Themes of our private Hamburg Berlin Tour: Overview of the main sights of Berlin, private transfer from Hamburg to Berlin, everyday life in Berlin, through the ages, Nazism, Resistance, Berlin Wall, reunification … (you can select topics or get an overview of us).
Tour description of your cruise tour to Berlin
Hamburg sure is an amazing city. But maybe you have been there before? Maybe Berlin as the german capital seems worth a visit? Let us help you find your way to Berlin. It is just a few hours away! So it might seem difficult to organise a trip to the German capital, and with reason: one has to engage a bus with a reliable and experienced driver, find a skilled tour guide, locate delicious restaurants and the key sights in the city… We have the experience to make it easy. After years of organising sightseeing tours in and to Berlin we know the city inside and out, and are perfectly positioned to arrange a lovely day for you!
180 minutes away from your cruise ship waits one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Berlin is worth a shore excursion. The only thing you have to do is to walk off your ship and meet your private english-speaking van or bus driver at the pier. After 3 hours you will arrive in Berlin, where your tour guide will be waiting for you.
We also offer a number of alternative itineraries perfect for people who have already visited Berlin. If you have already seen Brandenburg Gate, then you might consider a tour on Jewish Berlin. Or you can learn about the final days of World War II on our ‘Battle of Berlin’ Tour. Have you ever been to a concentration camp before? We could link you trip to Berlin with a very special visit to concentration camp Sachsenhausen nearby! Please contact us so we can find out what your personal point of interest could be.
Meeting at the ship & return
Meet our private driver in front of your cruise in the harbor of Hamburg. Our private driver is waiting at the appointed time at berth in front of your cruise. Our driver is holding a sign with “Humboldt Tours Berlin” and your name. You can not miss it. For safety reasons, you will be given a phone number where you can reach us 24/7! After more than 200 Hamburg Berlin and 900 Warnemunde Berlin Tours, we can guarantee that the tour is carried out without any problems.
We plan the day tour in order for you to get comfortable and return stress free back to your ship. Do not be afraid to miss your ship – our organizing team has everything under control. And is taking care of everything.
Guide & Vehicle
Our private guide will make your stay a special Berlin experience. You will not only be impressed with their expertise (all are academics, many trained historian) and personality, but have a very strong regional link (many born in Berlin, all at least 15 years living in Berlin)!
Some points of interest on your private Berlin tour
You will discover many places of interest on your Private Berlin Sightseeing Tour. Here a small selection:
Built as a parliament building for the 2nd German Empire, now the seat of the German parliament. THE central place of German history: from the proclamation of the republic in 1918 to the “Reichstag Fire” of 1933, to the storming of the building by the Red Army in 1945.
Behind the building stood the wall until 1989. Today, after a fundamental renovation of the building, a glass dome symbolizes the new, transparent Germany. And what happened to the two masters that did create the lettering above the main entrance: “To the German People”?
THE emblem of Berlin, the gateway to the city! The neoclassical city gate, built in the time of the French Revolution, as in Prussia prevailed strict censorship, was with his “Quadriga” the pride of the Prussian state. Napoleon was the ‘horse thief of Berlin’ as he took the above horses to Paris in 1806. But the Prussians turned it into a tit for tat… Many rulers and their soldiers marched through the gate. Today the gate is a symbol of the German reunification in 1990…
A brown mark indicates today the spot where Peter Fechter was shot on August 17th, 1962. Right next to it: the famous border to the American sector to East Berlin. Experience the historical significance of the place and feel the drama of the moment, as here – during one of the most dangerous crises of the “Cold War” – the tank columns of the Soviet Union and the United States faced each other…
One of the most important addresses of enlightened Prussian spirit and Berliner culture, designed by one of the most famous Berliners of all times, the Prussian king Frederick the Great. Discover the impressive Opera House, the “Staatsoper Unter den Linden”, the Catholic St. Hedwig’s Cathedral and the famous Humboldt University with the main building and law school, the former library of the “Old Fritz”. And do not overlook the underground memorial to the barbaric burning of books, which was organized by the Nazis in 1933 in this place of education and tolerance.
The building was built in 1936 as the Air Ministry for Hermann Goering. It survived the war almost unscathed and served the GDR as a “House of Ministries”. On June 17th, 1953 did Soviet tanks shot here on the protesting East German workers. In the 90s, stood here the seat of the “Trust Company”.
Today it is the Ministry of Finance. The building itself has not visibly changed. Yet, over the year, it has changed its interior so much…
The remarkably modest monument in honor of the fathers of communism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, who watch still today on the social justice in the country… From here you have a good view of Europe’s highest TV tower, at the time the symbol of victorious communism. What about the golden cross on the TV tower?
The structure consists of concrete blocks (steles) and extends over an area of approximately 19,000 m² in the vicinity of the Brandenburg Gate, in the historical center of Berlin. It was designed by Peter Eisenman.
Here is the site of the SS and Gestapo headquarters. Here ‘interrogated’ the SA political opponents of the Nazis in 1933. From here, the system of concentration camps and extermination camp was commanded. The cellars are dug up again, a museum and documentation center was built…
But why, we ask, among others, has “the West” then almost all remnants of this building after the Second World War cleanly eliminated?
The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin. Three fascinating buildings give him his character: the German Cathedral, the French Cathedral and the Concert hall (formerly Playhouse). The changing history of the Gendarmenmarkt can be traced back to the 17th century – the Schiller Monument of Reinhold Begas can be admired there again.
The Charlottenburg Palace was built in the years 1695 to 1699 according to the plans of the architect J. Arnold Nering. It was initially thought as a small garden and summer residence for the wife of Elector Frederick III, Sophie Charlotte. After WW2 the conservators needed two decades to rebuild the ensemble.