Tue, 9 Feb
This private tour with a vehicle is a condensed version of our ‘Best of Berlin’ tour. It is perfect for those who are short on time but still want to make the most of the city.
Predominantly focusing on Berlin’s historical city centre, Mitte, thematically the tour covers Prussia, Imperial Germany, Nazism, and the Cold War – painting the bigger picture to help you understand how different periods of Berlin’s past fit together, and how they affect the city today. Your professional, local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point, and you will then receive a crash course in Berlin’s history and the inside track on one of the most exciting cities the planet.
See the Reichstag, burned down after Hitler’s rise to power and now a bold symbol of modern German democracy and pass through the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s most iconic landmark. Walk in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, and cross the border at Checkpoint Charlie, the frontier of the Cold War. Then journey through the iconic concrete stelae of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and learn about the tragedy of the holocaust.
You will stand at the centre of the Museum Island, the 19th century city’s architectural heart, and a UNESCO world heritage site. Time will also be taken to explore the old Nazi government quarter to see some remaining examples of Nazi architecture, the former SS and Gestapo Headquarters, and the site of Hitler’s Bunker – where history’s most notorious criminal committed suicide. You will also experience the pomp and grandeur of Prussian Berlin in Gendarmenmarkt and Bebelplatz, two of Berlin’s most beautiful squares, drive through the Tiergarten (Berlin’s ‘Central Park’), see the Victory Column and much, much more...
At the end of the tour your guide will accompany you back to your hotel, or to a drop-off point of your choosing. They will also give you tips and recommendations to help you make the most out of your stay.
As always your experience can be tailored to you, so please let us know if you have any special requests or needs. We are also more than happy to help you with restaurant reservations and museum or gallery visits.
Sights included: Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Jewish Memorial, Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island, Gendarmenmarkt, Bebelplatz, Museum Island, Former SS and Gestapo Headquarters, Former Reich Aviation Ministry, Site of Hitler’s Bunker, Alexanderplatz, TV Tower, Unter den Linden, Tiergarten, Victory Column, and more...
Your professional, local guide and your driver will meet you at your hotel with a private vehicle.
You will then be driven through the lush greenery of Berlin's vast central park.
Make sure you have your camera ready to catch the sun glinting on the golden angel Victoria, goddess of victory, as you circle around Prussia's emphatic monument to its triumphs in the Wars of Unification.
When you reach the German parliament building – burned down after Hitler’s rise to power, now a bold symbol of modern German democracy – you will exit the vehicle and spend the next portion of the tour on foot. This is the best way to see Berlin’s central monuments.
Next we walk through the north of the Tiergarten and take a moment to pay tribute to those persecuted as Gypsies under Nazism.
You will then walk through the gateways of Berlin's most iconic monument and find out what makes the Gate the most important cultural monument in Germany.
Plenty of time will then be taken to journey through the iconic field of concrete blocks, and bear witness the atrocities of National Socialism.
After a short walk you will stand at the site of the bunker where history's most notorious criminal committed suicide at the end of WWII.
Getting back in the car you will be driven through the heart of modern Berlin, all constructed since 2001.
We then reach the dark heart of Nazi Germany at the former headquarters of the SS and Gestapo and come face-to-face with the Cold War's most brutal symbol: The Berlin Wall. We’ll take plenty of time here for photos.
Next you will cross between East and West at the most famous border crossing point over the Berlin Wall, frontline of the Cold War, where spies roamed and US and Soviet tanks faced off in 1961. There’ll be plenty of time for souvenir shopping.
We then head further into the former East and drive past the oldest district in Berlin.
Make sure to look up as we pass the second tallest building in Europe, built as a symbol of the East German state’s power and modernity in 1969.
You will then drive by the heart of pre-WWII Berlin and see the Old and New Town Halls and the Church of St. Mary.
Next we stop to marvel at the stunning structures and imperial splendor of this UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. See the Old Museum, the Berlin City Palace, the Berlin Cathedral and more.
Leaving Museum Island you will cruise down Berlin's most important historical boulevard – the city’s royal mile.
We then make a stop to visit the site of the Nazi Book Burning that took place on the 10th May 1933.
Finally you will bathe in the architectural splendor of Berlin's most beautiful square. See the French and German Domes and the Concert House.
Your guide will accompany you as you are driven back to your hotel.
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