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Berlin: Plenary Chamber, Dome & Government District Tour

1. Berlin: Plenary Chamber, Dome & Government District Tour

On this guided tour of the parliament and government district of Berlin, you will get acquainted with some of Germany's political history. Begin your journey at Pariser Platz and continue to the parliament and government district. Learn more about famous buildings such as Hotel Adlon or Brandenburg Gate and see the sights from a different perspective. Cross the historical sector border at Brandenburg Gate and get interesting information on the Reichstag building and its complicated location at the Berlin Wall. Next, climb the dome of the Reichstag to learn more about the tasks and duties of the Bundestag. Hear the fascinating story behind the Reichstag building, its transformation into a modern landmark designed by Lord Foster, and about the interesting ecological concept Foster's work was built upon. Experience Berlin from above, enjoy the city's skyline, and learn more about the history of the city.

Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

2. Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

Discover some of the key landmarks of Berlin on a sightseeing boat tour. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the Spree to take in the sights at the heart of this bustling city.   Depart from Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel. Your 1-hour sightseeing tour will take you past the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), through the new Regierungsviertel (Government Quarter), all the way to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures). After turning at the Lutherbrücke (Luther Bridge), keep a look out for Schloss Bellevue (Bellevue Palace), the "Beamtenschlange" (civil servant housing), and the Siegessäule (Victory Column). Marvel at Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), Museumsinsel (Museum Island), and the Nikolaiviertal, the oldest residential area in Berlin. Arrive back either Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel to finish the tour.

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

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

Explore Berlin's top sights on a convenient hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Listen to facinating stories about the city with live commentary. Have the freedom to jump on or off throughout the validity of your ticket. Visit top areas like Tiergarten, Gendarmenmarkt, and Potsdamer. 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 14 - Unter den Linden 36 / Friedrichstraße 15 - Unter den Linden 74, Madame Tussauds Berlin (out of order) 16 - Brandenburg Gate, Ebertstraße 17 - Reichstag, Scheidemannstr. 18 - Hauptbahnhof, exit Rahel-Hirsch-Straße 19 - Haus der Kulturen der Welt 20 - Bellevue Palace 21 - Bikini Haus, Budapester Straße 22 - U-/S-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten

Berlin: Reichstag, Plenary Chamber, Cupola & Government Tour

4. Berlin: Reichstag, Plenary Chamber, Cupola & Government Tour

Join a guided walk through the government district. Visit the plenary chamber and dome of the Reichstag building and gain insight into the history of the district on this 60-minute walk along the River Spree. See the old government buildings as well as the modern government and parliament buildings built after 1995. See Jakob-Kaiser-Haus, Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, and the Federal Chancellery. Pass through the security check to get into the Reichstag building. Listen to an interesting talk in the plenary chamber, and learn about German parliamentary history as well as interesting details about the Reichstag building itself. Hear about the history and architecture of the building as well as the reconstruction by British architect Sir Norman Foster that transformed it into one of the most modern and innovative parliament buildings in the world. Step onto the roof terrace and witness the glass dome of the Reichstag building. From here, enjoy the breathtaking views of Berlin. Stay up on top of the Reichstag for as long as you like, as long as it is not after closing time at midnight.

Berlin: Government Quarter Tour and Reichstag Dome Visit

5. Berlin: Government Quarter Tour and Reichstag Dome Visit

Discover the highlights in Berlin's government district on a guided tour. Hear a local guide tell you exciting stories about the history and politics of Berlin. See modern buildings, important monuments, and landmarks of the city. After the tour, visit the Reichstag on your own. There will be an ID check at the entrance to the Reichstag building. The guide ends the tour at the security checkpoint at the Reichstag entrance. You will be asked to provide your details in advance. You will receive all the information and a link to a time slot. Then you can visit the dome. You can also visit the plenary hall below the dome. The visit is free of charge. Enjoy breathtaking views from the roof terrace and dome. See the Parliamentary Quarters, the German Chancellery, modern Potsdamer Platz, and the iconic Brandenburg Gate.  See the Berlin Cathedral from a completely different perspective and keep an eye out for the Rathaus (City Hall) and the famous TV tower. 

Berlin: Sights and Highlights Bike Tour

6. Berlin: Sights and Highlights Bike Tour

Glide through the streets of Berlin on a city bike tour. Follow your guide through the bustling capital and admire passing landmarks, including Prenzlauer Berg, Museum Island, and the Berlin Wall. Start in the painstakingly restored Kulturbrauerei in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg district. From there, ride to the most important highlights and hidden corners in the city. The tour takes you through the Government District, past Berlin Central Station, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial. Pass by the famous Berlin Wall, the Gendarmenmarkt, and the Museum Island. Ride at a relaxed pace and during the brief stops, listen to your guide's explanations. Learn the diverse stages of the history of Berlin, from Prussian pomp and ceremony to the rapid changes after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Berlin Reichstag and Glass Dome Private Tour

7. Berlin Reichstag and Glass Dome Private Tour

See some of Berlin's most impressive modern architecture on a private tour of the parliamentary quarter in your choice of language. Learn how the German capital has changed in recent years. Learn interesting facts behind the historic edifice of the Reichstag building, now transformed with an iconic glass dome. Enjoy stunning views from the roof of the building where parliament sits and the government has its offices. See landmark attractions, such as Berlin Cathedral, Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate from a completely different perspective. Look out too for the TV Tower and iconic ruins of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Berlin: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in classic VW Bus

8. 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

Berlin: Government District, Chancellery, and Reichstag Tour

9. Berlin: Government District, Chancellery, and Reichstag Tour

Experience an informative guided tour in the government quarter of Berlin. Stop at the Chancellery, the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag, and many more highlights of this unique part of the city while you discover the political center of Germany. Learn about Berlin's eventful history and ask your questions as your guide takes you to some of the most significant places in this district. Think about how Berlin could be redesigned after the Wall, see the ribbon of the federal government and spot the symbolic bridge between the east and west. Start the tour at the Futurium and then cross the Spree as you wander from former East to West. Witness how modern buildings dominate the cityscape. Marvel at works of art along the Berlin Wall and get to know more about the history of the site. Along the tour, discover some of the best photo spots in the center of Berlin. Receive some great local insights on this German-language guided tour. The guided tour ends outside the Reichstag where you will learn more about the tasks and duties of the parliament and the story behind a building that has played such a significant role in German history. There are dates for German speaking regular tours and dates for English speaking regular tours. Please pay close attention to the right choice. Translations are not possible. The German language tour is guided only in German language. The English speaking tour is guided in English only.

Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Day Tour in Double-Decker Bus

10. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Day Tour in Double-Decker Bus

Discover the sights of Berlin and experience the city. Get up close to the sights of your choice according to your interests. At 20 stations, take the chance to get on and off the bus. See the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag or Kurfürstendamm, all at your own pace. The buses run every 25 minutes, so you can make a round trip whenever you wish. See the following sights: 1. U Kurfürstendamm / Kranzler: Café Kranzler 2. Kurfürstendamm: Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church 3. KaDeWe / Wittenbergplatz 4. Lützowplatz 5. Kulturforum: Gemäldegalerie, Berliner Philharmonie, Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts), St. Matthäus-Kirche 6. Potsdamer Platz: Sony Center, Berlin State Library, Transfer to PanoramaPunkt 7. Martin-Gropius-Bau: Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin, Bundesrat 8. Checkpoint Charlie: Museum Haus at Checkpoint Charlie 9. Gendarmenmarkt 10. Bebelplatz / Berlin State Opera 11. Rotes Rathaus / TV Tower / Alex: Käthe Kollwitz Museum 12. Karl-Liebknecht-Str.: Sealife 13. Berlin Cathedral / Lustgarten: Altes Museum 14. Unter den Linden / University: City Library Berlin 15. Unter den Linden / Friedrichstr. 16. Holocaust Memorial 17. Brandenburg Gate 18. Reichstag / Tiergarten 19. Hauptbahnhof (Central Train Station) 20. Bellevue Palace

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This was easy to book, the driver and guide were friendly, helpful and informative and we had a lovely day out finding out all about Berlin. We'd love to do the trip again and look forward to seeing Berlin in all her glory in the summer.

Our guide, Stephan, was amazing. His knowledge and personal experience was just incredibly interesting. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Well worth the tour.

The driver was very nice and friendly, explained us well the technical side of the trip.

Fantastic experience!! Something really different, couldn’t recommend it highly enough

The whole experience was amazing. Learnt a lot about the parliament.