With 25 years since the dramatic fall of the Wall, there has never been a better time to visit history packed Berlin. Bear witness to this epic event and join the celebrations marking the end of this infamous symbol of the Cold War & boundary between Democracy & Communism. Time your visit to coincide with this momentous anniversary and experience a once-in-a-lifetime moment in world history. On the week of November 9th 2014, dig deep into Berlin’s turbulent past, from Prussian kings to the center of Hitler’s 3rd Reich and its Cold War aftermath, visit Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, Hitler’s bunker, Jewish synagogue, Berlin War Memorial & more balanced with optimistic showcases of its positive present and bright future. The week will see many special exhibits arise, including a 12km long light installation, which runs the same path of the wall. See the impressive murals which now make up the biggest open-air gallery in the world, painted by 118 artists from 21 different countries. After touring Berlin proper with your private guide, you will also visit the famous palace in scenic Potsdam. Stay in a central 5* hotel, dine in contemporary restaurants, and enjoy incredible Berlin – 25 years after the wall.
Enjoy an airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Stretch your legs today on an inside walking tour of Berlin which includes an English-speaking guide. Dig deep into Berlin's turbulent history. From the Prussian kings to the center of Hitlers 3rd Reich and its Cold War aftermath. You will see the Berlin Wall and the former Death Strip, the site of Hitler's Bunker and the new bunker Excavations, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag with its glass dome, Victory Column, Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz with Sony Centre, the twin cathedrals on Gendarmenplatz, Museum Island, Palast der Republik, TV-Tower, Berliner Dom, Unter den Linden, Jewish Synagogue and many more. Entrance fees are not included and need to be paid on the spot.
The German Bundestag is the only parliament building in the world to house a public restaurant. The roof garden restaurant is situated directly adjacent to the famous glass dome and offers breathtaking panoramic views over the city. Serving modern German cuisine prepared exclusively with the freshest regional produce, and accompanied by German wines, it offers a unique Berlin experience not to be missed. If you would like us to make a lunch or dinner reservation for you, please consult your Sales Consultant (cost not included). Full name and date of birth are required for security reasons. A valid identity card (such as passport) is necessary for admittance on the day of your visit.
The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is on 9 November 2014. Many special events and exhibitions to commemorate the anniversary of this historic event are planned across the city of Berlin. Themes include the division of the city, the Cold War and the events leading up to peaceful reunification in 1989-1990. Berlin visitors will also have the chance to gain some insight into the history of Berlin as a divided city and the significance of the Wall for the city's residents.
During the weekend of the 9th of November, a special light installation will be set up along the former course of the Wall as a "symbol of hope for a world without walls." Made of thousands of illuminated, helium-filled balloons, a border made of light will run for twelve kilometres across the city centre for the entire weekend. This touching memorial trails from the former border crossing at Bornholmer Straße through the Mauerpark (Berlin Wall Park), along Bernauer Straße, past the Berlin Wall Memorial, then to the river Spree near the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie and finally to Kreuzberg and along the Spree to the Oberbaumbrücke.
Berliners and visitors will be invited to stroll along the course of the Wall to remember and visualise the extent of the former division. At five spots, the white balloons will be released into the air as a commemoration of the opening of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago and to reclaim the symbol of the peaceful revolution of 1989. Spectacular images of the events surrounding the anniversary will go around the world. If the weather cooperates, the light installation will even be visible from outer space!
Enjoy a full day tour of Potsdam with a private guide and vehicle. Enjoy a short orientation on the way to the palaces as your guide introduces you this quaint city (Dutch Quarter, the Brandenburg Gate, Hunter’s Gate, Russian Colony). Visit the famous palace in Potsdam, Sanssouci which was built by Frederick the Great of Prussia in 1740 in his favourite style, Regal Rococo. On the grounds you can find elaborate statues, beautiful gardens, fountains and the Chinese Teahouse which has a collection of both Berlin and Meissen porcelain. On the other side of the park is the New Palace, grander and more elaborately furnished than the Sanssouci, it’s well worth a visit. The tour takes 6 hours and includes the entrance fee to Sanssouci Palace.
An East German Trabant car, which appears to be breaking through the concrete; Honecker and Breschnew, locked in a kiss of brotherly, socialistic love; these are just two of the impressive murals to be seen on the East Side Gallery, a segment of the Berlin Wall that has been turned into the longest open-air gallery in the world. The Kunstmeile, or art mile in English, is located along the banks of the river Spree in Friedrichshain and is 1316 metres long – the longest segment of the Berlin Wall that is still standing. Right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery was painted by 118 artists from 21 different countries. Using various artistic means, the artists commented on the political events that took place in 1989 and 1990 in over 100 works of art found on the eastern side of the wall. Over the course of the ensuing years, many of the images became greatly weathered and, in 2009, forty of these works of art were restored.
Hotel Adlon Kempinski (5*) is a small universe in the very heart of Berlin. Since its foundation in 1907 by Lorenz Adlon, it has fascinated and inspired its guests from all over the world and has resumed to perpetuate a grand tradition at the highest state. Exclusive comfort, perfect service, culinary delights, you are invited to enjoy all the amenities of a Grand Hotel. What makes the Adlon so unique is its special aura. Situated at the Pariser Platz directly by the Brandenburg Gate, the Grand Hotel conveys an atmosphere shaped by tradition, innovation and modernity. The renowned and Michelin-starred Gourmet Restaurant Lorenz Adlon, the Restaurant Quarré as well as the Lobby Lounge & Bar are characterized by highest quality and individuality. Generosity and attention to details are the hallmarks of the 304 spacious guestrooms and the 78 elegant suites.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
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Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
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Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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