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Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

1. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

Discover the city at your own pace with the Berlin hop-on hop-off bus. Freely wander the city on well-equipped sightseeing buses. Explore Museum Island, amble down the Ku'Damm, the famed shopping street, and catch a glimpse of divided Berlin at Check Point Charlie. Visit the Brandenburg gate or the Reichstag with its marvelous glass dome. There are a wide variety of options, with buses traveling the entirety of the city. To get even more out of your trip to Berlin, combine your bus pass with a spree to your experience. You can redeem your boat ticket at any time and add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. During the summer, there is also a guided walking tour available, so you can learn even more in-depth, insider knowledge about the sights and landmarks. The stops for the bus tours are: Line 1 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Rotes Rathaus • Museum Island • Friedrichstrasse • Brandenburger Tor • Reichstag • Hauptbahnhof • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Bellevue Palace • Siegessäule (Victory Column) • Kurfürstendamm • KaDeWe • Lützowplatz • Kulturforum • Potsdamer Platz • Mauerreste • Check Point Charlie • Gendarmenmarkt Line 2 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Frankfurter Allee • East Side Gallery • Ostbahnhof • Alexa • Rotes Rathaus

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: Pergamon Museum Entrance Ticket

3. Berlin: Pergamon Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit the Pergamon Museum, whose redevelopment will transform it into a worldwide attraction among the Berlin museums. The redevelopment is still ongoing, however, you will be able to enjoy most of the museum. The Antiquity Collection The Pergamon antique collection is one of the world's most significant collections of Greek and Roman art. See the architectural installations from Ancient Greece and Rome, including the gem of Roman architecture: the Market Gate of Miletus from circa 100 AD. As part of the renovation, the hall with the Pergamon Altar will remain closed until at least 2024. The Middle East Museum The Middle East Museum collects artifacts of the 6,000-year cultural history of civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Assyria, and Anatolia. Among the 270,000 objects, the main attractions are the reconstruction of the gloriously colorful Ishtar Gate and the Procession Way of Babylon from the time of Nebuchadnezzar II. Gaze in wonder at the earliest examples of writing in Cuneiform script on clay tablets from Uruk. Islamic Art Museum The Museum for Islamic Art displays both masterpieces of applied art and archaeological artifacts from Muslim as well as Christian and Jewish groups from the 8th to 19th century. Let yourself be amazed by architectural works that you will not find in any other museum. See the richly decorated stone facade of the Mshatta palace and the famous Aleppo Room with its colorfully painted wall paneling.

Berlin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with River Cruise Option

4. 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.

Berlin: "Pergamonmuseum. The Panorama" Exhibition Tickets

5. Berlin: "Pergamonmuseum. The Panorama" Exhibition Tickets

Travel back in time to the year AD 129 in this temporary exhibition building at the Pergamon. See the ancient city of Pergamon on the west coast of Asia Minor.  Discover completely new and reworked reconstructions of the city as it was during the time of the High Roman Empire under the rule of Emperor Hadrian (AD 117–138). This 360-degree panorama by famed Iranian architect Yadegar Asisi includes 40 new scenes he has woven into the picture. Move on and get up close to 80 of the Antikensammlung’s most important works from Pergamon, including the largest piece of the Telephos frieze from the Pergamon Altar. For a set time only, you'll be able to experience the Pergamon Altar in its original architectural context, on the Acropolis. All of the city’s notable sculptures are on view, including the Beautiful Head, the giant head of Herakles, portrait sculptures of the king, the Archaistic Dancer from the palace, the Prometheus group, and the Athena with cross-strapped shield. This exhibition is suitable for all the family thanks to the combination of archaeological research and modern artistic visions.

Berlin: Entry to Alte Nationalgalerie

6. Berlin: Entry to Alte Nationalgalerie

Explore the Alte Nationalgalerie, a "sanctuary for art and science", the idea for which goes back to Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The collection is based on a donation from the banker Joachim Heinrich Wilhelm Wagener, who left the works of the Dusseldorf school of painting and Belgian history painters to the Prussian state. In 1876, the National Gallery was opened as the third museum of the Spree Island and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was used as the Alte Nationalgalerie of the 19th century. See sculptures like the breathtaking Sleeping Beauty and works by French Impressionists such as Manet, Monet and Renoir. Discover Romanticism and the time of Goethe with the "The Monk by the Sea", the "Gothic Cathedral at the Water" and the Group of Princesses. Experience exhibition talks and guided tours with various themes for children and adults.

Berlin: Scavenger Hunt for School Classes and Families

7. Berlin: Scavenger Hunt for School Classes and Families

Explore exciting Berlin on your own with this scavenger hunt tour that gives families, school classes and day-trippers the opportunity to get to know Berlin in a unique way. The compact version of the Seductive Berlin City Game will lead you to the most famous sights of this vibrant city. The starting point for this unique Scavenger Hunt City Tour through Berlin will be the World Clock at Alexanderplatz. Continue on to the TV tower, which offers a wonderful view of the city of Berlin from its observation deck (ticket not included in the price). A puzzle will also await you at Berlin Cathedral, a perfect spot to take a little breather. You will be able to take a break from the Scavenger Hunt City Tour Berlin whenever you feel like it. Perhaps you would like to take a closer look at the Berlin Cathedral, for example, or visit the Pergamon Museum on Museum Island. Afterwards, continue on to the Neue Wache, the Humboldt University and probably the most beautiful place in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt with its picturesque French and German Cathedrals. Needless to say, the puzzles will also lead you to Pariser Platz, where the symbol of Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, stands. The tour will end at Potsdamer Platz with its famous Sony Center. The city game box contains 8 sealed and numbered envelopes with puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear and unambiguous directions, you will make your way through Berlin. Solve the puzzles and let the clues lead you to the next destination. The envelopes will also contain detailed background information of each attraction - its history and today's use, which can be used, among other things, for follow-up in class.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour

8. Discover Berlin Walking Tour

See historic Berlin on a walking tour through the city's most significant places. Take an informative, thought-provoking journey that brings the history of Berlin alive. Cover all of Berlin's main sights, from the Berlin Wall to the site of Hitler's bunker. Visit the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Cathedral, Palace Square, and much more. Choose to take either a shorter or longer tour with a private guide to fit your schedule. Your guide’s superb story-telling skills will weave the themes of Prussian, Imperial, Nazi, Cold War and 21st-Century Berlin into a detailed narrative, stretching from Berlin’s swampy origins in medieval times, to the controversies over the design of the memorial, to the tragic story of the murdered Jews of Europe. Along the way, meet characters who have left their imprint on the city, including Albert Einstein, Marlene Dietrich, and JFK. Stand above the spot where Hitler took his life in April 1945, and see where daring escapes took place across the Berlin Wall before its momentous fall in 1989.

Berlin: City Sightseeing Tour in the unique + comfy BedBike

9. Berlin: City Sightseeing Tour in the unique + comfy BedBike

Relax while taking in the sights on this unique bed and bicycle tour in Berlin. Chill out under the sunshade on sunny days and stay toasty with seat heaters and blankets in cold weather. Check the time at the Alexanderplatz World Clock and capture photos of the iconic TV tower. Meet your guide and hop aboard the bed bicycle. Let your guide do the peddling for you while you lounge. Start your tour in amid the modern Alexanderplatz and ride past the imposing TV tower, the Baroque Revival Neptun Fountain, and the Red City Hall. Get your camera ready as you ride past the Baroque Berlin Castle and the Berlin Cathedral. Admire the museum complex next to the Spree river at Museum Island and soak up the atmosphere in Gendarmenmarkt square. Play your own music using the Bluetooth connection.  Have the option of going by Brandenburg Gate und Potsdamer Platz. Extend the length of your tour by booking two tours in chronological order and get the extra15-minute break between tours included.

Berlin: All-in-One Famous Landmarks Guided Bus Tour

10. Berlin: All-in-One Famous Landmarks Guided Bus Tour

See all of the German capital’s iconic landmarks on this day tour on an air-conditioned bus. Learn about the city’s unique history from your passionate local tour guide on a whirlwind trip which includes the Alexanderplatz TV Tower, the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag and Museum Island. Your adventure through Berlin’s past and present will begin in front of the Charlottenburg Palace in west Berlin, where your local tour guide will give you a brief introduction to the capital of Germany before you board the bus and head east. First, travel through the former British sector along Berlin’s Champs-Élysées - Kurfürstendamm - past the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the KaDeWe, the largest department store in continental Europe. Then, continue east past the impressive parliament building, the Reichstag. At the iconic Brandenburg Gate, get off the bus to stroll through the historic arch and admire the sprawling Tiergarten. See the capital’s majestic Victory Column and a memorial to soviet soldiers. Then, take a moment to reflect at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. After some free time for lunch, journey to the spectacular Gendarmenmarkt and Berlin’s historic former Royal Quarter: the beautiful boulevard of Unter den Linden, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island, and the Berlin Cathedral. Then, discover Alexanderplatz with its iconic TV Tower. Continue south to the city’s Mitte district and visit  Checkpoint Charlie – the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Afterwards, pass through Potsdamer Platz on your way to one of the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall. Finish your tour with a poignant visit to the former site of the headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, today known as the Topography of Terror. You can choose to end your tour here and continue to explore the city alone or to be dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Museum Island

It was so good. Jonathan K was amazing. The best tour guide ever. He was so knowledgable. There was almost nothing he didn’t know. We caught him out with one question about something in Hamburg, so not even relevant, and he even googled it for us! He was brilliant. He was very funny and kept us interested throughout. He told such good stories about the different areas. I was so engrossed in everything he had to say. His English was brilliant, better than mine! 10/10 would recommend!

Fantastic boat trip along the river Spree. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to see Berlin in this way. We came from the UK and saw lots of great sites. Also friendly English speaking staff and tasty beer!!

Great Museum that gives the visitor a very good overview of the architecture used by various civilizations over a very long period of time. I definitely recommend it to everyone visiting Berlin!

The best way how to get to know the Berlin and it’s places what you want to explore more.

nice trip, the weather was also ideal, lovely staff on the ship, gladly again