Historical Introduction to the City
This tour will show you all the main sites and give you a thorough historical overview in four hours. The time will fly by as we see the best of what Berlin has to offer and as I explain Berlin's 800-year past, from its start as a small village along the Spree river to its current form as an exciting but economically struggling capital.
Berlin is enormous, but the main sites are conveniently located in the historical city center, which means that this tour is best done by foot. I like to set a slow but steady pace, so we'll keep moving but won't go too quickly. We can stop for photos whenever you'd like, and I'm happy to be your photographer, as well as your tour guide, when we're together.
- Museum Island
- Berliner Dom
- Unter den Linden
- New Guardhouse War Memorial
- Bebelplatz (Site of Nazi Book Burnings)
- Checkpoint Charlie
- Berlin Wall
- Site of Nazi SS & Gestapo Headquarters
- Former Nazi Finance Ministry
- June 17th Uprising Memorial
- Site of Hitler's Bunker
- Holocaust Memorial
- Brandenburg Gate
This is just a suggestion! If you want to include any additional sites, please contact me and we can personalize your tour.
Please note that the tour will take place no matter what the weather - so rain or shine. As the Germans say, there is no bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so please be prepared with jackets and umbrellas if the weather forecast calls for chilly temperatures and rain.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I like to meet my clients in their hotel lobby, and after a short historical introduction, we will head off. If you prefer to meet at a central point downtown, just please let me know!
End location: The ending location is always different, but if you have a specific request, I can certainly make it happen!
Duration: 4 hours
This is a walking tour.
If you prefer to be in a vehicle, I have several excellent contacts and can rent a car and driver for us at an additional cost. Please contact me for more details. It is illegal in Berlin to both drive and guide at the same time, which is why hiring a car and driver is necessary.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 EUR - For Drinks and Snacks (if desired)
I am not a driver, but I can arrange for a vehicle and driver at an additional cost upon request.
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This was our second tour with Tours By Locals, and Heather could not have been any better. We tackled the city of Berlin in four hours, and truthfully we could have done another four hours! Heather was such a treat to be with because of her knowledge and passion for the city of Berlin and all it has to offer. She began by giving us a quick overview and to gain insight as to what we hoped to take away from the tour. She tailored a insightful and fact filled four hours!! Loved it--