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Berlin: Plenary Chamber, Dome & Government District Tour

1. Berlin: Plenary Chamber, Dome & Government District Tour

On this guided tour of the parliament and government district of Berlin, you will get acquainted with some of Germany's political history. Begin your journey at Pariser Platz and continue to the parliament and government district. Learn more about famous buildings such as Hotel Adlon or Brandenburg Gate and see the sights from a different perspective. Cross the historical sector border at Brandenburg Gate and get interesting information on the Reichstag building and its complicated location at the Berlin Wall. Next, climb the dome of the Reichstag to learn more about the tasks and duties of the Bundestag. Hear the fascinating story behind the Reichstag building, its transformation into a modern landmark designed by Lord Foster, and about the interesting ecological concept Foster's work was built upon. Experience Berlin from above, enjoy the city's skyline, and learn more about the history of the city.

Berlin: Reichstag, Plenary Chamber, Cupola & Government Tour

2. Berlin: Reichstag, Plenary Chamber, Cupola & Government Tour

Join a guided walk through the government district. Visit the plenary chamber and dome of the Reichstag building and gain insight into the history of the district on this 60-minute walk along the River Spree. See the old government buildings as well as the modern government and parliament buildings built after 1995. See Jakob-Kaiser-Haus, Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, and the Federal Chancellery. Pass through the security check to get into the Reichstag building. Listen to an interesting talk in the plenary chamber, and learn about German parliamentary history as well as interesting details about the Reichstag building itself. Hear about the history and architecture of the building as well as the reconstruction by British architect Sir Norman Foster that transformed it into one of the most modern and innovative parliament buildings in the world. Step onto the roof terrace and witness the glass dome of the Reichstag building. From here, enjoy the breathtaking views of Berlin. Stay up on top of the Reichstag for as long as you like, as long as it is not after closing time at midnight.

Berlin: Government Quarter Tour and Reichstag Dome Visit

3. Berlin: Government Quarter Tour and Reichstag Dome Visit

Discover the highlights in Berlin's government district on a guided tour. Hear a local guide tell you exciting stories about the history and politics of Berlin. See modern buildings, important monuments, and landmarks of the city. After the tour, visit the Reichstag on your own. There will be an ID check at the entrance to the Reichstag building. The guide ends the tour at the security checkpoint at the Reichstag entrance. You will be asked to provide your details in advance. You will receive all the information and a link to a time slot. Then you can visit the dome. You can also visit the plenary hall below the dome. The visit is free of charge. Enjoy breathtaking views from the roof terrace and dome. See the Parliamentary Quarters, the German Chancellery, modern Potsdamer Platz, and the iconic Brandenburg Gate.  See the Berlin Cathedral from a completely different perspective and keep an eye out for the Rathaus (City Hall) and the famous TV tower. 

Berlin: Charité Walking Tour

4. Berlin: Charité Walking Tour

Listen to the fascinating stories of life and death that the Berlin Charité has to tell. It all began in the 18th century with a plague house that would later develop into what it is today: one of the most important university hospitals in Europe. Marvel at the time-honoured buildings that have beared witness to great moments in medical history. Follow in the footsteps of Rudolf Virchow, Robert Koch, Emil von Behring, Karl Bonhoeffer and Ferdinand Sauerbruch. Your tour starts at the famous Charité ward block and leads across the university campus. Learn interesting facts about the geniuses of Berlin medicine, but also about the dark times of the institution, when the doctors collaborated with the Nazi regime. On the tour you will also visit a mysterious "medicine temple". It is Berlin's oldest surviving teaching building and is hidden in a backyard.

Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

5. Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

Discover Berlin's hidden back alleys on this walking tour. Enjoy a guided visit some of the most iconic spots which showcase the typical urban Berlin atmosphere. See how people live, work, create and have fun in these small spaces. Stroll through the Scheunenviertel in Berlin-Mitte. Learn about the history of the development of this quarter, and its transformation into the center of Jewish life around the New Synagogue. Find out how it became the trendy, colorful and international area that it is today. Make your way to sights like the Schwarzenberg house, the Rose Courts, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, and the Heckmann courtyards. Follow the traces of Jewish life in Berlin towards Oranienburger Strasse.

Berlin: 3-Hour Street Art Tour

6. Berlin: 3-Hour Street Art Tour

The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. People started painting in the 1960's on the side of The Berlin Wall, and through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, when artists the world over came to the capital to leave their mark. The team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to see the freshest and finest works Berlin has to offer, which means this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners. Join the tour and see the weird and wonderful side of Berlin, making sure your trip to Berlin has an extra special twist. 

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

7. 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.

Berlin: The Dark Side of The Capital Tour

8. Berlin: The Dark Side of The Capital Tour

Discover a different side to the city with this creepy and scary tour. If you think of Berlin at night, its turbulent nightlife, glittering variety shows and brightly lit streets might come to mind. But where there is a lot of light, there is also a lot of shadow. If you want to see behind the city's evening bustle, this creepy tour can help you bump into Berlin's shady figures.  Witches, ghosts and demons have always been drawn to Berlin, a city full of eerie, gruesome places. After meeting your tour guide, you will first ask Saint Francis to protect you from the dangers lurking in the dark. Then, it is time to set off to visit places where the most horrible things have happened, including cruel witch hunts and terrible executions. If you're lucky (or unlucky!), you might encounter the eerie 'White Woman' and other mysterious creatures of the night. See the locations where the gallows used to stand, and where some innocent souls may still be up to mischief today. As you explore Berlin, hear stories of the great catastrophes that Berlin has withstood from your guide. If you're looking for a unique and spooky experience, then this is a truly unforgettable tour! 

Berlin: Discover Berlin Walking Tour

9. Berlin: Discover Berlin Walking Tour

See historic Berlin on a walking tour through the city's most significant places. Take an informative, thought-provoking journey that brings the history of Berlin alive. Cover all of Berlin's main sights, from the Berlin Wall to the site of Hitler's bunker. Visit the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Cathedral, Palace Square, and much more. Choose to take either a shorter or longer tour with a private guide to fit your schedule. Your guide’s superb story-telling skills will weave the themes of Prussian, Imperial, Nazi, Cold War and 21st-Century Berlin into a detailed narrative, stretching from Berlin’s swampy origins in medieval times. Hear tales about controversies over the design of the memorial, to the tragic story of the murdered Jews of Europe. Along the way, meet characters who have left their imprint on the city, including Albert Einstein, Marlene Dietrich, and JFK. Stand above the spot where Hitler took his life in April 1945, and see where daring escapes took place across the Berlin Wall before its momentous fall in 1989.

Berlin: Listening Station Teufelsberg Tour with Transfer

10. Berlin: Listening Station Teufelsberg Tour with Transfer

Discover the history of Berlin and visit the 120-meter-high Teufelsberg. Learn more about the former listening post and stroll through Europe's largest street art gallery. The tour starts at the S-Bahn station Heerstraße (Charlottenburg). Travel by Mercedes V-Class to the Teufelsberg Listening Station in Berlin. During the tour of the area, learn more about the beginnings in 1937 and the development of the former listening station after the Second World War. Today, the field station on Teufelsberg with its US listening station is one of the so-called "Lost Places" in Berlin. After you take some time to explore, head back to the starting point.

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Frequently asked questions about Berlin

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The best day trips and excursions from Berlin are:

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Berlin walking tours: Everything you need to know

The largest city in Germany, Berlin has something for you to enjoy. If you mention Berlin, most people will automatically think of the Berlin Wall. However, you’ll see that the German capital has much more to offer. It has a great art collection at its Pergamon museum and boasts eclectic buildings and historical architecture. Don’t miss your chance to have a taste of Berlin’s culinary selections. While visiting the local markets, you’ll be tempted by a food vendor selling a pretzel or a berliner (a sweet pastry). Don’t worry, you can diet later.

As the capital of Germany, it doesn’t lack in theater and culture. You can visit a famous opera house, ballet company, many art galleries, and several public parks. Tour some of Berlin’s most notable neighborhoods like Friedrichshain and Pankow. What will you find there? An open-air movie theater, several trendy cafes, and stylish boutiques for shopping in these communities.

What can you expect on a Berlin walking tour?

Along with its rich past, Berlin has a new generation that embraces the popular world culture. That said, you can stop by numerous hip neighborhoods, like Kreuzberg, where you can move to the beat or try a German cocktail. Many of these hotspots can be your stops along a Berlin walking tour. If you’re interested in visiting trendy bars, consider booking a pub crawl or a beer tasting tour. 

Each Berlin tour has a guide that will provide you with a wealth of information about the sight or neighborhood that you are visiting. You can even ask questions as you walk along. You’ll have many chances to stop and rest or grab a bite to eat, and more than one when you’re on a longer tour.

History walking tours in Berlin

Berlin has a rich history - some good, some bad, and some even uglier. You’ll leave the historical walking tours with a better understanding of it all. Some of the historical sights and landmarks you can see include Sachsenhausen Communist Concentration Camp, the Holocaust Memorial, and Checkpoint Charlie.

Berlin food tours

Taste the culinary specialties of Berlin on one of its food walking tours. You’ll get a chance to sample many different foods, like currywurst and schnitzel, at a variety of local cafes and restaurants. You can be confident from the first bite that it will be delicious. Why? Because all the eateries on the list are popular with the locals and some of the best places to dine in Berlin.

Must-see attractions on Berlin walking tours


Berlin is a really large city, but if you have limited time, you can see a lot in just one day. On a top attraction tour, you’ll spend half the day touring some of Berlin’s most famous attractions like Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate, and Checkpoint Charlie. On this tour you’ll see both East and West Berlin, and along the way you’ll also visit several neighborhoods, including Friedrichshain.

Potsdam walking tours

Indulge yourself in Potsdam and all of its magnificence for a day. As you stroll along, you’ll see all the grandeur of the palaces, castles, courtyards, and gardens.

Walking tours at night in Berlin

Explore the sights of Berlin after dark with a night tour. See the city all lit up on a night stroll. You can also go on popular night pub crawls if they are more your thing. On this tour you’ll be treated like a celebrity as you hit the hottest nightclubs. Along with complimentary drinks, you’ll get VIP entry. As with other walking tours, you’ll have a guide who can help you. In this case, they might have to help you find a dance partner.

Are there added extras with Berlin walking tours?

Berlin is large, so you might have to take a train on your walking tour. However, don’t fret because the fare is typically a part of your tour package. A printed, souvenir guide might also be given to you to keep. If you participate in a walking tour, you often get another benefit - immediate admission into a park or attraction. What does that mean for you? No waiting in line!


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What people are saying about Berlin

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This was an exceptional tour - Dan was a superb guide and, as well as the David Bowie material, he also included other, relevant, parts of Berlin history. I am a fan of author Christopher Isherwood and Dan went out of his way to show us the apartment where Isherwood lived with its plaque - this was very kind of him and much appreciated. The Bowie information was comprehensive and Dan made it come alive. I cannot recommend this tour enough - you won’t be disappointed.

Really fascinating tour in a more intimate small group setting. I had a guide named Eran on a lovely Saturday morning and he was amazing in explaining the history, engaging the audience and adding his personal history/story to the tour. Highly recommend!

Our guide Felipe was very friendly and had very good knowledge about the city and it's history. There aren't that many tours in Berlin which focus on the topic of World War 2. Would definitely recommend! Thanks.

The guide Eran was very informative and was very engaging, really enjoyed the tour learned things that I didn’t know. Would recommend

Very informative historical tour with our guide Paul. Very personable. Good knowledge and pitch to an adult and two young teenagers