Berlin Walking tours

Our most recommended Berlin Walking tours

Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

1. Berlin: Small-Group Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour

Hear about the tumultuous contemporary history of Berlin on a guided walking tour to historical sights. Choose from group or private walking tour. Pass by sights like the German House of Parliament, Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, and Checkpoint Charlie. Meet your tour guide in front of the Brandenburg Gate, the site of many changes in 20th-century Berlin. Listen to commentary about the last days of the Second World War and hear how the gate came to be a symbol of reunification in Germany after 1989.  Learn about the curious Reichstag Fire of 1933 as you pass the German House of Parliament. Delve deep into the events that took place after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933, what happened to this building since the fall of the wall in 1989. Continue your sightseeing tour by heading to the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten, where you’ll have the chance to examine Soviet military hardware. Walk to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a poignant dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. See the site of Hitler’s Bunker and stroll to Hermann Göring's enormous Ministry of Aviation building at the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, which was site where the GDR was founded in 1949. Next, you’ll head to see where the SS and the Gestapo institutions were located. Contemplate life on both sides of the Berlin Wall while gathering around a 200-meter long stretch of the wall. Despite the wall falling 30 years ago, standing here allows you to absorb the very palpable history of the city. Round off the walk with a stop at Checkpoint Charlie, where your guide will finish the tour with anecdotes about the infamous American versus Soviet tank standoff and the final hours before the wall fell.

Reichstag: Private Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

2. Reichstag: Private Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

Visit the stunning Reichstag building, walk around its iconic glass dome, and explore Berlin’s government and parliament quarter on a private tour with a German-speaking guide to get a better understanding of Germany’s unique political history. Follow your guide as you take a stroll through Berlin’s parliament quarter along the banks of the River Spree. Walk by the impressive Brandenburger Gate and Pariser Platz and stop and see important governmental structures. Pass through the security check to get into the Reichstag building. Listen to an informative talk in the plenary chamber to learn insightful information about Germany’s parliament and as well as interesting details about the Reichstag building. Find out about the history and architecture of the building and its reconstruction by British architect Sir Norman Foster, which transformed it into one of the most modern and innovative parliament buildings in the world. Head up up to the top of the Reichstag to experience the highlight of the tour; a visit to the roof terrace and the glass dome of the building. From here you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Berlin.

Reichstag: Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

3. Reichstag: Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

Visit the stunning Reichstag building, walk around its iconic glass dome, and explore Berlin’s government and parliament quarter on a captivating tour with a German-speaking guide to get a better understanding of Germany’s unique political history. Follow your guide as you take a stroll through Berlin’s parliament quarter along the banks of the River Spree. Walk by the impressive Brandenburger Gate and Pariser Platz and stop and see important governmental structures. Pass through the security check to get into the Reichstag building. Listen to an informative talk in the plenary chamber to learn insightful information about Germany’s parliament and as well as interesting details about the Reichstag building. Find out about the history and architecture of the building and its reconstruction by British architect Sir Norman Foster, which transformed it into one of the most modern and innovative parliament buildings in the world. Head up to the top of the Reichstag to experience the highlight of the tour; a visit to the roof terrace and the glass dome of the building. From here you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Berlin.

Berlin: Government Quarter Tour and Reichstag Dome Visit

4. Berlin: Government Quarter Tour and Reichstag Dome Visit

Discover the highlights in Berlin's government district on a guided tour. Hear a local guide tell you exciting stories about the history and politics of Berlin. See modern buildings, important monuments, and landmarks of the city. After the tour, visit the Reichstag on your own. There will be an ID check at the entrance to the Reichstag building. The guide ends the tour at the security checkpoint at the Reichstag entrance. You will be asked to provide your details in advance. You will receive all the information and a link to a time slot. Then you can visit the dome. You can also visit the plenary hall below the dome. The visit is free of charge. Enjoy breathtaking views from the roof terrace and dome. See the Parliamentary Quarters, the German Chancellery, modern Potsdamer Platz, and the iconic Brandenburg Gate.  See the Berlin Cathedral from a completely different perspective and keep an eye out for the Rathaus (City Hall) and the famous TV tower. 

Berlin: Charité Walking Tour

5. Berlin: Charité Walking Tour

The area of the Charité hospital tells some fascinating stories of life and death. It all began in the 18th century with a pestilence house and developed to become what it is now: one of the major university hospitals in Europe and the buildings themselves, relicts of important moments of medical history. Walk in the footsteps of Rudolf Virchow, Robert Koch, Ferdinand Sauerbruch, Emil von Behring, and Karl Bonhoeffer. The walking tour begins at the famous Charité high-rise bed building and ends at the Monbijou bridge. Marvel at this iconic hospital, you will get to hear stories of the geniuses of Berlin medicine, as well as the dark times of the institution, when doctors cooperated with the Nazi regime.

Berlin: Pub Crawl with Skip-the-Line Club Entry

6. Berlin: Pub Crawl with Skip-the-Line Club Entry

Begin your evening by getting to know your guide and other like-minded travelers. From there, head out into the Berlin night to your first stop. After you’ve properly loosened up, continue on to three additional venues of bars, pubs, and dance halls. Every night is a new experience on this pub crawl. Get to know Berlin’s nightlife as you make four stops ranging from cocktail lounges, alternative dives, techno bars, bustling dance halls, and more. Enjoy complimentary shots along the way, always concluding your evening at one of the city’s biggest dance clubs where you'll skip the line with VIP entrance. This pub crawl takes you to a variety of bars and pubs in the city’s most popular neighborhoods. Crawl through Berlin with the iconic tv tower as your backdrop and have an unforgettable experience drinking and dancing the night away.

Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

7. Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

Discover Berlin's hidden back alleys on this walking tour. Enjoy a guided visit to 13 of the most iconic spots which showcase the typical urban Berlin atmosphere. See how people live, work, create and have fun in these small spaces. Stroll through the Scheunenviertel in Berlin-Mitte. Learn about the history of the development of this quarter, and its transformation into the center of Jewish life around the New Synagogue. Find out how it became the trendy, colorful and international area that it is today.

Berlin: Art and Graffiti Walking Tour

8. Berlin: Art and Graffiti Walking Tour

Discover Berlin from a unique perspective on an art and graffiti themed walking tour. Experience breathtaking colors and hear stories of Berlin’s past, present, and future through inspiring and provocative urban art works. See the areas visited by the best artists, where they paint, and where they admire the work of their peers. Some of the places are off the radar of casual observers and tourist groups. Learn about the cultures, the politics, and other driving forces that inspires the art on the city’s walls. Admire how the walls transform into canvases for “paintings” and the streets are transformed into art galleries. Take in large volumes of work, from tiny to gigantic, sprouting between buildings, wedged into corners, hidden in the courtyards, and along the streets of the Mitte, Kreuzberg, and Friedrichshain districts.

Berlin: Third Reich Walking Tour

9. Berlin: Third Reich Walking Tour

Join an informative walking tour to explore the tumultuous history of Berlin during Hitler’s regime. Hear about the rise and fall of the Nazi party, visit memorials for the victims of the Third Reich, and see where Hitler and his henchmen made the decisions that would shake the world. Stand in front of Brandenburg Gate and listen to expert commentary about the last days of the Second World War and how the gate came to be a symbol of division after the war and later reunification in Germany after 1989. Learn about the curious Reichstag Fire of 1933 as you pass the German House of Parliament. Here you’ll delve deep into the key events that took place after the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933. Continue over to see artillery-pieces and tanks adorning the Soviet War Memorial in Tiergarten commemorating the Battle of Berlin, which helped liberate the country from Nazism yet claimed over 80,000 Soviet soldiers' lives. From here, move onto the impactful Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a poignant dedication to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Progress onto Hermann Göring's enormous Ministry of Aviation building, which remains as one of the few last standing examples of Third Reich architecture. Next, head to an outdoor and indoor museum complex referred to as the Topography of Terror where the SS and the Gestapo institutions were located. End this tour by seeing the site of the Reich Chancellery and Hitler’s infamous Bunker.

Berlin: City Highlights Walking Tour

10. Berlin: City Highlights Walking Tour

Walk through Berlin’s lively city blocks on a walking tour with an expert guide by your side. Learn about the city’s vibrant culture, see important historical sites and famous monuments, and discover hidden gems loved by locals. Meet your guide and, after a brief overview of the tour’s itinerary, set off to discover the German capital. Walk alongside the River Spree, make your way over to the picturesque Museum Island, and marvel at the magnificent green domes of Berlin’s Cathedral. Cross the iconic Brandenburg Gate, stroll past the Reichstag, and take in the lush scenery of the Tiergarten’s green spaces and its majestic Victory Column. Here you can take a moment to commemorate WWII victims as you overlook the Holocaust Memorial. Admire the beautiful architectural ensemble at Gendarmenmarkt square and continue towards the notorious Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about the historical site and get a chance to see remnants of the Berlin Wall. Snap pictures of colorful street art and get a taste of local life as you walk past indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As your tour nears the end, don’t forget to ask your guide for recommendations on further places in Berlin to explore.

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Frequently asked questions about Berlin

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Berlin?

The best day trips and excursions from Berlin are:

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Berlin walking tours: Everything you need to know

The largest city in Germany, Berlin has something for you to enjoy. If you mention Berlin, most people will automatically think of the Berlin Wall. However, you’ll see that the German capital has much more to offer. It has a great art collection at its Pergamon museum and boasts eclectic buildings and historical architecture. Don’t miss your chance to have a taste of Berlin’s culinary selections. While visiting the local markets, you’ll be tempted by a food vendor selling a pretzel or a berliner (a sweet pastry). Don’t worry, you can diet later.

As the capital of Germany, it doesn’t lack in theater and culture. You can visit a famous opera house, ballet company, many art galleries, and several public parks. Tour some of Berlin’s most notable neighborhoods like Friedrichshain and Pankow. What will you find there? An open-air movie theater, several trendy cafes, and stylish boutiques for shopping in these communities.

What can you expect on a Berlin walking tour?

Along with its rich past, Berlin has a new generation that embraces the popular world culture. That said, you can stop by numerous hip neighborhoods, like Kreuzberg, where you can move to the beat or try a German cocktail. Many of these hotspots can be your stops along a Berlin walking tour. If you’re interested in visiting trendy bars, consider booking a pub crawl or a beer tasting tour. 

Each Berlin tour has a guide that will provide you with a wealth of information about the sight or neighborhood that you are visiting. You can even ask questions as you walk along. You’ll have many chances to stop and rest or grab a bite to eat, and more than one when you’re on a longer tour.

History walking tours in Berlin

Berlin has a rich history - some good, some bad, and some even uglier. You’ll leave the historical walking tours with a better understanding of it all. Some of the historical sights and landmarks you can see include Sachsenhausen Communist Concentration Camp, the Holocaust Memorial, and Checkpoint Charlie.

Berlin food tours

Taste the culinary specialties of Berlin on one of its food walking tours. You’ll get a chance to sample many different foods, like currywurst and schnitzel, at a variety of local cafes and restaurants. You can be confident from the first bite that it will be delicious. Why? Because all the eateries on the list are popular with the locals and some of the best places to dine in Berlin.

Must-see attractions on Berlin walking tours


Berlin is a really large city, but if you have limited time, you can see a lot in just one day. On a top attraction tour, you’ll spend half the day touring some of Berlin’s most famous attractions like Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate, and Checkpoint Charlie. On this tour you’ll see both East and West Berlin, and along the way you’ll also visit several neighborhoods, including Friedrichshain.

Potsdam walking tours

Indulge yourself in Potsdam and all of its magnificence for a day. As you stroll along, you’ll see all the grandeur of the palaces, castles, courtyards, and gardens.

Walking tours at night in Berlin

Explore the sights of Berlin after dark with a night tour. See the city all lit up on a night stroll. You can also go on popular night pub crawls if they are more your thing. On this tour you’ll be treated like a celebrity as you hit the hottest nightclubs. Along with complimentary drinks, you’ll get VIP entry. As with other walking tours, you’ll have a guide who can help you. In this case, they might have to help you find a dance partner.

Are there added extras with Berlin walking tours?

Berlin is large, so you might have to take a train on your walking tour. However, don’t fret because the fare is typically a part of your tour package. A printed, souvenir guide might also be given to you to keep. If you participate in a walking tour, you often get another benefit - immediate admission into a park or attraction. What does that mean for you? No waiting in line!


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What people are saying about Berlin

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Very good and informative tour! Justice, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the history. She allowed time for question and to creat conversation about the subject. I was really pleased with the tour and the guide! Definitely would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about african colonisation and German history! And the bonus is that I made some new friends so truly recommend specially if you are alone.

The tour was very well arranged. The meeting point was easy to find. We were going to be delayed by 5 minutes so we informed the operator and we quickly got a response from them saying that was not a problem. We explored the kreuzberg kiez in detail and saw many hidden artworks as well as heard many interesting stories.

We had a wonderful tour with Thomas. He was fascinating and got my two teenagers very interested in the history of Berlin. I highly recommend the experience, truly amazing!!

Our great Aussie guide paul was a captivating guide . He helped piece together Berlins history in a way that was Interesting and easy to understand .

Mikhail was so knowledgeable, interesting and personable. Vielen Dank Mikhail!