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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: ARISE Grand Show

2. Berlin: ARISE Grand Show

Make your way to Berlin's iconic Friedrichstadt-Palast for the bright and vibrant ARISE Grand Show. Sit back in the comfort of your plush seat as you watch hundreds of dancers shift and move on the impressive stage. Lose yourself in the show's moving scenes and leave feeling uplifted. Start by admiring the glitzy exterior and foyer of Berlin's most impressive theater, the Friedrichstadt-Palast. Grab a drink and then take your seat facing one of the largest stages in the world, where you will watch an enthralling story come to life. Follow the adventures of the photographer and artist Cameron as he discovers love, loss, and everything in between. This new Grand Show will spark a torrent of emotions that will tug on your heartstrings. Poignant and moving, the show overflows with hope, happiness, and the joy of living.

Berlin: Reichstag, Plenary Chamber, Cupola & Government Tour

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

4. 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: TV Tower Fast View Ticket

5. Berlin: TV Tower Fast View Ticket

With over 1.2 million visitors a year, the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Berlin. Due to the huge numbers of visitors wishing to check out the views each day, securing your entrance tickets in advance is never a bad idea. Thanks to this ticket, you'll benefit from fast track entrance. Bypass the endless lines of people waiting to enter and journey straight up to the observation deck without having to queue for hours. Incredible scenes await you at the top of Germany's tallest tower. Berlin sprawls out from beneath you, complete in all its glory. Keep an eye out for the city's famous icons such as the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and Berlin Central Station. Admire the Olympic Stadium, the famous Museum Island next to the Berlin Cathedral, and the modern Potsdamer Platz complex.

Berlin: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

6. Berlin: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

Feel the music, feel like a supermodel, feel like a legend at Madame Tussauds Berlin. Come up closer than ever to celebrities and famous characters. Immerse yourself in the most iconic moments of the last 100 years of Berlin's history. Get on stage and sing together with Taylor Swift. Become a model in the fashion zone, or date George Clooney at the most exclusive VIP party in town. Visit the 'Golden 20s' and experience the joy and extravagance of this famous decade. Dance the Charleston with Josephine Baker, enjoy a drink with Marlene Dietrich or celebrate with Liza Minelli. In the divided city, John F. Kennedy shouts "Ick bin ein Berliner" and Udo Lindenberg takes the “Sonderzug nach Pankow” until David Hasselhoff brings down the Berlin Wall. Find the perfect spot for your family photo or Instagram selfie, like with the wax figure of comedy star Teddy Teclebrahn, known as Teddy Comedy and making his fans laugh for over 10 years in several TV productions and stand up shows.

Berlin: Ticket to "Golden Years" The Twenties Variety Revue

7. Berlin: Ticket to "Golden Years" The Twenties Variety Revue

Welcome to the roaring twenties. At the Wintergarten Varieté, a dazzling evening blurring the lines between past and present is on the menu. The opulent show production "Golden Years" – The Twenties Variety Revue harkens back to Berlin’s most sinful decade, the golden 1920s, while at the same time diving head first into the new 2020s. Not only the stage, but the ambience of the entire building transfigures, true to form, into the perfect 1920s establishment. Witness a transcendent spectacle of high-quality acrobatics and live music, which will whisk you away into a world populated by magicians and dancers. Experience an evening that could have occurred 100 years ago at the old Wintergarten on Friedrichstraße.

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

8. 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: Charité Walking Tour

9. Berlin: Charité Walking Tour

Listen to the fascinating stories of life and death that the Berlin Charité has to tell. It all began in the 18th century with a plague house that would later develop into what it is today: one of the most important university hospitals in Europe. Marvel at the time-honoured buildings that have beared witness to great moments in medical history. Follow in the footsteps of Rudolf Virchow, Robert Koch, Emil von Behring, Karl Bonhoeffer and Ferdinand Sauerbruch. Your tour starts at the famous Charité ward block and leads across the university campus. Learn interesting facts about the geniuses of Berlin medicine, but also about the dark times of the institution, when the doctors collaborated with the Nazi regime. On the tour you will also visit a mysterious "medicine temple". It is Berlin's oldest surviving teaching building and is hidden in a backyard.

Berlin: DARK MATTER Experience Entry Ticket

10. Berlin: DARK MATTER Experience Entry Ticket

Explore light, movement and sound, merging into expressive choreographies of luminous forms and colors with the DARK MATTER exhibition. Discover the 1,000 square meters of exhibition space and a range of multimedia installations. In the pitch-black rooms of a converted factory, visitors embark on a journey through seven artworks. From breathtakingly intimate light compositions, and interactive walk-in structures to room-encompassing audiovisual performances, become part of a fully immersive experience.

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What people are saying about Berlin

Me and my boyfriend took the tour on one of our first days/holidays in Berlin. It was a magnificent start to the trip. We were brought by a tour guide named Paul, he was extremely informative and kept the whole trip exciting and interesting. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, and we will. Even after the tour had finished Paul stayed with the group offering help and advice for travelling and transport in the city, which is otherwise difficult to navigate sometimes. It was an amazing experience and the helpfulness of the guide kept any stresses for first time travellers at an absolute minimum. Thanks again Paul, Up Wexford. Regards, Some very very happy customers

Really fascinating tour in a more intimate small group setting. I had a guide named Eran on a lovely Saturday morning and he was amazing in explaining the history, engaging the audience and adding his personal history/story to the tour. Highly recommend!

Amazing show, it kept me on my toes all the time, looking forward for any scene. The fact that was partially in German (which I don't speak), didn't take anything from the beauty of the show.

The guide Eran was very informative and was very engaging, really enjoyed the tour learned things that I didn’t know. Would recommend

The tour was great with a lot of learning, reflection and History. The guide was very gentle and open to any questions.