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Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

1. Berlin: 1-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating

Discover some of the key landmarks of Berlin on a sightseeing boat tour. Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the Spree to take in the sights at the heart of this bustling city.   Depart from Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel. Your 1-hour sightseeing tour will take you past the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), through the new Regierungsviertel (Government Quarter), all the way to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures). After turning at the Lutherbrücke (Luther Bridge), keep a look out for Schloss Bellevue (Bellevue Palace), the "Beamtenschlange" (civil servant housing), and the Siegessäule (Victory Column). Marvel at Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), Museumsinsel (Museum Island), and the Nikolaiviertal, the oldest residential area in Berlin. Arrive back either Friedrichstraße or Nikolaiviertel to finish the tour.

Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

2. Berlin: 2.5-Hour East Side Boat Cruise with Commentary

Experience a special East Side boat cruise, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Besides numerous sights in the old and new center of Berlin, see also the recent changes in the area surrounding the East Side Gallery. The roundtrip boat cruise starts at the pier by the old stock exchange building, near the Hackersche Höfe. Relax onboard the boat as you listen to detailed information in English and German and enjoy a delicious food service (own expense). After passing by the cradle of Berlin – Mühlendamm Lock – the tour continues on past Radialsystem V, an energy forum, Berlin Ostbahnhof and the Mercedes Benz Arena. Pass under the Oberbaum Bridge into the east harbor with its many new residents including Universal Music, MTV, Coca Cola, and Label 1 and 2. You will also pass by the Badeschiff at Arena Treptow and the Molecule Man sculpture. Journey back to Berlin-Mitte and see the Nikolaiviertel, the palace construction site, and the Humboldt Forum. The famous Museum Island begins at the Berlin Cathedral. Pass under the Weidendammer Bridge to reach the area around Friedrichstrasse with the Schiffbauerdamm, the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), and Friedrichstrasse station. Cruise past the government district where you will see the Reichstag building and the Federal Chancellery. You will also see the most modern railway stations in Europe from the water – Berlin Central Station. Pass by Bellevue Palace – the seat of the Federal President – before heading back to the starting point, the old stock exchange building.

Berlin: Pub Crawl with Open Bar

3. Berlin: Pub Crawl with Open Bar

Begin your evening by getting to know your guide and other like-minded travelers. From there, head out into the Berlin night to your first stop. After you’ve properly loosened up, continue on to three additional venues of bars, pubs, and dance halls. Every night is a new experience on this pub crawl. Get to know Berlin’s nightlife as you make four stops ranging from cocktail lounges, alternative dives, techno bars, bustling dance halls, and more. Enjoy complimentary shots along the way, always concluding your evening at one of the city’s biggest dance clubs where you'll skip the line with VIP entrance. This pub crawl takes you to a variety of bars and pubs in the city’s most popular neighborhoods. Crawl through Berlin with the iconic tv tower as your backdrop and have an unforgettable experience drinking and dancing the night away.

Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

4. Berlin: Hidden Backyards Small-Group Walking Tour

Discover Berlin's hidden back alleys on this walking tour. Enjoy a guided visit to 13 of the most iconic spots which showcase the typical urban Berlin atmosphere. See how people live, work, create and have fun in these small spaces. Stroll through the Scheunenviertel in Berlin-Mitte. Learn about the history of the development of this quarter, and its transformation into the center of Jewish life around the New Synagogue. Find out how it became the trendy, colorful and international area that it is today.

Berlin: Courtyards Private 2-Hour Tour

5. Berlin: Courtyards Private 2-Hour Tour

Explore the Hackesche Höfe and learn more about the unusual fate of this revitalized district and its incredible history. Immerse yourself in the colorful multicultural life on Sophienstraße and take a look into the courtyard of the artisan association as well as the interesting Sophie-Gips-Höfe. Große Hamburger Straße has always been a “road of tolerance”. Look behind the scenes of a great Catholic institution, enjoy the views of the most important Baroque church in the city, and learn more about the fate of the Jewish community in Berlin and its first cemetery. On the famous Oranienburger Straße you can learn more about the history of the imposing New Synagogue and the adjacent Postfuhramt. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to look into the Heckmann Höfe, one of the most interesting back courtyards of the neighborhood.

Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

6. Berlin: Jewish History Walking Tour

Berlin's Jewry has a unique and special history, from the days of the Enlightenment, through the brutal truths of the Holocaust, up to its present-day revival. Uncover the history of Berlin's re-emerging Jewish community, learn about the people that made its greatest impacts, and see the sites that matter. From Moses Mendelssohn to Albert Einstein, Berlin's Jews have been responsible for some of the most significant events in intellectual and cultural development. Yet their achievements came against a backdrop of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination which, after seething for centuries, eventually devastated Europe, and the rest of the world, more recently than many of us would like to think. See the magnificent New Synagogue, and hear its incredible story, which mirrors the tale of Jews in Berlin before, during, and after Nazi persecution. See where non-Jews risked their lives in order to hide their Jewish neighbors, including the Workshop for the Blind, where one courageous Berliner risked his own life to save those of his Jewish employees. See the site of the ancient Jewish-Cemetry where Mendelssohn is still buried, and acquaint yourself with his significance in philosophy and Jewish history. Walk in the footsteps of working-class Jewish immigrants who dreamed of a better world. Hear the stories of women who aspired to be Rabbis, and the rich who desired poverty. Discover what it means, and what it once meant, to be a Jewish Berliner.

Berlin: 2.5-Hour Tour of the Jewish Quarter in Spanish

7. Berlin: 2.5-Hour Tour of the Jewish Quarter in Spanish

Explore the most important places in the history of Berlin's Jewish community on this 2.5-hour tour of the Jewish Quarter with a Spanish-speaking guide. The tour takes you round the interesting places in the district, from the Hackesche Höfe and Hackescher Markt to Tacheles, the New Synagogue, Rosenstrasse, and the Museum Otto Weidt. Learn about the infamous “Night of Broken Glass," the Wannsee Conference, and the miracle of the women on Rosenstrasse, and the effect they each had on the Jewish population of Berlin. Learn about the troubled history of the Jewish community in Berlin. Since the founding of the city, there has always been a Jewish presence that has been forced to live through good and bad times. In the times since their expulsion during the Prussian Monarchy, the Jewish population were alternately allowed and disallowed to stay in Berlin, until Nazism wrote the saddest chapter of their history.

Berlin: Jewish District Hidden Gems City Game

8. Berlin: Jewish District Hidden Gems City Game

Explore Jewish history in Berlin through a fun exploration game. Follow the instructions on your app as you solve puzzles and uncover clues, leading you to each historical location on your route. Engage with history in a modern way with this exploration game. Start your tour at the iconic Wasserturm in the district of Prenzlauer Berg and make your way to your final location, the Rosenstrasse Memorial, passing famous sights linked to Jewish history. Solve the challenges and watch the story unfold on your app. Exact directions will guide you to the next location. Challenge your friends or family to see who solves the puzzles first or play as one big team. Best of all, explore at your own pace. Pause the game whenever you feel like taking a break for a coffee or a meal and resume it anytime from the location where you paused it.

Berlin: The Grimm Brother's City Exploration Game

9. Berlin: The Grimm Brother's City Exploration Game

Explore Berlin from a unique perspective by playing a city exploration game on your phone. Immerse yourself into a game and take on the mission to save the Grimm Brothers from a dark fate. Solve challenges and watch the game unfold throughout the city, visiting important sights along the way. Begin the game at Rotes Rathaus by opening the application on your phone. Use your brain to find the answers and solve puzzles that lead you to the next location. Stop and start the game as you like and enjoy each location. Resume anytime at the last location you discovered. Play on your own, in a large group, or break into several groups to compete against each other for the final destination. Feel free to share a phone, or have each member purchase their own ticket for an optimal experience.

City Tour Berlin: Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe

10. City Tour Berlin: Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe

Get ready for an exciting tour! This tour of the Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe is a foray into old Berlin. The tour begins at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, where you will discover old courtyards, learn about the settlement of Berlin's Jews, and hear all manner of political stories. Not only are the former headquarters of the KPD (German Communist Party) located here, but also the Volksbühne (the people's political theater), and the famous Kino Babylon. Afterwards, set off down narrow alleyways. Hear stories of the Ringvereine, clubs of former inmates who dominated the area, of the Demimonde (Hedonists), and prostitution, as well as of the working-class Zille-Milieu. The Mulackritze, also called simply "Ritze," was a legendary bar that Marlene Dietrich, Heinrich Zille, and Gustav Gründgens regularly frequented. Here, you will get a feel for the old, exciting worlds based here. During the second part of the tour, you will visit various former courtyards. In Haus Schwarzenberg you will be introduced to the building conditions under the German Democratic Republic. The Hackeschen Höfe and Rosenhöfe speak to old social ideas and the resourcefulness of commerce. Next, you'll visit an old, not-yet-renovated ballroom. The hall of mirrors on the first floor, formerly reserved for the aristocracy, as well as the ballroom on the ground floor bring you back to the twenties and are also a great going-out location. To this day, you can go dancing there on weekends and enjoy live music. You'll visit the hall of mirrors even if the ballroom isn't open. Finally, you'll learn about the history of Auguststraße, the "AHAWAH" Jewish orphanage, and, on the way to the New Synagogue, where the tour concludes, the Heckmannhöfe. Enjoy a relaxing and interesting tour and experience a unique side of Berlin's diverse history.

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What people are saying about Hackesche Höfe

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4.4 / 5

based on 7,730 reviews

Despite being debited 3 times - for whatever reason - everything was immediately confirmed on the phone for the return transfer. Super nice staff and the boat trip is really beautiful. Gladly again :)

Was very nice, also clean, many spots to sit in or out, good price drinks and snacks, also good route, nice views. Also very kind staff!. Great experience after all!, def recommend.

Very nice excursion, the guide audio is available in multiple languages

Informative tour. Just long enough, one hour is a good length tour.

Fantastic trip with great information about Berlin