Spreewald (Spree Forest) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is just 1 hour away from Berlin, the Spree River. As well as its unique landscapes, the Spreewald offers numerous exceptional sights for large and small visitors. The UNESCO Spreewald Biosphere Reserve is not only known for its exceptional landscapes but also for its unique culture and tradition. The many sights of the Spreewald reflect this unique character. Old Sorbian settlements, lordly castles and architecturally significant churches are witnesses to a diverse history. The museum village of Stary Lud in Dissen conveys a particularly vivid impression of life in the Slavic Middle Ages. In the five pit dwellings making up the little settlement, potters’ benches, wrought iron and loom bear witness to the life of the settlers 1,000 years ago. The Slavic castle of Raddusch also tells of the settlement history of the Spreewald and the Lower Lausitz region. Many former castles were extended over the years to become magnificent palaces. The palaces in Lübben, Lübbenau, Vetschau and Branitz with their expansive gardens are among the most beautiful sights in the Spreewald.
The artistically designed landscape garden of Castle Branitz has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004. Anyone wanting to know what life was like for simple Spreewald residents in the 19th century is recommended to visit the open-air museum in Lehde. The four historical farms with their lush farm gardens and interactive adventure worlds convey exciting details of traditional crafts and regional traditions. Besides the interactive museum villages, there are many other sights in the Spreewald waiting to be discovered with the whole family. For example, the large water playground on Lübben’s Castle Island is a veritable invitation to have endless fun with its rafts, excavators and waterfalls. A visit to Tropical Island is also one of the highlights of any family holiday in the Spreewald. In this former airship hangar, visitors can immerse themselves 364 days a year in a tropical adventure world with white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water. More
A visit to the Tempelhof field is like an excursion into the country without having to leaving the city. Since its opening in May 2010, the former airport ground is being used intensively. Tempelhof field offers sufficient place for different activities: Engage in sports, go for a walk, cycle or simply lie on the grass and relax. The former runway and the so-called taxiway offer the perfect ground for cyclists and in-line skaters. Walkers, runners, cyclists, skaters and dog walkers, basketball and baseball players, beer garden funs can all find their fun in this 368-hectare open space. More about the history of the place
Reaching all the way up to 368 metres high, Berlin’s TV Tower is the city’s most outstanding landmark. The tower on Alexanderplatz is the highest building in Europe open to the general public. The unmatched panoramic views from the viewing platform, from the Bar or the restaurant are simply breathtaking. Building the Berlin Television Tower was very much connected with world conflicts of the sixties. At that time Berlin had a unique political significance: the City was divided between the two big power blocks of the Warsaw Pact and NATO, and the Berlin Wall represented something like a front line between the two. Consequently, their competition in Berlin was fierce. One field, in which this battle was fought, was architecture. In both city sectors great sums were invested in spectacular building projects; each sector vied to outdo each other with the most extraordinary buildings and projects that were possible.
The rivalry between East and West Berlin was also carried out between the television tower projects. At the latest since the opening of the Stuttgart television tower in 1956, television towers caused a furore in both East and West. The Stuttgart television tower was virtually over-run by visitors. However, also in GDR the early television towers which were built mostly in the countryside and without viewing platforms, evoked a great interest amongst the visitors. It follows that since the 1950s, television towers in East and West Berlin were consistently planned for. The West Berlin television tower projects were, however, not blessed with success and this deficiency was used by the GDR leadership for their great Coup. They decided on 14 July 1964, that they will erect the East Berlin television tower in the very centre of Berlin. From this position the Tower could also be clearly seen from West Berlin, thus demonstrating the ineptitude of the West Berlin Senate. Today the TV Tower shapes the silhouette of the German capital – like the Brandenburg Gate, it has become a symbol of reunified Germany. More
The choices at your disposal are abundant. Without much of a prelude you can take advantage of Berlin’s rail interconnections or bus routes to a put another pin on your personal map, which is the coolest thing to do on any given journey. Where to go then? We’ll live that to you but here’s our own selection of choices.
The German Spy Museum Berlin gives a unique insight into the gloom of espionage right where the Wall once divided the city. Visitors are welcome to use the most recent multimedia-based technology to detect all the bizarre and sneaky methods of agents and secret services. An exciting time travel from spying in ancient Bible history to the present and future right in the middle of the capital of spies. Decipher a range of secret codes, negotiate the laser maze, see how secure your favourite password is and hack in to your favourite websites!
Scouts, snitches, agents, coders and fakers belong to the oldest professions in the world. No place would be better-suited for a spectacular tribute to the protagonists of this international gloom of espionage than Potsdamer Platz in the centre of Berlin – the Capital of Spies. There, in 2015, the German Spy Museum Berlin opened in a 3.000 m² (32.000 sq ft) exhibition space.
Stories from near and far back in the past of espionage are being told in the German Spy Museum Berlin in more than 1.000 exhibits. It bridges thousands of years by displaying e. g. a cipher technique invented by Julius Caesar, which is still being used today. It depicts the fascinating secret service methods of Oliver Cromwell, of Napoleon, of both sides in World War I and II and of the Cold War.
On more than 200 high-resolution screens at seven stations about contemporary witnesses and five stations portraying spies as well as in four historic time frames, the visitor is involved in this ancient and continuously changing universe. The guests of the German Spy Museum Berlin can see, feel, read, hear and smell, what happened in thousands of years in this gloom of espionage. Who was the first spy? Did you know that drones were used in World War Two? Which secret service had the best codes? What is the difference between a honey-trap and the Romeo method? How do you kill someone with an umbrella? Who knows more about you – the Stasi, the NSA, Facebook or Miles? More
If you’re visiting Berlin in December then you don’t need our guidance on this one. The amazing smell of mulled wine is in the air and it’s everywhere. Well almost everywhere to be exact. Covid-19 permitting you will find around 80 Christmas markets to choose from, but Gendarmenmark is perhaps the most renowned if you want to immerse yourself in Christmas mood, arts and crafts, souvenirs and traditional delicacies. Berlin has all the Christmas magic you need. Sipping gluhwein under a gigantic Christmas tree, eating a hot dog while your nose freezes to the point of falling off, listening to Christmas carols and songs, ice-skating under a masterpiece of architecture and symbol of national pride..Those things are so dear to Northern Europeans, Germans, Berliners that have come to be dear to the tourists even more so. You can tell by the crowds that always flock in swarms around the big gluhwein boilers.
Museumsdorf Düppel (Museum Village Düppel) is a seasonal open-air museum. It presents visitors with a reconstruction of an approximately 800-year-old village. The site of this former settlement has now been reconstructed with residences, storehouses, workshops, fields and gardens. From 14 May on, visitors can again experience medieval ways of life and craftsmanship. Even medieval plants and animals have been bred back and can now be seen in the Museumsdorf. These include the “Düppel pig” and the “Skudde” sheep, a race that is threatened with extinction. We also offer a small exhibition, and programmes for school classes and for groups of visitors. One thing is certain: everyone is invited to get involved!
1967 marked the start of archaeological excavations near the Machnower Krummen fen in Berlin-Zehlendorf. They revealed evidence of building foundations and farmyards of a village from the period just before 1200. Thanks to experimental archaeology, it was possible to rebuild the medieval village on the settlement’s original site. Since 1975 the Fördererkreis Museumsdorf Düppel e. V. has been working onsite. The Museumsdorf Düppel has developed into a widely recognised centre for experimental archaeology. More
Having a drink in a bar that is completely made up of ice is only half of the story. German Polar Expeditions are some of the lesser known, but very exciting pages in German history. Today you have a unique chance to experience the German Polar Expedition for yourself. At the Berlin Icebar you can learn more about the history of this journey while enjoying a drink at freezing -10° Celsius! This thrilling tourist attraction will make your visit in Berlin unforgettable. When you enter the bar, you’ll receive a Seaman’s Book (or Seefahrtsbuch) before you can take part in the Polar Expedition. The Seaman’s Book documents you as a crew member of the Hansa. It also documents the drinks you have consumed, so be sure to have it stamped when you order your included free drinks in Berlin Icebar (one in the tavern and two in the icebar). You enter the Polar Expedition in the tavern. A nice, warm bar where our bartenders are ready to poor you a drink while you meet your fellow crew members. As you brave the cold of the Arctic, you can claim your two included drinks at the icebar. More
Berlin World War II Tour concentrates on the effects, history, buildings, and stories surrounding Berlin in the Second World War. Berlin Served as the Nazi stronghold in Germany and command center for Hitler and the Third Reich. Berlin may have played the biggest part of any city during the atrocities that took place in World War II. If you decide to look at the scars and battlefields from left behind during the Battle of Berlin. Let our guides tell you stories and legends as we see the spot where Hitler had is a notorious underground lair. See the damage brought on by thousands of allied bombs and the defense structures built to keep them out.
This Tour visits many World War II historical sights and memorials. Along the way, our guide will recount historic events and urban legends. They are the best in the business. Our guides point out many interesting stories and facts that many would just walk over! We cover a lot but expect to be able to stop for drinks along the way and walk at a nice leisurely pace. Come see the streets come alive as we jump back in history and see the effects of the largest conflict the world has ever seen on the Original Berlin World War II Third Reich Tour. More
Sample some of the best local craft beers the city has to offer! This tour includes a minimum of 5 beer tastings and lasts about 3.5 hours. This daily tour is perfect for curious locals and travelers looking to sample a variety of Berlin’s best brews. This is one-of-a-kind tour of Berlin and experience of a new side of the city! You will be guided through smaller alternative neighborhoods by one of our hand-picked expert guides to a series of craft breweries. All of our guides have a passion for craft beer as well as hands-on knowledge of brewing, so they can answer all of your questions and help you gain a deeper understanding of craft beers and brewing. During the tour, you will sample at least 4 (depending on the location, it can be up to 9) local craft beers at 3 unique locations. Along the way, your guide will tell you about the local history of Berlin, its politics, culture, and how they all relate to craft beer. You’ll get an intimate look into this new and growing niche movement! By the end of the tour, you will not only be able to identify different beer styles; you will also have gained a new appreciation for the culture of Berlin as a whole. Join us today for a tour suitable for newbies and craft beer veterans alike! More