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From Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial Half-Day Tour

1. From Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial Half-Day Tour

Travel north of Berlin by train and take a poignant guided tour of Sachsenhausen Memorial. See the remaining structures, learn of the site’s dark history, and take in emotive memorials dedicated to the camp’s victims. Witness what remains of the facilities that housed the guards, staff, and the prisoners. Enter at guard tower “A” and stand on the registration compound, before seeing the Jewish barracks, boot testing track, and gallows. Continue to the camp’s hospital and pathology laboratory before arriving at the grizzly Station Z building, which contained a crematorium and killing facilities Learn how the camp came to be during Nazi Germany, what conditions were like inside the camp during World War II, and how at last prisoners were liberated at the end of the war. While many of the camp’s stories are grim and heartbreaking, you will also hear inspiring tales of resistance and survival as you walk past commemorative monuments and plaques paying tribute to the camp’s victims and survivors.

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Berlin: Scavenger Hunt for School Classes and Families

2. 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.

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From Berlin: Small-Group Sachsenhausen Memorial Walking Tour

3. From Berlin: Small-Group Sachsenhausen Memorial Walking Tour

Take a trip to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and learn about a somber but important chapter in Germany's history. Constructed in 1936 by the SS, it was built to detain all opposition to the Nazi regime. After meeting your guide in Berlin, hop on a train to Oranienburg, approximately 25 minutes outside of Berlin. Arrive at Sachsenhausen Memorial Site after a 30-minute stroll from the train station.  Start your guided experience at the Camp Administration Center, now an on-site museum, but formerly the base for overseeing the Third Reich’s 32 main camps and 1000+ satellite camps.  As you tour the site, find out from your guide about what conditions were like inside the camp, the infamous ‘Death March’ ahead of the camp’s liberation in 1945, and how the camp was used by the Soviets afterward.  Listen to stories of revolt by Jewish prisoners in 1942, defiance by British prisoners of war, and sabotage by Soviet and Polish prisoners.  Hear first-hand about the people there: different prisoner groups, their fates, and familiar names imprisoned in the camp, including Stalin’s son.  After the tour, be accompanied by your guide back to the center of Berlin.  Sites that might be visited on the tour include the following:  • Camp Administration Center (formerly the Concentration Camps Inspectorate) • Station Z • Watchtower • Commandant's House • Jewish Barracks • Punishment Cells • Pathology Laboratory • Infirmary • Special Camp 1/7 • SS Training Camp • Gallows

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Berlin: JetSim Flight Simulator Experience

4. Berlin: JetSim Flight Simulator Experience

Be a pilot for a day and take your first flight with the JetSim Flight Simulator in the cockpit of an Airbus A 320. Fly from one of 24,000 airports around the world to enjoy the indescribable feeling of being above the clouds. Discuss your flight plan with your personal JetSim flight instructor, whose real flight experience is at your disposal, then choose your weather conditions, the season and your destination. After a short introduction, begin your personal flight experience, guided the whole time by your trusty co-pilot, who can advise you along the way. At the end of the day, earn your simulator license and have a few memento photographs taken.

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Berlin: Scavenger Hunt Through Friedrichshain (in German)

5. Berlin: Scavenger Hunt Through Friedrichshain (in German)

Explore Berlin on your own with the aid of playing cards that will take you to a variety of locations around Friedrichshain. Enjoy a varied tour you can customize yourself while getting to know some funny stories and solving puzzles. Decide for yourself where to spend how much time and enjoy an interesting tour in a playful way. Starting at the old slaughterhouse, continue to the Samariterkirche. Not far from Boxhagener Platz and Simon-Dach-Straße, the Spree River is spanned by the Oberbaumbrücke at the eastern harbor. Right on the river bank, you will also find the East Side Gallery and the O2 World. The tour will end at the impressive Volkspark Friedrichshain with the fairy tale fountain and the Friedhof der Märzgefallenen. The City Game Box will contain 16 sealed and numbered envelopes with puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear and unambiguous directions, make your way on foot through Berlin. Solve the puzzles and let the clues lead you to the next destination. Decide for yourself when to start your Scavenger Hunt City Tour, and how much time to spend at each location. Embark on an enigmatic and extraordinary tour, and take a break from your City Game Seductive Berlin whenever you feel like it, or even continue your scavenger hunt on a different day – it’s completely up to you.

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Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

6. Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

Start your Potsdam sightseeing adventure from the comfort of your accommodation in Berlin. Here, your driver will be waiting to pick you up. After a short meet and greet you and your group will hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and set off to Potsdam.  Enjoy the luxury of a schedule that can be completely customized to your needs. You also have the ability to combine your 4-hour Potsdam tour with a Berlin city tour. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will ride in a business class vehicle, equipped with air-conditioning and a microphone, allowing you to learn from your professional and informative driver. When traveling through Potsdam, you'll can see the following sites: Glienicke Palace, Babelsberg Palace, Glienicke Bridge, Palace and Park Sanssouci, New Palace, Orangerieschloss, New Chambers, Charlottenhof, Cecilienhof, Dutch Quarter and the Potsdam old city center. You will also have the chance to stop at some of these sites and enter the premises. Finish your tour with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Berlin and enjoy an evening of rest after a day of adventure. 

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From Berlin: Private Potsdam Half-Day Tour

7. From Berlin: Private Potsdam Half-Day Tour

Explore Potsdam’s main attractions, baroque streets, and elegant castles on a guided walking tour from Berlin. Take the train to the city of kings and Kaisers and learn about the city’s long history and faithful restoration. Marvel at the Rococo style at Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and uncover the hidden secrets of its architecture. Learn how Frederick expanded the city magnificently during his time as a patron of the arts and where he is buried in Sanssouci. Pass the Church of Peace in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park, which is referred to as "the German Versailles". Continue through elegant streets, manicured gardens, and charming water fountains and discover the Dutch Quarter and the impressive Nauener Gate. Go to Cecilienhof Palace to learn why Potsdam is so important to the history of World War II. Hear how Stalin, Churchill, and Truman divided Germany during the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Arrive lakeside to admire the Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins and continue along the banks of the Havel River. Here, cross the Glienicke Bridge, better known as the "Bridge of Spies", to see where the CIA and KGB exchanged secret agents.

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Scavenger Hunt through Berlin

8. Scavenger Hunt through Berlin

Enjoy a unique tour of Berlin and adventure through the city unraveling riddles. If you are up to the challenge, Berlin awaits! The starting point of the "City Route I" is at the World Time Clock at Alexanderplatz. Then, head to the TV Tower, which has a viewing platform with wonderful views over the city (tickets not included). Continue on to the Rotes Rathaus and the Berlin Cathedral, where you’ll find further activities for the scavenger hunt. Then, visit the Museum Island with its 5 fantastic museums. Take a break there or visit one of the museums, such as the Pergamon Museum or the Neues Museum with stunning bust of Nefertiti. Find more tasks at Gendarmenmarkt, the beautiful square with French and German Cathedrals. Continue on to Pariser Platz and the Brandenburg Gate before experiencing the atmosphere at the Holocaust Memorial. Head on to Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie but don't forget to solve those riddles. How the scavenger hunt through Berlin works: In the box there are between 8 and 16 closed and numbered envelopes. These include small tasks that need to be solved. With clear and understandable directions, you make your way through Berlin on foot. Solve the riddles and find your way to the next attraction in the city. At each location you will receive extensive background information.

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From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

9. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

Explore Potsdam’s main attractions, baroque streets, and elegant castles on a guided walking tour from Berlin. Take the train to the city of kings and Kaisers and learn about the city’s long history and faithful restoration. Marvel at the Rococo style at Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and uncover the hidden secrets of its architecture. Learn how Frederick expanded the city magnificently during his time as a patron of the arts and where he is buried in Sanssouci. Pass the Church of Peace in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park, which is referred to as "the German Versailles". Continue through elegant streets, manicured gardens, and charming water fountains and discover the Dutch Quarter and the impressive Nauener Gate. Go to Cecilienhof Palace to learn why Potsdam is so important to the history of World War II. Hear how Stalin, Churchill, and Truman divided Germany during the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Arrive lakeside to admire the Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins and continue along the banks of the Havel River. Here, cross the Glienicke Bridge, better known as the "Bridge of Spies", to see where the CIA and KGB exchanged secret agents.

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Berlin: 3-Hour Yacht Sailing Experience with Sailing Lesson

10. Berlin: 3-Hour Yacht Sailing Experience with Sailing Lesson

Spend time on the water during your visit to Berlin. Sail along Wannsee Lake and Havel River on a 39-foot offshore cruiser. Learn to handle the yacht or simply sit back and relax. Your 3-hour sailing experience begins at the harbor next to the House of the Wannsee Conference. Sail in the Wannsee Lake and down Havel River amongst nature and many well-known sites of Berlin. Learn from the professional skipper how to steer the yacht, handles the ropes, or watch how they maneuver the yacht. If you prefer, simply just lay back, relax, and enjoy the sun. During your sailing experience, snacks and drinks will be available onboard.

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5 best day trips from Berlin

Day trip to Leipzig

1. Day trip to Leipzig

The cultural hub of Leipzig is an enriching day trip from Berlin. In the 20th-century, Leipzig was a leading urban area of East Germany, and visitors today can take a walk through history from that era up to the present at the Forum of Contemporary History. Art lovers can peruse the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts, while classical music fans can visit the Bach Museum before paying respects at the composer’s tomb in St. Thomas Church. Get off your feet for a bit at Coffe Baum, a historic cafe that’s been open since 1686.

How far is Leipzig from Berlin?

Situated about 160 kilometers (99 miles) from Berlin, the ICE express train can get you to Leipzig in 70 minutes. By car, the journey is closer to two hours, depending on traffic. Express buses can take anywhere from an hour to two hours, depending on the time of day.

Day trip to Dresden

2. Day trip to Dresden

Taking a day trip to Dresden is an excellent way to get to know the city sitting on the Elbe River. Easily accessible from Berlin, the Saxon city is renowned for its splendid royal buildings. Though many have been rebuilt from ruins, sites like Zwinger and the Hofkirche are as majestic as ever. Stop into the city’s iconic Frauenkirche, which was rebuilt from its own rubble after sitting as ruins for 60 years. While walking around the city, always make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the incredible street art.

How far is Dresden from Berlin?

The 193 kilometers (120 miles) between Berlin and Dresden take around two hours by car (without traffic) or by Eurocity train. The bus is the most affordable option and will take two and a half hours.

Day trip to Wannsee

3. Day trip to Wannsee

The two lakes of Wannsee are a popular escape from the heart of the city for locals and travelers, alike. A retreat for the rich and famous, this picturesque area boasts a collection of luxurious villas; you can get a glimpse into this lavish lakeside life at the Liebermann Villa. Wannsee is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the elegant Jagdschloss Glienicke, and the Phaueninsel castle. Of course, during nice weather this large lake region is full of sun-worshipers enjoying the outdoors and water recreation.

How far is Wannsee from Berlin?

Located in the west of Berlin, Wannsee is an easy 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the center of Berlin. You can get there in just 30 minutes by car or public transportation.

Day trip to Hamburg

4. Day trip to Hamburg

Head north for the day to explore the northern port city of Hamburg. Known for its maritime importance and heritage, can learn about the city’s history at the Internationale Maritime Museum. But this hip city is more than boats and cargo. Tour the Speicherstadt — the largest warehouse district in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, check out the St. Pauli Piers, or see the modern design of the Elbphilharmonie. If you have time, the nightlife in the St. Pauli district is unforgettable — and where The Beatles honed their musical chops.

How far is Hamburg from Berlin?

The express train is by far the fastest option to Hamburg, making the 285-kilometer (177 miles) trip in just 90 minutes. For more affordable options, traveling by bus or car will take closer to two and a half to three hours.

Day trip to Szczecin

5. Day trip to Szczecin

Head over the eastern border of Germany for an adventure in Szczecin, Poland. This charming seaport city on the Oder River offers travelers a delightful day of culture and sightseeing. Not to be missed is the commanding Ducal castle, once the seat of the dukes of Pomerania. Don’t miss the old town, or stare miasto, with its colorful facades and town hall, which now houses a museum and the Wyszak Brewery. Architecture fans should head to Solidarity Square to see the ultra-modern Szczecin Philharmonic building.

How far is Szczecin from Berlin?

However you travel, the journey of 143 kilometers (88 miles) from Berlin to Szczecin will take between two and three hours. The bus takes closer to three hours, while driving is usually around two. Travel by train ranges anywhere in between.

Berlin day trip FAQ

What are the best transportation options for my day trip?

There are several different ways to travel around for a day trip from Berlin. Your decision depends on your priorities and your preference.
  • • Berlin day trips by train

    The train is always a smart and efficient choice when traveling around Germany. Though it may not always be the cheapest option, trains to most popular destinations are frequent and on time, and often faster than driving in traffic.

  • • Berlin day trips by bus

    From Berlin, the bus is almost always the most affordable option for taking a day trip, though it may not be the quickest. Travel times for the bus tend to be about equal or slightly longer than driving. Local buses that make more stops may take significantly longer.

  • • Berlin day trips by car

    Having your own car gives you the freedom to do your day trip your way. You can take breaks to admire the scenery, or power through without any undesired stops. You can also access more rural areas faster than you would on public transportation.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

If you want to take your day trip to a whole new level, a guided tour is a great idea. Whether you’re visiting sites with long lines and ticket reservations or trying to combine three different locations into one trip, a guided tour can make it happen with minimal work for you.


What should I pack for my day trip?

What to bring on your trip always depends on a number of factors. If you’re taking a guided tour, they may provide you with meals, rain gear, and even souvenirs. Regardless of where you’re headed, cold weather clothes are necessary for the winter months.


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What people are saying about Berlin

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 3,435 reviews

We left on time, and it was easy to find the group. Hugo, our guide, has been giving the tour for 8 years and is super literate, he knew a lot about Saschenhousen and also shared it with pleasure and ease. I took my mother and grandmother with reduced mobility and the whole group went a little slower for them. Kindness to a thousand.

My husband and I have traveled to Berlin and we really enjoyed doing this tour. Essential to get an idea of what happened in the concentration camps. I give a 10 to our guide Montiel.

Steve was an amazing tour guide and we had so much fun. He was very informative and even found us food with most of the shops closed. Thank you Steve

Very good activity. The Guide is very polite and helpful, in addition to knowing the history very well. I am very pleased with the attraction.

Our guide was great !! It was very interesting. We learned a lot about it. I recommend this tour to everyone.