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East Side Gallery: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Luxury Solar Catamaran River Tour

2. Berlin: Luxury Solar Catamaran River Tour

Admire Berlin's waterways from a unique perspective aboard a 2-hour luxury solar catamaran cruise sailing down the Spree River. Start your trip at the bridge Jannowitzbrücke where you can get views of hidden clubs like "Kater Blau" and the last original part of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery. Pass the oberbaumbrücke and head towards Treptow Park. Here you can see a very green part of Berlin. Enjoy scenic views of the harbor of Treptow and the small island "Insel der Jugend". After, relax on your way back to Jannowitzbrücke.

Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

3. Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

Experience a special East Side boat cruise, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Besides numerous sights in the old and new center of Berlin, see also the recent changes in the area surrounding the East Side Gallery. The roundtrip boat cruise starts at the pier by the old stock exchange building, near the Hackersche Höfe. Relax onboard the boat as you listen to detailed information in English and German and enjoy a delicious food service (own expense). After passing by the cradle of Berlin – Mühlendamm Lock – the tour continues on past Radialsystem V, an energy forum, Berlin Ostbahnhof and the Mercedes Benz Arena. Pass under the Oberbaum Bridge into the east harbor with its many new residents including Universal Music, MTV, Coca Cola, and Label 1 and 2. You will also pass by the Badeschiff at Arena Treptow and the Molecule Man sculpture. Journey back to Berlin-Mitte and see the Nikolaiviertel, the palace construction site, and the Humboldt Forum. The famous Museum Island begins at the Berlin Cathedral. Pass under the Weidendammer Bridge to reach the area around Friedrichstrasse with the Schiffbauerdamm, the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), and Friedrichstrasse station. Cruise past the government district where you will see the Reichstag building and the Federal Chancellery. You will also see the most modern railway stations in Europe from the water – Berlin Central Station. Pass by Bellevue Palace – the seat of the Federal President – before heading back to the starting point, the old stock exchange building.

Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Cruise Option

4. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Cruise Option

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.

Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

5. Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

A guided bicycle tour is the best way to discover Berlin. Cycling is not only an easy way to get around the city but also brings you close to the action. Even visitors who already know Berlin well are amazed at the new perspectives they see on this tour. This tour usually runs on bike paths and safe, quiet roads. Start at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg and cycle toward Volkspark Friedrichshain and Karl-Marx-Allee. In Friedrichshain, bike around Boxhagener Platz and the RAW Tempel. This area is home to great nightlife, but there's still plenty to see during the day. Continue along the East Side Gallery and over the Oberbaumbrücke to Kreuzberg. Discover back courtyards, explore beautiful parks, and ride along the banks of the River Spree. See Görlitzer Park, and experience the alternative way of life in the colorful SO36 district of Kreuzberg. You’ll not only learn many interesting facts but hear various anecdotes about the city and insider tips.

Berlin: Sightseeing Tour in a Mini Hotrod

6. Berlin: Sightseeing Tour in a Mini Hotrod

Hop into a mini hot rod for a guided tour through Berlin and experience the thrill of racing through the city's wide streets. Even though you'll be sitting just above the ground, these custom roadsters will leave just about every other vehicle in their dust. These single-seaters are 100% street legal and sure to be a lot of fun. Discover the true pleasure of driving in a stylish soapbox car for adults. Get started at Revaler Strasse 99, at the RAW site. Your guide will give you a briefing about the vehicles, before letting you get warmed up on your hot rod by riding around the spacious grounds. Then, it's time to head out into the streets of Berlin. Pass by Warschauer Brücke on the way to the East Side Gallery and the O2 Arena, before driving towards the Brandenburg Gate. Take in the symbol of Berlin as locals and tourists alike smile and stare at your stylish ride. Stopping at the German Chancellor's Office, feel free to ask your guide any questions and take a moment to snap some photos. From there, continue towards Potsdamer Platz, Gendarmenmarkt, and Unter den Linden. Depending on the time, take a quick stroll at the O2 site before heading back to the RAW station.

Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (AB)

7. 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: The Wall Museum East Side Gallery Ticket

8. Berlin: The Wall Museum East Side Gallery Ticket

Visit the Wall Museum at East Side Gallery and take a journey through Berlin’s recent history. Enjoy the convenience of skipping the line. Located next to the East Side Gallery, the largest section of the Berlin Wall still standing, the Wall Museum tells the emotional story of the city during the Cold War. Investigate it’s 13 rooms, each one exploring a different theme. Experience this dramatic time period through film, documents, and interviews.   See what the city was like after the war. Watch as the Wall is erected in 1961. Find out what life was like in the divided city. Witness the dramatic fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991. Discover the truth behind the wall, and see how it changed this exceptional city.

Berlin: "Vibes of Berlin" Bike Tour

9. Berlin: "Vibes of Berlin" Bike Tour

Take a bicycle tour through the wild, alternative Berlin and discover what Klaus Wowereit meant when he said, "Berlin is poor, but sexy!" The tour begins in the central Nikolaiviertel, just five minutes from the TV Tower by foot. Start the tour where Berlin's history began, then ride far from the center to experience the city life in Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Neukölln, and Treptow. Immerse yourself in the different districts of Berlin and learn how they've changed. On this 17-kilometer ride, take a look at alternative projects and restored buildings as you ride along side streets and bike paths. The tour takes you through diverse areas and lets you see exceptional buildings and innovative ideas. Enjoy a beautiful ride along the Spree and the Landwehr Canal, where the contrasts of Berlin could not be clearer. Stop every 5 to 10 minutes to learn interesting and historical facts. A small group of up to 15 people, an intimate atmosphere, and a relaxed pace make this an unforgettable experience.

Berlin: East Side Gallery and Cold War Segway Tour

10. Berlin: East Side Gallery and Cold War Segway Tour

Learn about Berlin's history on a Segway tour that visits the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. Hear about the tumultuous history of Germany's capital and visit Alexanderplatz, Hackescher Markt, Nikolaiviertel, and more. Meet your guide in the center of Berlin and set out to explore this vibrant city on the back of a Segway. Cruise through important neighborhoods and past iconic sites as you make your way to the highlight of this tour, the East Side Gallery. Once part of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is now the longest open-air gallery in the world. This intact piece of the wall that divided Germany in the past is 1.3 kilometers long and sits along the banks of the Spree River. In 1990, when the wall finally came down, more than 100 artists from over 20 countries decorated this stretch of wall with their art, a lot of which acted as a commentary on the political upheaval between 1989 and 1990. Be sure to bring your camera along to capture this striking piece of history. Popular paintings include Dmitri Vrubel’s Fraternal Kiss and Birgit Kinders' Trabant breaking through the wall.

Planning Your Visit

  • Enjoy the surroundings

    Located along the Spree river, the area around the gallery is filled with sand-filled beach bars that can make for a relaxing, sunny evening when the weather is in your favor.

  • Visit at off-peak times

    Crowds can be dense; arriving earlier or later in the day is advisable. It’s open 24 hours a day.

  • Kiss your loved-ones at the East Side Gallery Kiss

    One of the most famous murals is entitled “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love” and sometimes called the “Fraternal Kiss” by Dmitri Vrubel. It is a reproduction of the real event of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker sharing a socialist fraternal embrace.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The East Side Gallery is open all day, everyday.
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to walk the Gallery, but tours of the area cost extra.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide can certainly make the artwork come to life, with stories about the artists, and life before and after The Wall.
  • How to get there
    Take the S5, S7 or S75 to either Warschauer Str. or Ostbahnhof, or the U1 to Warschauer Str.
  • Additional information

    • Please remain respectful, and do not add your own artwork over an artist's work.

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What people are saying about East Side Gallery

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 12,622 reviews

Great service on the bus. Guide for walking tour was extremely informative and made the tour very interesting. Boat tour was informative but could have done with a shaded part of boat for those who preferred this. The great weather we had was sunny and very warm put off a few of our group. Very minor points overall excellent. Highly recommended for the cost and service.

Great tour and good exercise. There are frequent stops and you aren’t cycling for more then 10 mins at a time. Bikes are comfortable. Waterproofs, suncream, water (€1), bag straps for the baskets, helmets are available.

THE best thing to do in Berlin, absolutely must do around 7pm great time great guide perfect weather in late May for an evening drive - 3 of us had a blast!

Really great tour in both German and English over the river Spree. Would highly recommend for tourists and those who have lived in Berlin a long while.

The boat trip was lovely. We were really lucky with the weather! It would be great if the commentary could be in English as well as German