The Berlin Highlights
The Sights and Stories


"Our Berlin Highlights tour covers the milestones of Berlin's complex history..."

Certainly, it was far from evident from its humble beginnings – as a minor fishing village settled in an unforgiving backwater – that Berlin was destined for the world stage

The catastrophic events of the 20th century that have come to be so closely associated with the present day German capital seem unbelievably distant from its time as part of the remote ‘Sandbox of the Holy Roman Empire’.

Berlin Highlights Private Tour - View From The Siegessaulle
Berlin Highlights Tour - View Of The TV Tower And the Berliner Dom

"...1,000 years of history in a day..."

To remove Berlin from the European story would leave many questions unanswerable; eras have begun and ended here; events served as catalysts to the great turning points in history. 

Germany’s doomed involvement in World War One; the city’s status as the nerve centre of Hitler’s ‘Third Reich’; Berlin carved up and occupied on the frontline of the Cold War conflict; the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall; the reunification of Germany with Berlin as the country’s capital.

To walk the streets of this city is to be confronted with major history at every turn.

Berlin Highlights
Tour Description

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The perfect introduction to Berlin for first time visitors or anyone looking to find their feet in the city. This tour offers you a nuanced overview, featuring all the places that epitomise the milestones of the city’s complex history.

We’ll show you what there is to see, and also open your eyes to what lies beneath the surface: the faint traces, the stories, and the voices that warrant no memorials, but tell you just as much about life in Berlin across the ages.

Join us on this trip from Berlin’s beginnings in the swamplands of Brandenburg, through Prussian imperialism and the raucous years of the Weimar Republic, to the Second World War, the Cold War, the ecstasy of reunification, to the vibrant capital that is today’s Berlin.

If you’re short on time and looking to make the most of it, our Berlin Highlights tour covers almost 1,000 years of the city’s history in the space of a day – all the sights, the sounds and the stories.

The length of this tour means that a short snack/coffee break (not included in the tour price) can easily be integrated into the route – or, if requested, a longer meal break.

Berlin Highlights
Tour Sites

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– the central East German square of Alexanderplatz
– the iconic Television Tower (Fernsehturm)
– the former Prussian Royal Quarter and site of the reconstructed City Palace (Stadtschloss)
– the idyllic Lustgarten – former kitchen garden for the City Palace turned Nazi parade ground
the UNESCO World Heritage listed Museums Island
– the Italian Renaissance styled Berliner Dom
– Unter den Linden – the former Prussian royal boulevard
– Humboldt University – home to 29 Noble Prize winners
The Forum Fridericianum and Bebelplatz/the ‘Nazi Book Burning Square’
– the former French Huguenot Quarter and beautiful churches and Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt
– the former Cold War US military crossing of Checkpoint Charlie
– Wilhelmplatz – with the former Prussian/Nazi government quarter
– a number of remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall
the former SS/Gestapo Headquarters (Topography of Terror) 
– the former Nazi Airforce Ministry
the site of Hitler’s Führerbunker
the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
– the Brandenburg Gate
– the Pariserplatz square with the American, French, British and Russian embassies
– the current German government quarter
the Reichstag parliament building


Our tours can start whenever and wherever is best for you. Whether you're an early bird or late sleeper. Whether you prefer to start at your accomodation or elsewhere.


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- Choose Your Berlin Highlights Tour Option -

All of our private tours are custom tailored to our clients needs and wishes and can include Berlin sights decided in advance or spontaneously organised on the day of the tour.

If you have any specific requests for your tour, regarding sights and content, do not hesitate to ask – you can email us at or feel free to contact us via the contact box at the bottom of this page for a personalised offer.

private guided walking tour

From 70€ per hour

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private guided van tour

From 135€ per hour

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From 190€ per hour

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Our Berlin Highlights Tour Blog Posts

Read some of the blog posts we have written that are relevant to our Berlin Highlights tours:

Battle of Berlin Lancaster bombers

Battle of Berlin: November 22nd 1943

It was at this very minute (7:50 pm) 77 years ago today – on 22nd November 1943 – that the most devastating Royal Air Force raid carried on out the then-Nazi capital of Berlin began. When a stream of more than 700 bombers flying from the south of England, descended on Berlin.

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

Was The Fall Of The Berlin Wall An Accident? – Mythbusting Berlin

On a seasonally crisp night in November 1989, one of the most astonishing events of the 20th century occurred. After twenty eight years, three months, and twenty eight days of defining and dividing the German capital, the Berlin Wall ceased to exist – at least in an abstract sense. Although the removal of this symbol of the failure of the East German system would take some time, its purpose – as a border fortification erected to prevent citizens of the German Democractic Republic from entering West Berlin – was abrogated in an instant. How exactly this happened we will be exploring in the latest addition to our Mythbusting Berlin series…

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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Pamphlet

The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp In The DDR

The liberation of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in April 1945 would finally put an end to nine years of Nazi atrocities commited here – but usher in a further five years of Soviet vengeance; as the site was promptly transformed into an NKVD detention centre. At the behest of the East German government, this ensanguined location would eventually open as a place of remembrance in 1961. Today, the Sachsenhausen site continues is similarly maintained as a memorial – just 35km north of the German capital. A place of education and learning – of coming to terms with the past and overcoming it.

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Berlin War Damage in the Mitte district

Scars Of Battle: War Damage In Berlin

With the flames of war finally extinguished in 1945, millions of people across the European continent were left to sift through the ashes and rebuild what had been destroyed. More so than in previous conflicts, the majority of victims of this – the most lethal war in human history – would be civilians. With more than 60% of those killed classified as non-combatants.

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Construction of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate

Who Built The Berlin Wall? – Mythbusting Berlin

One of the most common questions I have encountered from people curious about Berlin, and often so cryptically phrased. Who built the Berlin Wall? A simple five-word query, yet one that can be read one of two ways. More than thirty years since the ‘Fall of the Wall’, the story of its construction continues to baffle many who are mainly familiar with its existence through knowledge of its importance…

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Inside the German parliament after the Reichstag fire

Who Was Really Responsible For The Reichstag Fire? – Mythbusting Berlin

Various theories have been posited as to who actually set fire to the German parliament in 1933. Was it the opening act in an attempted Communist coup or a calculated false flag operation carried out by elements of the Nazi Party, design to create the conditions necessary for introducing single-party rule? And what part did the young man from Holland, arrested shirtless inside the building the night of the fire, play in this event?

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