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Gendarmenmarkt

Located in the Mitte district, the Gendarmenmarkt has gone through a few name changes. After being used from 1736 to 1782 by the military for sentry duty and housing their horses, it was known as the Gendarmenmarkt. After being damaged in the war, the square was renamed “Platz der Akademie” in 1950 in honor of the 250th anniversary of the Academy of Science. In 1991, it got its original name back.

The Gendarmenmarkt is arguably Berlin’s most magnificent square. It is best known for the triple architectural force composed of the German and French cathedrals (Deutscher und Französischer Dom) and Schinkel’s Konzerthaus (concert hall). The ‘domes’ refer to the domed tower structures erected in 1785 by architect Carl von Gontard were mainly intended to add stature and grandeur to the two buildings.

Some of the most high-end restaurants, businesses and hotels are located around the Gendarmenmarkt, especially around the streets of Charlottenstrasse.

Gendarmenmarkt is home to the grandest of the Christmas markets you will find in Berlin around the holiday season. There is also an ice rink available. Admission for the Christmas markets here is 1 Euro.  The market stays open for Christmas Eve and the days after Christmas. You can even spend New Year’s Eve here, and enjoy a festive gala with various bands, fireworks, and a waltz dance after midnight.

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Berlin Segway Tour

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Cruise effortlessly through Berlin's parks and sidewalks as you view the sites by Segway! A self-balancing, personal transportation device that's designed to ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

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Uncover Berlin's past and present on this enlightening 4-hour walking tour through Mitte, the city’s historic center. Walk along the Berlin Wall, stroll ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.85

Berlin Bike Tour

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There's no better way to see the sights and learn the history of Berlin than by joining a bike tour! You get to have fun and socialize, have some exercise and ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $31.69

Berlin Christmas Lights Tour

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Spend a relaxing evening touring Berlin and see the city illuminated in festive Christmas lights! With your knowledgeable guide, visit Berlin’s highlights ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $14.72

Story Line of Berlin Walking Tour Including Typical Berlin Chocolate

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Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Berlin Electric Bike Tour

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See Berlin’s famous sites in a fraction of the time on this half-day electric bike tour! Enjoy a fun, easy ride to top Berlin attractions including ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Half-Day Luxury Berlin Highlights Tour

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Indulge yourself with an exclusive and private 2-hour sightseeing tour of Berlin and explore it’s famous highlights. Guided by your native but fluent English ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.34

Small-Group Winter Bike Tour in Berlin

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Discovering the wide and flat city of Berlin in a 3.5-hour bike tour in winter is really something special and brings one big advantage: you will have the bike ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.77

Private Tour: Berlin Architecture Tour

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Discover Berlin’s architectural highlights with a knowledgeable private guide on this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Choose to do the tour on foot or by bike, ...  Read more

Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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