original berlin walks
Englisch: daily 10:30 am and 2 pm
April – Oct: daily 09:00, 10:30 and 2 pm
First time in Berlin? This is the perfect tour for you! Visit all of Berlin’s most famous sights and hear the secret stories that make the past come to life! Using the latest historical research our guides will show you the wild, tragic story of this great city. Stroll through the Brandenburg Gate, stand above the remains of Hitler’s bunker, and cross the Cold War frontier at Checkpoint Charlie. In under 4 hours you’ll see it all!
April – October: daily 10:00 am
Nov – March: Sat, Sun, Mon, Thu 10:00 am
For 12 years Berlin was capital of the Third Reich. Discover the consequences of the ‘Thousand Year Reich’ Hear the fate of Berlin’s Jewish district, visit the site of the former SS & Gestapo Headquarters at the Topography of Terror Museum, see the destruction caused by Allied bombing in WWII. Learn about the rise to power of the National Socialist Party, how Joseph Goebbels’ propaganda strengthened the party’s grip on the German people, how Albert Speer planned to make Berlin into Germania, capital of the empire of the world. Stand before Hermann Göring’s sprawling Luftwaffe HQ.
Finish your tour where the Nazis’ reign of terror came to an end: in front of Germany’s parliament, the Reichstag, where Soviet forces were placing their flag above a ruined Berlin whilst the Führer prepared to commit suicide not even 1km away.
Apr – Oct: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 09:30 am
Nov – March: Sat 09:30 am
For nearly three centuries, the scenic town of Potsdam just outside Berlin was the residence of the Prussian kings, princes, and German emperors of the House of Hohenzollern who created a fairy-tale landscape of palaces, gardens, and churches that ranks among the most beautiful in Europe.
But the cruel realities of 20th Century history intervened in 1945. Visit the grounds of Cecilienhof Palace, scene of the Potsdam Conference, where an American president, a Soviet dictator, and a British prime minister sat down to shape the future of Germany and Europe after World War II, ushering in the Cold War. Cross the “Bridge of Spies”, where Gary Powers was traded in 1962 and see the former Stasi prison, run by the East German secret police.
The tour ends back in the 18th Century. Finish in the enchanting surroundings of Sanssouci Park and Palace, created by Frederick the Great. You can then explore Sanssouci on your own or accompany the guide back to Berlin.
Apr – Oct: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 am
Nov – March: Sat 10:00 am
Come with us and experience the time of Kennedy, Khrushchev, Gorbachev and Reagan, when the USA and USSR came face to face every day, when there were guards standing over the Berlin Wall, and escape tunnels running beneath it.
Dive into Berlin’s divided days and take a hard look at life with communism, secret police, and the Berlin Wall. Why did Germany split into two countries? Did the Wall really come down by accident? Was East Germany really the most spied upon society in history? Our expert guides answer all these questions and more as we take you back in time to tour a city torn in two.
Englisch: Apr – Sept: daily 10:00 am
Oct – March: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00 am
In Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp just outside Berlin, tens of thousands perished at the hands of the Nazis in conditions of appalling brutality. The camp became a training ground for the SS and the site of the headquarters of the whole concentration camp system. After the Nazis were defeated, the Soviets used Sachsenhausen as a camp for their own political enemies – thousands more were to perish over the next five years. For this tour, Original Berlin Walks’ guides are trained to unravel the complex history of the Holocaust. Using witness accounts and historical research, our qualified guides shed light on what life was like as a prisoner, how some were able to survive, and we address:
Why Sachsenhausen and the concentration camp system were established by the Nazis. How the conditions in the camp worsened in 1939. (Visit the barracks where many of the thousands of Jewish prisoners sent to the camp after the so-called “Kristallnacht” were incarcerated). How the SS used the execution complex at Sachsenhausen to perpetrate acts of mass murder, including the killing of 10,000 Soviet POWs in 1941. (See the foundations of Station Z, the mass execution facility). Any many things more.
Best of Berlin
Apr – Oct: Mon, Fri, Sat 09:30 am
Nov-March: Sat 09:30 am
One tour, everything you need to know. Pioneered by historian and raconteur Terry Brewer, this full-day circuit is the city’s most comprehensive walking tour. There’s no set routes, no scripts, and no limits. Our guides are given a licence to roam and a remit to show you the absolute best of Berlin – as much as is humanly possible in 6-hours. We don’t believe in compartmentalising Berlin’s complex history into several different tours. We believe in the bigger picture, and we want to help you understand how different periods of Berlin’s past interlink and affect one another. So join us and experience a city caught in the throes of Nazi megalomania, walk through a capital cut in two by the Cold War, marvel at the might of Prussia, explore hidden pathways in the former Jewish quarter, and learn how the traumatic legacy of the 20th century is written into the city’s fabric today.
Remember that every Best of Berlin tour is a little different! You’re going to see everything on our Discover Berlin tour plus a whole lot more!
Englisch: Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun 2 pm
The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see.
This tour will take you across town on foot and underground using Berlin’s iconic yellow U-Bahn. You’ll get out of the city centre into the neighbourhoods that have made Berlin a world class city for art, design, and, well, fun! There you’ll see the giant murals, little stickers and secret stencils that make up the ever-changing Berlin street art scene. Try something a little different. See the weird and wonderful side of Berlin!
Craft Beer Tour
Apr – Oct: Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat: 6:45 pm
Nov – March: Fri, Sat: 6:45 pm
Germans are famous for their beer, and with good reason. In fact Germany’s laws on what makes beer beer are more than 300 years older than the country itself! 100 years ago Berlin had more breweries than any other city on the planet. After what can only be described as a pretty rough relationship with the 20th Century, Berlin’s beer scene is back!
Thankfully today Berlin’s beer scene is back with a vengeance. Thus we send out the call to all hopheads, beer freaks or just those with a humble respect for a nice cold beverage of an evening, to come and bathe in Berlin’s beer history and soak up (responsibly, of course) the burgeoning craft beer scene that’s mushrooming in the modern city. We’ll sample brews from all over the town at three different bars whilst chatting about the mechanics of beer and beer tasting, Germany’s spiritual connection with malt, hops, water and yeast, Berlin’s rocky road to craft beer kingship and more.
Tour starts at Rosenthaler Platz, infront of the Backfactory.
Tours starts at Hackescher Markt
infront of Starbucks
Craft Beer Tour starts Rosentahler Platz
infront of the Backfactory
Mon – Sun: 09:00 am – 6:45 pm
depending on the tour
telephone: +49(0)177 – 30 19 194
S-Bahn: S3, S5, S7, S9 Hackescher Markt
Tram: M1, M4, M5, M6 Hackescher Markt
U-Bahn: U8 Rosenthaler Platz
Tram: M1, M8 Rosenthaler Platz
tariff zone: AB