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Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

1. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

Explore Berlin's top sights on a convenient hop-on hop-off tour. The complete route will take around 2 hours although you'll have the freedom to jump on or off throughout the validity of your ticket. If, for example, you start your tour at Kurfürstendamm, you will pass the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and reach KaDeWe, one of Europe’s largest shopping centers, through Tauentzienstraße. Next you continue on to Lützowplatz and the embassy district at the Tiergarten and over to the Philarmonic and the West Berlin Kulturforum. The next stop is the historically significant Potsdamer Platz. In the 1930s, it was one of the most public squares in Berlin. After the Second World War, this was no man’s land, where the Berlin Wall divided the city. Today, seeing the vibrant life and the newly erected towers reminiscent of New York’s urban canyons, you will hardly believe that for years there was nothing here other than the Berlin Wall, spring-guns and GDR soldiers. Also, the Legoland Discovery Center is on Potsdamer Platz. From there, continue to Berlin’s other important historical sites. In the Niederkirchner Straße you can find the city parliament, the Martin-Gropius-Bau, a museum with changing exhibitions, the Topography of Terror, which exhibits the history of the Nazis and of the Jews’ suffering under the Nazis, as well as the Ministry of Finance, which was once the Nazi Ministry of Aviation. From there you drive on to Checkpoint Charlie, one of the former border crossings between East and West Berlin. A permanent exhibition looks back at the Cold War period. On Friedrichstraße you come across one of the nicest spots in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt, with two similar buildings, the German and French Cathedrals. The Konzerthaus Berlin is in the middle of the square. After the Gendarmenmarkt it’s on to Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower. The stop for these sights is the Neptune Fountain. This used to be the Berlin City Palace. Here you will also have the opportunity to go shopping. The next stop is Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, in front of the Radisson Hotel. From here you can transfer on to a boat if you wish to experience Berlin by boat as well as bus. Also, the Aquadom, Sealife Berlin and the Berlin Dungeon are located at this stop, as well as the Berlin Cathedral, which holds the sarcophagi of the Hohenzollern family. From here you can also admire the golden dome of the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße. The “Hackeschen Höfe” are only a few minutes away. Next you'll go over the glamorous street Unter den Linden to the Museum Island, Bebelplatz, Humboldt University and to the stops Unter den Linden 36 (Friedrichstrasse) at ZDF Capital City Studios and Unter den Linden 74, where one of Berlin’s most important attractions is located: Madame Tussauds Berlin. From here the ride continues to the Brandenburg Gate. On the way you will see the UK, Russia, France and US embassies, followed by the Holocaust Memorial. The stop there is at Platz des 18. März. The road leads on past the Reichstag and the government district. You will soon reach the new Hauptbahnhof. From here you have the world-famous view of the German Chancellery, the Reichstag and – as a special surprise – Berlin’s “Fujiyama”. Finally you will cross Berlin’s ‘green lung’, the Tiergarten. This park is bigger than New York’s Central Park. The tour then brings you past the Congress Hall to the stop at Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the President of Germany. From here you can also see the Siegessäule with the golden Victoria statue at the top. On the way back to Kurfürstendamm you will see, for example, the old Hauptbahnhof of former West Berlin, the Technical University and much more. The stops: 01 - Kurfürstendamm 231 (in front of Karstadt) 02 - KaDeWe (main entrance) 03 - Lützowplatz (opposite Hotel Berlin) 04 - Philharmonic / Kulturforum 05 - Potsdamer Platz (at Kolhoff-Tower) 06 - Potsdamer Platz / Linkstraße 07 - Topography of Terror 08 - Checkpoint Charlie (at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum) 09 - Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafen- / Taubenstraße 10 - Alexanderplatz, Red City Hall, Neptunbrunnen (not in service during the Christmas market in December) 11 - Karl-Liebknecht Str. 5, (to the boat) 12 - Museumsinsel 13 - Humboldt University / Bebelplatz 14 - Unter den Linden 36 / Friedrichstraße 15 - Unter den Linden 74, Madame Tussauds Berlin 16 - Brandenburg Gate, Ebertstraße 17 - Reichstag, Scheidemannstr. 18 - Hauptbahnhof, exit Rahel-Hirsch-Straße 19 - Haus der Kulturen der Welt 20 - Bellevue Palace / Siegessäule / Tiergarten 21 - Bikini Haus, Budapester Straße 22 - U-/S-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten

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

2. 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 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off boat tour ticket that you can redeem at any time. Or, add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. 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

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EasyCityPass Berlin: Public Transportation and Discounts

3. EasyCityPass Berlin: Public Transportation and Discounts

Discover the exciting city of Berlin with the EasyCityPass and benefit from many advantages. The EasyCityPass offers you an inexpensive ticket for public transportation as well as discounts from many different cooperation partners from a wide variety of industries. The discount partners come from the areas of gastronomy, culture & stage, shopping, fun & action, sightseeing, specials and nightlife. It is practical for families that the EasyCityPass allows up to three children until the age of 14 years to travel free of charge. Together with your EasyCityPass, you will receive a flyer detailing the partners and their advantages. The locations of the attractions are also listed together with the respective public transport connections. Discount list (subject to change) Places of Interest: Alternative Berlin Tours -2 EUR Berlin Dungeon -20% Madame Tussauds -20% Stadt im Ohr -20 % Teufelsberg guided tours -20% Illuseum Berlin -10% Culture and Stage:   Friedrichstadt Palace -10% Tipi am Kanzeleramt -5.50 EUR Wintergarten Varieté -25% Gastronomy:   Berlin Kaffeerösterei 1 free espresso eliza - Café & Lieblingsstücke -10% Nocti Vagus Dunkelrestaurant with show stage -10% Fun and Action:   Dockx schwarzlicht Minigolf & Lasertag -1.40 EUR Exit The Room (Berlin) -15% JetSim flight simulation -10% LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Berlin -20% SeaLife Berlin -20% Stand Up Paddling -20% Segwaytour Berlin -10 EUR

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Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

4. Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

The new Berlin World Balloon is as unique as the city itself and one of the largest helium balloons in the world. The World Balloon has become something of a second icon of Berlin and draws countless visitors each day. Ascend to a height of 150 meters in total silence in a gondola secured by an extremely strong steel cable. Hover over Berlin from this height and enjoy an unobstructed view in every direction. Exactly in the center of Berlin, the World Balloon floats above Checkpoint Charlie, the buildings around the Axel Springer building, the Sony Center and the Brandenburg Gate. Get a unique look at historic Berlin and an incredible view of the new heart of Europe. On warm summer weekends, you can enjoy the beautifully-lit skyline of the capital after dinner with family and friends.

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Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Ticket

5. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Ticket

Explore Berlin and learn about the city’s history and sights via audio commentary, available in several languages. Experience the beauty of the forests, parks, gardens, rivers, and lakes that cover nearly a third of the city. This city has witnessed many groundbreaking historical events. See the corresponding sites, as well as the city's most famous streets and squares, with your ticket for this hop-on hop-off tour. The Classic Route gives you the chance to see all the main sights of the city, including the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the East Side Gallery, to name just a few. Tour stops on the Classic Route: 1. Kurfürstendamm 216 2. Tauentzienstraße 3. KaDeWe 4. Lützowplatz 5. Kulturforum Tiergarten 6. Potsdamer Platz / Balzac 7. Gropiusbau 8. Checkpoint Charlie 9. Gendarmenmarkt 10. Neptunbrunnen / Rotes Rathaus 11. Alexanderplatz / Park Inn 12. Karl-Marx-Allee 13. East Side Gallery 14. Ostbahnhof 15. DomAquarée 16. Lustgarten 17. Unter den Linden / Friedrichstraße 18. Brandenburger Tor 19. Hauptbahnhof 20. Siegessäule / Hofjägerallee 21. Elefantentor 22. Café Kranzler

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Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise

6. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise

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 along the red or blue route 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. A choice of two walking tours is included with premium and deluxe tickets. Delve even further into Berlin’s fascinating past and present on one of the two following Big Bus Berlin walking tours: 1) Walking Tour Government District: On this 60-minute walk, you’ll discover the interesting architecture of Berlin’s modern Government District, built after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Tour begins at stop #13: Brandenburg Gate. Operates daily at 11:30 AM in English and German. 2) Walking Tour Berlin History: Your guide will take you on a 90-minute walking tour 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. Tour begins at stop #13: Brandenburg Gate. Operates daily at 1:00 PM in English and German River cruise included with deluxe ticket: experience Berlin from a different perspective on a 1-hour river cruise on the River Spree right in the heart of the city. Admire unbeatable views of the Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, Nikolai Quarter, and Museum Island. Location: BWSG Pier ‘Alte Börse‘, Burgstrasse 27. 5 minutes’ walk from stop #11: Museumsinsel Red Route (tour duration 2 hours): combines iconic landmarks and opportunities to appreciate the arts, with the greener side of this city and the explosive food scene. Bus stops include: • Ku’Damm • KaDeWe Department Store • Brandenburg Gate • Reichstag • Victory Column • Checkpoint Charlie • Berlin Wall • Holocaust Memorial • Gendarmenmarkt Square • Potsdamer Platz • Topography of Terror • Alexanderplatz • Alexa Shopping Centre • Neptune Fountain • Museum Island • Madame Tussauds • Central Station • Bellevue Palace Blue route (tour duration: 40 minutes): experience old berlin, stopping at the monumental boulevard Karl-Marx-Allee and the most symbolic landmark of unified Berlin, the East Side Gallery. Bus stops include: • Alexanderplatz • Karl-Marx-Allee • Ostbahnhof • East Side Gallery

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Berlin: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in classic VW Bus

7. Berlin: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in classic VW Bus

Discover all the important sights from the almost 800-year city history of Berlin. Travel the guided route through small but interesting side roads, so that your friendly chauffeur can tell you about the different eras of Berlin in just two hours. You also get to know almost forgotten places and discover the origins of the city. A photo booklet, which is tailored to the individual locations of the tour, gives you an exciting impression of the past and the interior of the various sights during the journey, thus completing the overall picture. The route includes: • Berlin Cathedral • Lustgarten • Old museum • Alte Nationalgalerie • Neues Museum • Pergamon Museum • Bode Museum • Berlin State Library • Maxim Gorki Theater • German Historical Museum • Neue Wache • Alte Kommandantur • Kronprinzenpalais • Prinzessinnenpalais • Humboldt University • Berlin State Opera • Bebelplatz • Altes Palais • Unter den Linden • Pariser Platz • Brandenburg Gate • Reichstag • Government district • Federal Chancellery • Central Station • Moltke Bridge • Kongresshalle • Bellevue Palace • Siegessäule • Scandinavian embassies • Zoologischer Garten • Theater des Westens • Savignyplatz • Kurfürstendamm • Gedächtniskirche • Tauentzienstraße • KaDeWe • Embassy district • Berliner Philharmonie • Kulturforum • Potsdamer Platz • Berlin Wall • Niederkirchner Straße • Anhalter Station • Holocaust Memorial • Führer Bunker • Reich Chancellery • Friedrichstraße • Checkpoint Charlie • Gendarmenmarkt • Berlin City Palace • Jungfern Bridge • Galgenhaus • Rotes Rathaus • TV Tower • Neptune Fountain • St. Mary's Church

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Berlin: City Highlights Bike Tour

8. Berlin: City Highlights Bike Tour

Cycle through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a bike tour with an expert guide cycling by your side. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture, see important historical sites and famous monuments, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide, pick your bike, and set off to discover the German capital. Peddle alongside the River Spree, make your way over to the picturesque Museum Island, and marvel at the magnificent green domes of Berlin’s Cathedral. Cross the iconic Brandenburger Gate, peddle past the Reichstag, and take in the lush scenery of the Tiergarten’s green spaces and its majestic Victory Column. Here you can take a moment to commemorate WWII victims as you overlook the Holocaust Memorial. Admire the beautiful architectural ensemble at Gendarmenmarkt square and continue towards the notorious Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about the historical site and get a chance to see remnants of the Berlin Wall. Snap pictures of colorful graffiti art and get a taste of local life as you ride past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries in trendy neighborhoods. Head back to return your bike and don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

9. Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

Hear about the tumultuous contemporary history of Berlin in a nutshell on a two-hour small-group or private walking tour. Meet your tour guide in front of the Brandenburg Gate, the site of many changes in 20th-century Berlin. Listen to expert commentary about the last days of the Second World War and hear how the gate came to be a symbol of reunification in Germany after 1989.  Next, learn about the curious Reichstag Fire of 1933 as you pass the German House of Parliament. Here you’ll delve deep into the key events that took place after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933, what happened to this building since the fall of the wall in 1989 and how it is used today. Continue your whistlestop sightseeing tour via the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, you’ll have the chance to examine Soviet military hardware, tangible sources of the history of the city.  From here you’ll move onto the impactful Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a poignant dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. After seeing the site of Hitler’s Bunker you’ll progress onto Hermann Göring's enormous Ministry of Aviation building, later the site of the founding of the GDR in 1949. Next, you’ll head to see where the SS and the Gestapo institutions were located. Contemplate life on both sides of the Berlin Wall while gathering around a 200-meter long stretch of the wall. Despite the wall falling 30 years ago, standing here allows you to absorb the very palpable history of the city. Round off the walk with a stop at Checkpoint Charlie, where your guide will finish the tour with anecdotes about the infamous American versus Soviet tank standoff and the final hours before the wall fell.

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Berlin: Virtual Reality Time Travel to Divided Berlin

10. Berlin: Virtual Reality Time Travel to Divided Berlin

On your tour of divided Berlin, 3 exciting activities await. First, experience a view through the wall and get an idea of what daily life was like in both West and East Germany. How did people live in these 2 worlds that couldn't be any more different? At the second stop, meet 3 contemporary witnesses and hear their personal stories. Which story touched you the most? It's up to you; whoever you choose will be your guide on your trip through divided Berlin. The highlight of the tour is the virtual reality experience. Begin your journey from West to East Germany. Take a seat in the bus, put on the VR-glasses, and immerse yourself in the Berlin of the 80's. Next stop: Checkpoint Charlie.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Visiting The Checkpoint Today

    It is a massively popular tourist attraction fit with a replica of the iconic wooden shed, actors dressed as American soldiers and wartime souvenirs. The free open air exhibition is packed with history, and, for a more in-depth overview, the Museum Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie (or Mauer Museum) is open year round, open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM.

  • How to Get There

    Checkpoint Charlie is located off the Kochstraße stop on the U6 line.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Mauer Museum hours: 9:00AM - 10:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    Checkpoint Charlie is located outside and is free to look at. Tickets to the Mauer Museum cost €12.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide isn't required of course, but with so much history discover, it'd be worth it!
  • How to get there
    *Fahren Sie mit der U-Bahn (U6) zur Haltestelle Kochstraße. *
  • Additional information
    Bring your passport with you! If you ask nicely, the "border guards" will give you an Allied Forces crossing stamp.

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What people are saying about Checkpoint Charlie

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 12,586 reviews

We loved our guide Asaf! He made the tour fun, would joke around and talk with us when walking to the different locations and helped accommodate the tour for our grandfather when he got cold and needed to stand in the sun. He even found us a shop that sold hot chocolate during the tour! He made the experience great and taught us things that tv, documentaries and school never did.

Unfortunately we don't know the name of our guide anymore. But his expertise was huge. We got a great insight into the time after WWII, the division of Germany, the time in the GDR and after the fall of the Wall. The focus was on historical backgrounds, economic aspects and (private) stories and anecdotes. It was terrifying to hear how the Stasi worked ..

Our tour guide was Ciaran. He did an amazing job speaking to the history of Berlin from the rise of Hitler to the end of the Cold War while making the information engaging and entertaining. My wife isn’t a huge fan of history but really enjoyed the tour and our guide. Even though it was cold and lightly raining, the two hours zipped by. Highly recommend!

The guide Jamie was superb! He shared a lot of historical facts about the spots we visited and made the entire tour incredibly entertaining. I absolutely recommend the tour to all those who love to learn how the past impacts our present.

Great tour, with enthusiastic and very competent guide Jamie. Highly recommended!