Festival of Lights: Lightseeing XL: Bus & Ship Tour
- Small group
- Duration: 2.5 hours
The Berlin Cathedral history is rich, mirroring the ups and downs of the city itself. The first of the fun facts about this family church: The Cathedral is not an actual cathedral because the church isn’t the seat of a bishop.
The first church on this site finished construction in 1465 and looked very different than it does today. It served the Hohenzollern family, whose palace was located nearby.
A Baroque cathedral replaced the church in 1745; in 1816 it was remodeled in classical style. The cathedral we know today wouldn’t be built for nearly a century.
Larger than any of the other previous buildings, the Protestant cathedral was built to contest St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with a 98-meter-tall dome decorated with mosaic.
The ambitious project, designed by Julius Raschdorff in high Renaissance fashion was completed in 1905, along with the famous Berlin Cathedral organ in all its 7,000-pipe glory.
The magnificent building was bombed during WWII and later set to be demolished by Soviet Germany. Withstanding the odds, reconstruction went underway in 1975.
Below the cathedral lies a crypt filled with 94 coffins, some of which are preserved royal bodies. The oldest tomb belongs to the elector of Brandenburg, Johann Cicero (153). Members of the original Hohenzollern family are buried even deeper in the Hohenzollerngruft.
Climb the 267 steps for a breathtaking overview of the grand interior. At the very top, you can even walk outside around the Berlin Cathedral dome and take in all of Berlin-Mitte.
We signed up for the Trabi tour, thinking we would all sit in the Trabi with our private driver & tour guide! Upon arrival, we found out that’s not the case and we would actually driving our very own Trabi! Thankfully, one of us knew how to drive a manual because that’s the Trabi we ended up with! (There’s an option for an automatic, if manual driving is not your jam!) There’s a lead tour guide and everyone follows the designated guide in a line. The guide took us all over Berlin & the popular tourist sites. The guide talks through a radio so all cars can hear the history about each site while driving their Trabi! If you have EVER wanted to know what it was like to drive a car from East Berlin during the Cold War, this tour would be the perfect opportunity to check this off the bucket list! It was nerve wracking, but such a fun & exciting tour to do!! We would highly recommend it!
We got lucky with our Tour and Tour Guide Carlos. We were able to take our time and he pointed out so many things that we had seen before but didn't know the history behind it. 3 Hours may not sound like a lot but you are definitely beat afterwards.
Well worth the money. Get to see all the main landmarks of Berlin whilst learning lots on the way. I recommend the walking tour, best part of the experience! You get to learn things you would of missed, such as Hitlers Bunker!
Alex was a great guide! Very informative and he gave us a ton of recommendations of where to go as well of where not to go. Thank you again for sharing a fraction of your knowledge.
Excellent tour of Berlin it's a great way to see the city and learn the history. Xavier was a brilliant tour guide and full of knowledge.