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Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

1. Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

Discover Berlin's hidden back alleys on this walking tour. Enjoy a guided visit to 13 of the most iconic spots which showcase the typical urban Berlin atmosphere. See how people live, work, create and have fun in these small spaces. Stroll through the Scheunenviertel in Berlin-Mitte. Learn about the history of the development of this quarter, its transformation into the center of Jewish life around the New Synagogue, and how it became the trendy, colorful and international area that it is today.

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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.

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Berlin Dungeon: Entrance Ticket

3. Berlin Dungeon: Entrance Ticket

Professional actors take you on a journey through 800 years of Berlin’s history – from the medieval times to the 20th century. In 11 shows full of scares and fun you are going to experience the dark side of Berlin’s past. Will you lose yourself in fear or in mirth? Surprising special effects and authentic 360° scenery awaits you. A unique experience you will never forget. Uncover the legend of the dreaded White Lady, wander through the Labyrinth of the Hohenzollern and meet the most notorious serial killer Carl Großmann. The tour’s highlight is a ride with Berlin’s only freefall tower Exitus. Are you brave enough for the 12 meter drop into the unknown in total darkness? Only in October: "Home of Halloween"! Wander between live and death and experience the scraily true story of Halloween up close! More scares, more death, more blood, more fun and more truth are waiting for you during our special Halloween show at Berlin Dungeon! Your Halloween ticket includes a VIP Photo Pass and a Goodie Bag - book now only in October!

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Berlin: Private City Highlights Rickshaw Tour

4. Berlin: Private City Highlights Rickshaw Tour

Be driven around Berlin in your very own private electric rickshaw taxi. Make your own itinerary or go on one of the suggested tour routes and see the city’s top tourist attractions, historical monuments, and popular neighborhoods. Meet your guide/driver and set off to discover the German capital. You’ll zip by popular avenues, historic bridges over the Spree River, and through many areas that are unreachable by car like the Tiergarten. Ride past famous sites like the Berlin Wall at the Eastside Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, and of course the stunning Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities. Learn about the fascinating history of monuments you visit and get an insight into Berlin's modern day transformation and its vibrant culture.

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Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

5. Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

Start your urban underground tour of Berlin at the Hackescher Markt at the heart of the local cafe scene and then head to a unique courtyard loved by contemporary artists. Hear how it has survived against the odds and get insights into the alternative messages of the art on display. Hear local stories about Berlin's neighborhoods as you continue to the Pink Man graffiti by the famous street artist, Blu. Learn about his protest against the “gentrification” of the town’s alternative side and other ethical projects he’s involved in.  Then, it's time to relax with a drink at a hip beer garden by the Urban Spree and experience how Berliners like to spend their evenings. Pass the East Side Gallery, where artists from around the world have left their mark on the remains of the Berlin Wall. Stop at the smallest cinema in town, popular for showing international movies and its 70's flair. End by the Boxhagener Platz and discover a great place to relax and experience some more urban vibes.

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Berlin: Women of Berlin Walking Tour

6. Berlin: Women of Berlin Walking Tour

Find out all about feminism, fascism, resistance, and the fight for equality through the lives of the women of Berlin. Start your tour at Hackescher Markt, in the heart of Berlin's Mitte district. Cross over Museum Island and walk through the charming city center streets as you learn about Berlin's many extraordinary women. Discover the known and lesser known stories of feminist May Ayim, the world's first female Rabbi Regina Jonas, hear about Rosa Luxemburg and Marlene Dietrich, and learn how German women were left to remove the rubble from post-WWII Berlin’s streets by hand in 1945. Hear the story of how one girl that grew up in East Germany became one of the most powerful and respected world leaders of the modern age. Discuss the differing politics of feminism in East and West Germany, and take a hard look at the inequality which is still present in Berlin today.

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Berlin: Jewish Heritage and History Private Guided Tour

7. Berlin: Jewish Heritage and History Private Guided Tour

The Jews were spread worldwide after being exiled from their land. Many settled in central Europe, and still others came after the "The Spanish Expulsion", staying steadfast in keeping their old faith and customs amid constant persecutions. Germany, including Berlin, excluded the Jews from normal life, but the Jews were persistent in the face of attacks and eventually received full rights as citizens. From isolated ghettos and communities, the Jews climbed to an influential social position in economy, science, culture and the new emerging democratic politics of Germany until the Nazis took power. The tour will tell the amazing story of Jews in Germany and the Nazi attempt to eradicate them from Europe.

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Berlin: 3-hour Introductory Tour with a Historian

8. Berlin: 3-hour Introductory Tour with a Historian

Berlin has been at the epicenter of the most catastrophic conflicts of modern times but the seeds of these hostilities were planted centuries before. This 3-hour tour of Germany’ s capital city takes a broad view of the political and ideological forces that unleashed genocide and global war in the 20th century. Exploring Berlin’ s iconic landmarks while emphasizing the tumultuous Nazi and Cold War eras, you will learn how in the 1700s tiny Prussia’ s violent transformation into Europe’ s dominant military power already set the stage for the great tragedies of recent history. At the same time, your guide helps you to consider present-day Berlin’ s successes confronting its dark past and renewing itself as dynamic modern capital known for multiculturalism, tolerance and creativity. You begin at Potsdamer Platz, the business center which replaced the wasteland formerly known as East Germany’ s “Death Strip.” Following the path where the Berlin Wall once stood through to the historic Tiergarten Park, you take in the dramatic new Holocaust Memorial and the Reichstag. While the mysterious fire that damaged the Reichstag in 1933 was used by the Nazis as the pretext to suspend civil liberties and arrest political opponents, the grand glass dome created for the building in 1992 by architect Norman Foster (complete with walkways that look down into the Parliament), provokes a discussion about the symbolic intentions of the cupola as metaphor for Germany’ s reunification, transparency and commitment to democracy. Reaching back further into Berlin’ s past, you follow the footsteps of Napoleon through the Brandenburg Gate, discussing the impact of the French revolution as a catalyst for German nationalism. Traversing the Unter den Linden, Berlin’ s royal boulevard lined with palaces, museums and theaters, pause at the famous equestrian statue of Frederick the Great, for a discussion of Prussia’ s “Poet King” and his role in shaping the militaristic and cultural orientations of the future German Empire. At Bebelplatz, site of the 1933 Nazi book burning, you’ ll learn about Adolf Hitler’ s rise to power and its terrible consequences. As you cross Museum Island (Berlin’ s answer to the Louvre), you will discuss the city’ s 19th century development into a cultural center. Next, Hackescher Markt, a charming pocket of pre-war Berlin, gives you a chance to ramble through a network of hidden courtyards. From here, Alexanderplatz offers a striking counterpoint; once a historic square, the East Germans rebuilt it as in the 1960s as a communist bloc showplace complete with futuristic government buildings, apartment blocks and the iconic TV Tower. You'll confront the longest surviving segment of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery and learn of its 40- year history. Finishing at Checkpoint Charlie, the legendary crossing point from West Berlin to East where, in 1989, thousands of East Germans poured across the border bringing the Cold War to an end, you conclude by discussing the East/West divisions that continue to impact Berlin even as the city evolves new sensibilities and directions.

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Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

9. Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

Berlin's Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the brutal truths of the Holocaust, up to its present-day revival. Uncover the history of Berlin's re-emerging Jewish community, learn about the people that made its greatest impacts, and see the sites that matter. From Moses Mendelssohn to Albert Einstein, Berlin's Jews have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural development. Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination which, after seething for centuries, eventually devastated Europe, and the rest of the world, more recently than many of us would like to think. See the magnificent New Synagogue, and hear its incredible story, which mirrors the tale of Jews in Berlin before, during, and after Nazi persecution. See where non-Jews risked their lives in order to hide their Jewish neighbors, including the Workshop for the Blind, where one courageous Berliner risked his own life to save those of his Jewish employees. See the site of the ancient Jewish-Cemetry where Mendelssohn is still buried, and acquaint yourself with his significance in philosophy and Jewish history. Walk in the footsteps of working-class Jewish immigrants who dreamed of a better world. Hear the stories of women who aspired to be Rabbis, and the rich who desired poverty. Discover what it means, and what it once meant, to be a Jewish Berliner.

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Berlin: 3-Hour Segway Tour

10. Berlin: 3-Hour Segway Tour

Explore the most interesting places and beautiful sights of Berlin by personal transporter. Get a practice session on the self-balancing Segway before you set off to ensure you feel confident on the eco-friendly vehicle. Journey back to the days of the Cold War as you look at the Checkpoint Charlie border crossing. Glide through the Gendarmenmarkt, see the imperial Berlin Palace and explore the historical heart of the city in the Nikolaiviertel area. Admire the Rotes Rathaus and the regenerated Hackescher Markt, pass Alexanderplatz and Berlin Cathedral, along with the German Chancellery, Reichstag building, and Holocaust Memorial.  Ask your guide any questions you may have, enjoy lots of photo opportunities and more. 

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What people are saying about Hackescher Markt

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,647 reviews

The guide was very competent, spoke from the bottom of his heart and was able to pass on his enthusiasm. I got to know a part of Berlin that was unknown to me and went back to this area just for myself.

relaxed atmosphere, guide was really knowledgeable, lots of interesting and funny stories. Very worthwhile tour!

You only notice something like that if you are guided by an insider. Absolutely recommendable.

Learned a lot of interesting things from the past of the backyards.

Interesting short tour through the history of the Spandau suburb.