Best Guided Tours In And Around Berlin

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Looking for a guided tour in Berlin? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading for our recommendations!

Aaron and Cate at the Brandenburg Gate

Quick Answer: Top 3 Guided Tours In and Around Berlin

  1. Private tour with Matti
  2. 1- hour Spree river boat cruise
  3. Day trip to Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace
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Best Guided Tours In And Around Berlin

Explore Berlin with Matti

We highly recommend booking a private tour with Matti of Tours of Berlin. He’s one of our preferred partners and offers a fantastic way to get an insider’s look at Berlin. Matti is a Berlin native and can show you Berlin’s fascinating history, take you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems, and much more. Click here to check out Matti’s tours. Please tell him we sent you!

Berlin Spree River cruise
Spree River cruise
Berlin Spree River cruise

Berlin Spree River Boat Tour

This is the perfect tour for your first day in Berlin…or when your feet need a break from walking. You’ll enjoy stunning views of Berlin’s highlights and you can even enjoy beer or coffee while listening to the live narration that points out the sights. If you’re visiting during the warmer months, definitely sit on the upper deck for unobstructed views. We really enjoyed this relaxing tour!

Click here to book a Belrin Spree river boat tour!

Berlin Reichstag

Berlin Reichstag Tour

The Reichstag is Germany’s capitol building and is a must-see. While you can opt to book free tickets to visit just the glass dome part of the Reichstag, you can also take tour led by an expert guide who will give you an insightful look into the political and historical background of the Reichstag and Berlin. A guided tour also includes a visit to the Plenary Chamber and the Reichstag’s dome. The view of Berlin’s skyline from the dome is spectacular!

Click here to book a Berlin Reichstag tour!

Berlin Hidden Backyards Tour

If you’re looking for a unique tour that gets you off the beaten path, check out this tour! The urban landscape of Berlin is made up of tons of hidden back alleys and courtyards. Locals have turned many of these places into rich cultural and artistic spaces. In this guided tour, you’ll see everything from historic buildings, street art, courtyards, and art studios while learning the origins and history behind these transformations. Some stops include the Scheunenviertel neighborhood, the New Synagogue, Heckmann-Hofe, Schwarzenberg House, and many more.

Click here book this tour and discover Berlin’s hidden gems!

Berlin Third Reich Walking Tour

If you’re a history buff, this is the tour for you. Your guide will take you to several sights that have ties to WWII Berlin, the Third Reich, and Hitler while sharing stories and insights about the city at that time. You’ll visit sights like the exact spot where Hitler’s bunker stood, the Propaganda Ministry, where the Battle of Britain was coordinated, and much more.

Click here to book this Third Reich and WWII history tour!

Berlin Wall remant
Berlin Wall and Guard Tower
Berlin Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin Insider’s Cold War Walking Tour

This is another great walking tour for all history buffs visiting Berlin. Led by a professional guide, this tour brings you to lesser known historical sites tied to the Cold War like former guard towers, espionage points of the CIA and KGB, and hidden areas along the Berlin Wall.

While visiting these spots, your guide will share what it was like to live in the eastern bloc and fascinating historical stories of that time like failed escape attempts. The tour also gives you the opportunity to travel on one of the old West Berlin’s ghost trains.

Click here to book this Cold War history tour!

Berlin Evening Sightseeing River Cruise on the Spree

If seeing Berlin from the Spree river isn’t enough of a new, fresh perspective for you, then check out this evening river cruise! This tour would be the perfect way to unwind at the end your day of traveling since there’s also music and drinks available on the upper deck. In this 2.5-hour river cruise, you’ll witness Berlin’s skyline transform as the sun sets. The tour passes through all of the iconic landmarks from the Bundestag, the TV Tower, and the Berlin Cathedral to Museum Island and Charlottenburg Palace.

Click here to book an evening boat tour!

Berlin Charlottenburg Guided Art Tour

The district of Charlottenburg is another great area for exploring Berlin’s bustling cultural and art scene. Charlottenburg has historically been a hub for artists and gallery owners alike. Over the years, it has become a vibrant and sophisticated area worth visiting. This tour brings you to hidden gems, art galleries, and other landmarks like the Berliner Festspiele and the Berlin Technical University.

Click here to book this Berlin art tour!

Best of Berlin Segway Tour

Looking for a fun and active tour? Go on an exciting journey through the vibrant streets of Berlin with this Segway tour! In this 1-hour tour, you’ll ride a Segway led by a professional tour guide. The tour starts with a quick training to get a hang of the basics of riding a Segway, then you’ll take off to see Berlin’s main sights.  

Click here to book this Berlin segway tour!

Berlin Sights and Highlights Bike Tour

If Segways are a bit out of your comfort zone, then you can always go on a bike tour! With this bike tour, it’s not just about discovering landmarks but also the immersive experience you get while riding through Berlin’s streets and avenues.

This tour not only brings you to all the classic Berlin highlights like the Government District, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Berlin Wall but also lesser visited sites like the Kulturbrauerei in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg district. It’s led by a friendly local guide and goes at a relaxed pace so you can hear entertaining commentary in between the stops.

Click here to book this Berlin bike tour!

Berlin Trabi Limo Tour

For those who want to sightsee in the highest level of comfort, this tour is for you! You’ll cruise through Berlin in luxury in a Trabant Limousine or Trabi-XXL. It’s an entertaining experience watching people react and take pictures as you drive by in this unique vehicle!

This tour is perfect for small groups of up to 5 people who want to customize their itinerary. Depending on your itinerary, you can choose between a 90-minute tour or a 2.5-hour tour, as well as pick-up and drop off anywhere in the city center. To cap it off, you’ll get a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine or other drinks of your choice.

Click here to cruise through Berlin in comfort and luxury.

Berlin Trabi City Safari

If a limo is too flashy, check out this other Trabi tour! This tour celebrates the classic and nostalgic Trabi of the GDR (East Germany). You’ll be transported back in time as you learn the basics of the four-stroke and manual gearbox to prepare for your drive around the city – yes, you get to drive the Trabi!

After a short technical training, you’ll embark on a 75-minute tour passing through all the famous sights like Potsdamer Platz, Unter den Linden, and the Brandenburg Gate, while listening to live radio commentary in each car. After your drive, you’ll get to take home a personalized Trabant driver’s license as a one-of-a-kind souvenir. 

Click here to book this tour that lets you drive an historic Trabi car!

Berlin Kreuzberg Culinary Food Tour

Kreuzberg is a lively, vibrant neighborhood known for its multicultural vibe, alternative culture and rising food scene – it’s a must-visit for all foodies! This 3-hour guided tour shows you the very best of local spots to eat while also giving you an insightful look into the transformation and history of the neighborhood. Along the tour you’ll enjoy 5 culinary stops at well chosen international and local restaurants. You’ll get to try a bit of everything from original Berlin recipes to intercultural fusion dishes. 

Click here to eat your way through the trendy neighborhood of Kreuzberg.

Guided Day Trips from Berlin

Sanssouci Palace

Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace

One of the most popular day trips from Berlin is Potsdam, since it’s easily accessible by S-bahn or regional train and only takes around 30 minutes to reach from the city center. The main attraction of Potsdam is Sanssouci Palace, a former royal residence with stunning Rococo architecture, sprawling English gardens, vineyard terraces, and classical artwork.

Since there’s so much to see and sights are pretty spread out, we recommend booking this stress-free guided tour of the palace from Berlin which already includes bus transportation with live commentary, entrance tickets, and audio guides.

Click here to book a day trip to Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace!

Sachsenhausen Memorial
Sachsenhausen Memorial
Sachsenhausen Memorial

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial

Sachsenhausen was one of the most infamous Nazi concentration camps that held political prisoners during WWII. It’s located in Oranienburg, a town about 25 minutes north of Berlin via public transportation and definitely worth visiting as a day trip.

The museum offers exhibitions showcasing the history of the camp and focusing on the life stories of the former prisoners. Because of the sensitive nature of site, we highly recommend doing a guided walking tour with a professional. In this comprehensive tour, the guide will bring you to key landmarks like Barracks 38 and 39, Tower A, the original Camp Prison, Station Z, and more. The tour is nuanced and pays utmost respect to the subject and the victims.

Click here to book this Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial tour

Guided Day Trip to Dresden

Dresden park and skyline
Dresden Old Town

Another great day trip from Berlin is the beautiful city of Dresden. If you don’t want to worry about transportation or planning your day trip, you can book this round-trip guided tour for yourself and travel companions that provides the comfort of a private car. You’ll be accompanied by a trusted professional guide who will show you the best of what Dresden has to offer including the Zwinger Palace, a Baroque royal building with lush gardens, the Old Town, the Procession of Princes, Brühl’s Terrace, and the famous Frauenkirche with its stone dome and viewing platform. 

Click here to book a guided day trip to Dresden!

Cate at the Berlin Wall

Why Book a Guided Tour?

Booking a guided tour can really enhance your travel experience! Here’s why:

  • You don’t have to stress about how to see the best sights, finding the best ticket prices, and fitting everything into a tight schedule. When you book a guided tour, they handle all the details, from itineraries to tickets and transportation. All you have to do is show up and enjoy the experience.
  • You’ll get a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the sights and overall destination. Tours are led by trained guides and locals who can give you in-depth explanations of historic and cultural sites, answer questions, and also make personal recommendations for restaurants, cafes, bars, etc.
  • Guided tours give you insights into the local culture or uncover hidden gems that you probably wouldn’t find by yourself. And not only is it a good way to connect with locals, but you can also meet and talk with other fellow travelers during the tours.

Tip: It’s always a good idea to book guided tours and especially guided full-day trips in advance. Some of them, like those in popular destinations, can sell out pretty quickly. This is especially true during peak season.

Booking in advance secures your spot and sometimes tour operators even offer discounts for early bookings or offer a generous cancelation option. Some tours also have limited capacity, so if you’re traveling as a group booking and planning ahead is crucial.

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