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

1. 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 spree to your experience. You can redeem your boat ticket at any time and add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. During the summer, there is also a guided walking tour available, so you can learn even more in-depth, insider knowledge about the sights and landmarks. 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

Berlin: Illuseum Berlin Entrance Ticket

2. Berlin: Illuseum Berlin Entrance Ticket

Take a break from the real world and step into the Illuseum Berlin. Located in the center of Berlin, the Illuseum is a place where nothing is as it seems and where fun, entertainment, and interactivity for visitors of all ages is the focus. Whether it's slate space or infinite space, baffling holograms, or an impressive tunnel, anyone can immerse themselves for a moment in a world full of illusions, allowing themselves to fall under the spell of their senses. Experience a one-of-a-kind museum where you will defy gravity, lose the ground under your feet, see yourself grow and shrink, and become inspired by optical illusions. As a special treat, check out clever play-areas made of sustainable wooden toys with many impressive 3D puzzles and riddles that are not only fun but also train your logical skills. It's easy to waste a day at this tricky fitness center for the brain.

Berlin: Friedrichstadt-Palast "Im Labyrinth der Bücher" Show

3. Berlin: Friedrichstadt-Palast "Im Labyrinth der Bücher" Show

Experience the children’s show beloved by critics and crowds alike at the world-famous Berlin Friedrichstadt Palast. A show for children, performed by children, ‘Im Labyrinth der Bücher‘ (‘In the Labyrinth of Books‘) tells the tale of 4 adventurous kids transported throughout time and space by a benevolent fairy. Marvel at intricate costumes and elaborate sets as characters are thrown into some of history’s most famous children’s titles, they must navigate fantastical worlds to arrive safely back home. Follow the cast on an adventure of a lifetime, through rich storytelling and lush set design. The children navigate old Paris with the 3 Musketeers, defeat Snow White’s evil queen, and conquer evil with Robin Hood in a spooky forest.  Awarded the Culture Prize of the State of Berlin, as well as the Children’s Culture Prize for outstanding achievements in working with children, the Junges Ensemble (Young Ensemble) contains over 280 kids from over 20 countries.

Berlin: Natural History Museum Entrance Ticket

4. Berlin: Natural History Museum Entrance Ticket

Come and join a journey of discovery that begins by following the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin and takes you all the way to the modern-day explorers of life on earth. Every day, the approximately 200 scientists working at the Museum für Naturkunde look for answers to the great problems and challenges the future holds, relying on their scientific collections, comprising over 30 million items. Their insights shape the various permanent and special exhibitions and many special events. Some of the best-known exhibits are to be found in the Dinosaur Hall, which shows life as it might have been in the Upper Jurassic period, 150 million years ago. Giraffatitan brancai, the tallest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world, impressively welcomes all visitors in the center of the exhibition hall. The precious Archaeopteryx lithographica, the Mona Lisa of natural history, is elegantly displayed in a safety showcase at the back of the hall. All of the fossil objects – and the dinosaurs in particular – still yield new secrets to scientists and researchers from all over the world. The museum offers much more than extinct fossils - the East Wing allows visitors to see a genuine scientific research collection that has received many accolades. This collection is home to about a million animals stored in 80 tonnes of alcohol. The Biodiversity Wall fascinates visitors, displaying 3,000 species in one glance. This thought-provoking installation opens up a discussion on biodiversity and its loss – a theme that remains at the heart of the museum’s research efforts. With changing temporary exhibitions and a diversified education program including guided tours, lectures, and workshops, the Museum für Naturkunde is always worth a visit.

Berlin Dungeon: Entrance Ticket

5. Berlin Dungeon: Entrance Ticket

The Berlin Dungeon takes you on a journey through 800 years of the capital’s history, from medieval times to the 20th century. Experience the true stories of the city’s worst traitors, witches, and serial killers, brought to life by actors, special effects, and authentic 360° sceneries. Uncover the legend of the dreaded White Lady, wander through the Labyrinth of the Hohenzollern, and meet the serial killer Carl Großmann. The highlight is a ride on Berlin’s only freefall tower, Exitus. Take a 12-meter drop into the unknown in total darkness. The newest show is The Curse of the Witch. You’ll find yourself in the depths of the dark dungeon, where the alleged witch Catarina Selchow waits for her condemnation. Will you escape her revenge or will you join her? Just for the spookiest month, October, take the opportunity to descend into the shallows and encounter a gruesome dark figure in the Berlin Dungeon. Be thrilled by a completely new show with a dark new setting — exclusive only in October each afternoon from 2:00 PM.

Berlin: Entry Ticket to the Studio of Wonders

6. Berlin: Entry Ticket to the Studio of Wonders

Embark on an adventure and enjoy one of the most exciting art-concepts of recent years that has opened in the center of Berlin. Discover the studio with over 30 interactive installations built for taking amazing pictures and videos. Have a marvelous time while creating your own wonders and will become part of the exhibits.  Explore more than 700 m2 that the studio offers and enjoy plenty of room to re-explore your inner child and dwell in stunning moments.  Nothing is as it might seem at first sight: its creators use optical illusions, infinity effects, and different perspectives to address all your senses. Plants are brought to life in the Wonder-Forest while lighting effects and a combination of scents and soft sounds draw the visitor deeper into the exhibit until they are completely immersed and everyday life is a distant memory.

Festival of Lights: Lightphoto-Safari (Bus Tour with Stops)

7. Festival of Lights: Lightphoto-Safari (Bus Tour with Stops)

Experience the city of Berlin and the Festival of Lights in a very special way. Board the Light Bus and let yourself be enchanted by Berlin's attractions illuminated by the most beautiful lights. During this tour, enjoy not only the creative illuminations throughout the city, but also see the most important tourist landmarks in Berlin. Learn about the most well-known places with your guide, and make several stops for photo opportunities, including at the world-famous Brandenburg Gate. The tour includes an original Berlin Currywurst and a soft drink. The tour ends at Potsdamer Platz, the same place where it starts.

Berlin: German Spy Museum Flexible Entry Ticket

8. Berlin: German Spy Museum Flexible Entry Ticket

Book your flex ticket to Berlin’s German Spy Museum and discover the fascinating world of secret services and spies. Don’t worry about prior registration or reservations: with your flexible ticket, you can visit the museum during opening hours on any day of the week.  Step into the heart of Berlin and experience a unique 3,000-square-meters large exhibition exploring the life and history of spies with the help of modern technology and a multitude of interactive stations.  See the Berlin Spy Map featuring famous places of espionage, join interactive activities like the popular laser maze, and much more. Decide if you’d have what it’d take to be a spy. 

Berlin: Legoland Discovery Centre Entry Ticket

9. Berlin: Legoland Discovery Centre Entry Ticket

Explore LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Berlin and spend a great day at the ultimate LEGO indoor playground. Different stations and play areas are waiting for you to marvel and try out, explain and participate. The attraction is specially designed for children aged 3-10. Adults have to bring a child to get access to the attraction. Explore MINILAND and witness Berlin's most beautiful landmarks in miniature. Step into the 4-D cinema, a highlight for all the senses. Dive into a world full of exciting surprises and breathtaking special effects. The brave can visit Dragon Castle and take on a world of knights and dragons. LEGO fans can now become real ninjas! Get ready for the new LEGO NINJAGO City Adventure. A training camp on two levels, completely in NINJAGO design, is the place where little ninjas can improve their skills. Join the ultimate Monsterparty in October only. Monsters will take over LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Berlin to celebrate the release of their brand-new Halloween 4D Movie, "The Great Monster Chase". It's non-stop Halloween party fun, with spooky Halloween decorations, amazing LEGO activities, and a screening of the exclusive new LEGO 4D Halloween movie. Come along and bring your best Monster moves with you.

Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Madame Tussauds Entry Ticket

10. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Madame Tussauds Entry Ticket

Surround yourself with your favorite celebrities from history, politics, culture, film, sports, fashion, TV, music, and Hollywood. Then, see the world’s first Madame Tussauds hologram. Get your makeup done next to Kendall Jenner, challenge Darth Vader, or sit down on Sigmund Freud’s couch. Not all celebrities like taking photos with fans, but at Madame Tussauds, the stars are endlessly patient, and the selfies are up close and personal. Don’t miss the newest area, House of berlincolors, a quirky pastel-colored microcosm of Berlin's most iconic cultural emblems. Jump into a giant currywurst bowl or take a selfie in front of the inflatable Branden-Bounce Gate. If you want to see more, try the Hop-on Hop-off Classic Tour, and discover Berlin at your own pace without worrying about transportation. You choose where to hop on and where to hop off at any of the stops in the city or take the full 2.5-hour bus tour before deciding what you want to see up close. This Classic Tour will take you from West Berlin to East Berlin and back again. You’ll see all the historic neighborhoods of the German capital and once you see something interesting, you can hop off and explore the sight. From the Brandenburg Gate to Potsdamer Platz and from the Berlin Zoo to the Reichstag, you’ll see it all. The hop-on hop-off classic bus tour bus departs every 22 minutes from 24 stops around the city. Hop on board the bright red buses driving through the city. To make the tour even more convenient, there's a shortcut: at the Rotes Rathaus / Neptunbrunnen stop you can transfer to a different bus going in the opposite direction to skip part of the tour, save time and spend more time sightseeing.

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Family-friendly activities: Things to do in Berlin with kids

Looking for things to do in Berlin with kids? You'll find plenty of them! Its unique history through the Cold War comes alive at the DDR Museum. Or take them to the Berlin Wall to see how something sad and dreadful is now a symbol of hope. But Berlin is more than history. Graffiti is seen as an art form (although you may not want to encourage it at home!), and there’s the Illuseum, dedicated to playing tricks on your eyes. Beyond the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, there’s the joy of playing at Legoland and jumping on a trampoline at the Jump House.

Museum für Naturkunde: Visit Tristan the T-Rex and friends

See nature’s mightiest and tiniest. The Museum of Natural History takes the family on a journey from the beginning of time to today. Sit back on a comfy sofa and watch the Big Bang create the universe and Earth. The Jurascopes recreate dinosaurs, making you feel like you’re in Jurassic Park. Then go to the insect hall where tiny bugs are enlarged into models, so you can get a closer look. And for a fascinating thrill, there’s the Wet Collection, where thousands of animals are preserved in jars of alcohol for future study.

There’s a free coat room to store bags as they aren’t allowed inside the museum. There’s a café, but food and drink are not allowed inside. There are special discounts for families and children under 10 require adult supervision.

Gardens of the World: Stop and smell the roses, cherry blossoms, and pines

There is more to these gardens than plants. Aspiring botanists love the green delights from all over the world. There’s also a water garden with ponds, waterfalls, and a natural water spray. But for more active diversions, there’s a massive maze of over 1,000 evergreens to explore, as well as a cable car, toboggan ride, and playgrounds.

You’ll be happy to hear that strollers are welcome and recommended. You can bring food and drink, and there are restaurants and snack bars onsite. Closing times vary during the year, so you should check ahead as you plan.

Deutsches Technikmuseum: Explore planes, trains, automobiles, and science galore

The German Museum of Technology makes learning fun. In addition to exhibits of planes and engines, kids can climb inside to pull levers and pretend to conduct a train. Or they can try their hand at captaining a big ship in the marine simulator. Gear heads young and old can walk through automotive history from steam cars to modern road machines. Not into transportation? Then the 150 science experiments your kids can try at the Science Center are bound to captivate. They can learn how planes fly, how magnets work, what colors are, and so can you!

Strollers are allowed and available for rent, but you must check bags in the coat room. You can bring your own food and drink to the picnic area and there are cafés onsite as well.

DDR Museum: Discover the city’s history 

Even if they’re too young to understand, kids enjoy the DDR Museum. Fully interactive, visitors are encouraged to touch and explore all the exhibits. See how life was behind the Iron Curtain. There are authentic recreations of an apartment, a prison cell, a tiny East German car (complete with driving simulation), and even a kindergarten for kids to investigate. This may be the only time they see a rotary dial phone or watch a TV with no remote!

Strollers are allowed, although navigating may be difficult when there are a lot of visitors. It is better to go earlier or later to avoid crowds and the museum is open every day until 9 pm.

Jump House Berlin: Welcome to Germany’s biggest trampoline hall

Give your kids a chance to burn off some energy while having lots of fun at the same time. Jump House Berlin has around 120 different trampolines and is divided into zones to play various games. Jumping into a foam ball pool sure sounds like fun. You can join your kids on the many trampolines and burn some calories. Or you can leave them in the hands of experienced staff and observe from the onsite restaurant while enjoying a snack. The best part is that this place is great even if it’s raining.

Your kids must be at least 6 years old to enter the trampoline park. If you get hungry, you can purchase snacks and drinks inside.

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What people are saying about Berlin

I highly recommend this activity for all different age groups. We are 7 adults for team building and all of us enjoyed it so much. The finished piece will be displayed in our office.

Very good acting. Friendly to the creeps My heart has already slipped into my pants

Very nice museum visit. I could have easily spent at least 5 hours exploring.

Berlin is really big and therefore this tour allows you to see the best spots

We had great fun and will definitely come here again!