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.
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.
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,
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.