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Berlin: 1-Hour City Sightseeing River Cruise

1. Berlin: 1-Hour City Sightseeing River Cruise

Join a 1-hour round-trip boat tour that starts close to Hackescher Markt. Sit back and relax as you learn about the captivating history of Berlin from the onboard audio guide commentary. First, cruise along the River Spree to the Eastern part of the city, where you will see the Berlin Cathedral, the newly inaugurated Humboldt Forum, and the Marstall concert hall. Turning in front of the Mühlendammschleuse head back westwards past the oldest part of Berlin, the Nikolaiviertel. A little bit further down the river, learn more about Museum Island before cruising past Friedrichstraße before entering the Parliament district. See the Reichstag building, the Berlin Central Station, as well as the Federal Chancellery. At the House of World Cultures, the boat will turn around again and bring you back to the pier.

Berlin: 3.5-Hour Spree & Landwehrkanal Boat Tour

2. Berlin: 3.5-Hour Spree & Landwehrkanal Boat Tour

Experience Berlin from a new perspective on a sightseeing cruise along the Landwehr Canal and River Spree. See more than 40 bridges and learn about their history, from modern structures to ancient bridges. Climb aboard the boat at Friedrichstrasse and let the fascinating blend of modernity and tradition inspire you on this relaxing and informational cruise through the German capital. With your audio guide (if option booked), learn the history behind each bridge as you sail. See Berlin from the water as you cruise past the German Museum of Technology, the famous Potsdamer Platz, and the interior ministry. Enjoy the unique view from aboard the boat.

Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

3. 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: 2-Hour Evening City Cruise

4. 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: Evening Sightseeing Tour by Bus

5. Berlin: Evening Sightseeing Tour by Bus

Avoid the daytime crowds and the hassle of navigating public transportation to catch all the highlights of Berlin. Hop on the one-stop sightseeing bus and experience the best views of the city from a double-decker bus on a 45-minute ride. During the trip, cruise past and through some of Berlin's most vibrant locations after darkness falls, including Alexanderplatz, the new Berlin Palace, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island, Potsdamer Platz, and the Topography of Terror. Take in spectacular views of the Berliner Fernsehturm, the Holocaust Memorial, and, of course, the Berlin Wall. Get a feel for the spirit of the city with multiple-language audioguides which shed light on the German capital's culture and history. Enjoy the convenience and efficiency of a sightseeing tour via modern bus.

Berlin: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour in German

6. Berlin: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour in German

Explore the city of Berlin on this fantastic comedy tour. Experience the rolling stand-up show and enjoy the entertainment by top comedians such as Cem Ali Gültekin, Thorsten Bär, or André Kaiser. Experience a unique combination of comedy, historical anecdotes, and spontaneous humor. Numerous gags, stories, and unusual acts make this tour through the German capital a truly unique experience. See the famous Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and Unter den Linden in the heart of Berlin. Listen to stories about the Rotes Rathaus and the Reichstag building.

Berlin: Driving Tour in a Trabant Limousine

7. Berlin: Driving Tour in a Trabant Limousine

Experience an informative and highly entertaining tour of Berlin in a Trabant Limousine. Ride in the unique Trabi-XXL and become the real highlight of the city yourself. Board the stretch Trabant and experience the impressed and excited reactions of passers-by: watch as people take photos of the extra-long Trabi, and wave and smile as you drive by. Explore Berlin like a true VIP in a very special and historical atmosphere in the Trabi, the former people’s car of the GDR. The stretch Trabi picks you up at any location in the city center and takes you and up to 4 friends or other guests on an eventful, entertaining, and fun tour through the city. The route can be tailored to suit your interests. You can either explore the main sights in Berlin or travel to other places that interest you. You can also make stops along the way to take photos or have a closer look at the sights. The tour gives you enough time to see main sights in the city, such as Pariser Platz, the Brandenburg Gate, the Government Quarter, the German Chancellery, the Reichstag building, Berlin Central Station, the House of World Cultures, Bellevue Palace, the Victory Column, Straße des 17. Juni, the Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz, Sony Center, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichrichstraße, Gendarmenmarkt, Schlossplatz, Humboldtforum, Nikolaiviertel, Mitte, the TV Tower, Alexanderplatz, Unter den Linden, Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island with the important museums, the State Opera, Humboldt University, and many more. Have great fun and a truly individualized tour through the city. Enjoy that star feeling in a unique Trabi Limousine and see all the top sights Berlin has to offer.

Berlin: Pergamon & New Museum Tour and Museum Island Pass

8. Berlin: Pergamon & New Museum Tour and Museum Island Pass

Hosted by an expert guide, you will not only be able to admire the impressive artifacts and architectural structures, you will also take a journey through history and gain a critical understanding of the collection's relationship to Berlin's past and present. Hear stories about how heavily destroyed the museums were after the end of WWII when the Museum Island was almost a complete ruin. Only in 1999 was Museum Island awarded UNESCO status. This tour will introduce you to the Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Egyptian, Antique art and culture. The guide gives a very detailed explanation of how these cultures began, why they were important throughout history and what is their heritage today. Visit the famous Ishtar Gate, learn when it was built and why, as well as the beautiful bust of Nefertiti and the Market Gate of Miletus. After the tour, visit the remaining museums of the Museum Island at your own pace. The Bode Museum offers sculptures dated in the Middle Ages up until the early Renaissance and a collection of artifacts from Byzantine art. If you wish to see ancient Greek and Roman decorative art, you should visit the Altes Museum that contains a permanent collection of ancient Greek and Roman vases and statues. In the Alte Nationalgalerie, you can enjoy exhibitions of Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist and Modernist art.

Berlin Segway Tour

9. Berlin Segway Tour

See Berlin by Segway and discover all of the highlights, from the Brandenburg Gate to the Reichstag while learning about the fascinating history and stories from an experienced guide. Practice riding the Segway in a large courtyard before taking to the streets. Don't worry if it's your first time on a Segway, you will enjoy the large boulevards that Berlin offers for easy gliding. Hear these stories to life from, World War II and the events of the Holocaust, to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. Explore the modern appeal of Berlin, through its street art and contemporary installations. Get a renewed appreciation for Berlin and a better idea as to which sites you would like to go back and visit on your own.

Discover Berlin Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Museum Island

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4.8 / 5

based on 2,072 reviews

Cian was my tour guide and I had a great experience the tour was really interesting highlighting all the main history points and covering all the main sights I wanted to see while in the city for a short time. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting.

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!!

Nice tour, learned a lot, fast drink service. Only the German announcements about the sights were a bit quiet.

The evening boat trip is definitely recommended. You get to know such beautiful hidden and dreamy corners.

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