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Berlin: City Highlights Bike Tour

1. Berlin: City Highlights Bike Tour

Cycle through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a bike tour with an expert guide cycling by your side. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture, see important historical sites and famous monuments, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide, pick your bike, and set off to discover the German capital. Peddle alongside the River Spree, make your way over to the picturesque Museum Island, and marvel at the magnificent green domes of Berlin’s Cathedral. Cross the iconic Brandenburger Gate, peddle past the Reichstag, and take in the lush scenery of the Tiergarten’s green spaces and its majestic Victory Column. Here you can take a moment to commemorate WWII victims as you overlook the Holocaust Memorial. Admire the beautiful architectural ensemble at Gendarmenmarkt square and continue towards the notorious Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about the historical site and get a chance to see remnants of the Berlin Wall. Snap pictures of colorful graffiti art and get a taste of local life as you ride past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries in trendy neighborhoods. Head back to return your bike and don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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Berlin: Private City Highlights Rickshaw Tour

2. Berlin: Private City Highlights Rickshaw Tour

Be driven around Berlin in your very own private electric rickshaw taxi. Make your own itinerary or go on one of the suggested tour routes and see the city’s top tourist attractions, historical monuments, and popular neighborhoods. Meet your guide/driver and set off to discover the German capital. You’ll zip by popular avenues, historic bridges over the Spree River, and through many areas that are unreachable by car like the Tiergarten. Ride past famous sites like the Berlin Wall at the Eastside Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, and of course the stunning Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities. Learn about the fascinating history of monuments you visit and get an insight into Berlin's modern day transformation and its vibrant culture.

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Berlin: Courtyards Private 2-Hour Tour

3. Berlin: Courtyards Private 2-Hour Tour

Explore the Hackesche Höfe and learn more about the unusual fate of this revitalized district and its incredible history. Immerse yourself in the colorful multicultural life on Sophienstraße and take a look into the courtyard of the artisan association as well as the interesting Sophie-Gips-Höfe. Große Hamburger Straße has always been a “road of tolerance”. Look behind the scenes of a great Catholic institution, enjoy the views of the most important Baroque church in the city, and learn more about the fate of the Jewish community in Berlin and its first cemetery. On the famous Oranienburger Straße you can learn more about the history of the imposing New Synagogue and the adjacent Postfuhramt. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to look into the Heckmann Höfe, one of the most interesting back courtyards of the neighborhood.

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Berlin: Private City Highlights Bike Tour

4. Berlin: Private City Highlights Bike Tour

Cycle through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a bike tour with a private guide cycling by your side. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture, see important historical sites and famous monuments, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide, pick your bike, and set off to discover the German capital. Peddle alongside the River Spree, make your way over to the picturesque Museum Island, and marvel at the magnificent green domes of Berlin’s Cathedral. Cross the iconic Brandenburger Gate, peddle past the Reichstag, and take in the lush scenery of the Tiergarten’s green spaces and its majestic Victory Column. Here you can take a moment to commemorate WWII victims as you overlook the Holocaust Memorial. Admire the beautiful architectural ensemble at Gendarmenmarkt square and continue towards the notorious Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about the historical site and get a chance to see remnants of the Berlin Wall. Snap pictures of colorful graffiti art and get a taste of local life as you ride past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries in trendy neighborhoods. Head back to return your bike and don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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Berlin: Jewish History Tour

5. Berlin: Jewish History Tour

Meet your tour guide at the an agreed upon starting point and get ready to delve into the complex and tragic history German Jews in the city. Take advantage of the option to tour by bike from stop to stop or choose to travel by private car.  Start your ride through Berlin's Jewish past and come across landmarks, both visible and hidden. Visit the site where the first Jews were deported from Berlin at the beginning of the Holocaust. Be struck by the scale of the Holocaust Memorial and ponder its unique layout. Learn about the significance of the Stolpersteine, small brass plates inscribed with the names of victims of Nazi persecution. Visit other important sites like Hitler's bunker and the Reichstag. Explore the Scheunenviertel, the historic Jewish neighborhood, and visit the Old and New Synagogues to admire the unique architectural style. Then head to the site where Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was located or the former Wannsee Villa, a lakeside palace where the Nazis planned the annihilation of European Jews.  You will be returned to the starting point at the end of the tour or dropped off at a location of your choosing.

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Berlin: History of Crime Walking Tour

6. Berlin: History of Crime Walking Tour

Dive into the underbelly of Berlin's past as you discover its history of crime on this walking tour. Delve into stories about gangs, political murders, and facinating scandals.   Hear about how Chicago gangs dominated the Berlin entertainment industry in the 1920s. Get details on the underworld's involvement in protection rackets, drug trafficking, kidnappings and prostitution. Learn about how the infamous Glasgow gang terrified the whole of Berlin in the post-war period and hear about the Safe Breakers. Listen as your guide tells you the story behind the gang fight at the Silesian train station. Immerse yourself in the terror at Bülowplatz where the later head of the Ministry for State Security, Erich Mielke, was involved in a political murder. See the former location of the massive Berlin police headquarters and find out how the police won world acclaim through Ernst Gennat.  Finish your tour at the Rotes Rathaus where you can hear the tale of a financial scandal in the 1920s which involved the mayor. 

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Berlin Sights and Highlights Bike Tour

7. Berlin Sights and Highlights Bike Tour

Enjoy a new adventure in Berlin and experience a 3.5-hour bike tour ideal for short-term visitors and local experts. Start in the painstakingly restored Kulturbrauerei in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg district. From there, ride to the most important highlights and hidden corners in the city. The tour takes you through the Government District, past Berlin Central Station, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial. Pass by the famous Berlin Wall, the Gendarmenmarkt, and the Museum Island. Ride at a relaxed pace and during the brief stops, listen to your guide's explanations. Learn the diverse stages of the history of Berlin, from Prussian pomp and ceremony to the rapid changes after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour with Historian

8. Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour with Historian

Although the Jewish experience in Berlin began in the 13th century, intolerance was so entrenched that it took hundreds of years, until 1714, before Berlin’s first synagogue was erected in Heidereutgasse. Your walk begins at the remaining foundations of the so-called Old Synagogue, where your guide, a Jewish Studies scholar, helps you to grasp the challenges faced by German Jews during the middle ages and renaissance and to appreciate the rich cultural life developed by Berlin’ s Jewish community in spite of their vulnerable status. The major focus, however, will be the main sites of Berlin’s 19th- and 20th-century Jewish history, the districts of Spandauer Vorstadt and Scheunenviertel (known as the 'Barn Quarter') in Berlin-Mitte. Taking in the graceful avenue, Oranienburger Straße, where the magnificent New Synagogue was erected in 1866, you learn not only of the conflicts between German Jews and Non-Jews but of tensions between the mostly assimilated German Jewry and the so-called Eastern Jews (Ostjuden) who filled Berlin in the 1920s after fleeing dramatic anti-Jewish violence in their homelands. Many of these refugees were orthodox and poor. They brought a completely new infrastructure for Jewish religious and cultural life to Berlin with them. Examining visual material such as photographs from Jewish street vendors and old newspapers, you consider how Jewish life in Berlin became far more visible in the 1920s. For precisely this reason, the established German Jewish community often regarded the influx of Eastern Jews as potentially dangerous for their own status within German society. One response was their support for institutions of social welfare and education. Stop at an example of this philanthropy, the former Jewish orphanage in Auguststraße, which today is home to an exhibit hall and a coffee shop. (If the current exhibition is dealing with a topic related to the tour, a visit of the exhibition should be taken into consideration.). The Jewish Cemetery on Große Hamburger Straße also gives a vivid impression of Berlin’ s Jewish presence. Assimilated Jews in Berlin played leading roles in every field of German culture: journalism, education, science, literature, art, music, business. During the short, anxious Weimar era (1919-1933), the great painter Max Liebermann created his works and became head of the Berlin Secessionists. Kurt Weill redefined musical theater. Walter Benjamin penned the whimsical academic essays that inaugurated a philosophy of modernity. Despite the prominence of such figures, anti-Semitic violence of a new degree broke out as early as November 1923. In front of the former Labor Office in Gormannstraße, talk about the so-called Scheunenviertel Pogrom. By 1933, the ‘ Barn Quarter’ became one of the first settings of the Nazis’ political purges in the capital city. You discuss the series of sinister events that lead to full implementation of Hitler’ s “Final Solution” in Berlin while visiting sites that recall the Holocaust, such as the Missing House graphic at Grosse Hamburger Strasse 15/16, which lists the names of former Jewish residents and the Abandoned Room at Koppenplatz, which memorializes the Jews taken on the November 1938 Kristallnacht, and some of the city’ s 1,400 Stolpersteine (stumbling cobblestones), reminders of the Shoah’ s victims. Before leaving the Barn Quarter, visit the kosher coffee shop Beth-Café to consider the renewal of Berlin’ s Jewish life today. The last stop is the New Synagogue, the architecture of which symbolized and celebrated Jewish assimilation in Germany. It is thus one of the most moving sites on your walk. Today it is home to the Jewish community reviving in Berlin, and moreover houses a gallery with changing exhibitions that you may wish to visit in conclusion.

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What people are saying about Scheunenviertel

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,051 reviews

A really fun but informative tour. My tour guide Lauren was just amazing. She knew so much about the history of Berlin and was really passionate about it too, which made it all the more interesting. The tour itself is 98% flat roads, so a really easy ride. The tour was probably my favourite experience from my time in Berlin.

Good explanation by experienced Dutch speaking guide Roger. At an easy pace through Berlin that is easy to do. Lots of historical information, a bit much about the war, but that's almost impossible

The 3.5 hour bike tour through Berlin was perfect. Very interesting and entertaining, as the guide Titus told funny stories about various highlights.

Great experience to see Berlim although it was really cold!

Everything was great, from the guide to the weather