but is also one of the birthplaces of European cinema and gained great importance in the 20th century. Explore the city and learn about its past on board of a modern Soviet vintage minibus. Departing from Potsdam Central Station or your hotel, head towards the famous film studio Babelsberg. Visit the historic site of the Potsdam Conference, Cecilienhof Palace. Next door at Hiroshima-Nagasaki Square, visit the former villas of the historic figures Truman, Churchill, and Stalin. Then, head to the world-famous Glienicke Bridge, aka Bridge of Spies, which was used for agent exchange and features in the Hollywood movie of the same name. Continue the tour and pass by the former Soviet KGB district, for decades a "forbidden city" in the center of Potsdam. Then, stroll along the Russian colony of Alexandrowka before heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Park Sanssouci, the favorite residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great. Visit the stunning New Palace, a symbol for the rise of Prussia to a European power. Find out about the significance of the palace in regards to World War I. Next, stop at the “Rechenzentrum” Potsdam, a cultural center in a GDR building with a 70-meter-long mosaic depicting motifs of the space race. Right next to it is the controversial construction site of the Garrison Church. Your final stop will be at the Old Market, the historic center of the city. Marvel at the fascinating architecture of the St. Nicholas Church, the City Palace, the Old Town Hall, and the Barberini Palace before returning to the meeting point where your tour ends.

Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

7. Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potsdam on this exciting tour from Berlin. Visit the “Military Town No. 7,” also known as the “forbidden city.” See the last vestiges of the Soviet occupation and discover interesting facts about the history of this place. Explore the remand prison of the Soviet Military Counterintelligence at Leistikowstraße 1, the epitome of torture and torment for thousands of Germans and Soviet military personnel, now a memorial and meeting place. Explore the somewhat remote Bornstedt Cemetery, a place filled with mystery, secrets, and history. See burial vaults, family graves, and private cemetery sections of famous personalities. Cross over the Glienicke Bridge and the Berlin suburbs to the Old Market Square with St. Nicholas' Church, the Old Town Hall, and the new state parliament. Then, drive through the Dutch Quarter to reach the Bornstedt Crown Estate, from where you’ll walk towards Sanssouci Park. Other highlights include the Russian colony Alexandrowka, the New Garden, the Marble Palace, and Cecilienhof Palace. At the end of the tour you can enjoy the view from Belvedere on the Pfingstberg.

Berlin 2-Hour Winter River Cruise

8. Berlin 2-Hour Winter River Cruise

Starting from Nikolaiviertel, see most of Berlin's highlights from the water.  Relax on a cozy heated ship and see the sights lit up for the evening. Pass by the Mühlendammschleuse, Nikolaiviertel, Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island, Reichstag, Chancellery, House of World Cultures, and Spreekreuz. Enjoy food and drinks on board for an extra charge. End the tour at the Nikolaiviertel.

From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

9. From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Potsdam, including round-trip transfers from Berlin and a guide and driver exclusive to you. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by private vehicle and drive through the lakeland borough of Wannsee en route to Schloss Glienicke and the Glienicke Bridge, site of spy swaps during the Cold War. Continue to Potsdam for a tour of the town that served as the residence of Prussian kings and German emperors of the House of Hohenzollern for 3 centuries. Marvel at the majestic castle of Babelsberg. Visit New Garden, home to the Marble Palace and Schloss Cecilienhof. Admire the lakeside Marble Palace and learn about the Potsdam Conference that took place at Schloss Cecilienhof, when the leaders of the United States of America, Britain, and the Soviet Union decided the future of Germany after World War 2. Next, go to the Russian colony of Alexandrowka and see 13 wooden houses built in the 1800s for the Russian singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards. Continue into downtown Potsdam for lunch (own expense). Then, see historic sights such as St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall. Admire Potsdam City Palace, partially reconstructed in late 2013 and now home to the parliament of the federal state of Brandenburg. End with a look at the Rococo architecture of Sanssouci Palace, built during the reign of Frederick the Great. As a private tour, you can choose the attractions that most interest you, and enjoy the full attention of your guide at all times. Palace opening times vary according to the day of the week, so your choice of palace will depend on the day of your tour. For example, tours can include Neue Kammern or Neues Palais (where Emperor Wilhelm II signed the Declaration of War in 1914) at Sanssouci Park instead of Sanssouci Palace.

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What people are saying about St Nicholas' Church Berlin

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 224 reviews

Structured and very informative tour in a pleasant atmosphere. The guide promptly responded to questions and incorporated the answers perfectly into his schedule. Many stations were illustrated and made understandable with large-format historical pictures. The selection of the individual stations was very good and we came to places that we would certainly not have looked for or found ourselves - gladly again!

Great Tour! So much to see, but our guide Johannes did an awesome job of keeping us on schedule. He also took the time at the start of the tour to get our input on what most interested us in Potsdam so we hit the highlights because you really can not see everything in one day.

We knew it would be cold so the minivan was perfect. Holgar took us all over and filled us with history, insights and anecdotes. It’s his own vintage Soviet ATV and his own business. Check out BerlinsTaiga.De Highly recommended

The guided tour through Potsdam by Mr. Wolf Schneider was great, he had a well-founded extensive knowledge that he passed on to us. This tour guide does a great job. Thanks!

Competent and entertaining guide. Good answers to all questions.