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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location:Berlin, Germany
  • Duration:3 or 4 hours

Private Walking Tour: Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sites

Discover Berlin’s highlights and main attractions on a private walking tour of Germany's capital. Your private guide will tailor the tour to meet your interests, so you can choose to see top sights such as the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag parliament building and Checkpoint Charlie or on lesser-known places and hidden gems that group sightseeing tours often miss. Learn fascinating facts about Berlin's turbulent history during World War II and the Cold War, and listen as your guide explains what life was like for Berlin’s citizens during those times. Choose between a morning and afternoon departure with a duration of three or four hours.


  • Private walking tour of Berlin
  • See the highlights of Berlin including the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag
  • Customize the walking tour to your interests and see the city's lesser-known sights if you wish
  • Enjoy personalized attention and learn about Berlin's notorious history from your private guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Private Walking Tour: Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sites

Private Walking Tour: Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sites

After meeting your private guide at your hotel, set off on your private walking tour of Berlin, customized to your interests for a personalized Berlin experience. As you walk, your expert local guide will tell you about the modern German capital and how it has overcome its tumultuous past, boasting today an optimistic future without any boundaries between East Berlin and West Berlin.

Follow your guide through the city and discover sites linked to its fascinating history. Learn about the Nazi legacy and how Hitler rose to power, and find out what life was like during the Third Reich. Perhaps see the location of Hitler's former bunker and visit the modern Holocaust Memorial. Then walk through Checkpoint Charlie, learning how Germany was divided into East and West during the Cold War, and touch the remains of the Berlin Wall.

If you wish, walk under the Brandenburg Gate, the monumental entry to the boulevard Unter den Linden, which was authorized by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace. Near here, admire the Reichstag parliament building, opened in 1894, with its famous glass dome designed by British architect Norman Foster. Since the government moved back to Berlin in 1990, it is now the meeting place of the German parliament.

At the end of your tour, your guide will walk you back to your hotel or leave you at the location of your choice.

To ensure you get the most out of your tour, please include any specific requests and attractions you'd like to see at the time of booking. You have the choice of a morning or afternoon departure with either a 3-hour duration for an overview of Berlin's main sights or a 4-hour tour for an in-depth experience of the city.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Out tour guide, JJ was AMAZING. We would have seen the sights on our own but to have JJ share deeper background, before and after photos of historical sights and share parts of Berlin we never would have discovered for ourselves was a treat. We couldn't recommend these tours highly enough!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guide Yan turned up punctually for the start. He was knowledgeable, witty and humorous. He gave us the option of dropping us off at the pick up point or having an extra 1/2 hr. We chose the extra 1/2 hr. He ensured that we knew how to get back to our pick up point. The tour was informative and entertaining.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Jan, was very good. Made the history come alive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

For this tour Viatour subcontracts with a company called Insider Tour of Berlin. Because of customization our group of 17 wanted to do, I dealt directly with Insider Tour's John O'Leary. I could not have had a better experience. At short notice our morning walking tour was augmented with an afternoon coach tour. Every aspect of the tours was expertly and professionally attended to. Our guides were Heiko, David and Nick. Each of them was personable, engaging, extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter. If you only have one day to get a sense of the core history and historical sites of Berlin, this is the tour to take.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

I always highly recommend private tours, whether they be walking or otherwise. This tour further reiterated this as we had an exceptional experience in touring Berlin. This was so much in part thanks to JJ, our amazing tour guide. While I have done many tours, I found JJ to be amongst the top of the guides that I have had with an education in history and a fantastic and sometimes wonderfully humorous touring method.

In roughly four hours, JJ took us all over Berlin and broke down an intense and expansive history of Berlin/Germany into understandable and memorable terms. He was exquisite at matching sightseeing with information retention and by the end of our tour, I felt I had seen everything I needed to see within Berlin. I would highly recommend this as a starter for anyone's trip to Berlin you will want time afterwards to dive deeper into certain buildings, or to visit certain museums - all of which JJ recommended or for anyone who does not have long in Berlin but wants to get a strong feel for the city and to view it's major attractions and even some off the beaten path. If you do purchase this tour, call the tour company who seem to be fantastic and ask if JJ is available - you won't regret it.

Note that we did walk about 11km so for anyone with mobility issues, I would use caution even though JJ was more than wonderful in letting us go at our own pace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The guide was exceptional. Knew a lot of information both historical and current regarding the exhibits in all the museums. Made great recommendations. The tour hit all the major spots such as museum island, hitler's bunker, checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall, etc.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our guide Jamie was great! We told him places we would like to see and he incorporated them into our schedule. Very friendly and accommodating to us all and a pleasure to be with. Professional but fun and informative. Definitely use this guide for your tour of Berlin!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We had a fantastic private walking tour with Mike. He was extremely knowledgeable and kept us interested and engaged the whole time. There is so much incredible history in Berlin, and this was the perfect way to learn about it and experience the destination. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our guide was really fantastic. She had a lot of interesting knowledge and shared it a way that was fun for the adults and kids on our tour. We highly recommend this group!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great tour with John O. We covered all the major sites and other areas of interest in the 4 hour tour and John was very knowledgeable about the historical aspects of Berlin as well as providing us with some quirky insights. The private tour allowed us to digress at times and freely ask questions rather than spending the time chasing a large group of other tourists.

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