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Jan182014

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Discover Potsdam Walking Tour

Berlin, Germany

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Jan122014

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Potsdam Half-Day Trip from Berlin

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I did this tour on a Sunday, when Germany's pretty much closed. Thus the tour didn't really coincide with the blurb online, which stated that visitors could choose between 3 different activities including shopping in the Dutch Quarter (it was definitely closed). The coach driver didn't speak English, so it wasn't until we got there that we realised there was only ONE activity available for the entire 3 hours we were in Potsdam - and that was a stroll around at the Sanssouci palace. However, it was a pleasant trip, even on a cold winter's day. There was a good cafe at Sanssouci, which provided some food and shelter - plus a visitor's centre. It was nice to look around the palace and gardens, but there was still a lot of time to kill. The driver was great, but communication was a little difficult in terms of the trip schedule not being as planned. He did drive around Potsdam and take us to all the other places on the schedule - but we were not able to get out and do anything, as everywhere else was closed. Still, it was something to do on a Sunday, and it was interesting to see Potsdam, which was an mixture of baroque splendor and Communist era apartment blocks. The recorded voiceover (provided in different languages) on the bus trip was quite explanatory about the history of the area, and was useful for an overview. All in all, it was worth doing, but maybe another day apart from Sunday would have been better. Having said that, the trip was half price when I booked - so that was a bonus.

Jan102014

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Small-Group Berlin Street Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop

Berlin, Germany

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This tour was great, and I highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in graff, but you have to be pretty independent and able to find your way round. The tour takes you way into the east side of Berlin, and winds up round 5pm, at which point you're basically left to your own devices to find your way back to the city centre or wherever you want to go next. It didn't help that it was winter (dark already) and the guide wasn't sure which tram I should take to get back to Alexanderplatz, as he had only just arrived back in Berlin himself, and the site of the tour had been relocated to a new building on the east side since he last did it. Having said all that... the tour itself was really good, the guides were artists themselves and were passionate in showing us and telling us about their city's street art. On the day I did this trip, there were two guides, one with the german speakers and the other with the 3 english speakers - however they both interacted all the way around, and we got the benefit of both of them. The second part of the trip, which took place in an abandoned factory, was also cool. We were able to do some graff (stencils) and took our canvases home as souvenirs. The whole thing was really well organised (apart from the directions back to city centre), but like I said it helped to be independent and not mind too much getting lost in Berlin!! It also helps if you actually like graff, as having a genuine interest triggered a lot more conversation and stories from the guides, which was also really interesting. They also had a lot of recommendations for other places to go and things to see in the city.

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