TOURS AND GUIDED WALKS
These luxury tour agents specialize in what they call “urban lifestyle guidance,” introducing their clients to unique locations, people, shops, clubs, and more. Tours include a “pimp me up” spa and make-over tour, culinary experiences, Berlin creativeness, private house visits, and limo tours. They even offer a graffiti workshop for the real urban experience. From €300. www.berlinagenten.com. Bornholmer Str. 4. T: 030.43720701.
Berlin Music Tours
Explore Berlin’s rock&pop history with Berlin Music Tours, which include a visit to the famous Hansa Studios, a musical walk through Prenzlauer Berg, a David Bowie tour, and a classic tour through the history of Berlin music. Booking on the website required. From €12. www.musictours-berlin.com.
Berliner Unterwelten (Underground Tours)
Since 1997, the Berlin Underworlds Association has been offering regular tours of underground structures and subterranean complexes that are otherwise inaccessible. Cold War nuclear shelters, Hitler’s underground fortress, escape routes to the West, and WWII bunkers are just some of the adventures on offer. From €10. www.berlinerunterwelten.de. Brunnenstr. 105. T: 030.49910517.
City Segway Tours
Discover the city on board a Segway human transporter. Full Segway training provided. €67. www.citysegwaytours.com. Panoramastr. 1a. T: 030.24047991. S+U Alexanderplatz.
Fat Tire Bike Tours
Comfort comes first on Fat Tire Tours, and they created their whole concept around their curvy bicycles with soft seats, individually adjusted handbars and, obviously, fat tires. Tour themes vary and their all-in-one city bike tour is particularly famous. Times vary seasonally. Call ahead in winter. From €25. www.fattirebiketours. com. Panoramastr. 1a. T: 030.24047991.
This popular tour company offers nine different tours including Jewish Berlin, a pub crawl, Third Reich, Cold War, and a day trip to Dresden. No pre-booking required, simply show up at their meeting points (U Zoologischer Garten or S Hackescher Markt). €12/10. www.insidertour.com. T: 030.6923149.
Original Berlin Walks
Offering eight themed walking tours in summer and four in the winter. Themes include the Third Reich, Jewish life in Berlin, Potsdam, the Cold War, gay Berlin and Christmas markets (in December). No advance booking required, just show up at the meeting point shortly before the tour begins. (See website for times and places). www.berlinwalks.de. Neue Bahnhofstr. 9-10. T: 030.3019194.
This company organizes fun tours aboard real Trabants, the iconic cars of the former GDR. Visitors drive their personal Trabis, while the group leader in the first car provides information via radio about historical facts and quirks. Three different tours available, lasting one or two hours. You need to know how to drive a stick shift. €30-50. www.trabi-safari.de. Zimmerstr. 97. T: 030.30201030.
Offering tours in six languages, Vive Berlin specializes in classic city tours including a Cold War tour, a Third Reich tour and an Essential Berlin tour. From €12. www.viveberlintours.de. T: 030.60940925.