TOURS AND GUIDED WALKS
MUST SEE The sumptuous Rococo castle of Sanssouci in Potsdam was commissioned by Frederick the Great (1712– 86), who wanted “a place to be without cares.” The king of Prussia employed the finest architects of the day to design the Baroque park, the Schloss placed above terraced vineyards, the more sober New Palace, and a few other pavilions scattered in the park. The park and its palaces have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990. Open 10am– 6pm (until 5pm in winter). Closed Mon. €15/11. www.spsg.de. An der Orangerie 1, Potsdam. T: 0331.9694200. S Potsdam or regional train from Zoologischer Garten to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. Off Map
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.berliner- unterwelten.de. Brunnenstr. 105. T: 030.49910517.
CooLTourings Segway Tours
Covering Berlin’s Top20 sightseeing highlights, CooLTourings take individual visitors or large groups on an exciting ride aboard a Segway human transporter. A fun and fast way to explore the city. www.seg- berlin- ways.de. T: 030.26321381.
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.
This company offers guided tours with expert guides. Walks include the city center and the city’s most important districts of Berlin and Potsdam and concentrate on different themes, such as city history, literature, cemeteries, and criminal history. www.ontour- berlin.de, email: info@ontour- berlin.de. T: 030.67515046.
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. € 3050. www.trabi-world.com. Zimmerstr. 97. T: 030.30201030.