Cruis­ing Along

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

It is said that there are more bridges in Ber­lin than in Venice. If you don’t be­lieve it, then hop aboard a river boat and start count­ing them from one of the many Ber­lin Bridge Cruises of­fered by the main river cruise com­pa­nies (this page). The clas­sic three-hour tours take vis­i­tors un­der 63 of Ber­lin’s 900+ bridges, some of them so low you’ll have to duck down to pre­vent bump­ing your head. They also pass by sites such as the Re­ich­stag and gov­ern­ment quar­ter, Mu­seum Is­land, Ber­liner Dom, and Niko­laivier­tel, as well as through sev­eral of the city's col­or­ful dis­tricts, in­clud­ing Kreuzberg, Neukölln, and Friedrichshain. While the live guides will ex­plain the sites in Ger­man only, the mul­ti­lin­gual au­dio- guides pro­vide de­tailed ac­counts of in­ter­est­ing facts on his­tor­i­cal and mod­ern Ber­lin in up to six lan­guages.

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- 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 allin- 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. www.in­sid­er­tour.com. T: 030.6923149.

On­Tour-Ber­lin

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. www.berlin­walks.de. Neue Bahn­hof­str. 9-10.

T: 030.3019194. 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. www.rent-a-guide.com You can base-jump off a rooftop on Alexan­der­platz. www.base-fly­ing.com 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,

rent-a- guide

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, last­ing one or two hours. You need to know how to drive a stick shift. € 30- 50. www.trabi-world.de. Zim­mer­str. 97. T: 030.30201030.

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