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Small-Group Hidden Berlin Walking Tour: Palace of Tears, Jewish Quarter, Museum Island and Back Streets

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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.

    You’ll finish the tour with a mind-blowing, exclusive experience at the notorious Berlin Wall, where you will see the Wall through virtual reality Headsets. Your guide will take you back in time to when the Wall was built, until its demolition from an east and a west perspective. This is a unique experience that’s not being offered by any other tour company at the moment.

    Urban Adventures 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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Friedrichstraße 103, 10117 Berlin, Germany
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin, Germany
    • Local, English-speaking guide
    • One ‘Berliner’ (doughnut)
    • Virtual reality headsets
    • Entry/Admission - Humboldt University (Humboldt Universitat)
    • Entry/Admission - Palace of Tears
    • Entry/Admission - Memorial of the Berlin Wall
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Tips or gratuities for your guide
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Dress standard: A good pair of comfortable walking shoes is advisable. Dependent on weather, wet weather gear is useful.
    • Small group of a maximum of 12 people
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Our tour with Dimitrios was great. He has a passion for the subject and was happy to answer any questions as we went. The tour got us linking about the people who lived through the years of separation not just the usual facts and figures.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Laney1504
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Dimitrios was a very informative guide. Very passionate about what he does. I loved the Virtual Reality sets that he had to show us. Made it seem so real and the Urban Adventures tour group are the only one to have them in Berlin

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank StuMarCam
    BerlinUA, Manager at Berlin Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Thank you so much for your feedback. Yes, the VR Glasses makes the whole scenery much more real and we are definitely the only ones operating at the wall with our own VR story.

    Reviewed 8 September 2019 via mobile

    This tour is a great way to learn all about the lesser known aspects of Berlin. My tour guide, Dimitios was very knowledgeable about what Berlin had to offer and the VR goggles were a great way to see what Berlin Wall looked like while...More

    Thank Yakuphas
    BerlinUA, Manager at Berlin Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    thanks for your feedback. We also think using the VR glasses makes the history about the German division much more understandable.

    Reviewed 10 August 2019

    Though Berlin lays its history -- raw and real -- for everyone to see, it can be easy to miss the quieter areas and stories that truly illustrate the complex nature of this metropolitan city. A "Hidden Berlin" tour brings all of this right to...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Rachel H
    BerlinUA, Manager at Berlin Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Dear Rachel, Dimitrios is such a great guide. He absolutely loves what he is doing and we are happy to have him on our team. We hope to see you again on one of our tours.

    Reviewed 7 August 2019 via mobile

    I attended a conference in Berlin and I decided to take this tour. Our guide was Lucian. I recommend this tour as not to be missed from several reasons. First of all it was a small group of maybe 8 persons. I love small groups...More

    Thank ioanaTimi
    BerlinUA, Manager at Berlin Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Dear Ioana, we always want to give our guests the best tour they can have. Therefore our guides are such professionals & love what they do. Great that you enjoyed the recommendation from Lucian. He is a blast!

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    14 April 2018|
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    It took about 4 hours or so. We started at 10am and finshed just after 2pm.
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