Walking tours of Berlin are highly recommended. Despite the wall being gone
for nearly ten years, Berlin still has a piecemeal feel about it, so there's
no need to feel embarassed about handing yourself over to a well-informed
guide who can navigate for you. Despite the rapid changes bringing an unfair
amount of scaffolding and gaping contruction holes, Berlin also has hidden
squares, wide boulevards, and lots of leafy green. So get off that bus and
into walking! All tours run daily, but meeting times and frequency of tours
are subject to change so they are not listed here. Give the operators a
ring beforehand or pick up a brochure at the tourist office.
| Insider Walking Tour
Hardenbergplatz , 10719 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 692 3149,
Fax: 692 3149 | S+U Zoologischer Garten | Price: DM20, DM13 Welcome
Card holders, DM15 concession (students and under 26), group discounts
available. N.B. Concession tickets only available from guide.
This tour leads you from the heart of former West Berlin, Bahnhof
Zoo, to the heart of the former East, Alexanderplatz covering Hitler's
bunker, the Berlin Wall, and Checkpoint Charlie on the way. As well
as taking in Berlin´s essential sights, the route provides a
great framework for the story of the citiy´s destruction, division
and reunification. The style is entertaining and informatiive and
the guides are all long-term Berliners with plenty of tips for what
to do once the tour is over. Tickets can be bought in advance at the
Reisebank on the corner of Zoo station, inside at the Western Union
office, or directly from the guide at the meeting place. Meet at 10:00
or 14:30 outside McDonald's on Hardenbergplatz opposite Zoo station;
in winter 10:00 only. Private walking tours can also be arranged.
| The Original Berlin Walks
S-Bhf Zoologischer Garten , 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel:
301 9194, Fax: no fax | S+U Zoologischer Garten | Meet at the taxi
stand/rank outside Zoo Station | Tickets: € 14 (under 26 zears),
€ 18 (26 years and over) | Times: 9:45am and 2:30pm, 7 days a week.
For a tour that covers 700 years of turbulent history in three and
a half hours, try The Original Berlin Walks. English speaking guides
lead you through all the important Berlin landmarks; Museum Island,
the Brandenburg Gate, the site of the Nazi bookburning, The Wall...
You are given a run down on the events that have changed Berlin's
history and the people who contributed to the Berlin you see today.
Along with the history lessons come funny stories to add interest
to the buildings and sites you pass. This tour is good for all those
who want an overview of the city in a morning, or afternoon. In addition
to the Discover Berlin Walk, this company also offers speciality tours
focusing on the 3rd Reich, Jewish Berlin and Potsdam.
| Brewer's Berlin (formerly Terry's Top-Hat Tours)
Oranienburger Str. 23, 10117 Berlin - Mitte | Price DM15 | Meeting
point: New Synagogue, Oranienburger Str. 23 or participating hostels
| Further information and tickets at The Circus Hostel,Rosa Luxemburg
Str. 39, Berlin-Mitte, Tel: 28 39 14 33, or The Clubhouse Hostel,
Kalkscheunenstr. 2, Berlin-Mitte, Tel: 28 09 79 79, or The Odyssee
Hostel, Grünbergerstr. 23, Friedrichshain, Tel: 29 00 00 81
For anyone who wants to do more than scratch the surface of Berlin,
this tour is a must. For seven hours or more Terry or one of his trusted
henchmen will satisfy your information cravings, filling in enough
German history so even the most backward high-school drop-out can
start to understand what makes Berlin Berlin. Terry lived through
many of the events he describes while stationed in Berlin with the
British Navy and diplomatic service, and his first hand personal experience
makes this tour a particularly worthwhile one.
Tours run every day, whatever the weather. Tickets are available at
the Circus, Clubhouse and Odyssey hostels, or meet at 10:30 or 13:00
outside the New Synagogue (10:30 only in winter).
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