Historical Berlin Tour

Tours & prices on request

800 years of history from the first Slavic settlement to today.

The story of Berlin begins as a twin city in the swampy Spree River Valley. From it’s humble beginnings, Berlin advances to baroque greatness as the 18th century seat of the royal court of the kings of Prussia. Explore 800 years of thrilling history, and follow Berlin’s journey from a Slavic fishing village to a cosmopolitan world capital.

Like few other cities, Berlin has gone through some radical changes. Entire swaths of the city were destroyed, and new developments were built in their place. The traces of these transformations are still visible all throughout the city. Although much of it is neither original nor authentic, it’s the contrast between historical and modern that makes Berlin such a fascinating place.

We begin our tour at Alexanderplatz. This is where the GDR built its “new socialist utopia” for a “new socialist people”. They finished the work of the British and American bombers and leveled the remnants of the imperialist past to replace it with the socialist vision of the future. We move on from there to the Red City Hall and the Nikolai Quarter, which was rebuilt in the 1980’s in an unusual act of cooperation between east and west.

From there we walk through the Lustgarten with Berlins cathedral and Museums Island and continue down Berlin’s grand avenue, Unter den Linden. Here we see the baroque splendor of the Prussian era and hear stories of neglected wives, party princes and you even find out how the potato became to be so very important in Germany.

Finally we see “Germany’s most beautiful square” , the Gendamenmarkt and, of course, berlins only remaining historical entry portal: the Brandenburger Gate.

Enjoy this fantastic 2 hour, informative and entertaining tour of Berlin’s historical center!

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Next dates and booking for “Historical Berlin Tour”

Follow your own schedule and take Historical Berlin Tour as a private tour with your own berlin-on-bike-guide.

How to find Berlin on Bike

All of our tours begin at the “Kulturbrauerei” in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district. The painstakingly restored brewery complex is the ideal place to test out your bike before the tour. A variety of restaurants and beer gardens just around the corner offer the perfect way to relax and reflect after a fabulous tour. The easiest way to enter the brewery is on the Knaackstraße 97, just beyond the intersection with the Danziger Straße . After that you just follow the yellow “Berlin on Bike” signs.

Directions from Eberswalder Straße metro station

  • take the exit marked:”Danziger Straße”
  • head toward the street that leads away from the elevated train tracks to the left. Cross over to the right hand side of the street.
  • after 150 meters you’ll reach the Knaackstraße, turn right. After 30 meters turn left through a large archway.
  • follow the yellow “Berlin on Bike” signs
Several tram lines also stop here and the circle line is just around the corner. To find the best way to get here by public transportation, use the link to the BVG planer (?)

Additional meeting point at Eberswalder Straße metro station

10 minutes before the tour begins, you’ll find one of our guides in a brightly colored orange vest and a yellow “Berlin on Bike” sign at the entrance to the Eberswalder Straße metro station, directly under the tracks, who can point you the way to the “Kulturbrauerei”. Download and print out the map (PDF, 1MB) In case you are running late please call us at this number +49 30 4373 9999

Meeting Point Canoe Tours

Our canoetours don't start at Kulturbrauerei but at Kanuliebe on the Insel der Jugend. To make it easier to find us there we have a PDF with directions to download and print (391 Kb).

Tickets for the public transportation network

A single fare ticket costs 2.40€ (!). a better alternative and generally less expensive is the day pass (tageskarte) (6.50€ AB), or the Berlin Welcome Card (e.g. 18.50€ for 48 hours) with which you not only receive a 3.50€ rebate at Berlin on Bike, but a whole host of rebates at a variety of Berlin locations. You can transport your bike in the metro as well, a bicycle ticket costs 1.60€. You can buy tickets either at the automated ticket machines at the station or at any number of ticketing locations.