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Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

1. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

Discover the city at your own pace with the Berlin hop-on hop-off bus. Freely wander the city on well-equipped sightseeing buses. Explore Museum Island, amble down the Ku'Damm, the famed shopping street, and catch a glimpse of divided Berlin at Check Point Charlie. Visit the Brandenburg gate or the Reichstag with its marvelous glass dome. There are a wide variety of options, with buses traveling the entirety of the city. To get even more out of your trip to Berlin, combine your bus pass with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off boat tour ticket that you can redeem at any time. Or, add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. The stops for the bus tours are: Line 1 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Rotes Rathaus • Museum Island • Friedrichstrasse • Brandenburger Tor • Reichstag • Hauptbahnhof • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Bellevue Palace • Siegessäule (Victory Column) • Kurfürstendamm • KaDeWe • Lützowplatz • Kulturforum • Potsdamer Platz • Mauerreste • Check Point Charlie • Gendarmenmarkt Line 2 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Frankfurter Allee • East Side Gallery • Ostbahnhof • Alexa • Rotes Rathaus

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Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Ticket

2. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Ticket

Explore Berlin and learn about the city’s history and sights via audio commentary, available in several languages. Experience the beauty of the forests, parks, gardens, rivers, and lakes that cover nearly a third of the city. This city has witnessed many groundbreaking historical events. See the corresponding sites, as well as the city's most famous streets and squares, with your ticket for this hop-on hop-off tour. The Classic Route gives you the chance to see all the main sights of the city, including the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the East Side Gallery, to name just a few. Tour stops on the Classic Route: 1. Kurfürstendamm 216 2. Tauentzienstraße 3. KaDeWe 4. Lützowplatz 5. Kulturforum Tiergarten 6. Potsdamer Platz / Balzac 7. Gropiusbau 8. Checkpoint Charlie 9. Gendarmenmarkt 10. Neptunbrunnen / Rotes Rathaus 11. Alexanderplatz / Park Inn 12. Karl-Marx-Allee 13. East Side Gallery 14. Ostbahnhof 15. DomAquarée 16. Lustgarten 17. Unter den Linden / Friedrichstraße 18. Brandenburger Tor 19. Hauptbahnhof 20. Siegessäule / Hofjägerallee 21. Elefantentor 22. Café Kranzler

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Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise

3. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise

Hop on an open-top double-decker bus and enjoy fantastic views and the great atmosphere of Berlin. Choose from a 24, 48, or 72-hour ticket along 2 different routes and discover the city's history and vibrant culture from the fully narrated audio tour. From the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Victory Column, and the legendary Checkpoint Charlie to the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. The city's vibrant culture, diverse architecture, and fascinating history will take your breath away. Explore over 20 locations throughout the city along the red or blue route with daily departures from the starting point at Ku'Damm or Alexanderplatz. Guests may also join the tour from any of the stops on the route. A choice of two walking tours is included with premium and deluxe tickets. Delve even further into Berlin’s fascinating past and present on one of the two following Big Bus Berlin walking tours: 1) Walking Tour Government District: On this 60-minute walk, you’ll discover the interesting architecture of Berlin’s modern Government District, built after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Tour begins at stop #13: Brandenburg Gate. Operates daily at 11:30 AM in English and German. 2) Walking Tour Berlin History: Your guide will take you on a 90-minute walking tour from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie with highlights including the Holocaust Memorial, the location of Hitler’s Bunker, and captivating stories of the divided Berlin. Tour begins at stop #13: Brandenburg Gate. Operates daily at 1:00 PM in English and German River cruise included with deluxe ticket: experience Berlin from a different perspective on a 1-hour river cruise on the River Spree right in the heart of the city. Admire unbeatable views of the Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, Nikolai Quarter, and Museum Island. Location: BWSG Pier ‘Alte Börse‘, Burgstrasse 27. 5 minutes’ walk from stop #11: Museumsinsel Red Route (tour duration 2 hours): combines iconic landmarks and opportunities to appreciate the arts, with the greener side of this city and the explosive food scene. Bus stops include: • Ku’Damm • KaDeWe Department Store • Brandenburg Gate • Reichstag • Victory Column • Checkpoint Charlie • Berlin Wall • Holocaust Memorial • Gendarmenmarkt Square • Potsdamer Platz • Topography of Terror • Alexanderplatz • Alexa Shopping Centre • Neptune Fountain • Museum Island • Madame Tussauds • Central Station • Bellevue Palace Blue route (tour duration: 40 minutes): experience old berlin, stopping at the monumental boulevard Karl-Marx-Allee and the most symbolic landmark of unified Berlin, the East Side Gallery. Bus stops include: • Alexanderplatz • Karl-Marx-Allee • Ostbahnhof • East Side Gallery

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Berlin: Art and Graffiti Walking Tour

4. Berlin: Art and Graffiti Walking Tour

Discover Berlin from a unique perspective on an art and graffiti themed walking tour. Experience breathtaking colors and hear stories of Berlin’s past, present, and future through inspiring and provocative urban art works. See the areas visited by the best artists, where they paint, and where they admire the work of their peers. Some of the places are off the radar of casual observers and tourist groups. Learn about the cultures, the politics, and other driving forces that inspires the art on the city’s walls. Admire how the walls transform into canvases for “paintings” and the streets are transformed into art galleries. Take in large volumes of work, from tiny to gigantic, sprouting between buildings, wedged into corners, hidden in the courtyards, and along the streets of the Mitte, Kreuzberg, and Friedrichshain districts.

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Berlin: Red Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option

5. Berlin: Red Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus with Boat Option

Discover Berlin from the roof of a double-decker bus. This route covers the must-see attractions around the city, making it an ideal way to get an overview of Berlin. With departures every 8 to 15 minutes during high season (April to October) and every 20 minutes during low season (November to March), the hop-on hop-off bus is the ideal way to get around the city in a safe way at your own pace. Hop on and off as you please to discover the city at your own pace. While on board, listen to entertaining and interesting stories about this historically important city in the heart of Europe.  Here are the bus stops for your tour: 1. Kurfürstendamm (Kurfürstendamm 216) 2. Kurfürstendamm/Meinekestraße 3. Kurfürstendamm (Kurfürstendamm 234) 4. Tauentzienstraße (Tauentzienstraße 15) 5. KaDeWe (Tauentzienstraße 21-24) 6. Lützowplatz (Kulturforum Tiergarten) 7. Potsdamer Platz/Kolhoff-Hochhaus 8. Balzac Coffee (Potsdamer Platz 10) 9. Gropiusbau 10. Checkpoint Charlie (Friedrichstraße 45) 11. Gendarmenmarkt 12. Neptune Fontaine, Neptunbrunnen/Rotes Rathaus (Rathausstraße 1) 13. Alexanderplatz/Park Inn 14. Karl-Marx-Allee 15. East Side Gallery 16. Ostbahnhof 17. Neptune Fontaine, Neptunbrunnen/Rotes Rathaus (Rathausstraße 1) 18. DomAquarée (Karl-Liebknecht-Straße) 19. Lustgarten (Unter den Linden 1) 20. Unter den Linden/Friedrichstraße 21. Brandenburg Gate, Brandenburger Tor (Ebertstraße/Pariser Platz) 22. Berlin Central Station, Hauptbahnhof (Ella-Trebe-Straße/Washington Pl) 23. Victory Column, Siegessäule/Bundespräsidialamt 24. Victory Column, Siegessäule/ Hofjägerallee 25. Zoo/Elephant Gate, Elefantentor 26. Café Kranzler (Kurfürstendamm 21-24) Want to see the city from the water, too? Upgrade your hop-on hop-off bus ticket to include a river cruise on the Spree. Glide around Berlin’s river and admire architecture from a different point of view.

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Berlin: City Trabi Tour

6. Berlin: City Trabi Tour

Sit behind the wheel or in the passenger seat and drive around Berlin in a Trabant, also known as a Trabi. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy the unique experience of riding aboard the official car of the GDR. Pick up your Trabi, squeeze yourself inside the iconic car, set off to discover the German capital. You’ll zip through popular avenues and historic bridges over the Spree River. Ride past famous sites like the Berlin Wall at the Eastside Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berliner Dom, and of course the stunning Brandenburg Gate for perfect photo opportunities. Make your own driving itinerary or go on one of the suggested tour routes and see the city’s top tourist attractions, historical monuments, and popular neighborhoods.

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Berlin: The Wall Museum East Side Gallery Ticket

7. Berlin: The Wall Museum East Side Gallery Ticket

Visit the Wall Museum at East Side Gallery and take a journey through Berlin’s recent history. Enjoy the convenience of skipping the line. Located next to the East Side Gallery, the largest section of the Berlin Wall still standing, the Wall Museum tells the emotional story of the city during the Cold War. Investigate it’s 13 rooms, each one exploring a different theme. Experience this dramatic time period through film, documents, and interviews.   See what the city was like after the war. Watch as the Wall is erected in 1961. Find out what life was like in the divided city. Witness the dramatic fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991. Discover the truth behind the wall, and see how it changed this exceptional city.

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Berlin: Sightseeing Tour in a Mini Hotrod

8. Berlin: Sightseeing Tour in a Mini Hotrod

Hop into a mini hot rod for a guided tour through Berlin and experience the thrill of racing through the city's wide streets. Even though you'll be sitting just above the ground, these custom roadsters will leave just about every other vehicle in their dust. These single-seaters are 100% street legal and sure to be a lot of fun. Discover the true pleasure of driving in a stylish soapbox car for adults. Get started at Revaler Strasse 99, at the RAW site. Your guide will give you a briefing about the vehicles, before letting you get warmed up on your hot rod by riding around the spacious grounds. Then, it's time to head out into the streets of Berlin. Pass by Warschauer Brücke on the way to the East Side Gallery and the O2 Arena, before driving towards the Brandenburg Gate. Take in the symbol of Berlin as locals and tourists alike smile and stare at your stylish ride. Stopping at the German Chancellor's Office, feel free to ask your guide any questions and take a moment to snap some photos. From there, continue towards Potsdamer Platz, Gendarmenmarkt, and Unter den Linden. Depending on the time, take a quick stroll at the O2 site before heading back to the RAW station.

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Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

9. Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

Start your urban underground tour of Berlin at the Hackescher Markt at the heart of the local cafe scene and then head to a unique courtyard loved by contemporary artists. Hear how it has survived against the odds and get insights into the alternative messages of the art on display. Hear local stories about Berlin's neighborhoods as you continue to the Pink Man graffiti by the famous street artist, Blu. Learn about his protest against the “gentrification” of the town’s alternative side and other ethical projects he’s involved in.  Then, it's time to relax with a drink at a hip beer garden by the Urban Spree and experience how Berliners like to spend their evenings. Pass the East Side Gallery, where artists from around the world have left their mark on the remains of the Berlin Wall. Stop at the smallest cinema in town, popular for showing international movies and its 70's flair. End by the Boxhagener Platz and discover a great place to relax and experience some more urban vibes.

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Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

10. Berlin: Cold War Walking Tour

Go back and time and learn about what life was like in Berlin during the Cold War. Join an exciting and informative walking tour that takes you to see important sites of the time and gives you an insider's look at the life of the residents of this once divided city. See the Friedrichstrasse station, the single border station during the Cold War. Follow the River Spree to the parliament and government district, whose buildings were situated partly along the border strip. Visit the famous Brandenburg Gate where the border ran and was the symbol of the division of the city. From the Holocaust memorial at the former "death strip", proceed to Potsdamer Platz, where the split is particularly visible in the former Tiergarten triangle. See the longest remaining stretch of the wall and the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Learn about how MI6 and the CIA tunnelled under the wall into the Soviet Zone, the methods used by the Stasi to control the East German population, and what happened to the leaders of the GDR when the wall fell. Get a fascinating insight into what it was like to live in the eastern block and hear about failed escape attempts. Hear about the changes that German society went through, the plight of former East Germans, and how the Cold War shaped modern-day Berlin.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Enjoy the surroundings

    Located along the Spree river, the area around the gallery is filled with sand-filled beach bars that can make for a relaxing, sunny evening when the weather is in your favor.

  • Visit at off-peak times

    Crowds can be dense; arriving earlier or later in the day is advisable. It’s open 24 hours a day.

  • Kiss your loved-ones at the East Side Gallery Kiss

    One of the most famous murals is entitled “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love” and sometimes called the “Fraternal Kiss” by Dmitri Vrubel. It is a reproduction of the real event of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker sharing a socialist fraternal embrace.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The East Side Gallery is open all day, everyday.
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to walk the Gallery, but tours of the area cost extra.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide can certainly make the artwork come to life, with stories about the artists, and life before and after The Wall.
  • How to get there
    Take the S5, S7 or S75 to either Warschauer Str. or Ostbahnhof, or the U1 to Warschauer Str.
  • Additional information

    • Please remain respectful, and do not add your own artwork over an artist's work.

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What people are saying about East Side Gallery

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,913 reviews

My grandfather owned a Trabi and I’ve always been fascinated with the DDR history, thus I found this experience truly fantastic! I enjoy every single moment driving the Trabi!

We had the absolute best time on this tour! The guide is very informative on the art in the area and as a bonus we got great family pictures! Thanks again Tatiana.

We had a 2 hour walking tour with Freddy who gave us a very good overview of the city!

Trabi toe t is a must do in Berlin, great way to get to know the city!

This is absolutely the most fun way to see Berlin! So fun!