Berlin Basics!

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: J.R.
Quality Verified Registered on October 22, 2020

My name is J.R., and I moved to Berlin in 2015. I have experienced firsthand, how this city has changed, and how the city will look in the future. Come on and I will show you this amazing city.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

The history of Berlin can become a very complicated subject.  The goal of this tour is to break down the basics of Berlin history.  I want you to walk away from this tour with a basic understanding of this city, and a better understanding of Germany.  

Some topics that we will cover:

-Prussia and the Prussians
-Friedrich the Great
-Nazi book burning
-The Berlin Wall
-The history of refugees in Berlin
-Hitlers bunker
-The Memorials to the victims of Nazism
-The best free museums in Berlin
-Cultural highlights of Berlin

I try to keep this tour under 2.5 hours, and I try to keep it under 30 participants (some companies have up to 50).  This is a basic tour, but feel that there is something for everyone!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Fonte de Neptuno, Rathausstraße 1, 10...
    Fonte de Neptuno, Rathausstraße 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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    Neptune's Fountain

  • 1
    Outside visit

    Alexanderplatz is ugly, but it is a great place to start!

  • 2
    Outside visit

    Marx and Engles! Local boys who made names for themselves!

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Museum island
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Humboldt-Universität in Berlin
  • 5
    Outside visit
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Checkpoint Charlie
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Topography of Terrors
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Historical location of the "Führerbunker
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Pariser Platz

    This is where it ends!

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

(24 ratings)
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Kayla 16 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
J.R. was fabulous. Lots of great stops, history and stories and it was just East Berlin! Answered questions with ease and provided great recommendations on what to focus our time on. We will be back to Berlin and we will definitely look up J.R. for our next tour.
Neil 31 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
JR pitched the tour with just about the right balance of history with some personal experiences and recommendations. It was done at pace, which was great, and he covered a lot of stuff in the time allocated. Overall excellent and recommended.
Ute 12 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
It’s an entertaining tour. Certain historic facts are missing or a bit superficial. But all in all he’s good at communicating with a bigger group..!
Jorge 01 May 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
JR is very knowledgeable and provides great insights of the monuments, important buildings, fun facts and also great recommendations! I made a couple of friends during the tour as JR invites his attendees to participate and recommended great places to go later like museums, bars and viewpoints.
Alexis 27 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
J.R. was fun and expressive. You could tell he knew his stuff and really thought about the significance of memorials and tragic events in Berlin's history. It's great that we were able to see so much, but beware : that also meant that he walked fast and spoke fast, with no time for questions. If you're okay with that, go for it, it's definitely worth it !
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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