A Half-Day Tour of Berlin's Architectural Diversity and its Architectural Curiosities

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Tour Number

Activity Level

400924


Categories

City, Hiking and Walking, Local Experience, Museums / Culture

Details

Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.
You should be comfortable criss-crossing a sometimes hectic city by foot and by public transport.

Maximum travelers: 10

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (fluent), German (fluent)

A tour for all those who are interested in architecture


As much of Berlin had been destroyed during WWII and lots of it subsequently torn down by the GDR officials once the city was divided, one would have imagined that following reunification, Berlin was the perfect playground for the world's best architects to create their best buildings! And yet, some say, they created their worst.

Mostly due to Berlin's bizarre buildings regulations. However - there are, indeed, some real architectural gems in this city - Rem Kohlhaas' Dutch Embassy for instance, or the Indian Embassy, but also Libeskind's Sapphire Building and the Otto Bock Exhibition Centre, to name just a few -and this tour will take you across Berlin's Mitte to show you the best and most exciting architecture Berlin has to offer!

And, all the boring buildings notwithstanding, there are quite a few!

Itinerary

This tour is not entirely undemanding as it takes you across town, starting at centrally located Wittenbergplatz, from which we'll take the bus to the Embassy Quarter. From there it's another bus ride to Potsdamer Platz, checking out a range of buildings there.

Then we'll board the U2 to Berlin's historic centre, checking out Rem Kohlhaas' Dutch Embassy masterpiece and German-Iranian architect's Zohrav Zafari's fabulous apartment building.

A last subway ride (including a change) will then take us to Libeskind's Sapphire and the newly erected German Secret Service Building.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The tour starts at Wittenbergplatz, in front of the subway station, opposite the KaDeWe.

End location: At the new HQ of Berlin's Secret Service (U-Bahn/ subway stop: Schwartzkopfstrasse/ Line 6).

Duration: 4 hours

As this tour requires public transport (or, if requested, a hired limousine which would then depend on the traffic), the duration of this tour may range from 3.5, to 4.5 hours.

Transportation

As this tour takes us across Berlin's Mitte (which is vast), it will involve walking, but also a great deal of getting in and out of public transport (subway, buses). Berlin's subway system is good, though not air-conditioned, which means on a scorching hot summer' day, it can be challenging. By request, a car plus driver can be hired (at additional cost).

What’s Included

Other: My time, my expertise, and my services as your private guide

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 EUR - If desired: tea break; lunch break; etc.

What’s Extra

Other: Any personal purchases or expenses, public transport fares, taxi fares, as well as car hire plus driver (if applicable)

Restrictions

I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

I am only able to guide groups up to four people through historical monuments and museums.

A Recent Review of this tour

Martin was on time, well prepared and knowledgeable guide. He took his lead from us and adapted the tour to meet our interest.
Christina Del Balso

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