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Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

1. 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, its transformation into the center of Jewish life around the New Synagogue, and how it became the trendy, colorful and international area that it is today.

Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

2. Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

Start your urban underground tour of Berlin at the Hackescher Markt at the heart of the local cafe scene and then head to a unique courtyard loved by contemporary artists. Hear how it has survived against the odds and get insights into the alternative messages of the art on display. Hear local stories about Berlin's neighborhoods as you continue to the Pink Man graffiti by the famous street artist, Blu. Learn about his protest against the “gentrification” of the town’s alternative side and other ethical projects he’s involved in.  Then, it's time to relax with a drink at a hip beer garden by the Urban Spree and experience how Berliners like to spend their evenings. Pass the East Side Gallery, where artists from around the world have left their mark on the remains of the Berlin Wall. Stop at the smallest cinema in town, popular for showing international movies and its 70's flair. End by the Boxhagener Platz and discover a great place to relax and experience some more urban vibes.

Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

3. Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

Berlin's Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the brutal truths of the Holocaust, up to its present-day revival. Uncover the history of Berlin's re-emerging Jewish community, learn about the people that made its greatest impacts, and see the sites that matter. From Moses Mendelssohn to Albert Einstein, Berlin's Jews have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural development. Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination which, after seething for centuries, eventually devastated Europe, and the rest of the world, more recently than many of us would like to think. See the magnificent New Synagogue, and hear its incredible story, which mirrors the tale of Jews in Berlin before, during, and after Nazi persecution. See where non-Jews risked their lives in order to hide their Jewish neighbors, including the Workshop for the Blind, where one courageous Berliner risked his own life to save those of his Jewish employees. See the site of the ancient Jewish-Cemetry where Mendelssohn is still buried, and acquaint yourself with his significance in philosophy and Jewish history. Walk in the footsteps of working-class Jewish immigrants who dreamed of a better world. Hear the stories of women who aspired to be Rabbis, and the rich who desired poverty. Discover what it means, and what it once meant, to be a Jewish Berliner.

Berlin: Women of Berlin Walking Tour

4. Berlin: Women of Berlin Walking Tour

Find out all about feminism, fascism, resistance, and the fight for equality through the lives of the women of Berlin. Start your tour at Hackescher Markt, in the heart of Berlin's Mitte district. Cross over Museum Island and walk through the charming city center streets as you learn about Berlin's many extraordinary women. Discover the known and lesser known stories of feminist May Ayim, the world's first female Rabbi Regina Jonas, hear about Rosa Luxemburg and Marlene Dietrich, and learn how German women were left to remove the rubble from post-WWII Berlin’s streets by hand in 1945. Hear the story of how one girl that grew up in East Germany became one of the most powerful and respected world leaders of the modern age. Discuss the differing politics of feminism in East and West Germany, and take a hard look at the inequality which is still present in Berlin today.

Berlin: Jewish Heritage and History Private Guided Tour

5. Berlin: Jewish Heritage and History Private Guided Tour

The Jews were spread worldwide after being exiled from their land. Many settled in central Europe, and still others came after the "The Spanish Expulsion", staying steadfast in keeping their old faith and customs amid constant persecutions. Germany, including Berlin, excluded the Jews from normal life, but the Jews were persistent in the face of attacks and eventually received full rights as citizens. From isolated ghettos and communities, the Jews climbed to an influential social position in economy, science, culture and the new emerging democratic politics of Germany until the Nazis took power. The tour will tell the amazing story of Jews in Germany and the Nazi attempt to eradicate them from Europe.

Berlin: 3-hour Introductory Tour with a Historian

6. Berlin: 3-hour Introductory Tour with a Historian

Berlin has been at the epicenter of the most catastrophic conflicts of modern times but the seeds of these hostilities were planted centuries before. This 3-hour tour of Germany’ s capital city takes a broad view of the political and ideological forces that unleashed genocide and global war in the 20th century. Exploring Berlin’ s iconic landmarks while emphasizing the tumultuous Nazi and Cold War eras, you will learn how in the 1700s tiny Prussia’ s violent transformation into Europe’ s dominant military power already set the stage for the great tragedies of recent history. At the same time, your guide helps you to consider present-day Berlin’ s successes confronting its dark past and renewing itself as dynamic modern capital known for multiculturalism, tolerance and creativity. You begin at Potsdamer Platz, the business center which replaced the wasteland formerly known as East Germany’ s “Death Strip.” Following the path where the Berlin Wall once stood through to the historic Tiergarten Park, you take in the dramatic new Holocaust Memorial and the Reichstag. While the mysterious fire that damaged the Reichstag in 1933 was used by the Nazis as the pretext to suspend civil liberties and arrest political opponents, the grand glass dome created for the building in 1992 by architect Norman Foster (complete with walkways that look down into the Parliament), provokes a discussion about the symbolic intentions of the cupola as metaphor for Germany’ s reunification, transparency and commitment to democracy. Reaching back further into Berlin’ s past, you follow the footsteps of Napoleon through the Brandenburg Gate, discussing the impact of the French revolution as a catalyst for German nationalism. Traversing the Unter den Linden, Berlin’ s royal boulevard lined with palaces, museums and theaters, pause at the famous equestrian statue of Frederick the Great, for a discussion of Prussia’ s “Poet King” and his role in shaping the militaristic and cultural orientations of the future German Empire. At Bebelplatz, site of the 1933 Nazi book burning, you’ ll learn about Adolf Hitler’ s rise to power and its terrible consequences. As you cross Museum Island (Berlin’ s answer to the Louvre), you will discuss the city’ s 19th century development into a cultural center. Next, Hackescher Markt, a charming pocket of pre-war Berlin, gives you a chance to ramble through a network of hidden courtyards. From here, Alexanderplatz offers a striking counterpoint; once a historic square, the East Germans rebuilt it as in the 1960s as a communist bloc showplace complete with futuristic government buildings, apartment blocks and the iconic TV Tower. You'll confront the longest surviving segment of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery and learn of its 40- year history. Finishing at Checkpoint Charlie, the legendary crossing point from West Berlin to East where, in 1989, thousands of East Germans poured across the border bringing the Cold War to an end, you conclude by discussing the East/West divisions that continue to impact Berlin even as the city evolves new sensibilities and directions.

Berlin: East Side Gallery and Cold War Segway Tour

7. Berlin: East Side Gallery and Cold War Segway Tour

Learn about Berlin's history on a Segway tour that visits the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. Hear about the tumultuous history of Germany's capital and visit Alexanderplatz, Hackescher Markt, Nikolaiviertel, and more. Meet your guide in the center of Berlin and set out to explore this vibrant city on the back of a Segway. Cruise through important neighborhoods and past iconic sites as you make your way to the highlight of this tour, the East Side Gallery. Once part of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is now the longest open-air gallery in the world. This intact piece of the wall that divided Germany in the past is 1.3 kilometers long and sits along the banks of the Spree River. In 1990, when the wall finally came down, more than 100 artists from over 20 countries decorated this stretch of wall with their art, a lot of which acted as a commentary on the political upheaval between 1989 and 1990. Be sure to bring your camera along to capture this striking piece of history. Popular paintings include Dmitri Vrubel’s Fraternal Kiss and Birgit Kinders' Trabant breaking through the wall.

Berlin: Highlights of Berlin Walking Shared or Private Tour

8. Berlin: Highlights of Berlin Walking Shared or Private Tour

Explore Berlin like a local on a 4-hour walking tour that covers its main sights and uncovers some hidden locations. You will be in the company of expert city resident guides that are keen to share their knowledge of Berlin’s tumultuous past and exciting future. Since the return of the German capital to Berlin nothing has stayed the same, and this has resulted in the largest construction effort in modern history. Berlin truly is a city at the crossroads of a turbulent past, while in the process of forging an optimistic future. As New Europe gravitates back towards its center, Berlin prepares to play the role of gateway between the East and West – this time as a European metropolis. Arrive in the East to Hackescher Markt and hear all about the former Jewish Quarter. See Museum Island and get the scoop on the best times to visit the museums. Pass over the line of the Death Strip to the exact location above Hitler's Bunker and under the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin. Then, take a moment to reflect at the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe, before walking through the intersection of Checkpoint Charlie. The tour ends with an account of the momentous events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall while standing amidst the heart of the East German Government Quarter and the New Berlin. Get a glimpse into what it´s like living in New Berlin, where East and West are no boundaries.

Berlin: Private Hackesche Höfe Walking Tour

9. Berlin: Private Hackesche Höfe Walking Tour

Explore the popular shopping, arty, and trendy district around the Hackesche Höfe, right in the middle of Berlin on a private walking tour. Wind through narrow side streets and historical backyard as you discover this architecturally-rich area. Follow your local guide and learn about the history of this district, which is also the prime area of Jewish life today as it is home to the New Synagogue. Discover many unusual and locally-owned galleries, boutiques, and shops around the Hackesche Höfe, and get a real feel for where Berliners shop today. Walk through a multitude of interlinked, high courtyards, filled with cafes, restaurants, a cinema, a theater, shops, homes, and more. Ask your guide for recommendations for after your tour, you're sure to want to keep exploring.

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What people are saying about Hackescher Markt

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 116 reviews

Our guide Jim was most informative and took great care and passion in explaining, it’s clear that he’s a historian regarding German history . It’s our first trip to Germany ( Berlin ) and Jim gave us an awesome introduction . Great value for money for a 3hr tour and in my view a great suggestion for anyone looking to do a tour of Berlin must visit sights .

Cian was my tour guide and I had a great experience the tour was really interesting highlighting all the main history points and covering all the main sights I wanted to see while in the city for a short time. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting.

Sehr interessante und kurzweilige Tour, ein Spatziergang durch die Geschichte Berlins. Sehr empfehlenswert für alle Altersklassen …

Campbell was an excellent guide, very relaxed but informative wall. Highly recommend

The guide had grate knowlegde of Berline, I learnt a lot in those 3 houres