This section will focus on the biggest and best Berlin has to offer, whilst noting those which are nocturnal, free or family-friendly (there are also individual sections for these types of attractions, which can be easily accessed from the top of the page).
Several of the items below are already included for free or at a discount with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
(1) See The Berlin Wall
August 13th is the 67th anniversary of the day that the East Germans began erecting a wall which cut Berlin in half. Tens of thousands of families were torn apart for decades. Some were stuck in Communist East Berlin while others were lucky enough to be on the better side of the wall in Democratic West Berlin.
In 1991, Berlin was reunified and most of the wall was torn down.
No trip to Berlin is complete with visiting the remaining sections of this historic wall. The two best points to visit are the Berlin Wall Memorial, which gives a deep insight into the wall’s history, and the East Side Gallery, which presents the longest surviving strip of the wall, adorned with modern art.
This post is a review and comparison of Cold War-themed guided tours as well as a self-guided tour of things to see and do in East Berlin. Scroll down in this post for a map that takes you to the highlights in East Berlin, accompanied with descriptions.
We are proud to be planning to offer our newest, affordable sightseeing option – AUDIO TOURS. Can’t make one of our guided tours? No problem, we have recorded some of our best tour guides giving their tours and put them on a GPS enabled app. Launch date is for Mid-June.
In the meantime, we recommend this high-quality and free Berlin overview audio tour from Rick Steves, which you could download to a podcast player, such as iTunes or you could download his free app.
This post covers the Berlin TV Tower (Fehrnsehturm), the city’s 203 meters (667′) observation deck, including tips on tickets, discounts, and planning your visit. Or you can just order skip-the-queue tickets here.
Berlin is a fascinating city with a complicated history and there is no better way to explore it than with a tour! In this post, we provide an overview of all of the different types of tours available in Berlin, and then go into detail regarding what to expect on each of these tours.
There are generally 5 types of tours available in Berlin.
1. General Berlin 101 Tours, which give you an overview of the city prior WWII, during the war, the events that started and ended the Cold War, and how Berlin came to be the city it is today. Click here to read a comparison of all the Berlin 101 Tours that are available.
These tours are ideal for:
People who don’t have time for more than 1 tour and want a solid introduction on Berlin’s history.
People who are unfamiliar with Berlin’s history, and the role it played during WWII and the Cold War.
This post compares and reviews the various options to visit and tour the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, located just to the north of Berlin. Many terrible things happened at this location, and it might be difficult for a lot of visitors to experience some of those atrocities and see where they took place. With that said, the history behind this site is undeniably important to remember.
This is one of the most affordable ways to be guided through the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
Ticket prices range from €12 – €20 per person, which is definitely a good deal considering the length of these walking tours. Most of these services last between 5 – 6 hours, giving you plenty of time to discover the history behind this location.
Each tour is available either for free or at a discount with several Berlin tourist passes, particularly the Berlin Welcome Cards and the Berlin Pass. These passes may save you lots of money on the most popular tourist attractions and tours in Berlin by bundling the tickets together in on price.
Public transport tickets (which includes Zone C) may be necessary for many of the following excursions. It is recommended to bring a packed lunch along for your trip, as there are currently no facilities for dining at the camp.
This company is well known for providing excellent walking tours in and around Berlin. Their Sachsenhausen Memorial tour is no exception, running for a total of 6 hours and covering quite a lot of ground. While on this outing, you’ll see sites such as the gun tower, the security systems of the camp, and the barracks.
Although the journey is definitely disturbing, it’s worth the experience to learn more about what conditions were actually like during WW2. See all of Insider Berlin’s tours.
Reviews for this tour are quite excellent, with an overwhelming majority of guests giving the event a 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews). Although there are a handful of negative comments, they don’t appear to indicate any serious issues with the service.
Most visitors felt that this was a very informative and eye-opening walking tour, providing an important perspective on the history behind Sachsenhausen concentration camp. This trek was especially popular among couples and customers who brought a friend along for the journey.
Described as an “emotional tour” of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, this 6-hour trek will allow you to explore the grounds and learn all about its history. As you discover areas such as the Appelplatz, an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide will reveal the disturbing tales that will forever be tied to this site. This company also offers free maps of Berlin to help you find your way around the city.
As with similar services, it is recommended to purchase a public transport ticket and bring a bagged lunch along for the walk. See all of their Berlin tours.
Just like their competition, Original Berlin Walks currently has a full 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (see some of their reviews). Several visitors mentioned their tour guides by name, indicating that they were both full of knowledge and very friendly.
Some guests felt that this experience was moving and life-changing, suggesting that it was a very respectful journey throughout the camp. Couples were by far the most likely to leave a positive review.
Much like their competitors, Sandeman’s also provides a 6-hour tour of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Each tour begins in the morning, so it is recommended to bring a lunch with you. An ABC zone ticket will be required for this tour.
Not only does this company enjoy a 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating on Get Your Guide (see some of their reviews). There are a few negative comments, but they didn’t denote any common issues with the service.
That’s right – the memorial for this camp actually offers their very own tour of the grounds. At only 2 ½ hours in length, this is a much shorter walk than most of their competition offers. That being said, this is a very convenient opportunity for anyone who either forgets or neglects to register for one of the other trips, as no registration is necessary.
All guides have been trained by the Memorial Foundation, so you can rest assured that they will provide a lot of useful information.
The Sachsenhausen Memorial Foundation has a score of 4 ½ out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Many guests recommend taking a tour of the site, stating that it’s far preferable to simply visiting. Customers described their walking tour as both moving and enlightening, indicating that they learned a lot about the actual events that have made this location so historically significant.
Ticket Prices: €14 for Adults | €12 for Seniors/Students
If you want a more personalized experience at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, a private walking tour will be your best bet. Tickets typically cost at least €100, but you will ensure smaller group sizes and more personal attention.
This is an excellent choice for anyone who has a lot of questions about the concentration camp and its history. At about 5-6 hours in length, you’ll spend at least half a day exploring the grounds with the help of a professional tour guide.
In addition to a tour of the concentration camp, this company also provides a guided trip to the Topography of Terror documentation center. From there, you will be driven to the camp and given a full overview of the premises. Although the ticket price may be higher, this is definitely a more convenient excursion. Over the course of 6 hours, a professional guide will lead your private group through one of the most disturbing time periods in Berlin’s history. Pick-up service is available from any location within 10 km of Brandenburg Gate.
Terra Incognita Tours have yet to receive even one negative review on TripAdvisor. Ratings on other services are similarly excellent, with most guests agreeing that this tour is absolutely fantastic. Several visitors mentioned that they were very impressed with the personal attention provided by their tour guide. Some reviewers even indicated that they booked a second outing after having such a wonderful experience on this trip. Families were the most likely to appreciate this opportunity.
Although this tour isn’t as lengthy as the rest, it is a fairly interesting opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Clocking in at 5 hours in length, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the grounds at your own pace with the help of a professional guide who will pay special attention to your group. Sandeman’s private trip is available for groups of up to 30 people, which could bring the cost down to €13 per person. A percentage of the profits go toward keeping the memorial in good shape.
This company has received quite a few positive ratings for their Sachsenhausen Memorial tour. Guests typically had a lot of great things to say about their tour guides and the amount of information they provided. Some visitors even felt that other private excursions couldn’t even compare, suggesting that they would only be working with Sandeman’s in the future. This walking tour was most popular among customers who brought friends along for the journey, but it was also a hit among families.
In addition to their public tours, the Memorial also offers private guided treks for groups of up to 30 people. These walking tours are much shorter than the others at only 2 ½ hours in length, but they are much more affordable. The Memorial Foundation trains all of their guides, ensuring that they are well informed and prepared to offer visitors a historical understanding of the site. Depending on how many people are in your group, this could actually be one of the cheapest tours of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
The Sachsenhausen Memorial Foundation has received excellent reviews for the services they provide. Guests routinely leave wonderful remarks about their tours and the guides behind them. Although several visitors describe the experience as either sad or emotional, many guests feel that it is also important to remember what happened here and learn as much as possible from the camp. Tours at this location were most well received by couples and customers who went with a friend.
If you’re not interested in having a guide show you around, you can actually save money by simply visiting Sachsenhausen concentration camp on your own. You will not be charged an entrance fee, but donations are accepted in order to keep the grounds in good condition.
This location is a memorial for the men and women who suffered during the Holocaust, and there are plenty of details available at the camp.
Although we do not currently offer our own self-guided tour of Sachsenhausen Memorial, there is always a chance that we may include this in the future.
Entrance Fee: Free (€1.20 donation recommended)
ABC Zone Day Ticket Price: €7 per person
Available whenever you wish during operating hours
Archive and Library: Open Tuesday–Friday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Visitor Services: Available Monday–Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM
DIRECTIONS TO SACHSENHAUSEN
There are several methods for visiting this concentration camp by train. Regardless of which train you take, we recommend using this Google Maps link for directions to the memorial.
Several of the tours we have mentioned above may also be available either at a discount or as part of a combo package. You can also take advantage of tourist passes in order to save money on these excursions whenever possible. If you plan on taking more than one tour, make sure to check this section before purchasing any tickets. Feel free to check out our overview of Berlin attraction passes for even more information.
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