Berlin Culture & history

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Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

1. Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

Hear about the tumultuous contemporary history of Berlin on a guided walking tour to historical sights. Choose from group or private walking tour. Pass by sights like the German House of Parliament, Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, and Checkpoint Charlie. Meet your tour guide in front of the Brandenburg Gate, the site of many changes in 20th-century Berlin. Listen to commentary about the last days of the Second World War and hear how the gate came to be a symbol of reunification in Germany after 1989.  Learn about the curious Reichstag Fire of 1933 as you pass the German House of Parliament. Delve deep into the events that took place after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933, what happened to this building since the fall of the wall in 1989. Continue your sightseeing tour by heading to the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, where you’ll have the chance to examine Soviet military hardware. Walk to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a poignant dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. See the site of Hitler’s Bunker and stroll to Hermann Göring's enormous Ministry of Aviation building at the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, which was site where the GDR was founded in 1949. Next, you’ll head to see where the SS and the Gestapo institutions were located. Contemplate life on both sides of the Berlin Wall while gathering around a 200-meter long stretch of the wall. Despite the wall falling 30 years ago, standing here allows you to absorb the very palpable history of the city. Round off the walk with a stop at Checkpoint Charlie, where your guide will finish the tour with anecdotes about the infamous American versus Soviet tank standoff and the final hours before the wall fell.

Reichstag: Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

2. Reichstag: Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

Visit the stunning Reichstag building, walk around its iconic glass dome, and explore Berlin’s government and parliament quarter on a captivating tour with a German-speaking guide to get a better understanding of Germany’s unique political history. Follow your guide as you take a stroll through Berlin’s parliament quarter along the banks of the River Spree. Walk by the impressive Brandenburger Gate and Pariser Platz and stop and see important governmental structures. Pass through the security check to get into the Reichstag building. Listen to an informative talk in the plenary chamber to learn insightful information about Germany’s parliament and as well as interesting details about the Reichstag building. Find out about the history and architecture of the building and its reconstruction by British architect Sir Norman Foster, which transformed it into one of the most modern and innovative parliament buildings in the world. Head up to the top of the Reichstag to experience the highlight of the tour; a visit to the roof terrace and the glass dome of the building. From here you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Berlin.

Berlin: Christmas Garden Berlin Entrance Ticket

3. Berlin: Christmas Garden Berlin Entrance Ticket

Explore Berlin Botanical Garden as it is transformed into the Christmas Garden Berlin during the winter season. Enjoy the glimmering lights of the garden in a magnificent Christmassy setting. Discover a variety of light designs, millions of light points, and a unique, magically illuminated winter wonderland. Explore a magical world with family, friends, and colleagues, surrounded by dreamlike soundscapes. After your walk along the trail, warm up by the crackling fire and enjoy winter specialties with a view of the magnificently illuminated Italian garden.

Berlin: Natural History Museum Entrance Ticket

4. Berlin: Natural History Museum Entrance Ticket

Come and join a journey of discovery that begins by following the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin and takes you all the way to the modern-day explorers of life on earth. Every day, the approximately 200 scientists working at the Museum für Naturkunde look for answers to the great problems and challenges the future holds, relying on their scientific collections, comprising over 30 million items. Their insights shape the various permanent and special exhibitions and many special events. Some of the best-known exhibits are to be found in the Dinosaur Hall, which shows life as it might have been in the Upper Jurassic period, 150 million years ago. Giraffatitan brancai, the tallest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world, impressively welcomes all visitors in the center of the exhibition hall. The precious Archaeopteryx lithographica, the Mona Lisa of natural history, is elegantly displayed in a safety showcase at the back of the hall. All of the fossil objects – and the dinosaurs in particular – still yield new secrets to scientists and researchers from all over the world. The museum offers much more than extinct fossils - the East Wing allows visitors to see a genuine scientific research collection that has received many accolades. This collection is home to about a million animals stored in 80 tonnes of alcohol. The Biodiversity Wall fascinates visitors, displaying 3,000 species in one glance. This thought-provoking installation opens up a discussion on biodiversity and its loss – a theme that remains at the heart of the museum’s research efforts. With changing temporary exhibitions and a diversified education program including guided tours, lectures, and workshops, the Museum für Naturkunde is always worth a visit.

Berlin: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

5. Berlin: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

Feel the music, feel like a supermodel, feel like a legend at Madame Tussauds Berlin. Come up closer than ever to celebrities and famous characters. Immerse yourself in the most iconic moments of the last 100 years of Berlin's history. Get on stage and sing together with Taylor Swift. Become a model in the fashion zone, or date George Clooney at the most exclusive VIP party in town. Visit the 'Golden 20s' and experience the joy and extravagance of this famous decade. Dance the Charleston with Josephine Baker, enjoy a drink with Marlene Dietrich or celebrate with Liza Minelli. In the divided city, John F. Kennedy shouts "Ick bin ein Berliner" and Udo Lindenberg takes the “Sonderzug nach Pankow” until David Hasselhoff brings down the Berlin Wall. Find the perfect spot for your family photo or Instagram selfie, like with the wax figure of comedy star Teddy Teclebrahn, known as Teddy Comedy and making his fans laugh for over 10 years in several TV productions and stand up shows.

From Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial Half-Day Tour

6. From Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial Half-Day Tour

Travel north of Berlin by train and take a poignant guided tour of Sachsenhausen Memorial. See the remaining structures, learn of the site’s dark history, and take in emotive memorials dedicated to the camp’s victims. Witness what remains of the facilities that housed the guards, staff, and the prisoners. Enter at guard tower “A” and stand on the registration compound, before seeing the Jewish barracks, boot testing track, and gallows. Continue to the camp’s hospital and pathology laboratory before arriving at the grizzly Station Z building, which contained a crematorium and killing facilities Learn how the camp came to be during Nazi Germany, what conditions were like inside the camp during World War II, and how at last prisoners were liberated at the end of the war. While many of the camp’s stories are grim and heartbreaking, you will also hear inspiring tales of resistance and survival as you walk past commemorative monuments and plaques paying tribute to the camp’s victims and survivors.

Berlin: DARK MATTER Experience Entry Ticket

7. Berlin: DARK MATTER Experience Entry Ticket

Explore light, movement and sound, merging into expressive choreographies of luminous forms and colors with the DARK MATTER exhibition. Discover the 1,000 square meters of exhibition space and a range of multimedia installations. In the pitch-black rooms of a converted factory, visitors embark on a journey through seven artworks. From breathtakingly intimate light compositions, and interactive walk-in structures to room-encompassing audiovisual performances, become part of a fully immersive experience.

Berlin: Illuseum Berlin Entrance Ticket

8. Berlin: Illuseum Berlin Entrance Ticket

Take a break from the real world and step into the Illuseum Berlin. Located in the center of Berlin, the Illuseum is a place where nothing is as it seems and where fun, entertainment, and interactivity for visitors of all ages is the focus. Whether it's slate space or infinite space, baffling holograms, or an impressive tunnel, anyone can immerse themselves for a moment in a world full of illusions, allowing themselves to fall under the spell of their senses. Experience a one-of-a-kind museum where you will defy gravity, lose the ground under your feet, see yourself grow and shrink, and become inspired by optical illusions. As a special treat, check out clever play-areas made of sustainable wooden toys with many impressive 3D puzzles and riddles that are not only fun but also train your logical skills. It's easy to waste a day at this tricky fitness center for the brain.

Berlin: Berlin Story Museum Entry Ticket

9. Berlin: Berlin Story Museum Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in Berlin's eventful history and follow the audio guide's vivid explanations about the past from Imperial times to the fall of the Berlin Wall in a real bunker from the Second World War. Step back in time to the period of National Socialism and discover a piece of contemporary history. Learn everything about Hitler's rise to power and his reign of terror. Visit the award-winning Berlin Story Museum in the huge Berlin Story Bunker near Anhalter Bahnhof and Potsdamer Platz. Learn more about Berlin's eventful history at 30 stations with large installations, informative photos, and short films.

Berlin: Combo Ticket Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE

10. Berlin: Combo Ticket Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE

Meet the stars right next to the Brandenburg Gate with a ticket to Madame Tussaud. After experiencing the world of fame, you continue your sightseeing tour along “Unter den Linden” and dive into the fascinating underwater world with a ticket to AquaDom & SEA LIFE. First explore the star-studded Madame Tussauds and discover the interactive exhibits that get you up-close-and-personal with your favorite stars from the past and present. Have your cameras and mobile phones charged to take selfies with your idols. Stroll through the newly built area of the Golden 20s and spot the most recent figures that have been added, Beatrice Egli and Teddy Teclebrahn. Continue your magical journey through one of the largest tropical aquariums in Berlin, the AquaDome. At SEA LIFE get close to sharks, stingrays, and octopuses. Watch the daily feedings and get to know some of the creatures up close at the feeding pool. Follow the course of the water from the sources of the river Spree to the depths of the Atlantic.Uncover over 4000 fascinating creatures in 37 lifelike freshwater and saltwater pools.

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Very good and informative tour! Justice, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the history. She allowed time for question and to creat conversation about the subject. I was really pleased with the tour and the guide! Definitely would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about african colonisation and German history! And the bonus is that I made some new friends so truly recommend specially if you are alone.

We had a wonderful tour with Thomas. He was fascinating and got my two teenagers very interested in the history of Berlin. I highly recommend the experience, truly amazing!!

Our great Aussie guide paul was a captivating guide . He helped piece together Berlins history in a way that was Interesting and easy to understand .

Totally recommend for those who are interested in learning more about German and European history.

Mikhail was so knowledgeable, interesting and personable. Vielen Dank Mikhail!