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Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

1. Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

Discover Berlin's hidden back alleys on this walking tour. Enjoy a guided visit to 13 of the most iconic spots which showcase the typical urban Berlin atmosphere. See how people live, work, create and have fun in these small spaces. Stroll through the Scheunenviertel in Berlin-Mitte. Learn about the history of the development of this quarter, and its transformation into the center of Jewish life around the New Synagogue. Find out how it became the trendy, colorful and international area that it is today.

Bike Tour of the Hidden Berlin

2. Bike Tour of the Hidden Berlin

You will be greeted by your guide at the starting point, where you will be outfitted with a bike and a helmet (if wanted). Then, set off on your 3.5-hour adventure. This tour will take you to see some of Hitler's megalomaniac plans for Germania and also his (almost) finished airport. Experience the boroughs of Neukölln, Kreuzberg, and Tempelhof. See Berlin's diversity and creative beating heart, that gives it that something special that people flock to see.

Berlin: Haunted Guided Live Theatre Tour in German

3. Berlin: Haunted Guided Live Theatre Tour in German

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the dark secrets of Berlin? Then dare to take a scary and mystical city tour! This tour takes you back in time, shows you places away from the normal tourist attractions, and reveals some dark realities. Find out which murderer has processed people into canned meat here, why death is supposed to be around and where an uncanny curse emanates from mummies - right in the middle of Berlin. You see, unlike normal city tours in Berlin, you dive deep into the dark history of the city with your guide. Maybe you have already heard of a Ghost Walk or a Ghost Tour and you want to go on such a night walk? Then you are absolutely right with the Gruseltour Berlin!

Alternative Berlin Experience

4. Alternative Berlin Experience

Take a 4-hour walking tour and discover Berlin's dynamic culture and lifestyle, and see why it fascinates so many visitors year after year. Creative, tolerant, multi-cultural, and liberal; no other city balances tradition and trends, density and open space, underground and cosmopolitan areas, quite like UNESCO's first "City of Design." On this premier alternative tour you will step off the tourist trail and explore the entire cultural landscape from a local perspective. From alternative underground, to urban and cosmopolitan, your guide will compare the many flavors, colors, and vibes of the East and West Berlin neighborhoods. Stroll through landmarks of the city's subcultural and countercultural history, and see some of the world's most breathtaking street art and graffiti up close. Stop at the Turkish neighborhoods in Kreuzberg, and visit Berlin's African and former Jewish communities. Take a peek at the city's colorful gay community, with a stop at one of Berlin's extravagant neighborhoods. Then, find out more about Berlin's hiphop and reggae scene at a delightful African beach bar and market. Listen to some amazing stories of the many different cultural movements that have taken hold in this unique city over the years, and discover the true identity of the city as you explore and experience the real Berlin.

Berlin: Listening Station Teufelsberg Tour with Shuttle

5. Berlin: Listening Station Teufelsberg Tour with Shuttle

Discover the history of Berlin and visit the 120 meter high Teufelsberg. Learn more about the former listening station and stroll through Europe's biggest street art gallery. Lean back in a comfortable minivan and drive from Potsdamer Platz directly to Teufelsberg. Listen to the interesting story of this unique building. Learn more about the beginning in 1937 and the development of the former listening station after World War II. Today, the Field Station on Teufelsberg with its US listening station belongs to the so-called 'Lost Places' in Berlin.

Berlin: Sightseeing Tour in a Mini Hotrod

6. Berlin: Sightseeing Tour in a Mini Hotrod

Hop into a mini hot rod for a guided tour through Berlin and experience the thrill of racing through the city's wide streets. Even though you'll be sitting just above the ground, these custom roadsters will leave just about every other vehicle in their dust. Enjoy these single-seaters, which are 100% street legal and sure to be a lot of fun. Discover the true pleasure of driving in a stylish soapbox car for adults. Get started at Revaler Strasse 99, at the RAW site. Your guide will give you a briefing about the vehicles, before letting you get warmed up on your hot rod by riding around the spacious grounds.  Then, head out into the streets of Berlin. Pass by Warschauer Brücke on the way to the East Side Gallery and the O2 Arena, before driving towards the Brandenburg Gate. Take in the symbol of Berlin as locals and tourists alike smile and stare at your stylish ride. Stop at the German Chancellor's Office, and ask your guide any questions. Take a moment to snap some photos. From there, continue towards Potsdamer Platz, Gendarmenmarkt, and Unter den Linden. Depending on the time, take a quick stroll at the O2 site before heading back to the RAW station.

Berlin: Berlin Wall Greatest Escapes Exploration Game

7. Berlin: Berlin Wall Greatest Escapes Exploration Game

Discover Berlin's most interesting places by solving clues around town and unlocking amazing stories. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, and the Berlin Wall, as well as other locations. Download Questo, the gamified travel app, onto your smartphone, and begin your exciting exploration game. Play the role of a person needing to escape East Berlin in 1984, and see if you can do it. Solve a clue to reveal exact directions to your next stop on the tour, without the need of a map, GPS, or a physical guide. Each solution unlocks an interesting story, and reveals Berlin's secrets. Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around two hours is normally enough. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. After purchasing the quest, an access code will be delivered to your email, which can then be used in the downloadable app. Once you have downloaded the app, simply head to the starting point at Potsdamer Platz whenever you choose, and begin your adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Berlin: "Babylon Berlin" Walking Tour

8. Berlin: "Babylon Berlin" Walking Tour

Begin a 3-hour tour of the most exciting locations as you enter the world of Gereon Rath. At each location, watch exclusive film excerpts from the series and fascinating original footage from the 1920s on iPads. Learn background stories about the shooting, the actors, and the 1920s in Berlin. Discover where Gereon Rath eats his lunch, which sights replace the Berlin police headquarters, and why Alexanderplatz become such a central part of the series. Find out where the dead were examined and exhibited and in which bars and clubs the actors from the series go to dance. Learn about what the nightlife was like in the 1920s as you travel back in time to the late Weimar Republic. The tour takes place mainly in Berlin-Mitte between Rosa-Luxemburg Platz and Potsdamer Platz. The tour will be moderated by Arne Krasting, a historian and expert on the Weimar Republic.

Berlin: Kayaking Tour Through the City

9. Berlin: Kayaking Tour Through the City

Set off on an exciting, unique kayak trip. The tour begins or ends in the Berlin Kreuzberg district at the docks of the van Loon boat restaurant. For the trip you'll have an expert on hand to greet you before the tour beings. The guide will then help you to deploy. While you warm up for the trip, you will have the opportunity to learn a little about the interesting history of the Landwehr Canal. The journey heads westward downstream along the legendary railway line of the U1. The first train line to be built in Berlin runs above your head up until the point where, above and below the ground, a number of different traffic routes cross paths. A reminder of the so called "Rosinenbomber" (Raisin Bombers) from the Berlin blockade of 1948/1949 can be found on the roof of the German Museum of Technology. Continue by following this unique, scenic route next to the Spree, past Potsdamer Platz and the Ministry of Defence. Learn about the poignant history of the area and Stauffenberg's failed execution attempt of Hitler. You'll then paddle further past Tiergarten and Zoologischer Garten. Next up, cross one of the best–known Berlin locks and the city's widest bridge, a fun part and unique adventure especially for older children. The Tour ends in here in Charlottenburg. Your belongings arrived with the kayak-truck and you are just a short walk away from Tiergarten Station from where you can reach your next Berlin adventure. During the afternoon tour, the sights will be toured in the reverse order.

Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

10. Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

Start your urban underground tour of Berlin at the Hackescher Markt at the heart of the local cafe scene and then head to a unique courtyard loved by contemporary artists. Hear how it has survived against the odds and get insights into the alternative messages of the art on display. Hear local stories about Berlin's neighborhoods as you continue to the Pink Man graffiti by the famous street artist, Blu. Learn about his protest against the “gentrification” of the town’s alternative side and other ethical projects he’s involved in.  Then, it's time to relax with a drink at a hip beer garden by the Urban Spree and experience how Berliners like to spend their evenings. Pass the East Side Gallery, where artists from around the world have left their mark on the remains of the Berlin Wall. Stop at the smallest cinema in town, popular for showing international movies and its 70's flair. End by the Boxhagener Platz and discover a great place to relax and experience some more urban vibes.

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What people are saying about Berlin

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,717 reviews

A really fun activity driving through the streets of Berlin in these little hotrods. It feels like you are driving quite fast because you are so close to the ground but be prepared to feel every single bump on the road!

It was a very pleasant tour with a lot of insights, a feel for the city and the neighborhood, very interesting information about the scene and patience for our group! A very round thing and absolutely to be recommended!

Very interesting afternoon. I didn't know the information given. Jake is a good raconteur. I would have missed the places we went to.

It was very fun, definitely recommend. But a bit expensive for me.

This was a great tour - both interesting and beautiful.