Faniel DeGrootUnited States
Arja was excellent. The members of our tour group varied in in age and points of historical interest. Arja effortlessly adjusted her tour to satisfy each curiosity. She was authentically candid in her responses and storytelling.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind words, Dan, and thanks for beeing such troopers in this harsh weather keeping up the good spirit and being so much fun. I hope the storm will not get in your way of your further travels so you can enjoy the rest of your trip in a bit dryer conditions than here. All the best.
Hugh HessingUnited Kingdom
Arja did an excellent job and all our party would rate her 5 out of 5. Her deep knowledge of history of the city really brought every venue and historic occasion to life. Excellent day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Hugh, it was really great meeting you and the gang. I hope you all stayed steady after our tour and enjoy the rest of your time in Berlin. See you next time for either summer or the christmas markets.
Paul GreenUnited Kingdom
A Fantastic 2 days in Berlin. Arja was an incredibly knowledgeable guide who spoke impeccable English and we would highly recommend her if you are ever in Berlin
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul, thank you so much for your kind words, I also really enjoyed your company these two days despite the rain and cold on day two. Thank you also for the birthday wishes - I had a great day for my day today, even though I am feeling a bit old now :-)
Jon PorterUnited States
Arja was excellent. She completely customized a tour for our needs. She made the city and its history and culture come alive. She even emailed us after the tour for with some suggestions about the city and things to do. I will be returning to Berlin in a couple months with some additional people and I will be hiring Arja again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your lovely words Jon, it was great being able to show you our neighbourhood culture before hitting the big sites. As much as I love the Brandenburg gate there is so much more to Berlin and I am happy that your daughter will be able to live it for the next months. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the folks, see you in March
Alan McFarlaneUnited Kingdom
My daughter and I had long intended to visit Berlin and the only date possible was two wet days in January 2019. But the experience was wonderful, courtesy of Berlin itself and our excellent guide, Arja. Perfect English, deep understanding of German /Prussian history, enthusiasm, realism and energy made her a superb guide and companion. To hold all that history / experience and convey it with humanity is a rare talent. It's her vocation. Warmly recommend Arja to any Berlin visitor.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alan for your kind words and respect for being such troopers holding up your spirit despite the dreadful weather. I loved our discussions and all your insight on the politics and sentiments of your country because this is the greatest part of guiding for me - getting to know all you great people from all over the place and getting new perspectives and knowledge about all that is going on from a local´s perspective. See you in your kneck of the woods one day.
Benedikt De ZwartNetherlands
We had an amazing tour with Arja. She has an incredible knowledge about Berlin and it's history and she has the talent to communicate in a accessible way with a good sense of humour. We visited spots that we would not have discovered on our own like the Resistance Memorial Center and the North Korean embassy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Benedikt, I had a great time with you guys as well. I was really impressed how you kept up your fun spirits despite the cold weather and drizzle - it was a good laugh. Next time I will be in the Dam I will hit you up and you can show me around as well.
Ajay GuptaUnited States
Arjay was patient. She gave us attention and time. She was informative and helped us accomplish as much as possible. I would recommend her or use her services if in the city again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ajay, I am happy you and your family had a good day and I hope everyone made it home alright and you have a good time in Berlin for the rest of the week.
Excellent guide! Arja is the best tour guide in all of Berlin! She has extensive knowledge of all historical sites, great restaurant reccomendations & her English is excellent. We spent one and a half days touring Berlin with Arja & it was so fun & extremely interesting. We highly reccomend Arja & we shall use " Tours By Locals" on our future holidays!
Michelle BorlandUnited Kingdom
Arja's tour was a fantastic start to our time in Berlin. She took us to lots of the key sites in the city's recent history and drew on her family's experiences of life in East Berlin to paint a vivid picture of daily life. She also gave us some fantastic recommendations for places to eat and drink during our stay, many of them off the beaten track - every one of them was outstanding. We can't praise Arja highly enough. Thank you so much for such an amazing tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Michelle for your kind words, it was really great meeting you guys and thank you for the visit to the tv tower which is always spectacular no matter how often you go up. As it has been the likes of 20 years since I have been to your neck of the woods I will maybe next year come back and you and Craig can be my tour guides and take me to the good food and drink places.
Arja is fantastic. Her English is perfect and her knowledge is excellent. She is bright, bubbly and enthusiastic. Full of energy. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Tracey and Ken, it was great spending two days with you in Berlin. The best thing about my job really is meeting lovely people like you, spending time with you in my favourite city and call this work. Safe travels, enjoy the family reunion and next time we might see each other on your side of the world.
Lee BraceUnited States
Great tour really worthwhile!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Lee and Brian and thanks for two days with really intruiging and interesting discussions and conversations. Safe travels and until next time when your work brings you back to this side of the world.
Lee BraceUnited States
Arja is very knowledgeable and well-informed about the history of the sites in Berlin. We very much enjoyed our tour with her in Berlin.
John LariveeUnited States
Arja was very accommodating as we were delayed in arriving to meet her. She adjusted a 6 hour tour to successfully conclude in 4. Her knowledge of local history, current events and culture allowed us to get to know Berlin and its people. Arja was fabulous.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you John, I am happy you and the rest of the crew enjoyed your day in Berlin. I hope you had a great rest of your cruise and a safe trip home. See you again in Berlin or on your side of the world.
Wendy R.United States
We thought we were hiring a guide, but we ended up with a friend. We can't say enough about how wonderful it was being with Arja. She showed us places we never would have found on our own, and told us about the city in a way that made it come alive. We highly recommend Arja, and will use her next time we are in Berlin.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Wendy and Tysha, it was a great pleasure meeting you guys and spending time with you. I love my job for allowing me to meet lovely people like you and I am looking forward to your next trip to Berlin. But the ice cream challenge is on as well, Tysha.
Gerald YosowitzUnited States
Just finished a tour of Berlin with Arja. Arja has an amazing and extensive knowledge of the life of Berliners and Berlin and German history. I would highly recommend Arja to anyone coming to Berlin and wishing to learn about and see this city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gerald for your kind words and for an interesting day, it was great meeting you and Nancy. Next time we will have a meeting in your neck of the woods.
Out of all our travels I would rate Arja among the top 3 if not the best guide we have ever had! She was entertaining and very knowledgeable. She was able to assess our interests quickly and moved at the perfect pace. What a perfect afternoon in Berlin. Thanks Arja.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Diane, it was a pleasure meeting you and the other D´s and Ross and Sam. Enjoy the rest of your travels which I am very jelaous about and next year October Canada will be on top of my list of travel destinations.
Christopher WalkerKansas City, MO, United States
Arja is a delight. There are many young and enthusiastic tour guides in Berlin, but Arja's scholarly engagement distinguishes her from her peers. Her nuanced analysis and use of archival images on her IPad to connect with historical locations was totally engaging. Arja's candid discussion of the generational rift that characterized her own family's engagement with the Nazi years was informed by compassion, humor and moral clarity. Arja is a gifted communicator and teacher.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Chris, it was great touring with you and doing it for a change in German - and it was quite entertaining how awkward it can be sometimes mentioning Nazis in German on a train surrounded by Germans :-) Hopefully see you again in Berlin.
Walter BaileyUnited States
Arja was a delight. She tailored to tour to include more emphasis related to sites we had already visited elsewhere, such as Wolf's Lair. Her collection of historical photos were matched to the locations we were standing to give a better understanding of the changes WWII and the communists brought. We four travelers give enthusiastic four thumbs up for Arja and the Third Reich tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Walter, it was a delight touring with you and the ladies.
Joan PolinskyUnited States
Arja is outstanding. She made our daytrip to Potsdam a highlight of our week in Berlin. Arja is highly educated and has deep knowledge of history, which she clearly enjoys sharing. She has a bright spirit and enthusiasm that is contagious. Our train ride out to Potsdam flew by as Arja shared interesting information the whole way. She chose interesting Potsdam sights and a delicious cheesecake/coffee break for us. Visiting the Memorial to Track 17 en route back to Berlin was deeply moving. A GREAT tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Joan, I had a great day as well. Potsdam is one of my favourite places and the Hohenzollern one of my favourite royal families and meeting someone I can share my passion with is always a highlight for me. I am so happy you had a good time.
Carl SimonsUnited States
Roberto ReyUnited States
Arja Is full of energy very knowledable and very fun to be with. Difference with other guides she has knowledge "from inside" Very nice experience
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Roberto, it is clients like you that make me love my job.
Richard HarrisUnited States
She is full of energy and enthusiasm for the tour. We learned a lot about Berlin's history and some offbeat but fun places. I highly recommend this tour guide and tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Richard, it was great fun touring with you guys and I hope you had a great evening watching the football. Buying the shirt and make up apparently worked. Enjoy your travels south
Susan CurryUnited States
Our tour with Arja was excellent. We learned so much about Berlin from a historical perspective and a modern day perspective. The pace of the tour was just perfect and the itinerary was so well thought out. We covered a lot of ground and were kept captivated by the sights and depth of information that Arja shared. An extra delight on our tour was that we were accompanied by Arja's well trained and adorable poodle, Lulu - personality plus! Highly recommend a tour with Arja!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Susan for your kind words. I am happy you enjoyed our tour. All the best to you and the family
Excellent job. Very informative
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Shawn, it was good fun touring with you guys. Enjoy the rest of your time in Berlin.
Shabnam MehrUnited States
We had the most amazing tour with our two little boys. Arja is both extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend doing this tour especially for those who would like to know more about the history of this city and in depth detail of what you are actually seeing, it's significance and it's history!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Shabnam, it was a delight touring with you and your family. Your boys were great and thanks to them I will never be able to look at Voldemort the way I did before - suddenly he seems cute :-)