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Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

1. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

Discover the city at your own pace with the Berlin hop-on hop-off bus. Freely wander the city on well-equipped sightseeing buses. Explore Museum Island, amble down the Ku'Damm, the famed shopping street, and catch a glimpse of divided Berlin at Check Point Charlie. Visit the Brandenburg gate or the Reichstag with its marvelous glass dome. There are a wide variety of options, with buses traveling the entirety of the city. To get even more out of your trip to Berlin, combine your bus pass with a spree to your experience. You can redeem your boat ticket at any time and add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. During the summer, there is also a guided walking tour available, so you can learn even more in-depth, insider knowledge about the sights and landmarks. The stops for the bus tours are: Line 1 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Rotes Rathaus • Museum Island • Friedrichstrasse • Brandenburger Tor • Reichstag • Hauptbahnhof • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Bellevue Palace • Siegessäule (Victory Column) • Kurfürstendamm • KaDeWe • Lützowplatz • Kulturforum • Potsdamer Platz • Mauerreste • Check Point Charlie • Gendarmenmarkt Line 2 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Frankfurter Allee • East Side Gallery • Ostbahnhof • Alexa • Rotes Rathaus

Berlin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with River Cruise Option

2. Berlin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with River Cruise Option

Hop on an open-top double-decker bus and enjoy fantastic views and the great atmosphere of Berlin. Choose from a 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket along 2 different routes and discover the city's history and vibrant culture from the fully narrated audio tour. From the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Victory Column, and the legendary Checkpoint Charlie to the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. The city's vibrant culture, diverse architecture, and fascinating history will take your breath away. Explore over 20 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Ku'Damm or Alexanderplatz. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. Follow your guide from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie with highlights including the Holocaust Memorial, the location of Hitler’s Bunker, and captivating stories of the divided Berlin. There are main stops on the red route from Ku’Damm and the KaDeWe Department Store. You can also hop on or off and enjoy the blue route with amazing views from Alexanderplatz and Karl-Marx-Allee.

Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

3. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Live Commentary

Explore Berlin's top sights on a convenient hop-on hop-off tour. The complete route will take around 2 hours although you'll have the freedom to jump on or off throughout the validity of your ticket. If, for example, you start your tour at Kurfürstendamm, you will pass the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and reach KaDeWe, one of Europe’s largest shopping centers, through Tauentzienstraße. Next you continue on to Lützowplatz and the embassy district at the Tiergarten and over to the Philarmonic and the West Berlin Kulturforum. The next stop is the historically significant Potsdamer Platz. In the 1930s, it was one of the most public squares in Berlin. After the Second World War, this was no man’s land, where the Berlin Wall divided the city. Today, seeing the vibrant life and the newly erected towers reminiscent of New York’s urban canyons, you will hardly believe that for years there was nothing here other than the Berlin Wall, spring-guns and GDR soldiers. Also, the Legoland Discovery Center is on Potsdamer Platz. From there, continue to Berlin’s other important historical sites. In the Niederkirchner Straße you can find the city parliament, the Martin-Gropius-Bau, a museum with changing exhibitions, the Topography of Terror, which exhibits the history of the Nazis and of the Jews’ suffering under the Nazis, as well as the Ministry of Finance, which was once the Nazi Ministry of Aviation. From there you drive on to Checkpoint Charlie, one of the former border crossings between East and West Berlin. A permanent exhibition looks back at the Cold War period. On Friedrichstraße you come across one of the nicest spots in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt, with two similar buildings, the German and French Cathedrals. The Konzerthaus Berlin is in the middle of the square. After the Gendarmenmarkt it’s on to Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower. The stop for these sights is the Neptune Fountain. This used to be the Berlin City Palace. Here you will also have the opportunity to go shopping. The next stop is Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, in front of the Radisson Hotel. From here you can transfer on to a boat if you wish to experience Berlin by boat as well as bus. Also, the Aquadom, Sealife Berlin and the Berlin Dungeon are located at this stop, as well as the Berlin Cathedral, which holds the sarcophagi of the Hohenzollern family. From here you can also admire the golden dome of the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Straße. The “Hackeschen Höfe” are only a few minutes away. Next you'll go over the glamorous street Unter den Linden to the Museum Island, Bebelplatz, Humboldt University and to the stops Unter den Linden 36 (Friedrichstrasse) at ZDF Capital City Studios and Unter den Linden 74, where one of Berlin’s most important attractions is located: Madame Tussauds Berlin. From here the ride continues to the Brandenburg Gate. On the way you will see the UK, Russia, France and US embassies, followed by the Holocaust Memorial. The stop there is at Platz des 18. März. The road leads on past the Reichstag and the government district. You will soon reach the new Hauptbahnhof. From here you have the world-famous view of the German Chancellery, the Reichstag and – as a special surprise – Berlin’s “Fujiyama”. Finally you will cross Berlin’s ‘green lung’, the Tiergarten. This park is bigger than New York’s Central Park. The tour then brings you past the Congress Hall to the stop at Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the President of Germany. From here you can also see the Siegessäule with the golden Victoria statue at the top. On the way back to Kurfürstendamm you will see, for example, the old Hauptbahnhof of former West Berlin, the Technical University and much more. The stops: 01 - Kurfürstendamm 231 (in front of Karstadt) 02 - KaDeWe (main entrance) 03 - Lützowplatz (opposite Hotel Berlin) 04 - Philharmonic / Kulturforum 05 - Potsdamer Platz (at Kolhoff-Tower) 06 - Potsdamer Platz / Linkstraße 07 - Topography of Terror 08 - Checkpoint Charlie (at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum) 09 - Gendarmenmarkt, Markgrafen- / Taubenstraße 10 - Alexanderplatz, Red City Hall, Neptunbrunnen (not in service during the Christmas market in December) 11 - Karl-Liebknecht Str. 5, (to the boat) 12 - Museumsinsel 13 - Humboldt University 14 - Unter den Linden 36 / Friedrichstraße 15 - Unter den Linden 74, Madame Tussauds Berlin (out of order) 16 - Brandenburg Gate, Ebertstraße 17 - Reichstag, Scheidemannstr. 18 - Hauptbahnhof, exit Rahel-Hirsch-Straße 19 - Haus der Kulturen der Welt 20 - Bellevue Palace 21 - Bikini Haus, Budapester Straße 22 - U-/S-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten

Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

4. Berlin: Ticket for World Balloon with Perfect View

The new Berlin World Balloon is as unique as the city itself and one of the largest helium balloons in the world. The World Balloon has become something of a second icon of Berlin and draws countless visitors each day. Ascend to a height of 150 meters in total silence in a gondola secured by an extremely strong steel cable. Hover over Berlin from this height and enjoy an unobstructed view in every direction. Exactly in the center of Berlin, the World Balloon floats above Checkpoint Charlie, the buildings around the Axel Springer building, the Sony Center and the Brandenburg Gate. Get a unique look at historic Berlin and an incredible view of the new heart of Europe. On warm summer weekends, you can enjoy the beautifully-lit skyline of the capital after dinner with family and friends.

EasyCityPass Berlin: Public Transportation and Discounts

5. EasyCityPass Berlin: Public Transportation and Discounts

Discover the exciting city of Berlin with the EasyCityPass and benefit from many advantages. The EasyCityPass offers you an inexpensive ticket for public transportation as well as discounts from many different cooperation partners from a wide variety of industries. The discount partners come from the areas of gastronomy, culture & stage, shopping, fun & action, sightseeing, specials and nightlife. It is practical for families that the EasyCityPass allows up to three children until the age of 14 years to travel free of charge. Together with your EasyCityPass, you will receive a flyer detailing the partners and their advantages. The locations of the attractions are also listed together with the respective public transport connections. Discount list (subject to change) Places of Interest: Alternative Berlin Tours -2 EUR Berlin Dungeon -20% Madame Tussauds -20% Stadt im Ohr -20 % Teufelsberg guided tours -20% Illuseum Berlin -10% Culture and Stage:   Friedrichstadt Palace -10% Tipi am Kanzeleramt -5.50 EUR Wintergarten Varieté -25% Gastronomy:   Berlin Kaffeerösterei 1 free espresso eliza - Café & Lieblingsstücke -10% Nocti Vagus Dunkelrestaurant with show stage -10% Fun and Action:   Dockx schwarzlicht Minigolf & Lasertag -1.40 EUR Exit The Room (Berlin) -15% JetSim flight simulation -10% LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Berlin -20% SeaLife Berlin -20% Stand Up Paddling -20% Segwaytour Berlin -10 EUR

Berlin: Evening Sightseeing Tour by Bus

6. Berlin: Evening Sightseeing Tour by Bus

Avoid the daytime crowds and the hassle of navigating public transportation to catch all the highlights of Berlin. Hop on the one-stop sightseeing bus and experience the best views of the city from a double-decker bus on a 45-minute ride. During the trip, cruise past and through some of Berlin's most vibrant locations after darkness falls, including Alexanderplatz, the new Berlin Palace, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island, Potsdamer Platz, and the Topography of Terror. Take in spectacular views of the Berliner Fernsehturm, the Holocaust Memorial, and, of course, the Berlin Wall. Get a feel for the spirit of the city with multiple-language audioguides which shed light on the German capital's culture and history. Enjoy the convenience and efficiency of a sightseeing tour via modern bus.

Berlin: WelcomeCard Inner City Travel Ticket AB & Discounts

7. Berlin: WelcomeCard Inner City Travel Ticket AB & Discounts

Make the most of Berlin’s top sights and transport connections with a Berlin WelcomeCard (AB). It’s the perfect way to travel, especially if you’re staying in the inner city of Berlin. Journey through the city between transport zones A to B in a cost-effective and stress-free manner. Valid for between 48-hours right up to 6 days, the Berlin WelcomeCard is one of the most flexible all-in-one access cards available. You'll also be given a pocket-size travel guide with lots of tour suggestions and insider tips.  Choose from many participating partner attractions, including Madame Tussauds and the TV Tower and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50%. From theaters and museums to city tours and restaurants, the card lets you experience Berlin’s cultural highlights at amazing prices. Each WelcomeCard includes free transport for up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years old and children under the age of 6 generally travel for free. You can also enjoy discounted rates for the following activities and attractions:     • Sightseeing tours • Guided city tours • Bike tours • Boat rides • Various attractions • Museums • Theater/stage performances • Palaces • Restaurants & bars  • Shopping & souvenirs • Fun, sport & relax Visit sights and attractions, such as the following: • AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin • Berlin Dungeon • Olympiastadion Berlin (Olympic Stadium) • Berlin Dom  • German Spy Museum • Madame Tussauds Berlin • Legoland Discovery Centre Berlin • Tierpark Berlin • Anne Frank Center • Charlottenburg Palace • Comedy tour Berlin • German Opera • Friedrichstadt-Palast • TimeRide Berlin • TV Tower • Botanical Garden • German Historical Museum, German Museum of Technology • Asisi Panorama „Die Mauer“ • Panoramapunkt • DDR Museum • Fork & Walk Tours Berlin • and many more! And of course, you should not miss the following free sights and locations when visiting Berlin: • Brandenburg Gate & Unter den Linden • Reichstag & German Parliament (pre-booking required) • Checkpoint Charlie • East Side Gallery • Gendarmenmarkt • Kurfürstendamm • Potsdamer Platz & Alexanderplatz • Berlin Wall Memorial

Berlin: Berlin Wall's Greatest Escapes Exploration Game Tour

8. Berlin: Berlin Wall's Greatest Escapes Exploration Game Tour

Discover Berlin's most interesting places by solving clues around town and unlocking amazing stories. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, and the Berlin Wall, as well as other locations. Download Questo, the gamified travel app, onto your smartphone, and begin your exciting exploration game. Play the role of a person needing to escape East Berlin in 1984, and see if you can do it. Solve a clue to reveal exact directions to your next stop on the tour, without the need of a map, GPS, or a physical guide. Each solution unlocks an interesting story, and reveals Berlin's secrets. Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around two hours is normally enough. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. After purchasing the quest, an access code will be delivered to your email, which can then be used in the downloadable app. Once you have downloaded the app, simply head to the starting point at Potsdamer Platz whenever you choose, and begin your adventure. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Berlin: Historical Sights & Berlin Wall Tour with a Berliner

9. Berlin: Historical Sights & Berlin Wall Tour with a Berliner

Meet your local guide at one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate. Listen to your guide share fascinating insight about this symbolic monument that reunified Germany, and discover why it was isolated for 28 years. Continue the tour along the former border between East and West Berlin and marvel at the remainders of the Berlin Wall. Hear the impressive and gripping stories of escapes from East Berlin as well as other tales from Berlin’s turbulent history. Learn why Berlin was once called the “front city” and uncover its time as an island of freedom during the Cold War. Arrive at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, the official allied border that crossed from West to East Berlin in the time of the partition. Listen to a fascinating story about an altercation that occurred here in 1961, almost igniting World War 3.

Berlin: Driving Tour in a Trabant Limousine

10. Berlin: Driving Tour in a Trabant Limousine

Experience an informative and highly entertaining tour of Berlin in a Trabant Limousine. Ride in the unique Trabi-XXL and become the real highlight of the city yourself. Board the stretch Trabant and experience the impressed and excited reactions of passers-by: watch as people take photos of the extra-long Trabi, and wave and smile as you drive by. Explore Berlin like a true VIP in a very special and historical atmosphere in the Trabi, the former people’s car of the GDR. The stretch Trabi picks you up at any location in the city center and takes you and up to 4 friends or other guests on an eventful, entertaining, and fun tour through the city. The route can be tailored to suit your interests. You can either explore the main sights in Berlin or travel to other places that interest you. You can also make stops along the way to take photos or have a closer look at the sights. The tour gives you enough time to see main sights in the city, such as Pariser Platz, the Brandenburg Gate, the Government Quarter, the German Chancellery, the Reichstag building, Berlin Central Station, the House of World Cultures, Bellevue Palace, the Victory Column, Straße des 17. Juni, the Holocaust Memorial, Potsdamer Platz, Sony Center, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichrichstraße, Gendarmenmarkt, Schlossplatz, Humboldtforum, Nikolaiviertel, Mitte, the TV Tower, Alexanderplatz, Unter den Linden, Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island with the important museums, the State Opera, Humboldt University, and many more. Have great fun and a truly individualized tour through the city. Enjoy that star feeling in a unique Trabi Limousine and see all the top sights Berlin has to offer.

Planning Your Visit

  • Visiting The Checkpoint Today

    It is a massively popular tourist attraction fit with a replica of the iconic wooden shed, actors dressed as American soldiers and wartime souvenirs. The free open air exhibition is packed with history, and, for a more in-depth overview, the Museum Haus Am Checkpoint Charlie (or Mauer Museum) is open year round, open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM.

  • How to Get There

    Checkpoint Charlie is located off the Kochstraße stop on the U6 line.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Mauer Museum hours: 9:00AM - 10:00PM
  • Is it expensive?
    Checkpoint Charlie is located outside and is free to look at. Tickets to the Mauer Museum cost €12.50.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide isn't required of course, but with so much history discover, it'd be worth it!
  • How to get there
    *Fahren Sie mit der U-Bahn (U6) zur Haltestelle Kochstraße. *
  • Additional information
    Bring your passport with you! If you ask nicely, the "border guards" will give you an Allied Forces crossing stamp.

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What people are saying about Checkpoint Charlie

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 20,715 reviews

This was the highlight of our holiday. Our guide Maria was absolutely amazing, warm and knowledgable about her subject matter. The value for money was exceptional, learned so much more than I would have just wandering around her little gems of knowledge made my whole stay better. Thanks so much Maria!

Het was super. Geweldige gids met een geweldig VW bus. De gids wist veel te vertellen over Berlijn. Het was echt super!

Highly recommend this tour. Our guide was very friendly and provided dynamic explanations about the history’s events.

The best way how to get to know the Berlin and it’s places what you want to explore more.

The guides on our trips were excellent and the trips were very insightful