Berlin walking tours

Best Berlin walking tours

The German capital city of Berlin is equal parts mainstream, underground and humbling. Walking tours are one of the best ways to explore this lively, edgy city: learn all about Berlin’s frayed past including day trips to sobering concentration camps, dig into the local grub on a food tour or opt for the road less taken on an alternative street art tour. That said, you can’t beat the city’s many key landmarks, so tie up your laces and pound the pavements as you take in the iconic likes of the Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate and Berliner Dom.

  1. East Berlin walking tour
  2. Third Reich walking tour
  3. Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp walking tour
  4. Alternative street art walking tour
  5. Food Tour
  6. The All-Rounder Tour

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1. East Berlin walking tour

East Berlin looks a whole lot different today than it did as little as a few decades ago. Following the second world war, Germany was divided in half, with East Germany overseen by the Soviets and West Germany by western democracy. As such, the line fell in Berlin, and a walking tour of East Berlin today will show you various Soviet spots along with remnants of the notorious Berlin Wall. One of the more notable stops is the East Side Gallery, where famed local artists have painted over remnants of the wall with their artworks spanning political and cultural messages.

Best for: German civil history.

Top tip: This is a great tour to find out about the Cold War in Berlin.

2. Third Reich walking tour

Another insightful historic walking tour is one that details the rise and duration of Germany’s Third Reich. This informative Berlin walking tour passes sights and spots key to the build-up of Hitler as well as memorials to commemorate the atrocities that occurred as a result. During the tour, you’ll take in the likes of the Memorial to the Murdered Members of the Reichstag; Hitler’s bunkers; Soviet, Homosexual and Jewish Memorials in Tiergarten, and a walk through the former Jewish neighbourhood of Scheunenviertel. The tour only lasts three hours, but your expert guide will be able to fill in all the important details and stories about the period, and answer any question you may have.

Best for: Insights to the city’s memorials.

Top tip: Pause at a cafe at the end of the tour so you can reflect on what you’ve learned

3. Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp walking tour

This day trip from Berlin will see you take in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, one of the camps used during the second world war where up to 200,000 prisoners suffered and perished. Meeting your tour group and guide at Hackescher Markt S-Bahn Station in Berlin, during the train journey your guide will tell you more about the site, which makes for a sobering visit. As you walk around the camp, your guide will inform you about the different sections, from the execution grounds and punishment cells to the Pathology Laboratory and more.

Best for: A deeper understanding of the Third Reich’s atrocities.

Top tip: Be mindful when taking photos – in areas where photography is restricted, respect the rules.

4. Alternative street art walking tour

Looking for Berlin tours that show you an alternative side to this already very edgy city? Your guide will show you around lesser-known areas as well as well-known spots, showing the impact and importance of street art and graffiti. This street art tour will see you take in the likes of the famed East Side Gallery, as well as neighbourhoods that take you off the beaten path. Plus, some tours even add on a graffiti workshop. What’s not to love?

Best for: Local street art.

Top tip: Wear suitable footwear! You’ll be covering plenty of ground

5. Food Tour

If you’re browsing Berlin holiday packages, you’ve got to sample the finest fare the city has to offer. Book on to a food tour which can focus on a particular neighbourhood or area such as East Berlin, and be wowed by the variety of grub on offer. This not only gives you the chance to sample the likes of traditional currywurst and flammkuchen, but you also get to try some Turkish treats – all while taking a big bite into Berlin’s history.

Best for: Foodies.

Top tip: Ask your guide where their favourite local haunts are.

6. The All-Rounder Tour

You can’t beat taking in all the great sights and attractions in Berlin. There’s so many on offer, it would be rude not to make the most of them! On a general walking tour of the city, you’ll be guided around at least 25 different spots, from Berliner Dom and Museum Island all the way to Tiergarten, Neues Museum and Brandenburg Gate. As well as gawking at the top sights, your guide will tell you all about the landmarks, monuments and the stories behind them. This is one tour that you won’t want to come to an end.

Best for: Top Berlin highlights.

Top tip: Take lots of photos!

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