Tours & activities in Berlin

Free Tour of Berlin

Book the original Berlin free walking tour and visit many of the city's highlights with a local guide

ABOUT THE Free Tour of Berlin

This 3-hour Berlin free walking tour will show you all the top attractions in the city. Local experts will take you to must-see spots such as the impressive Brandenburg Gate, the impactful Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and show you parts of the infamous Berlin Wall. Explore the historic Berlin streets that defined the 20th century like no other city.

 

Your Berlin Free Tour meets daily in front of the Starbucks at the Brandenburg Gate (S/U-Bahn Brandenburger Tor) and finishes at Bebelplatz. Join us on this introduction to Berlin, a great way to orientate yourself in the city and at a price to suit everybody’s budget.

 

Hitler’s rise to power

A booming turn-of-the-century metropolis left destitute by the First World War, Berlin led the way in avant-garde art, music and literature throughout the Golden Twenties before Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 made the city the infamous capital of the Third Reich. Visit the site where Nazi Germany ended – Hitler’s bunker, and reflect upon the lives lost and how we can ensure that history does not repeat itself.

The Berlin Wall

Berlin’s troubles did not end with the death of the Führer. Divided for occupation by the Allies after World War II, Berlin became the last frontier and flashpoint of the Cold War, symbolized by the jagged scar of the Berlin Wall cutting through the center of the city.

Stand at Checkpoint Charlie and listen to how a fault in communication led to the checkpoints being open and the wall coming down. Your guide will also take you to see parts of the wall that still stand today. From a symbol of division to one of unification – the iconic images of Berliners celebrating as the wall fell in 1989 are famous around the world and represent the dawning of a new era for united Germany.

Free Tour concept

The tips-based model of the Free Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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The Berlin Free Tour starts in front of the Starbucks at the Brandenburg Gate (S/U-Bahn Brandenburger Tor)

  • Marvel at the iconic Brandenburg Gate
  • Visit the site of Hitler’s bunker
  • Explore the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Take a picture at Checkpoint Charlie in the former American sector
  • See the picturesque Gendarmenmarkt
  • Visit parts of the Berlin Wall that still stand today
  • Find the illusive Book burning memorial of Bebelplatz
  • Spot the iconic TV Tower
PHOTOS

TOUR SCHEDULES

11:00 AM2:00 PM
11:00 AM2:00 PM
11:00 AM2:00 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
  • Wheelchair accessible
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berlin free tour metting point in front of starbucks at Pariser Platz
The Free Tour starts in front of the Starbucks at the Brandenburg Gate Open in Google Maps
Brandenburg Gate where the berlin free tour starts
Brandenburg Gate
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie
Gendarmenmarkt in berlin
Gendarmenmarkt
Bebelplatz in berlin
Bebelplatz
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End start Tour usually ends here
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What is a Free Tour?

 

The Free Tour is the best introduction to Berlin! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 3 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Berlin's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • The route covers many of Berlin's major landmarks
  • The meeting point is centrally located in the Brandenburg Gate
  • The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time
  • The SANDEMANs Free Tour runs every day, all year round

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Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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