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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 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 from Nov.- Jan.) 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 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: Hop-on Hop-off Day Tour in Double-Decker Bus

2. 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

Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in Iconic Oldtimer VW Bus

3. Berlin: Private Sightseeing Tour in Iconic Oldtimer VW Bus

Discover all of the important sights in the almost 800-year city of Berlin. Travel the guided route through small but interesting side roads. The chauffeur will tell you about the different eras of Berlin in two hours.  Explore almost forgotten places and discover the city's origins. A photo booklet, tailored to the tour's individual locations, gives you an impression of the past and the interiors of the various sights during the journey.  The route includes like Berlin Cathedral, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin State Opera, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Wall, Holocaust Memorial, Führer Bunker, Berlin City Palace, Jungfern Bridge, Galgenhaus, Rotes Rathaus, TV Tower, Neptune Fountain, and St. Mary's Church, and many more.

Private Taxi Tour durch Berlin Ost und West und Kiez ca 3-4h

4. Private Taxi Tour durch Berlin Ost und West und Kiez ca 3-4h

On day ouf our tour I will pick you up from your accommodation or hotel. Within the Berlin S-Bahn-Ring (city circle ring) without extra costs, pick-up from the airport is also possible, but then you may choose better our Welcome Tour (or Farewell Tour, if you want to depart). You don't need to wait outside, please wait for most comfort until I send you a text message on your mobile. After a brief overview about our tour let us start. Enyoy the ride in a luxurios SUV car, with leather seats, AC and all comfort. You sit on a higher position, especially in the fond for a better sight. From outside you are not visible. Your tour is individual, but I have of course a round trip prepared with the most spectaculous and interesting sites of Berlin. This is important, if not not, you won't get the story of Berlin, with its progress from the time of the prussian kings and later emperors, and the deep fall with the nazitime and second world war. Berlin get destroyed up to 80 percent in the center, but a lot was reconstructed in the past. And then the dividing of the city in 4 sectors, forming later East and West Berlin. With a partly differenct, partly similar developpement in both parts. But grounded in two different and completely opponent systems, capitalism and communism. And then the wonder of the reunification after a peaceful revolution in 1989. Since then an increasing city, towards its former border section, a death zone, and implementing there the new parliament and government center. And growing in numbers and attractivities, with its very lively and young culture, from high established opera art to the party scene. And you will get in touch of all of this, not only from your convenient seats, but also on short walks to some main sites or interesting places. Let's start for example at Potsdamer Platz. This was part of the death stripe between East and West. Why death zone? Here was literally nothing left from the time pre-war. The ruins after the destroying were erased on both sides, and here the stripe between the front, west wall and the second, back wall was 80m wide. In the nineties is was developped and reconstructed with modern building, the socalled Sony Center and the Mercedes-Benz Quarter. Now we find here new hotels and entertainment, offices and residential flats. We start from here to the North, passing the former ministrial gardens, towards Brandenburg Gate. And before passing this first time, we will see the 2711 steles of the holocaust memorial of the 6 mio murdered jews of Europe. Also Brandenburg Gate was part of the wall, with no check point, like at Potdamer Platz. But it was already a gate of the ancient city in the baroque time. This is the reason that the old city was totally part of East Berlin, because the city spread out to all the sides and especially to the West 150 years ago. So I usually try to show you first the highlights of the west, with more riding inbetween, and later the historical sites, situated in the East.

Private Taxi Tour through Berlin Extended & Relaxed ca 5-6h

5. Private Taxi Tour through Berlin Extended & Relaxed ca 5-6h

When starting our tour I will pick you up from your accommodation or hotel. Within the Berlin S-Bahn-Ring for free, pick-up from the airport is also possible, but then you may choose better our Welcome/Farewell Tour. You don't need to wait outside, please wait until I send you a text message. After a brief overview about our tour let us start. Enjoy the ride in a luxurios SUV car, with leather seats, AC and all comfort. You sit on a higher position, especially in the fond for a better sight. Your tour is individual, but I have of course a round trip prepared with the most spectaculous and interesting sites of Berlin. This is important to get the whole story of Berlin, with its progress from the time of the prussian kings and later emperors, and then the deep fall with the nazitime and second world war. Berlin get destroyed up to 80 percent in the center, but a lot was reconstructed in the past. And then the dividing of the city in 4 sectors, forming later East and West Berlin. With a partly differenct, partly similar developpement in both parts. But grounded in two different and completely opponent systems, capitalism and communism. And then the wonder of the reunification after a peaceful revolution in 1989. Since then an increasing city, towards its former border section, a death zone, and implementing there the new parliament and government center. And growing in numbers and attractivities, with its very lively and young culture, from high established opera art to the party scene. And you will get in touch of all of this, not only from your convenient seats, but also on short walks to some main sites or interesting places. The special thing about this “Extended & Relaxed" tour is that we take it easy. We have time for more (photo) stops, but also for a break with café, or a beer. Or we have a real lunch break in a very cosy restaurant in an original old building. Inside looking like an old pub, serving German meals like Schnitzel (but also pizza or salad, if your prefer). It's your choice! Relax and explore German kitchen culture. Or a shorter break with a Berliner Currywurst (Bratwurst in curry sauce). Let's start for example at Potsdamer Platz. This was part of the death stripe between East and West. Why death zone? The ruins after the destroying were erased on both sides, and here the stripe between the front wall and the second, back wall was 80m wide. In the nineties is was developped and reconstructed with modern buildings, the socalled Sony Center and the Mercedes-Benz Quarter. We start from here direction North, passing the former ministrial gardens, towards Brandenburg Gate. Before we will see the 2711 steles of the holocaust memorial of the 6 mio murdered jews in Europe. Also Brandenburg Gate was part of the wall, with no check point. But it was already a gate of the ancient city, so the old city was totally part of East Berlin. I show you first the highlights of the West, and later the historical sites situated in the East.

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4.3 / 5

based on 4,122 reviews

The guide gently recommended a street especially for me to enjoy. She even asked the nice driver to make a turn toward the direction I had to take so she would be sure I got it right. She was funny and playful with the passengers and made sure everyone could get right all the informations. I loved every minute of the tour. Thank you so much. :)

This city tour is highly recommended, especially if you are only in Berlin for a short time and want to get to know the most important sights. The Gide is very experienced and explained everything very well!

Personal city guide with lots of funny anecdotes. Not a sterile audio guide. Despite the large demo, we managed the entire round. Kudos also to driver Konrad.

The nice older gentleman with the English accent impresses with an incredible amount of knowledge about the city. Highly Recommended

Any time! The tour with Steffi was great. Always my pleasure.