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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, ... 

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Boyd J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

A month before we came, I booked a half day bicycle tour of the main historical sights of central Berlin with a company called Fat Tire Bike Tours. I booked following the recommendations on Trip Advisor and am so pleased I did. It was excellent value for money and very interesting and our guide, Alex, a Canadian ex-pat, proved to be knowledgeable, funny and patient. His interpersonal skills and memory are impressive, ensuring that he learns peoples names and has a conversation with each person or group individually during the course of the tour to get to know a little about them.

We started in Alexanderplatz and made our way to the Book Burning Memorial, Humboldt University, Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie, the last largest remaining segment of the Wall, a former wall watch tower, the site of Hitlers Bunker, the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial Memorial to the Murdered European Jews, Victory Column, Tiergarten, a beer garden for lunch Schleusenkrug, back to the Reichstag and finally, Museum Island. Each of these places enjoyed a stop, a brief history lesson from Alex and photo opportunities though he pointed out many other sights along the way.

What a wonderful way to see Berlin on a sunny day mixing with other travellers, some gentle exercise and discovering some of Berlins history. We were so impressed with it, that we signed up for a bicycle tour of Potsdam two days later.

Doing what: Berlin Bike Tour

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Our tour guide provided a very informative walking tour. It was a very hot day and he was considerate to stop and talk in shaded areas. He decided to skip the last stop at Gendarmenmarkt, due to the heat and we were running a little late. Not a big deal for us since our hotel was near the Gendarmenmarkt and we sat in the square between the 2 Doms. Stopping at the check point Charlie gave us a chance to go back to see the free Terror Museum at the Wall, no English only German self tour. Overall our guide did a great job, I would highly recommend this informative tour.

Doing what: Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

Jodi R Germany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

The ride gives an incredible insight into this city, densely layered with such rich and intense history on every corner and beneath every cobblestone, from Gendarmenmarkt Cathedrals in the Huguenot French quarter to Checkpoint Charlie and one of the last remaining sections of the wall. The highlight for me is our ride through Tiergarten, past the Berlin Zoo and a lunch break at the gorgeous Schluesen Kreug, along the canal next to one of the locks. We pass the angel of victory, and head back into the city via the Reichstag, where our group poses for a commemorative wave... A great way to experience Berlin, especially for those with limited time!

Doing what: Berlin Bike Tour

Note from Viator: Editor's Note: This review was written by Jodi Rose who wrote a complete Berlin Bike Tour overview (with video!) on our Things to Do in Berlin Blog.

Frederick M

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

The tour was a good walking tour of central Berlin and the guide provided lots of historical and current information and stories. It was a very large group but the guide did a good job of speaking loudly in quiet locations.

I did not rate the tour as 5 stars because the description on viator is significantly incorrect. Contrary to the description on the viator site, the tour does NOT include mention of the State Library, passing the Russian Embassy, reference to the 1920's cabaret mile, seeing Potsdammer Platz, or visiting a ghost u-bahn station (which we had been looking forward to seeing). The tour ends at the Holocaust memorial and not at Gendarmenmarkt (which messed up our plans for the rest of the day). Obviously viator is a tour wholesaler, selling tours done by other companies, but they should make the effort to get the description correct.

Doing what: Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour

Catherine H

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2013

We enjoyed the Christmas lights tour and would recommend this tour as a great way to see the city at night. We managed to stop at one market. Would have been great to stop at Berlin's best Christmas Market - Gendarmenmarkt.

Doing what: Berlin Christmas Lights Tour

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