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Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

1. Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

Discover some of the key landmarks of Berlin on a sightseeing boat tour. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the Spree to take in the sights at the heart of this bustling city.   Depart from Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel. Your 1-hour sightseeing tour will take you past the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), through the new Regierungsviertel (Government Quarter), all the way to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures). After turning at the Lutherbrücke (Luther Bridge), keep a look out for Schloss Bellevue (Bellevue Palace), the "Beamtenschlange" (civil servant housing), and the Siegessäule (Victory Column). Marvel at Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), Museumsinsel (Museum Island), and the Nikolaiviertal, the oldest residential area in Berlin. Arrive back either Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel to finish the tour.

Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

2. 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: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

3. 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.

Berlin: Mitte Culinary Food Tour

4. Berlin: Mitte Culinary Food Tour

Begin your guided tour at the Hackesche Höfe, where after a welcome and a short introduction, you will be painted with an impression of the eventful history and extraordinary versatility of Berlin's "center.”  Begin your stroll along lively streets, passing historic buildings and courtyards between tasting 5 different delicacies in 5 different restaurants. During this tour, learn about the real lives of the people behind the highly polished façades. Learn of the dramatic fates of crooks, executioners, martyrs, pioneers, artists and politicians, all of which in the course of time made the cobblestones of Berlin-Mitte into what you nowadays appreciate.  Be entertained and informed by your good-humored guides, with questions and comments always welcome. In a family atmosphere, stroll through the districts whilst listening to strange and bizarre stories at every corner. During this tour, expect a colorful selection of delicious food, as you are introduced to the multi-faceted gastronomic scene of the multicultural district of Mitte.  Eat genuine "kiez" originals, along with current and international food trends. This is a tour that will never provide a dull moment for your stomach or mind.

Berlin: Pub Crawl with Open Bar

5. Berlin: Pub Crawl with Open Bar

Begin your evening by getting to know your guide and other like-minded travelers. From there, head out into the Berlin night to your first stop. After you’ve properly loosened up, continue on to three additional venues of bars, pubs, and dance halls. Every night is a new experience on this pub crawl. Get to know Berlin’s nightlife as you make four stops ranging from cocktail lounges, alternative dives, techno bars, bustling dance halls, and more. Enjoy complimentary shots along the way, always concluding your evening at one of the city’s biggest dance clubs where you'll skip the line with VIP entrance. This pub crawl takes you to a variety of bars and pubs in the city’s most popular neighborhoods. Crawl through Berlin with the iconic tv tower as your backdrop and have an unforgettable experience drinking and dancing the night away.

Berlin: Courtyards Private 2-Hour Tour

6. Berlin: Courtyards Private 2-Hour Tour

Explore the Hackesche Höfe and learn more about the unusual fate of this revitalized district and its incredible history. Immerse yourself in the colorful multicultural life on Sophienstraße and take a look into the courtyard of the artisan association as well as the interesting Sophie-Gips-Höfe. Große Hamburger Straße has always been a “road of tolerance”. Look behind the scenes of a great Catholic institution, enjoy the views of the most important Baroque church in the city, and learn more about the fate of the Jewish community in Berlin and its first cemetery. On the famous Oranienburger Straße you can learn more about the history of the imposing New Synagogue and the adjacent Postfuhramt. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to look into the Heckmann Höfe, one of the most interesting back courtyards of the neighborhood.

Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

7. Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

Berlin's Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the brutal truths of the Holocaust, up to its present-day revival. Uncover the history of Berlin's re-emerging Jewish community, learn about the people that made its greatest impacts, and see the sites that matter. From Moses Mendelssohn to Albert Einstein, Berlin's Jews have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural development. Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination which, after seething for centuries, eventually devastated Europe, and the rest of the world, more recently than many of us would like to think. See the magnificent New Synagogue, and hear its incredible story, which mirrors the tale of Jews in Berlin before, during, and after Nazi persecution. See where non-Jews risked their lives in order to hide their Jewish neighbors, including the Workshop for the Blind, where one courageous Berliner risked his own life to save those of his Jewish employees. See the site of the ancient Jewish-Cemetry where Mendelssohn is still buried, and acquaint yourself with his significance in philosophy and Jewish history. Walk in the footsteps of working-class Jewish immigrants who dreamed of a better world. Hear the stories of women who aspired to be Rabbis, and the rich who desired poverty. Discover what it means, and what it once meant, to be a Jewish Berliner.

Berlin: Backyards in historic Mitte Self-Guided Walking Tour

8. Berlin: Backyards in historic Mitte Self-Guided Walking Tour

The tour is in german language. Discover the highlights and hidden secrets of Berlin's historic Mitte neighborhood on a walking tour. Follow your smartphone as it guides you around the city center, taking in Hackesche Höfe, Hackescher Markt, the KunstHof, and more. Learn interesting facts and solve riddles as you explore. Download the tour to your smartphone using the link provided. Head to the starting point in Mitte and follow the guidance on your smartphone. Head across the Spandauer Vorstadt with the KunstHof, the Heckmann- and Sophienhöfe, as well as the Hackeschen Höfe, where the passing of time can be seen. Next, head towards Oranienburger Straße S-Bahn station and Hackescher Markt, stopping at hidden backyards, idyllic gems, and listed buildings in the old town's narrow streets. Learn of their lively past and discover lesser-known events. Answer questions and complete tasks at each stop.

Berlin: 2.5-Hour Tour of the Jewish Quarter in Spanish

9. Berlin: 2.5-Hour Tour of the Jewish Quarter in Spanish

Explore the most important places in the history of Berlin's Jewish community on this 2.5-hour tour of the Jewish Quarter with a Spanish-speaking guide. The tour takes you round the interesting places in the district, from the Hackesche Höfe and Hackescher Markt to Tacheles, the New Synagogue, Rosenstrasse, and the Museum Otto Weidt. Learn about the infamous “Night of Broken Glass," the Wannsee Conference, and the miracle of the women on Rosenstrasse, and the effect they each had on the Jewish population of Berlin. Learn about the troubled history of the Jewish community in Berlin. Since the founding of the city, there has always been a Jewish presence that has been forced to live through good and bad times. In the times since their expulsion during the Prussian Monarchy, the Jewish population were alternately allowed and disallowed to stay in Berlin, until Nazism wrote the saddest chapter of their history.

Berlin: Private Hackesche Höfe Walking Tour

10. Berlin: Private Hackesche Höfe Walking Tour

Explore the popular shopping, arty, and trendy district around the Hackesche Höfe, right in the middle of Berlin on a private walking tour. Wind through narrow side streets and historical backyard as you discover this architecturally-rich area. Follow your local guide and learn about the history of this district, which is also the prime area of Jewish life today as it is home to the New Synagogue. Discover many unusual and locally-owned galleries, boutiques, and shops around the Hackesche Höfe, and get a real feel for where Berliners shop today. Walk through a multitude of interlinked, high courtyards, filled with cafes, restaurants, a cinema, a theater, shops, homes, and more. Ask your guide for recommendations for after your tour, you're sure to want to keep exploring.

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What people are saying about Hackesche Höfe

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7,730 reviews

Stefan was wonderful, very knowledgeable. His stories were full of nuance and, as it usually goes with history, nothing led to a straightforward conclusion. He highlighted things we were interested in - architecture and history - and we walked through many places we wouldn't have otherwise visited. Can't recommend him and this tour enough. Great time!

It was a very pleasant boat ride down the river. The food options were minimal and the so was the bar but it was overall a nice ride.

Susanna is a smart, clear, enthusiastic and generous tour guide. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour.

Everything was as planned, full description of meeting location , English audio was available Just perfect

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