Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

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. 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.­sic­tours- ber­

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.berlinerun­ter­wel­ Brun­nen­str. 105. T: 030.49910517.

City Seg­way Tours

Dis­cover the city on board a Seg­way hu­man trans­porter. Full Seg­way train­ing pro­vided. € 67.­seg­way­ Panora­mastr. 1a. T: 030.24047991. S+U Alexan­der­platz.

CooLTour­ings Seg­way Tours

Cov­er­ing Ber­lin’s Top 20 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- 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.

In­sider Tours

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.­sid­er­ 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- ber­, email: info@on­tour- ber­ 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).­ Neue Bahn­hof­str. 9-10. T: 030.3019194.

rent-a- guide

Ex­plore Ber­lin with rent-a-guide, a book­ing plat­form spe­cial­iz­ing in tai­lor-made sight­see­ing tours and ac­tiv­i­ties. Co­op­er­at­ing with more than 150 tour guides, they of­fer just about any­thing from so­cial culi­nary tours to pri­vate mu­seum tours in­clud­ing a chauf­feur. T: 0234.9155632.

Trabi World

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. You need to know how to drive a stick shift. € 30- 50. Zim­mer­str. 97. T: 030.30201030.

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