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

2. 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 the onboard 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: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

3. Berlin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Hop on an open-top double-decker bus and enjoy fantastic views and the great atmosphere of Berlin. Choose from a 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket along 2 different routes and discover the city's history and vibrant culture from the fully narrated audio tour. From the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Victory Column, and the legendary Checkpoint Charlie to the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. The city's vibrant culture, diverse architecture, and fascinating history will take your breath away. Explore over 20 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Ku'Damm or Alexanderplatz. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Follow your guide from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie with highlights including the Holocaust Memorial, the location of Hitler’s Bunker, and captivating stories of the divided Berlin. There are main stops on the red route from Ku’Damm and the KaDeWe Department Store. You can also hop on or off and enjoy the blue route with amazing views from Alexanderplatz and Karl-Marx-Allee.

Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

4. Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

The new Berlin World Balloon is as unique as the city itself and one of the largest helium balloons in the world. The World Balloon has become something of a second icon of Berlin and draws countless visitors each day. Ascend to a height of 150 meters in total silence in a gondola secured by an extremely strong steel cable. Hover over Berlin from this height and enjoy an unobstructed view in every direction. Exactly in the center of Berlin, the World Balloon floats above Checkpoint Charlie, the buildings around the Axel Springer building, the Sony Center and the Brandenburg Gate. Get a unique look at historic Berlin and an incredible view of the new heart of Europe. On warm summer weekends, you can enjoy the beautifully-lit skyline of the capital after dinner with family and friends.

Berlin: Berlin Wall Greatest Escapes Exploration Game

5. Berlin: Berlin Wall Greatest Escapes Exploration Game

Discover Berlin's most interesting places by solving clues around town and unlocking amazing stories. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, and the Berlin Wall, as well as other locations. Download Questo, the gamified travel app, onto your smartphone, and begin your exciting exploration game. Play the role of a person needing to escape East Berlin in 1984, and see if you can do it. Solve a clue to reveal exact directions to your next stop on the tour, without the need of a map, GPS, or a physical guide. Each solution unlocks an interesting story, and reveals Berlin's secrets. Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around two hours is normally enough. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. After purchasing the quest, an access code will be delivered to your email, which can then be used in the downloadable app. Once you have downloaded the app, simply head to the starting point at Potsdamer Platz whenever you choose, and begin your adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Berlin: Top Sights Guided E-Scooter Tour

6. Berlin: Top Sights Guided E-Scooter Tour

Explore Berlin on a guided e-scooter tour. Hear entertaining commentary from your local guide, ride along the banks of the Spree River, and see the iconic gold Victory Column. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and learn how to use an e-scooter. Once you've got the hang of it, head off on your Berlin adventure. Ride through the city on sidewalks and bike lanes, through parks, and along the banks of the Spree River. Ride to the Reichstag Building and learn about the famous Reichstag fire. Continue to the Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden. Head to the Holocaust Memorial and hear about the history of the German Jewish people. At Checkpoint Charlie, take a classic photo with a soldier. As you ride, hear insider tips about life in Berlin from your local guide and discover the true nature of this fascinating city.

Berlin: Evening Sightseeing Tour by Bus

7. Berlin: Evening Sightseeing Tour by Bus

Avoid the daytime crowds and the hassle of navigating public transportation to catch all the highlights of Berlin. Hop on the one-stop sightseeing bus and experience the best views of the city from a double-decker bus on a 45-minute ride. During the trip, cruise past and through some of Berlin's most vibrant locations after darkness falls, including Alexanderplatz, the new Berlin Palace, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island, Potsdamer Platz, and the Topography of Terror. Take in spectacular views of the Berliner Fernsehturm, the Holocaust Memorial, and, of course, the Berlin Wall. Get a feel for the spirit of the city with multiple-language audioguides which shed light on the German capital's culture and history. Enjoy the convenience and efficiency of a sightseeing tour via modern bus.

Berlin: Top Sights Guided E-Scooter Tour

8. Berlin: Top Sights Guided E-Scooter Tour

Explore Berlin on a guided e-scooter tour. Hear entertaining commentary from your local guide, ride along the banks of the Spree River, and see the gold Victory Column. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and learn how to use an e-scooter. Once you've got the hang of it, head off on your Berlin adventure. Ride through the city on sidewalks and bike lanes, through parks, and along the banks of the Spree River. Ride to the Reichstag Building and learn about the famous Reichstag fire. Continue to the Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden. Head to the Holocaust Memorial and hear the tragic history of the German Jewish people. At Checkpoint Charlie, take a classic photo with a soldier. As you ride, hear insider tips about life in Berlin from your local guide and discover the true nature of this fascinating city.

Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (AB)

9. Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (AB)

Make the most of Berlin’s top sights and transport connections with a Berlin WelcomeCard (AB). It’s the perfect way to travel, especially if you’re staying in the inner city of Berlin. Journey through the city between transport zones A to B in a cost-effective and stress-free manner. Valid for between 48-hours right up to 6 days, the Berlin WelcomeCard is one of the most flexible all-in-one access cards available. You'll also be given a pocket-size travel guide with lots of tour suggestions and insider tips.  Choose from many participating partner attractions, including Madame Tussauds and the TV Tower and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50%. From theaters and museums to city tours and restaurants, the card lets you experience Berlin’s cultural highlights at amazing prices. Each WelcomeCard includes free transport for up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years old and children under the age of 6 generally travel for free. You can also enjoy discounted rates for the following activities and attractions:     • Sightseeing tours • Guided city tours • Bike tours • Boat rides • Various attractions • Museums • Theater/stage performances • Palaces • Restaurants & bars  • Shopping & souvenirs • Fun, sport & relax Visit sights and attractions, such as the following: • AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin • Berlin Dungeon • Olympiastadion Berlin (Olympic Stadium) • Berlin Dom  • German Spy Museum • Madame Tussauds Berlin • Legoland Discovery Centre Berlin • Tierpark Berlin • Anne Frank Center • Charlottenburg Palace • Comedy tour Berlin • German Opera • Friedrichstadt-Palast • TimeRide Berlin • TV Tower • Botanical Garden • German Historical Museum, German Museum of Technology • Asisi Panorama „Die Mauer“ • Panoramapunkt • DDR Museum • Fork & Walk Tours Berlin • and many more! And of course, you should not miss the following free sights and locations when visiting Berlin: • Brandenburg Gate & Unter den Linden • Reichstag & German Parliament (pre-booking required) • Checkpoint Charlie • East Side Gallery • Gendarmenmarkt • Kurfürstendamm • Potsdamer Platz & Alexanderplatz • Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour

10. Berlin: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour

Give your feet a rest and cruise effortlessly through Berlin on this private guided Segway tour. Visit the famous Reichstag Building, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, and the iconic Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities.  Meet your guide, put on your helmet, and get a short practice session on driving safely. See more of the city in less time and enjoy entertaining commentary from your guide along the way. Glide through the sidewalks, bike lanes, famous avenues, and parks, as well as on the banks of the Spree River. Admire this urban city and the impressive street art along the way. Enjoy a day out soaking up the sites; make sure you have your camera to take photos of the Reichstag Building, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, and of course, the iconic Brandenburg Gate, and Berlin Cathedral for perfect photo opportunities.  Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Berlin and gives you information about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary. 

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What people are saying about Checkpoint Charlie

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 21,806 reviews

The bus route was a little difficult to find however the staff member at the bus stop we found was very informative & kind. Our flight was delayed so we didn't get to Berlin in time to use our voucher however the staff member honoured our voucher for the next day. The tour itself is a good tour of all the sights in English. The tour provides headphones.

The guys at Segway tour gave me a wonderful experience. They are patient, kind and thoughtful. I recommend anyone who is trying it for the first time.

Lovely sitting on top of the Daklize bus. Hardly had to wait at the stips because this carrier works together with BigBus

It was good experience and all the staffs were so friendly and explained things patiently.. Boat ride is must go.

Everything worked great. Booking was easy. The tickets were available both as a PDF and in the app.