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Berlin Combo Package: City Tour & Spree Boat Tour

1. Berlin Combo Package: City Tour & Spree Boat Tour

Discover Berlin's most interesting sights on this practical hop-on hop-off bus tour combined with a boat trip on the Spree. Simply hop on at the first stop, sit back, and explore the city. Get on and off as often as you like and take as much time as you want at each sight.  Stroll along Kurfürstendamm, learn more about the historical background of Checkpoint Charlie, admire the Brandenburg Gate and enjoy the Gendarmenmarkt. Enjoy a one-hour boat tour on the Spree. Discover Berlin from a different perspective as you glide past the city center's iconic attractions. The buses stop at the following stops:• Kurfürstendamm• KaDeWe• Lützow Square• Cultural Forum• Potsdamer Square• Checkpoint Charlie• Gendarmenmarkt• Neptune Fountain/Red City Hall• Alexanderplatz near Fix Bus Café• Karl-Marx-Allee• East Side Gallery• East Side Gallery/East Station• Neptune Fountain• DomAquarée – change here for boat tour: Pier Nikolaiviertel• Berlin Cathedral/Humboldt Forum• Unter den Linden – change here for boat tour: Pier Friedrichstraße• Brandenburg Gate/Reichstag• Berlin Central Station• Victory Column/Bellevue Palace• Zoo and Aquarium/Elephant Gate entrance• Kurfürstendamm/Memorial Church Shuttle to Charlottenburg Palace:• Kurfürstendamm• Charlottenburg Palace• Exhibition grounds

Berlin Jewish Quarter and Holocaust Private Walking Tour

2. Berlin Jewish Quarter and Holocaust Private Walking Tour

Before World War II, 173,000 Jews lived in Berlin, but only 9,000 survived the Holocaust. This tour is your chance to learn about the turbulent history of Jewish people in Germany, from the Middle Ages, through the Third Reich, to the present day. Discover the traces of Berlin’s vanished Jewish Quarter, its Jewish monuments and Holocaust memorials with an Expert-Guide. Experience Jewish Berlin! Book a 3-hour private tour of Berlin’s Old Jewish Quarter. The tour will start near the touching Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which commemorates the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Your Expert Guide will tell you in detail about this dark history, sharing historical facts and personal stories of people who were sent to the Nazi concentration camps, including many Jewish children who are commemorated by the Trains to Life – Trains to Death memorial. As you head to the former Jewish Quarter, you will see the New Synagogue, which is one of the few synagogues to survive Kristallnacht.the Memorial Jewish Cemetery, which stands at a former Jewish burial ground desecrated by Nazis, and a large number of the bronze Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones), that commemorate the Holocaust victims who lived in this area. You will also walk around Hackesche Höfe, a complex of interlinked Jugendstil courtyards where you can learn about daily life of Jewish Berliners before World War II Book an extended 4-hour private tour of Berlin’s Old Jewish Quarter to visit the New Synagogue. This historic Moorish Revival building has been the center of Berlin’s Jewish life since 1866, hosting prayers, concerts and lectures even at times when Jewish people were banned from other venues. Your Expert Guide will show you the beautiful synagogue inside and out, and tell you about all the important events and people associated with this Jewish heritage site. Experience living history! Book an extended 5-hour private tour of Berlin’s Old Jewish Quarter to visit the New Synagogue and Jewish Cemetery. The second oldest Jewish Cemetery in Berlin is located at Schönhauser Allee. It is home to h tombs of well-known community members, such as Max Liebermann, James Dimon, Gerson von Bleichröder, Solomon Haberland and Giacomo Meyerbeer, making it an ideal place to hear more personal stories of Jewish Berliners.

Berlin:Tour of the Jewish Quarter in Spanish+Museo Judío

3. Berlin:Tour of the Jewish Quarter in Spanish+Museo Judío

Explore the most important places in the history of Berlin's Jewish community on this 4-hour tour of the Jewish Quarter with a Spanish-speaking guide and entrance to the jewish museum. 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: Jewish History Walking Tour

4. 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 Mitte: hidden courtyards of Spandauer Vorstadt

5. Berlin Mitte: hidden courtyards of Spandauer Vorstadt

Stroll through the hidden, cozy Berlin courtyards full of secrets and stories, learn about the history of Jews in Berlin and the culture of memory. Discover how the city was reborn from the ashes after the Second World War, why Berlin attracted artists after the fall of the Berlin Wall and how the ruins of buildings turned into galleries of modern art. Dive into the story of squatting movement and street art scene, find out where Berliners danced 100 years ago and are still dancing today and what was stolen from the Bode Museum.

Berlin: The 5 Enigmatic Mysteries. Tour with VW-Bus

6. Berlin: The 5 Enigmatic Mysteries. Tour with VW-Bus

After pick-up from your hotel your guide informes you about the upcoming 5-hour-tour. You will be acquainted with the 5 most fascinating mysteries of Berlin. At the same time you learn more about the different periods of Berlin´s history. Otto Weidt´s Workshop for the Blind is located in a courtyard near the Hackesche Höfe in Berlin Mitte. Most of the rooms are preserved in their original state. Otto Weidt was a small manufacturer. During the Second World War, he employed mostly blind and deaf Jewish workers in his workshop. They manufactured brooms and brushes, some of which were made for the Wehrmacht. Weidt attempted to protect his Jewish workers from persecution and deportation. A gigantic structure from the 1940ies awaits you near the old Tempelhof Airport: the Heavy Load Bearing Body. Under the direction of architect Albert Speer, Hitler wanted to redesign Berlin as "Germania", the capital of the new German world capital with huge edifices like the Triumphal Arch or the Dome Hall. During the planning, the stability and load-bearing capacity of the construction site was tested. So the heavy load-bearing body was erected weighing more than 12,000 tons. Plans to tear the structure down with dynamite after the Second War War were not realized because of the neighbourhood with many apartment houses. The Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus near Potsdam Square, built in 1936 as the Ministry of Aviation of Hermann Göring, was at that time the largest office building in Europe. Göring belonged to the leading Nazis and was responsible, for example, for the planning of the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question". At the end of the Second War War nearly all buildings in the surrounding were bombed and destroyed. Not so Göring´s Ministry of Aviation. Not one bomb fell onto the structure. A miracle? When the Berlin Wall was built starting on August 13, 1961, it divided the transportation system, as well. But two subway lines and one commuter rail line with departure and destination stations in West Berlin continued to run through the eastern sector. The trains slowed down, but they didn´t stop at these deserted stations in East Berlin. Blocked off and patrolled by GDR armed guards, they became known as “ghost stations.” One of those former stations is the Nordbahnhof. Last, but not least, you discover one of the most idyllic cemeteries of Berlin, located in Grunewald Forest near the Havel River, better known as the "Cemetery of the Nameless" or the "Cemetery of Suicides". Established in 1879, corpses of unknown people and those having committed suicide were buried here. Near this location, so the rumor goes since the 1920ies, the Sass brothers, famous bank robbers in the Weimar Republik, were supposed to hide money and valuables from hundreds of safe deposit boxes in a big hole the dug in the soil of Grunewald Forest. If you like to, you can use a Garrett metal detector Euro ACE to search for traces of the Sass Bros. and their famous treasure.

Berlin: Self-Guided audio walking tour

7. Berlin: Self-Guided audio walking tour

Explore Berlin at a pace that suits you with our engaging self-guided walking audio tour. You'll have the opportunity to delve into the city's iconic attractions, unraveling captivating facts and stories about not only the city, but also Germany as a whole. It's a perfect outdoor activity designed to delight first-time visitors, couples, families, and children alike. No need to bother with app downloads - our audio tour is easily accessible right from your smartphone's browser! Here's what to expect: at each stop, we'll provide you with the exact address to head to. Once there, you can listen to an immersive audio commentary about the site's history, enriched with intriguing facts and anecdotes. Our comprehensive self-guided tour encompasses these significant Berlin highlights: - Friedrichstraße - Governmental area (Reichstag, Chancellery) - Brandeburg Gate - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe - Potsdamer Platz - Topographie des Terror - Checkpoint Charlie - Hackesche Höfe - Alexander Platz - East Side Gallery So come along, enjoy the journey, and experience the many diverse facets of Berlin through your own unique exploration.

Berlin: Self Guided City Quest & First Date

8. Berlin: Self Guided City Quest & First Date

Are you looking for a thrilling and unforgettable experience in Berlin? Look no further! Our ''First Date'' city quest takes you on a romantic and adventurous journey through some of Berlin's most iconic locations. Begin your walk at Alexanderplatz, a bustling square in the heart of the city. From there, you will explore the enchanting St. Mary's Church (St. Marienkirche), with its breathtaking architecture and historical significance. Next, venture to Neptunbrunnen, a stunning fountain dedicated to the Roman god of the sea. Continue your exploration to Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site housing some of the world's most renowned museums. Immerse yourselves in art, culture, and history as you stroll hand in hand through this cultural treasure trove. Make a stop at the vibrant Hackesche Höfe, a maze of interconnected courtyards filled with unique shops, cafes, and galleries. Take the opportunity to enjoy a delightful meal or grab a cup of coffee while soaking up the lively atmosphere. The adventure continues as you visit the New Synagogue, an architectural gem that showcases Berlin's diverse heritage. Discover its captivating history and appreciate the stunning craftsmanship. No walk in Berlin is complete without a visit to the iconic Reichstag. Marvel at the grandeur of this historic building and enjoy the panoramic views of the city from its observation deck. Finally, end your quest at the legendary Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of unity and freedom. Share a special moment as you stand before this iconic landmark and reflect on the wonderful experience you've shared. Our ''First Date'' city quest combines elements of adventure, discovery, and romance to create a unique and memorable experience for you. As you solve puzzles, unravel mysteries, and explore the city together with your friends or alone, you'll create a bond with Berlin that will last a lifetime.

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Nice possibility to discover different parts of Berlin by bus as well as by boat. Perfect combo. If you speak several languages try to change language channels in the bus as you might get interesting facts not included in other language guide

Ariel our guide, was very knowledgeable, very helpful and a very interesting young person. The places we visited were very interesting. We did get a feeling of what Jewish life was like, and what Berliners went through during the war.

Our guide Nikolai was amazing!! The tour was incredibly informative and he was very knowledgeable on the subject .It was a small group and he even kept our teenagers interested which is quite a feet.Would highly recommend.

It would have been helpful if there weren't just two places to redeem the combination voucher. After a marathon of questions, we were able to redeem our vouchers for both trips on one of the buses.

Friendly and helpful staff at all bus and boat stops.