Arriving in Berlin as a tourist, you certainly want to visit one or several guided tours. You can buy a tour after arriving in Berlin, but to see offered tours and approximate prices can be right now, on the Internet.
Sightseeing tours are the most popular among tourists in all cities. It can be walking, biking or bus excursions. You can see the most interesting places in the city and get a lot of interesting information in a short time. River tours are also available in Berlin.
We can mention among the most interesting places in Berlin the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the museum island and some places connected with the history of the city (the Berlin Wall, the GDR Museum). The topics of excursions can differ significantly: history, art and culture, gastronomic tours.
Sometimes it is very convenient to buy tickets for the most popular tourist attractions of the city. This will allow you to avoid losing time in the queue at the ticket office.
You may find it useful to visit one of the information centers for tourists. You can get information about events, buy tickets for some tours, book a hotel and buy a tourist Berlin Welcome Card there.
Information centers for tourists in Berlin.
- Tegel Airport.
- Central bus station ZOB Berlin. Address: Masurenallee 4-6, Berlin.
- Brandenburg Gate. Address: Pariser Platz, südliches Torhaus, Berlin.
- Railway station (entrance Europaplatz / Groundfloor). Address: Erdgeschoss / Eingang Europaplatz, Berlin.
- Europa-Center (near the zoo, Zoological Garden). Address: Tauentzienstraße 9, (Erdgeschoss), Berlin.
The Berlin Welcome Card gives you the following benefits: free travel on public transport, a discount of up to 50% when visiting some attractions, a guidebook with a map of Berlin.
Do you plan to visit the Reichstag? This is a public building in which the German Bundestag (parliament) operates. Access to the terrace is open to the public (free of charge), but you must first register online via the official website. (Some days, such as Christmas, the building is closed.)
You can also buy an excursion, in which program visiting the Reichstag is already included.
In Berlin there are two large rivers - the Spree and Havel, as well as lakes and canals. The river Spree flows through the center of Berlin. Landwehr Canal is to the south of it. River tours on pleasure boats follow the river Spree and the Landwehr canal. The length and duration of them vary depending on the initial and final points. Tickets for short river cruises can also be bought online.
Some of the river cruises
The River cruise "Historic City Cruise" starts from the piers Pier Alte Börse, Pier Friedrichstraße (Weidendamm), Pier Nikolaiviertel, Pier Haus der Kulturen der Welt / Chancellery, Pier Berliner Dom. After the end of the cruise, the ship returns to the same berth. Audio guide is also available in Russian. Season: March - December. Duration about 1 hour.
River cruise "Bridge Tour" (from March to October). The boat runs along the river Spree and the canal Landwehr under 60 bridges. Berths: Pier Jannowitzbrücke, Pier Friedrichstraße (Reichstagufer), Pier Schlossbrücke at Charlottenburg Palace, Pier Hotel Estrel. Duration about 3.5 hours.
River cruise "City-Spreefahrt" (April-August). Tourists will see many popular attractions of the city: the Berlin Cathedral, the Museum Island and the Reichstag. Berths: Pier Alte Börse / Hackescher Markt.