Looking to organise a corporate event in Berlin?
Or maybe you’re arranging a trip for your university or special interest group? Whatever your tastes, Berlin has so many activities for groups on offer – but the most exciting things to do are not always easy to find!
From exclusive museum visits to historical tours, private parties to active experiences, a little insider knowledge goes a long way when it comes to events. With 15 years’ experience in group activities, we put together a list of some of our favourite ways to spend time together. Here you’ll find activities that not only provide a great bonding experience for your group, but also help you get a glimpse of what makes Berlin so special.
Tour Berlin in Classic Cars
Berlin is quite spread out, which means you’ll need to spend a fair bit of time either on foot, on two wheels or hopping about using our public transport system. While all are great ways to get from A to B, if you’d like to make your journey part of the fun, why not opt to cruise round the city in style?
Germany of course has a rich history in the automotive industry, so what better way to celebrate it than with a classic car tour. Choose from a range of vintage models to explore Berlin’s streets including 1960s Lincoln Continentals, Ford Mustangs, 1970s BMWs and Mercedes, Porsche 901s, Soviet-style Trabis and many more!
Jump in at your hotel, conference centre or wherever you choose. Along your journey, make stops at Berlin’s key landmarks to learn about the history of our city, and see what makes it such a centre for business, arts and culture. End your tour back at your hotel or organise a catered reception, head to a beer garden or book a great restaurant for your group to continue their evening.
Berlin Graffiti Workshop
The East Side Gallery is famous for its amazing street art. Some of the most famous pieces are now preserved behind glass to prevent contributions from passing “artists”… but there are other ways to make your mark.
For a fun bonding experience with your group, why not organise a Graffiti workshop with some of Berlin’s top street artists as your instructors? Your very own patch of wall is your canvas, with all art materials provided. Afterwards, round off the day with onsite catering and a few sundowners as you admire your work.
Spree boat tour with a Berlin Wall Refugee
Most visitors to Berlin are keen to learn about the history of our divisive former landmark. There are plenty of museums and memorials to visit which give you a sense of what East and West Berlin was like during the Cold War era, but nothing beats hearing the personal stories of someone who lived through it.
Even better, how about someone who escaped across no-man’s land and lived to tell the tale? See Berlin from a totally unique perspective, as we take to the river Spree to trace the real-life escape route of an East-Berlin refugee – who joins us to tell us about his experiences first-hand.
As you hear how our guest risked his life for freedom, you will begin to understand the physical and emotional strength required to make it through East Germany’s defences. A historical experience unlike any other, your group is bound to walk away inspired by our guide’s resilience and courage.
Exclusive after-hours Neues Museum tour
If you saw “Night at the Museum” and wished you could be the one walking the corridors after-hours, this could be the perfect experience for you.
Organise an exclusive private tour of some of Berlin’s most celebrated exhibitions, and have the museum all to yourself. You’ll be joined by a local expert, giving your group the chance to dive into the historical back-stories of rare and unusual artefacts from times gone by.
Whether you visit the world famous Bust of Nefertiti or one of the constantly changing temporary exhibitions, there’s something magical about being alone in a museum after dark. This is a perfect activity for school or universities, or for special interest trips – why not bring history to life for your group’s next visit.
Berlin is a famous centre for street food and art in Europe. Not only do we have some of the best German comfort food in the world (see: Currywurst), our city is also home to a huge range of different communities, each bringing their own unique flavours and creative works to celebrate.
Kreuzberg in particular is a melting pot for many different populations, and is a great example of what can be achieved where we foster cultural diversity and tolerance.
Take your group on a guided stroll through a local Kiez (neighbourhood) and notice its unique mix of parks, cafes, independent shops and arty spaces. Together we’ll sample the best snacks and drinks from the area, hear stories about Kreuzberg’s alternative past and present, and discover some of the best street art in the area!
Cold War VR experience at the Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall is a must-see for your trip to Berlin. Learning about everyday life on both sides of the wall provides a fascinating insight into Berlin during the cold-war era. If you’d like to enrich the experience even further, how about using VR technology to experience how it would have looked 50 years ago?
Donning your Virtual Reality headset at different points along the wall, you’ll find yourself at the centre of an interactive history lesson. Hear about some of the most significant moments in the cold war, see how the wall would have looked, and feel a sense of the claustrophobia of being trapped behind it.
Seeing Berlin’s most famous landmark in this way makes allow you to visualise what the wall would have been like when Berlin was divided – which can be hard to do when so much has changed! It’s the perfect activity for school history trips to Berlin or for corporate groups.
Secret Jazz Concert at a Berlin Apartment
Ever wished to stumble across the perfect house party? Live music floats out to the street, free-flowing drinks and a warm welcome await you and your friends. Why not surprise your group by organising your own private party for your next trip to Berlin?
Book a Jazz band or opera singer to perform an exclusive live concert in the living room of a cozy Berlin apartment. Drinks and snacks are on hand – of course – to complete the evening for your group.
Don’t want the night to end? Why not continue the fun with a night time tour of some of Berlin’s best bars. Book a private roof club, a cabaret show or any number of other options to fit your tastes.
Berlin’s nightlife is famous, and the city provides no shortage of places to taste some of the best cocktails in Europe. Of course you can take your group to a cocktail bar, but if you’d like to try something a little more interactive, why not learn how to make your own?
We’ll head to one of our favourite bars for a private lesson in Mixology… shake, mix and muddle your way to a great evening – with plenty of time to drink your creations at the end.
Great as a warm up for a corporate event or party, or simply as a way to get to know others in your group, a cocktail-making masterclass is bound to get people talking.
Private Tango Experience
The national dance of Argentina is one of the most popular in Germany. In fact, Berlin is home to the highest number of tango dancers outside of Argentina!
If you fancy trying something different with your group in Berlin, how about learning how to master this dramatic dance? With private instruction from top tango dancers in one of the city’s top studios, you’ll be strutting across the ballroom in no time.
Private Dining in Berlin: Pop-up haute-cuisine with your very own chef
Berlin might be home to some of the world’s best restaurants, but that’s not the only way to experience fine dining in the city. Instead of struggling to pin down a reservation, why not organise private dining in Berlin for your group at the time and place that suits you best? Whether you’re looking to host a dinner party at your rented accommodation, or entertain a corporate group post-conference, there are plenty of options to fit your schedule.
Choose the number of courses you’d like to offer, the type of cuisine you prefer and even the serving style – hiring a private chef is the perfect way to create a truly memorable experience for your group.
Have we sparked your imagination with these exciting group activities in Berlin? Humboldt tours has over 15 years’ experience in creating bespoke events for groups visiting Berlin, and we would love to help organise your next visit. We specialise in experiences that go beyond the ordinary, allowing you to get to the heart of Berlin while having fun with your group. Learn more about us here.
We know that it can be stressful to organise a fun programme for groups of any size, so we aim to provide the best possible personal service. Simply talk to us about what you need from your programme, and we’ll be happy to tailor a proposal to your requirements. During the planning process we are here every step of the way to answer your questions and provide all the necessary details for your guests. On the ground, we provide guides and logistical support to ensure that everything runs smoothly – allowing you to step back stress-free and have a great time with your group.
Want to discuss the options with us? Contact us today for a no-obligation chat.