The historical highlights
From the division to the reunification
Concentration Camp & Memorial

Collage Berlin

Berlin under the Swastika
Discover Berlin´s historical centre in a play!
custom tours and tours for students
The historical highlights

During the 20th century alone Berlin housed fascists, witnessed the devastation of war, was separated into two cities, pieced backed together, and acted a symbol for both communism and capitalism simultaneously! Berlin’s colorful history plays into the city as we know it today. This tour weaves through Berlin’s history by visiting landmarks such as the impressive Brandenburg Gate, the notorious Berlin Wall and the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt. We discuss the importance of the  government district and the Reichstag building, the TV Tower and Bebelplatz as well as why the city’s struggle with its past is integral to its future.

Duration: 3.5 hours
10:00 saturdays
€ 14.00 Adults / € 12.00 Students, Welcome Card
From the division to the reunification

After the defeat in WWII, Berlin was divided into 4 sectors controlled by the western allies and the soviets. But soon their coalition began to crumble when a new conflict emerged: The Cold War. Being in a front position between the two systems Berlin became one of the main scenes in this conflict of spies, deceits and clandestine agencies.

Follow us on this tour and learn how the uprise of the 17th of June made the young East German Harald Jäger a supporter of the socialist GDR, why he defended the Wall as a border patrol soldier and what made him join the Stasi, East Germany´s feared intelligence service. But also hear the stories of people who risked their freedom and their lifes trying to escape over the deathstrip close to Checkpoint Charlie, how 57 people crawled towards freedom through an escape tunnel in Bernauer Street, how the people of the GDR faced the regime in the monday demonstrations and what role Harald Jäger played in the events of the 9th of November '89 that led to the fall of the Wall.

Duration: 4,5 hours


This tour is only available for private groups upon request. Please make a reservation.

Berlin under the Swastika

The twelve years that the Nazis ruled Germany have left their mark everywhere in Berlin.

Let us show you what impact the Nazis had on the city when we take you out of the city center on a journey towards the Olympic Stadium of the 1936 games.

Starting at the Potsdamer Platz we´ll go to the Bendlerblock to talk about the resistance group around count Stauffenberg. See the remains of an old bunker in Schöneberg and follow us into the Bavarian quarter, formerly known as the 'Jewish Switzerland', where Albert Einstein lived and where we will discuss the development of the Jewish persecution and come with us to Track 17 from where the Jewish population of Berlin was deported to the concentration camps.

Duration: 6 Hours


This tour is only available for private groups upon request. Please make a reservation.

An AB all-day transit ticket is required for this tour. Entrance to the Olympic stadium is included in the price of the tour.

(On days of soccer games it is not possible to enter the stadium.)

Concentration Camp & Memorial

Located just to the north of Berlin, Sachsenhausen was the concentration camp closest to the Nazi capital and became a paradigm of their system of terror. Follow us outside the city to the remains of the camp and hear the life story of pastor Martin Niemöller, incarcerated in the Gestapo prison, as an example of the german history in the 20th century. Learn more about the struggle for survival of the prisoners between the Appellplatz and the forced labour, always watched by the SS guards in Watchtower A and get to know how the camp-oldest Harry Naujoks tried to help the other prisoners survive with the help of the communist resistance. Through the preserved photographs and objects in the remaining buildings such as Barrack 38 you will get a better understanding of the life in the camp. The tour culminates with the ruins of Station Z, the camp's execution unit.

 

Duration: 6 Hours


This tour is only available for private groups upon request. Please make a reservation.

An ABC all-day transit ticket is required for this tour.

Discover Berlin´s historical centre in a play!

Your adventure starts at the Potsdamer Platz. Here we will divide you into groups and you will be handed the first mysterious envelope. By solving riddles and answering quizzes about the city you will make your way from one station to the next. Additional points can be gained with various fun tasks along the route. In the end, we will meet you again in a traditional Berlin restaurant/cafe/pub and determine the winning team. Our city rallye offers challenging quizzes, exciting tasks and alot of fun along the way. On request, we also serve lunch packages, small snacks and/or drinks during the tour.

Our city rallye is ideal for:

Company excursions (team building), school trips for (interactive learning), private groups (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)

 

Duration: 2,5 hours


This tour is only available for private groups upon request.

custom tours and tours for students

All of our regularly-led tours are also available as private tours, scheduled with your own personal guide at a time convenient for you or your group. Beside our regular tours Vive Berlin also offers many different tours with a broad range of topics from Prussia to the squatting movement and street art. Just scroll down to find out what we have to offer.
You can choose whether you want to do these tours by foot, by bike or whether you want a private car with a driver. For bigger groups we can offer you special conditions for renting a bus. Transfers from and to the airport as well as to other destinations are also an option.
If you are looking for something beyond the ordinary or want to combine content of different tours we are happy to create a unique tour custom tailored to your needs and interests. We always have an open ear for your wishes and ideas!
Just contact us by e-mail or phone for more information:
english@viveberlintours.de or 0049-30-60940925 or 0049-157-84546696

Here some examples for private and custom tours.