This post compares the various Berlin bus tours available and will help you decide which bus tour, if any, is best for you or your family. You will see lots of tourist buses circling Berlin, not all were created equal. We’ve laid out the different bus tours, pricing and what you get for your money to help you choose the best tour for you. We’ll point out the pros and cons of bus tours. We’ve also included information about one of Berlin’s best-kept secrets, an “almost-free” self-guided bus tour of Berlin. (en español)
The Brandenburg Gate is the symbol of Berlin and the reunited Germany as well. The six columned gate with the quadriga (a chariot drawn by four horses abreast) on top is situated at the “Pariser Platz” in the center of Berlin, next door to the American Embassy. The Reichstag is close and the avenue “Unter den Linden” connects the Brandenburg Gate with the site where the Berlin Castle is being reconstructed. The Brandenburg Gate is near the big park called the Tiergarten, as well as in walking distance to the Holocaust Memorial and former Hitler bunker.
This post is a preview of the Topography of Terror Museum. Berlin is a city with an extremely troubling past. As the location of the Nazis rise to political power, Hitler’s command center during World War II, and a fractured city split into two by the Cold War-era Wall, modern Berlin has many difficult tales to tell. Any visitor to the German capital would be remiss if they failed to take in at least one museum or memorial to the horrors of the recent past, and the Topography of Terror aims to provide a comprehensive and clearly organized account of the factors that led to Nazi military aggression, the Holocaust and the Berlin Wall.
This post lists some of the top things to do in Berlin at night. Since the fall of the Wall, Berlin has established itself as one of Europe’s cultural and party hotspots. Unsurprisingly, the city lights up at night, with areas like Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, and Mitte at the center of the busy nightlife. However, Berlin’s cultural side is not to be written off after dark either! Live music and never-ending special events provide a fun alternative to the vibrant club scene. (en español)
(1) VIEW THE CITY LIGHTS FROM ABOVE
Berlin has multiple landmarks that can be climbed by night (and day) and may offer a stunning view of the city from above.
The Reichstag, the German parliament building, was adorned with its modern cupola in 1999 and has since provided an excellent view of the Brandenburg Gate and downtown area. Entrance is free and the dome is open until midnight every day, but tickets but must be reserved at least two hours in advance. For tips on how to get tickets and prepare for your visit, click here.Read more »
Berlin is the self-proclaimed gay and lesbian capital of Europe. Given the large number of gay bars and parties, gay-friendly hotels, street festivals and large scale Pride events year round, Berlin is a mecca for LGBT travelers. With so much to see and do, who has the time to go hunting around the internet? Once you have arrived in Berlin, you want to get out and about quickly. We’ve gone through the many websites out there and created a short-list of user-friendly, informational and actually useful websites to check out.
INTRODUCTION TO LGBT BERLIN
The official Visit Berlin website offers a concise 2 page list of LBGT bars, cafes, bookshops. There is a section, Berlin for Women, that includes straight and lesbian information. The site also has an easy to read map of recommended places to go. Also a great resources for all things Berlin, regardless of your sexual orientation.
This post reviews and compares the various Potsdam tour options available to you, including walking, bike, bus and boat tours (and one self-guided option). Potsdam has a lot of calm and serene sites to experience. Believe it or not, many of the same companies that provide Berlin tours will also take you on a trip to this historic town. With an average duration of 5-6 hours, several trips through this city last at least half a day. Unfortunately, most of them do not include a meal, so you’ll have to factor that into your costs. Walking tours typically require an ABC public transport ticket, while other options include some form of transportation. Most excursions are only offered a few days per week, but there are a few Potsdam tours available daily. Expect ticket prices to range from €15-€50 on average.
This post provides 13 ideas to enjoy Berlin absolutely for free, with a few almost free ideas mixed in. This is the best city in the world for a lot of reasons but mostly because no matter where you come from you can enjoy this city on whatever budget and at whatever pace you choose. In Berlin we say, ‘come as you are’ and that’s it, everyone belongs here and everyone can enjoy themselves here. One of the best things about this city are all the free things that you can do. I highly encourage checking all of them out but if you find your time running short, don’t worry, Berlin is a place that you should always revisit because like its malleable and unforgettable history this city is always changing and forever evolving.
(1) The Berlin Wall, various locations
Monuments tend to be outside and outside tends to be free. The Berlin Wall is the big one here. You can’t come to Berlin and not see the wall that divided this city in two for 28 years. Visit the East Side Gallery,the longest stretch of the wall that was painted by different artists after reunification. A must see is the official Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse. Here the wall has been fully reconstructed and offers a free viewing platform to get a top notch view of divided Berlin. Below is a 3 minute highlight video of the Berlin Wall Memorial.
This is a self-guided tour of the varieties of graffiti and street art one can find on the streets of Berlin. Graffiti and street art is very typical for Berlin and can be found everywhere. The former city mayor described Berlin as “poor and sexy”. Graffiti and street art just fit right into this slogan. While graffiti and street art is not just the product of unruly gangs, it is a form of expression and an important component of Berlin’s underground art and culture scene, which contributes to the uniqueness and creativity that defines the German capital. Berlin in many ways throughout history has had an alternative and unconventional streak of rebellion and emancipation, and it shows in its urban art environment that it is often thought-provoking and political. Many street artists are attracted to Berlin; they either live in Berlin or travel here to leave their mark. If you walk the streets of Berlin with a keen eye. you will notice street art and graffiti everywhere – on walls, garbage containers, bridges, doors, sidewalks, tunnels and other places.
This self-guided tour will serve as a short introduction to Berlin’s graffiti and street art.
This post is about Berlin’s underground bunkers. Like every city, Berlin has a hidden life under the surface. The sewage system, gas, water electricity, the subway, pneumatic tubes – and in the case of Berlin the air raid shelters and bunkers from World War II. Visitors to Berlin can take a bunker tour to discover this hidden network of tunnels and shelters underground. Tours are offered by the organization “Berliner Unterwelten e.V.” about 350 members of diverse professional background who do research, explore the underworld and make them accessible to the public by giving tours in various languages, offering an exhibit and publications. Their focus is on World War II and the Berlin Wall. Even though the Berlin Wall is far from being subterranean architecture, escape tunnels – more than 70 – played an important role in people’s way into freedom.
Not all bunkers are accessible anymore, for example, Hitler’s bunker has been excavated and filled in and is located underneath what is today a parking lot. If you decide to go there, a bilingual information board helps to understand when, why, and how the bunker was built. The board was installed by “Berliner Unterwelten – Berlin Underworlds”.
This post reviews and compares the various different Berlin bike tours available to you. Believe it or not, there are quite a few guided bike tours in English – not only in the city center, but also in more remote neighborhoods. Some providers specialize in bike tours, while others offer walking tours as well. Most of these tour companies have bicycles available for rent, and some offer the additional helmet or child’s seat as well. Depending on which service you choose, you may also have the option to rent out electric bikes or tandem bikes for a more interesting experience. A majority of these tours are offered less frequently during the winter. Ticket prices typically range from €20-€30 on average, but sometimes prices drop even lower.