PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS OF THE BERLIN HIGHLIGHTS
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’.
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.
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.
– 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to contact us via the contact box at the bottom of this page for a personalised offer.
Read some of the blog posts we have written that are relevant to our Berlin Highlights tours:
Although Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, certainly remains an inescapable figure, could there be truth to the story of his escape to Argentina in 1945? That the most wanted man on earth could simply vanish, to spend the rest of his life in peaceful obscurity.
In the second installment in our Mythbusting Berlin series, we examine what is considered by many to be Berlin’s most famous fast food snack and lasting symbol of ingenuity in the face of Cold War shortages: the Currywurst.
Unlikely icon of immigrant success; fast food symbol of the working class; over-hyped midnight disco eat; or culturally appropriated cuisine? There is certainly more to a Döner Kebab than its constituent parts. But was it invented in Berlin?
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