Tour Berlin and nearby Brandenburg by bike, car, train, or even hot-air balloon! This company's courteous, professional guides lead groups of any size and custom-fit excursions to their customers' specific interests. Do you want to see the architectural highlights of the city, or would you rather have an insider take you to all the best places to shop? Is history more your bag? How about a tour that offers a behind-the-curtain glimpse at the theater scene? The staff at City Guide Berlin makes sure you get the best tour for your money. Complimentary hotel pick-up service is available.
Want to see Berlin on the cheap? Bus line 100 travels via many popular tourist locations, all for the price of a regular bus-fare. Running between Zoologischer Garten and Alexanderplatz train stations, the bus stops at Großer Stern, Schloss Bellevue, Platz der Republik (where you'll find the Brandenburg Gate), the Reichstag, and Unter den Linden (one of Berlin's most beautiful streets with parallel rows of Linden trees running down the middle). A one-way trip takes about half an hour. To hop on and off all day, ask for a Tageskarte (daily ticket). Buses run approximately every ten minutes, 5:30am-midnight.
An island in the River Havel near Lake Wannsee, the Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island) contains a historic castle called the Palmenhaus, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a nature reserve. Though it's named for its population of wild peacocks, the park is home to many different local and exotic bird species, as well as extensive bike pathways and riverside grass areas. The island is truly a perfect combination of nature and history. S-BAHNHOF: Wannsee
Local Expert tip: Rent bikes and go in the summer, but don't forget to buy a bike ticket if you plan on bringing your bike on the train.
Convenient to the city and filled with natural beauty, this is a favorite retreat for locals and tourists alike. The Grunewald Forest is home to several lakes, walking paths, and hiking trails. Located southwest of the city, the forest also has areas for swimming and sailing and is as busy in the winter as in summer.
Local Expert tip: The Grunewaldturm (Tower) located within the park is also well-worth a visit for the view.
Part of the Arena club complex, the Badeschiff (in English, "Bathing ship") is a public swimming pool floating in the middle of the Spree. Built inside the hollowed-out hull of an old barge, the Badeschiff is open until midnight, and typically sports a popular DJ performing on the attached dock / outdoor dance floor. Come to soak up the sun and enjoy some of Berlin's summer culture! U-BAHNHOF: Schlesisches Tor
Local Expert tip: In the winter, they cover the pool and turn it into a hot tub / sauna!