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On this Hidden Berlin tour, you will explore and discover the fascinating side to Berlin’s history that has shaped the city into what it is today. After meeting your local tour guide and group, you’ll walk to the ‘Palace of Tears’ and learn about the amazing story behind its name. You’ll follow the fading traces of the Cold War in Berlin to a spot where East and West were divided for decades, as well as pass emotional sites where Jewish children were either rescued or sent to concentration camps. The next part of your Berlin tour will take you through the city’s university quarter. Take a look behind the dazzling facade of Humboldt University's palace-like main building, see the spot where the notorious book burning of 1933 took place, and learn more about what it’s like to be a student in Berlin today. After that, you’ll take a stop off at Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site with numerous world-class museums, where you’ll hear stories and legends from your local guide about the queens of the island.

You’ll continue on with this Berlin walking tour towards the Jewish Quarter, where you’ll be able to admire the New Synagogue, a stunning building perfect for taking those iconic Berlin photos! Here you’ll learn more about Berlin’s Jewish heritage and discover fascinating tales about the dark history of the Jewish population in Berlin from 1933-1945. You’ll listen to stories about the famous Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, the brave staff of a hospital who rescued Jewish people from the National Socialists, and the almost forgotten legend of Martin Luther King’s surprise visit to East Berlin in 1964. These are the stories that only the locals know, and this tour will help you dive right into them! The next stop on your Berlin city tour will take you to one of the oldest bakeries in Berlin and the best place in town to sample a ‘Berliner’, a traditional German delicacy. While you chow down on this delicious treat, you’ll hear all about this family-run bakery, which has stood strong through all the changes Berlin has been part of for the last 80 years.

Next, you’ll follow your local guide through the hidden backstreets of Berlin and get a glimpse into the backyards of Old Berlin’s traditional tenement houses, where thousands of workers once lived under extremely trying conditions. You’ll finish the tour at the infamous Berlin Wall, and take a peek behind the concrete and barbed wire to a spot that’s been hidden for the last 28 years. This Berlin tour offers you a truly unique insight into the incredible German capital. Your local guide will be full of insider knowledge that they will share with you all along the way, giving you an exclusive look into the transformation of Berlin over the last century.
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Palace of Tears
Museum Island
Humboldt University (Humboldt Universitat)
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Get to know Berlin beyond the main tourist attractions on this walking tour of the city’s interesting off-the-beaten-path sites. With a knowledgeable guide, gain insight into Berlin’s history and present-day culture as you check out locations like Humboldt University, the Jewish Quarter and Museum Island. Explore back streets to see old tenements, and end at the Berlin Wall for a peek at a hidden spot. Limited to 12 people, this tour provides a small-group experience.
  • Hidden Berlin walking tour
  • Explore the city from a more local perspective
  • Pass by Museum Island and through the Jewish Quarter
  • Hear stories about the Palace of Tears, book burnings and other Berlin events
  • Discover what lies along the city's back streets, where many visitors don't go
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Reviewed 16 July 2018
Great tour of places and sights I would never have found/seen

Our guide was Anastasia who took us on a well-paced and fascinating walk through parts of Berlin I never would have found. Even if I had found them, I wouldn't have noticed many of the things she was able to point out. As I had...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2018
Walking Tour of Berlin with Anastasia

My husband and I were tired and really were considering not going on the tour. We sat and met with Anastasia. She took time to get to know us, our likes, dislikes and interests and proceeded to give us an excellent tour. She was knowledgeable...More

Thank Dedemae
Reviewed 13 July 2018
Hidden Berlin Walking Tour

What an amazing tour. Markus Hengelhaupt was the BEST tour guy. He took us to Palace of Tears, Jewish Quarter and much more. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial was the most memorable. If you’re in Berlin...More

Thank Serge S
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile
Hidden Berlin walking tour

Before this tour we had very basic knowledge of German history, learned through our schooling in Australia. Walking with Lucian for a large part of the day gave us an intimate look into the complex history of East and West Berlin and more broadly, Germany’s...More

Thank Nicole M
Lauriane B, Manager at Berlin Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Hi Nicole and Peter, thanks a lot for your very nice comment on our Hidden Tour. We are very pleased that you enjoyed our passionated historian Lucian. He definitively loves talking about history and sharing his knowledge (bride about European history in general). We hope...More

Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile
Hidden history and personal perspective

We took the hidden berlin walking tour with Peter as our guide. He was an interesting fellow with a lot of personal experience and insight. Peter's experience in both sides of the Berlin Wall informed a lot of fascinating stories. The tour ended at an...More

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It took about 4 hours or so. We started at 10am and finshed just after 2pm.
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