GUIDED TOURS

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

point acts pri­mar­ily as a back­drop for tourist pho­to­graphs. U Kochstraße, U Stadt­mitte. E3/E4

East Side Gallery

While West Ber­lin­ers loved to ex­press their cre­ativ­ity by draw­ing graf­fiti and paint­ing on the Wall, East Ber­lin­ers were never al­lowed to use the di­vid­ing struc­ture as a can­vas. To make up for all the art­less years, artists from 21 coun­tries were called upon in 1990 to dec­o­rate one mile of the Wall's east­ern seg­ment with their work, cre­at­ing what is now known as the East Side Gallery. Müh­len­straße. S+U Warschauer Straße, S Ost­bahn­hof. G4

Holo­caust Me­mo­rial

Ber­lin is one of three ful­lyfledged states of the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Ger­many, the other two be­ing Ham­burg

and Bre­men. MUST SEE Ber­lin’s trib­ute to the vic­tims of the Holo­caust is as big as a soc­cer field and con­sists of 2711 tomb­stone-like slabs of equal size and vary­ing heights, placed on un­even ground to con­vey a sense of claus­tro­pho­bia and dis­ori­en­ta­tion. Ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours a day. Free. www.holo­caust-mah­n­mal.de. Cora- Ber­liner Straße. T: 030.2639430. U Bran­den­burger Tor. E3

Stasi Prison

MUST SEE Be­tween 1945 and 1989, more than 20,000 peo­ple sus­pected of op­pos­ing the East Ger­man political sys­tem were ar­rested by the Stasi (se­cret po­lice) and brought to this cus­tody build­ing. In its first and dark­est years, the prison’s cel­lars were used to in­flict psy­cho­log­i­cal tor­ture on the in­mates, while the rel­a­tively more hu­mane cells are on the up­per floors, next to a seem­ingly never- end­ing cor­ri­dor lined with in­ter­ro­ga­tion rooms. Tours in English on Wed, Sat, and Sun at 2:30pm in win­ter, daily at 11:30am and 2:30pm in sum­mer. € 6/3. en.stiftung- hsh.de. Gensler­str. 66. T: 030.98608230. S Landsberger Allee, then Tram M5 to Freien­walder Str., 10-minute walk. Off Map

Ber­li­na­gen­ten

Th­ese lux­ury tour agents spe­cial­ize in “ur­ban life­style guid­ance,” in­tro­duc­ing their clients to ex­clu­sive lo­ca­tions, peo­ple, shops, and clubs. Of­fer­ings in­clude a “Pimp Me Up” spa and makeover tour, culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences, pri­vate house vis­its, limo tours, and – for an au­then­tic ur­ban ex­pe­ri­ence – a graf­fiti work­shop. From €300. www.ber­li­na­gen­ten.com. Born­holmer Str. 4. T: 030.43720701.

Ber­lin Mu­sic Tours

Choose from a score of mu­sic-themed tours, in­clud­ing a visit to the fa­mous Hansa Stu­dios, a mu­si­cal walk through Pren­zlauer Berg, a David Bowie jour­ney, and a clas­sic trek through the colorful his­tory of Ber­lin mu­sic. Book­ing re­quired. From €12. www.mu­sic­tours- ber­lin.com.

Ber­liner Un­ter­wel­ten

Since 1997, the Ber­lin Un­der­worlds As­so­ci­a­tion has been of­fer­ing reg­u­lar tours of un­der­ground struc­tures and sub­ter­ranean com­plexes that are oth­er­wise in­ac­ces­si­ble. Ad­ven­tures on of­fer in­clude Cold War nu­clear shel­ters, Hitler’s un­der­ground fortress, es­cape routes to the West, and WWII bunkers. From €10. www.ber­liner- un­ter­wel­ten.de. Brun­nen­str. 105. T: 030.49910517.

Trabi World

For a quin­tes­sen­tial Ber­lin tour ex­pe­ri­ence, hop in­side real Tra­bants, the iconic cars of the for­mer GDR. Vis­i­tors drive their per­sonal Tra­bis, while, via the car’s ra­dio, the group leader pro­vides his­tor­i­cal and quirky facts. Three dif­fer­ent tours avail­able, last­ing one or two hours. € 30- 50. www. trabi-world.de. Zim­mer­str. 97. T: 030.30201030.

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