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Berlin: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour Along the River Spree

1. Berlin: 2.5-Hour Boat Tour Along the River Spree

Discover the center of Berlin via its major waterway, the River Spree, on a 2.5-hour boat cruise. See the main sights of the city from the water and feel the heartbeat of the bustling city. Start your roundtrip sightseeing tour on Friedrichstrasse and pass by the Federal Chancellery to reach Bellevue Palace, overlooking the Beamtenschlange (civil servant accommodation) and the Victory Column. Enjoy informative audio commentary as you see Berlin Central Station and the Interior Ministry before continuing on to Charlottenburg Palace. From there you will cruise past the Westhafen Canal, the Berlin-Spandau Ship Canal, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Hamburger Bahnhof. You will then cruise back to Friedrichstrasse.

Berlin: 2-Hour Evening City Cruise

2. Berlin: 2-Hour Evening City Cruise

Discover central Berlin by twilight on a boat cruise along its major waterway, the River Spree. Hop aboard, sit back, relax, and see the main sights of the city from the calm waters in the evening light, feeling the pulse of the bustling city. Start your cruise by Friedrichstraße and pass the Federal Chancellery with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls and modern architecture. Make your way to the pristine white building and manicured garden of Bellevue Palace, overlooking the Victory Column and surrounded by the leafy Tiergarten park. See the Berlin Central Station with its green glass structure and the Interior Ministry in Moabit before continuing to the iconic and rococo Charlottenburg Palace. Once a royal summer residence, the palace today is Berlin's largest and most magnificent one. Then, cruise past Westhafen Canal, the Berlin-Spandau Ship Canal, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Hamburger Bahnhof. Finally, head back to Friedrichstraße, where your tour ends.

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.

Priority Seating: Hard Rock Cafe Berlin

4. Priority Seating: Hard Rock Cafe Berlin

Get the rock star treatment at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin and move straight to the front of the line to enjoy VIP priority seating with this skip-the-line deal. Centrally located on the famous Kurfurstendamm, the venue delights with 2 floors of rock and pop memorabilia. Treat yourself to an authentic American atmosphere and dine on classic selections from the following menus: Gold Menu (2-course): Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Grilled chicken sandwich • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Grilled chicken caesar salad • Tupelo chicken tenders Dessert - • Brownie Choice of beverage - • One soft drink, coffee, or tea Diamond Menu (3-course):  Starter - • Fresh salad Choice of main course - • Original Legendary burger (black Angus steak) • Moving Mountains burger (vegan) • Smoked BBQ combo • Grilled salmon • Twisted mac, chicken, and cheese pasta • Steak salad • BBQ chicken Dessert - • Chocolate cake Choice of one beverage -  • One soft drink, coffee, or tea

Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

5. 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: WelcomeCard Inner City Travel Ticket AB & Discounts

6. Berlin: WelcomeCard Inner City Travel Ticket AB & Discounts

Make the most of Berlin’s top sights and transport connections with a Berlin WelcomeCard (AB). It’s the perfect way to travel, especially if you’re staying in the inner city of Berlin. Journey through the city between transport zones A to B in a cost-effective and stress-free manner. Valid for between 48-hours right up to 6 days, the Berlin WelcomeCard is one of the most flexible all-in-one access cards available. You'll also be given a pocket-size travel guide with lots of tour suggestions and insider tips.  Choose from many participating partner attractions, including Madame Tussauds and the TV Tower and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50%. From theaters and museums to city tours and restaurants, the card lets you experience Berlin’s cultural highlights at amazing prices. Each WelcomeCard includes free transport for up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years old and children under the age of 6 generally travel for free. You can also enjoy discounted rates for the following activities and attractions:     • Sightseeing tours • Guided city tours • Bike tours • Boat rides • Various attractions • Museums • Theater/stage performances • Palaces • Restaurants & bars  • Shopping & souvenirs • Fun, sport & relax Visit sights and attractions, such as the following: • AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin • Berlin Dungeon • Olympiastadion Berlin (Olympic Stadium) • Berlin Dom  • German Spy Museum • Madame Tussauds Berlin • Legoland Discovery Centre Berlin • Tierpark Berlin • Anne Frank Center • Charlottenburg Palace • Comedy tour Berlin • German Opera • Friedrichstadt-Palast • TimeRide Berlin • TV Tower • Botanical Garden • German Historical Museum, German Museum of Technology • Asisi Panorama „Die Mauer“ • Panoramapunkt • DDR Museum • Fork & Walk Tours Berlin • and many more! And of course, you should not miss the following free sights and locations when visiting Berlin: • Brandenburg Gate & Unter den Linden • Reichstag & German Parliament (pre-booking required) • Checkpoint Charlie • East Side Gallery • Gendarmenmarkt • Kurfürstendamm • Potsdamer Platz & Alexanderplatz • Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin: Ticket for Bar Jeder Vernunft – Theater & Restaurant

7. Berlin: Ticket for Bar Jeder Vernunft – Theater & Restaurant

Discover a hidden place in the Wilmersdorf neighborhood where for twenty years the glamor of Berlin in the 1920s has been kept alive. Come into Bar Jeder Vernunft, a mirror tent — from the outside, it looks inconspicuous but from inside you'll find a glittering party hall covered in numerous mirrors that illuminate and create a magical world where everything seems possible. The mirror tent is the stage for the crème de la crème of Berlin's intelligent small-scale performing arts: chanson, cabaret, theater, and comedy. The performances of the operetta "Das weiße Rößl am Wolfgangssee" with Max Raabe and the Pfister siblings are almost legendary. For the musical "Cabaret", Bar Jeder Vernunft turned into the Kit Kat Klub of the 1920s. In addition to its excellent show program, Bar Jeder Vernunft is also known for its delicious food. Before the show begins, why not take a seat at the elegantly laid tables in the arena or on Logan Platz if you wish. In fine weather, you can enjoy the show in the beer garden.

Berliner Residenz Orchestra Concert in Charlottenburg

8. Berliner Residenz Orchestra Concert in Charlottenburg

Experience the splendor of the Baroque era with a concert by the Berliner Residence Orchestra at the Great Orangery from Charlottenburg Palace. Enjoy a truly unique evening in Berlin. The program primarily features classical masterpieces of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Berlin Residence Orchestra and its solo singers will perform compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, among others. Works by Frederick the Great himself and his court composers bring the festive musical experience to a close.

Berlin: 3-Hour Cruise on River Spree from East to West

9. Berlin: 3-Hour Cruise on River Spree from East to West

This city tour along the Spree is the perfect way to feel the pulse of this vibrant city. From Jannowitzbrücke, pass the Frauenhofer Institute, the Spreebogen, see the newly built Ministry of Interiors in the heart of Moabit, the old Bolle-Meierei (dairy farm) and head toward the Reichstag (Parliament Building). Ride right through the government district and past the 'House of World Cultures.' At the Luther Bridge, enjoy perfect views of Bellevue Palace, the Beamtenschlange (civil servant accommodation), and the Victory Column, all of which have borne witness to Berlin’s colorful past. The journey continues past the gigantic new Hauptbahnhof (central station), the fantastically baroque Berlin Cathedral, and Museum Island - the largest museum complex in the world, to Berlin’s oldest residential neighborhood, the Nikolaiviertel, then all the way to Gotzkowsky Bridge in Moabit/Charlottenburg. The journey ends here, from which point you can take the 245 bus to Zoologischer Garten directly from the tour end point, or continue to explore the city by foot.

Berlin: Museum of Photography Entry Ticket

10. Berlin: Museum of Photography Entry Ticket

Visit The Museum of Photography in Berlin which contains a vast collection of photographs from the 19th century to the present day. Opened in 2004, the Museum is divided into 5 main sections, each reflecting different aspects of the collection of work. Wander through the photographic archive, the collection of artistic photography, the personal archive, the photogrammetric holdings, and historical postcards. See pictures that were taken in the early days of photography and pictures that reflect current events.  Explore the permanent Helmut Newton exhibition. A Berlin native and an iconic figure in modern photography, Newtown was known for his provocative work in the world of fashion. Find his cameras, his art collection, the famous Newton-mobile, and many more artifacts from his life. Enjoy the current temporary exhibitions on display such as Body Performance and Post-War Modern Photography.

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Overall rating

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based on 10,097 reviews

Loved this tour! Gregor was our guide and he was super knowledgable but also gave us space to make our own views and think about things ourselves which I really valued. Everything went seamlessly and the break for coffee at a local cafe was great. Also made some friends from the group so I really can’t fault it!

A totally relaxing and serene morning, especially after the previous day of a 3.5 hr walking tour (which was wonderful, BTW) but for old blokes like me very tiring trying to keep up. The river presents a totally different perspective. Well worth it.

Thought that 2.5h would be long but the commentary was very informative indeed. Also it was a hot day which was a bonus.

Greg was absolutely amazing. He gave a very thoughtful, insightful tour. This was well, well worth the time.

The trip was very nice. Since it was a roundtrip, you always saw something new on the way there and back.