Why do a walking tour in the evening? Fair enough, that’s a good question. Here are the advantages I’ve considered during nearly 10 years of guiding in Berlin
Between May and August there is plenty of light until after 21:00! You can arrive tired from a flight in the late morning, rest a bit and still have an opportunity to go for a tour without having this feeling that your day was wasted.
On the same note, maybe you’re the kind of tourists who prefers to go shopping or visit a museum in the morning.
At the end of the second decade of the 21st Century more than 14 Million people visit Berlin every year. This number does not include my parents and all other travellers who visit their friends and family. There is nothing wrong with wanting to visit the main attractions of a destination you never been to before. It is also fair that others want to visit these places, but why do it all at the same time? In a normal July, when 2 Million people visit Berlin, I often recommend to my guests to come back and visit places like Check Point Charlie or the Brandenburg Gate in the late evening. Trust me, everything looks and feels different!
I heard this Berlin joke once. It goes: summer is the most beautiful week in the year… Unfortunately, in the last few summers this joke stopped being funny, it gets warm, very warm. An evening tour when the temperatures are dropping can make your walking tour a lot more enjoyab
And last, but not necessarily least, buildings simply look different in the evening when the sun is shining from a different direction.
All tours below take about 4-4.5 hours. The recommended time to start is 16:00
Take a historical trip from the early days of Brandenburg and Prussia to our our historical chapter of reunited Germany. In this tour we will visit sites such as Check Point Charlie, the Museum Island, the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe and others.
The Cold War is a chapter in Berlin's history that is still fresh in our minds, and in our collective memory. In this tour will tell you about political and social processes, and of course about the lives of people in East and West Berlin. We will visit Rathaus Schöneberg (where President Kennedy gave his famous speech), walk through the official memorial site for the Berlin Wall, and arrive at Böse Brücke, where the gates of the Wall opened on that fateful evening of the 9th of November, 1989.
Berlin has been a multi-ethnic city for more than 400 years. This tour tells the story of regular and prominent Jewish people, some of them Germans, while others were immigrants from neighbouring kingdoms, all lived through many of the city's historical events. In this tour we will visit Albert Einstein's neighbourhood of choice in Schöneberg, and walk through less and more famous courtyards in Mitte.
All tours below take about 3 hours. The recommended time to start: 17:00
This tour takes place in the geographical space between Potsdam Square and the Reichstag. In this walk we will discuss issues of commemoration in modern Germany, we will present critique of commemoration art, discuss theories of German Remembrance Culture, and debate our own role as visitors to dark tourism sites.
This walk focuses on sites related to the Holocaust as it happened in Berlin. We will visit the Holocaust Memorial, and various sites in the area of Hackescher Markt. In this tour we will debate further the various aspects of dark tourism, and its potential in contributing to Holocaust education.