Berlin’s centre is a clash of old and new, each historical époque leaving its mark. From the decadence of the Prussian Empire to the liberal chaos of the Weimar Republic and the decades of struggle that followed, Berlin has always sat at the centre of political and historical change. Among its iconic sights and symbols are clues which reveal how this city came to exist in its current form – visible for those who know where to look.
On this private sightseeing itinerary, let your expert guide take you on an insider tour of Berlin on foot, by bike or by car. You will explore not only the historical highlights to be seen in the city, but also get a sense of the hidden threads which weave them all together.
As well as real-life sights, we will include personal anecdotes, stories and photographs, allowing you to compare the past and present faces of the city.
Reichstag Building & Government District
We start our tour in the new government district, outside the Reichstag building, which has been the focus of many central events over its 150 year history. With its dramatic history and recent renovation, it reflects the ups and downs of German history in the 20th century like no other monument.
Along the rest of the route we’ll make stops at some of Berlin’s most celebrated spots. At each stage, you’ll have the chance to learn details about the role these famous places played in our city’s history and the stories associated with them. As we walk the streets together, your guide will bring history to life, providing insights that reveal a whole different side to our well known landmarks.
We pass by the Brandenburg Gate and the rebuilt Pariser Platz with the Hotel Adlon, the moving Memorial to The Murdered Jews of Europe and the site of the former bunker where Hitler ended his days.
Iconic Cold War Sights
Strolling by former Nazi ministries and a preserved section of the Berlin Wall, we will stop to reflect at the Topography of Terror memorial and the former Berlin Wall “death strip” before making our way to Checkpoint Charlie on Friedrichstrasse.
Pre-war Architecture & Museum Island
Not far from this famous boulevard is the Gendarmenmarkt, the “most beautiful square in Berlin”, where the German and French cathedrals flank the grand concert hall. Walk through Bebelplatz, with its thought-provoking Book Burning Memorial, and past the beautifully restored State Opera and Humboldt University (so-called after our name-sake, Alexander Humboldt)
To round off our tour, we reach “museum island”. This green oasis is situated opposite the reconstructed Prussian Palace on the Unter den Linden promenade and is full of fascinating sights from the pre-Weimar era for you to explore.
This tour is a private experience which can be tailored to your interests. Your guide will be on hand to answer your questions and to point out additional hidden gems where relevant. If you would like to combine this tour with other themes to create a full day or multi-day experience this is also possible. Please use the form below to let us know your ideal itinerary and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.
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