The Berlin Highlights
The Sights and Stories


"Our Berlin Highlights tour covers the milestones of Berlin's complex history..."

Certainly, it was far from evident from its humble beginnings – as a minor fishing village settled in an unforgiving backwater – that Berlin was destined for the world stage

The catastrophic events of the 20th century that have come to be so closely associated with the present day German capital seem unbelievably distant from its time as part of the remote ‘Sandbox of the Holy Roman Empire’.

Berlin Highlights Private Tour - View From The Siegessaulle
Berlin Highlights Tour - View Of The TV Tower And the Berliner Dom

"...1,000 years of history in a day..."

To remove Berlin from the European story would leave many questions unanswerable; eras have begun and ended here; events served as catalysts to the great turning points in history. 

Germany’s doomed involvement in World War One; the city’s status as the nerve centre of Hitler’s ‘Third Reich’; Berlin carved up and occupied on the frontline of the Cold War conflict; the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall; the reunification of Germany with Berlin as the country’s capital.

To walk the streets of this city is to be confronted with major history at every turn.

Berlin Highlights
Tour Description

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The perfect introduction to Berlin for first time visitors or anyone looking to find their feet in the city. This tour offers you a nuanced overview, featuring all the places that epitomise the milestones of the city’s complex history.

We’ll show you what there is to see, and also open your eyes to what lies beneath the surface: the faint traces, the stories, and the voices that warrant no memorials, but tell you just as much about life in Berlin across the ages.

Join us on this trip from Berlin’s beginnings in the swamplands of Brandenburg, through Prussian imperialism and the raucous years of the Weimar Republic, to the Second World War, the Cold War, the ecstasy of reunification, to the vibrant capital that is today’s Berlin.

If you’re short on time and looking to make the most of it, our Berlin Highlights tour covers almost 1,000 years of the city’s history in the space of a day – all the sights, the sounds and the stories.

The length of this tour means that a short snack/coffee break (not included in the tour price) can easily be integrated into the route – or, if requested, a longer meal break.

Berlin Highlights
Tour Sites

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– the central East German square of Alexanderplatz
– the iconic Television Tower (Fernsehturm)
– the former Prussian Royal Quarter and site of the reconstructed City Palace (Stadtschloss)
– the idyllic Lustgarten – former kitchen garden for the City Palace turned Nazi parade ground
the UNESCO World Heritage listed Museums Island
– the Italian Renaissance styled Berliner Dom
– Unter den Linden – the former Prussian royal boulevard
– Humboldt University – home to 29 Noble Prize winners
The Forum Fridericianum and Bebelplatz/the ‘Nazi Book Burning Square’
– the former French Huguenot Quarter and beautiful churches and Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt
– the former Cold War US military crossing of Checkpoint Charlie
– Wilhelmplatz – with the former Prussian/Nazi government quarter
– a number of remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall
the former SS/Gestapo Headquarters (Topography of Terror) 
– the former Nazi Airforce Ministry
the site of Hitler’s Führerbunker
the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
– the Brandenburg Gate
– the Pariserplatz square with the American, French, British and Russian embassies
– the current German government quarter
the Reichstag parliament building


Our tours can start whenever and wherever is best for you. Whether you're an early bird or late sleeper. Whether you prefer to start at your accomodation or elsewhere.


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All reservations can be cancelled via email up to one month before the first tour date - subject to a 25% cancellation fee.

- Choose Your Berlin Highlights Tour Option -

All of our private tours are custom tailored to our clients needs and wishes and can include Berlin sights decided in advance or spontaneously organised on the day of the tour.

If you have any specific requests for your tour, regarding sights and content, do not hesitate to ask – you can email us at or feel free to contact us via the contact box at the bottom of this page for a personalised offer.

private guided walking tour

From 70€ per hour

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private guided van tour

From 135€ per hour

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From 190€ per hour

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Our Berlin Highlights Tour Blog Posts

Read some of the blog posts we have written that are relevant to our Berlin Highlights tours:

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Pamphlet

The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp In The DDR

Although constructed by the Nazis in 1936, the Sachsenhausen concentration camp would be liberated by Soviet troops in April 1945 – only to be inherited by the East German government and later opened as a memorial. In purely numerical terms, the nine years that Sachsenhausen existed as a living hell – just 35km north of the German capital – during the Nazi era and a further five appalling years as a Soviet detention camp, have long since been surpassed by its time as a place of remembrance.

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Berlin War Damage in the Mitte district

Scars Of Battle: War Damage In Berlin

Having seen the flames of war finally extinguished in 1945, the millions of people across the European continent that had survived this atrocious calamity were left to sift through the ashes and face rebuilding the parts of their lives that had been destroyed. More so than in previous conflicts, the major victims of the most lethal war in human history would be civilians – with more than 60% of those killed being non-combatants.

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Construction of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate

Who Built The Berlin Wall? – Mythbusting Berlin

One of the most common questions I have encountered from people curious about Berlin, and often so cryptically phrased. Who built the Berlin Wall? A simple five-word query, yet one that can be read one of two ways. More than thirty years since the ‘Fall of the Wall’, the story of its construction continues to baffle many who are mainly familiar with its existence through knowledge of its importance…

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Inside the German parliament after the Reichstag fire

Who Was Really Responsible For The Reichstag Fire? – Mythbusting Berlin

Various theories have been posited as to who actually set fire to the German parliament in 1933. Was it the opening act in an attempted Communist coup or a calculated false flag operation carried out by elements of the Nazi Party, design to create the conditions necessary for introducing single-party rule? And what part did the young man from Holland, arrested shirtless inside the building the night of the fire, play in this event?

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Nazi bicycle infantry

Did The Nazis Invent The Bicycle Reflector? – Mythbusting Berlin

The fruits of wartime ingenuity are plenty – so many, in-fact, that it has become somewhat of a worn cliche that as the guns start firing the innovators get to work, often solving problems while providing more problems for the enemy to overcome.The kind of progress that results in the production of newer improved, more lethal weapons, such as to increase the chances of victory.

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Explore Berlin in 101 Objects

Explore Berlin In 101 Objects – The 2020 Edition

To explore Berlin today is to immerse yourself in a cityscape still very much defined by the tumultuous events of its not so distant past. When discussing exploration, it is not uncommon to hear the terms ‘sights’ and ‘sites’ used interchangeably. As if to suggest that to experience a city is to exclusively moor your experience to grand landmarks – palaces, churches, museums, monuments, and memorials.

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