Underground city tours always seemed to be a tourist come-on to me, but then I discovered Berlin Underground tours. Not a for-profit business, not a tour that drops you off in a gift shop, not a tour that starts in a bar and highlights raucous partying, this is the real deal in Berlin’s Underground.

In addition to getting up close and personal with eye-opening historical bunkers, tunnels and bomb shelters on these tours, you see and learn about these with the help of a guide who is (usually) a trained historian or perhaps a history geek. Some, like my guide, Katja (on the tour I took in early 2016 in German), had studied Berlin history at local university. She was extremely passionate, had actually talked personally to people who had experienced being in many of these Berlin Underground areas when she was a student and since, and just brimmed with details she was eager to share.

Tour 1 good starter tour

Since it was winter, the tours being offered were more limited than during high seasons, so I opted for the Tour 1 “Dark Worlds” (“Dunkle Welte”) at Gesundbrunnen, a good accessible basic tour if you have to choose just one. There are about 12 total Berlin Underground tours, but not all are offered year-round and not in all languages (click on the language flags to the right on the Guided Tours page to see what your choices are). Offerings depend on the season and the availability of guides for those languages (German, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, French and Danish, as of this writing).

On a dreary day in January, I waited outside the Berlin Gesundbrunnen station for the tour to start. Others slowly showed up for the midwinter tour on a day with sub-zero temperatures, wandering around inside or outside, eyeing what everybody thought was “the green door” mentioned in a description for one of the Berlin Underground tours. The attendees were a mix of young and old, residents and tourists, men and women. Then the prior tour exited: “How was it?” I asked a couple walking by. “Really super, two thumbs up,” the man said. “Really interesting.” Can’t wait, I thought.

Berlin Underground tours tunnels underground.

Access tunnels underground on the Tour 1 “Dark Worlds” tour. Photo by Dietmar Arnold.

Before long our guide, Katja, arrived, along with her “shepherd” assistant to make sure everybody stays on task and together. No dawdling in the underground. Or getting lost on purpose. We end up going down some stairs to THE Green Door, totally inconspicuous, which is not marked with anything that distinguishes it as a Berlin Underground tour entrance. However, it is quite securely padlocked shut, with a small sign above i with the famous quote from Spanish philosopher George Santayana, in German, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Berlin Underground Tour 1 enter through this green door.

Discreet, unmarked entrance for Berlin Underground Tour 1. (Photo by HI Travel Tales)

Underground tours reveal city’s secret underbelly

Berlin Underground tours show much of Berlin’s darker underbelly built by the Nazi regime and continued during the Cold War thereafter. On at least Tour 1 – and I would expect on all of them — you learn a lot about the life of everyday Berliners (and the more elite too) during WWII, what they went through and life in the subterranean air-raid shelters. But Tour 1 is more than just a walk through cold, stone tunnels with a guide reciting a memorized script. There are exhibits in various rooms, as well as artifacts – many of which are authentic – that demonstrate what a room was really like or how it was used. When the guide turns off the light in one room partway through, walkways pop into bright illumination from glow-in-the-dark stripes and markings – but don’t touch the walls since the residues you may get on your skin are not safe!

Berlin underground tours glow in the dark,...but don't touch.

“Command Post” (Befehlsstelle) painted-on sign glows in the dark when the lights are off. Photo by Holger Happel.

In a couple of rooms, participatns saw bunks that folded up against the walls (these were not used during the war, Katja pointed out), and low benches where residents would sit. Of note was the allowance of just one small suitcase per person, and it had to be “bunker-sized,” meaning it would fit right below you under the narrow bench. Most people, Katja noted, had these little bags pre-packed so you could just grab it and run to the shelter. She said you also then had to pull on many many layers of clothing since otherwise you couldn’t take it all in – and this even on sweltering summer days. Older folks, she said, would often just stay home and say, “Well, either I live, or I don’t.”

Berlin underground tours with authentic suitcases

Underground room mocked-up to with bunkers. Small suitcases on the narrow bench are realistic depictions. Signs say “To the Women’s Lavatory” (or, on the back wall, to the men’s). Photo by Holger Happel.

3,000 unexploded war bombs still exist

When it came to shelters, you had to get there fast or there would not be room and sometimes you just went there every night to feel a modicum of safety while sleeping. That occurred with the then 70 so-called “mother and child shelters,” where access was only allowed with a special ID for mothers with children.

One exhibit drew particular attention: Katja noted that many unexploded bombs are still buried around the city – they suspect it may be as many as 3,000! In the exhibit, you see one bomb that exploded in 1994 near Pettenkofer Street in Berlin. Another bomb was found prior to explosion as recently as October 2015 near the Jewish Museum, and 10,000 people had to be evacuated to safely defuse and remove it.

Berlin underground bomb are still unexploded.

Berlin Underworlds Association nears 20th anniversary

Founded in 1997, the non-profit Berlin Underworlds Association (“Berliner Unterwelten e.V.) researches and documents underground structures in the Berlin metropolitan area, including structures stemming from the Cold War. In the process, the group attempts to make these open to public tours, seminars and exhibits. The idea for such an association came originally from Dietmar Arnold in the mid-90s when he was a student in Berlin of city and regional planning. Today, the association, which started with seven people, has nearly 500 members. And Arnold is still chairman of the board.

The association to this day finances its entire undertakings, including all research and documentation, from what it earns from tours and events – no sponsors and no government funding, per spokesman Holger Happel. The mission of the group is to preserve history authentically. The Berlin offices are at the Gesundbrunnen station where aptly named Tour 1 takes place.

Berlin underground tours exhibits.

One exhibit on Berlin Underground Tour 1 from Gesundbrunnen. Photo by Holger Happel.

Tours all year long

One tour or another in one language or many run nearly every day of the year, except during Christmas week. To see more details, go to Berlin Underground website’s Guided Tours page.

When we emerged from our “Dark World’s” tour to the bustle of the subway stations, it was somehow a bit shocking to be back in the real world after 90 minutes. We look forward to going back to experience more of these wonderfully factual and authentic underground tours in Berlin and what they teach you about history. Don’t miss one when you are there.

Find out more about Berlin Underground tours on its thorough website. (All images in this story, unless otherwise noted, are used by permission – © Berliner Unterwelten e.V.)

HITT Tip: Be sure to arrive early for a tour since they do fill up. Prices vary from about EUR 11-14 for adults.Children under 7 are not allowed on tours. Tours are geared for adults and not recommended for children under 14, but that is at the discretion of parents or guardians, the website notes. For more specific information about tour regulations and guidelines, go to Berlin Underground website’s Guided Tours page. Special tours are available, as are tours for private groups.

Berlin Tourist Information - Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate is Berlin's signature attraction. A visit to Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Tourist Info Centre in its south wing can be easily combined with a leisurely stroll along the Unter den Linden boulevard with its numerous places of interest. The Reichstag with its striking glass dome is also just a few minutes' walk from Brandenburg Gate.

Berlin Tourist Information - Brandenburg Gate
Pariser Platz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate is Berlin's signature attraction. A visit to Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Tourist Info Centre in its south wing can be easily combined with a leisurely stroll along the Unter den Linden boulevard with its numerous places of interest. The Reichstag with its striking glass dome is also just a few minutes' walk from Brandenburg Gate.

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Berlin Tourist Information - Berlin Central Station

In the shopping area at the new Berlin Central Station in a good position opposite the DB Information at the entrance Europaplatz you find the Berlin Tourist Info Centre. As soon as you arrive in the city, you can come here to make hotel bookings, get information and buy tickets. The new Berlin Central Station is a fascinating example of contemporary architecture, greeting travellers to the city with a bright and friendly atmosphere and a fantastic choice of shops. Centrally located, it is very close to the government quarter.

Berlin Tourist Information - Berlin Central Station
Hauptbahnhof, Europaplatz 1, 10557 Berlin, Germany

In the shopping area at the new Berlin Central Station in a good position opposite the DB Information at the entrance Europaplatz you find the Berlin Tourist Info Centre. As soon as you arrive in the city, you can come here to make hotel bookings, get information and buy tickets. The new Berlin Central Station is a fascinating example of contemporary architecture, greeting travellers to the city with a bright and friendly atmosphere and a fantastic choice of shops. Centrally located, it is very close to the government quarter.

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Berlin Tourist Information - Tegel Airport

Perfect for Berlin visitors arriving at Tegel airport. The Berlin Tourist Info Centre is located near the Gate 1 in Terminal A. It is open daily from 8 am to 9 pm.

Berlin Tourist Information - Tegel Airport
Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL), Zufahrt zum Flughafen Tegel, 13405 Berlin, Germany

Perfect for Berlin visitors arriving at Tegel airport. The Berlin Tourist Info Centre is located near the Gate 1 in Terminal A. It is open daily from 8 am to 9 pm.

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Berlin Tourist Information - Europa Center

The Europa Center at Breitscheidplatz is not just one of the most famous shopping centres in the city. It also distinguished by its location in the heart of West Berlin. The legendary Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), the Kurfürstendamm shopping street, the Berlin Zoo, and the historic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, are only a few steps away from here. The Berlin Tourist Information Centre here is also open on Sundays.

Berlin Tourist Information - Europa Center
Tauentzienstraße 9, 10789 Berlin, Germany

The Europa Center at Breitscheidplatz is not just one of the most famous shopping centres in the city. It also distinguished by its location in the heart of West Berlin. The legendary Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), the Kurfürstendamm shopping street, the Berlin Zoo, and the historic Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, are only a few steps away from here. The Berlin Tourist Information Centre here is also open on Sundays.

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Brandenburger Tor

The Brandenburg Gate is a must see. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Brandenburger Tor
Brandenburger Tor 2, 10117 Berlin, Germany

The Brandenburg Gate is a must see. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Reichstag Parliament Building

If you have the time, and it is worth it, make a mandatory reservation to visit the dome from where you can look over Berlin and along the Spree river. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Reichstag Parliament Building
Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin, Germany

If you have the time, and it is worth it, make a mandatory reservation to visit the dome from where you can look over Berlin and along the Spree river. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

A movingly simple memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, be sure to take at least 30 minutes to wander quietly here. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Hannah-Arendt-Straße, 10117 Berlin, Germany

A movingly simple memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, be sure to take at least 30 minutes to wander quietly here. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Gendarmenmarkt

Don’t expect a market – It is an expansive, regal square where one of the many famous Berlin Christmas Markets takes place. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Gendarmenmarkt
Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Don’t expect a market – It is an expansive, regal square where one of the many famous Berlin Christmas Markets takes place. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

One island, five famous museums -- Pargamonmuseum, Bode-Museum, Neues-Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Altes Museum. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
Museum Island, Berlin, Germany

One island, five famous museums -- Pargamonmuseum, Bode-Museum, Neues-Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Altes Museum. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Topography of Terror Museum

Remembering terror and persecution – the documentation centre Topographie des Terrors is a popular destination located on the site where the headquarters for the Gestapo, the SS high command and security services, and the Reich Security Main Office were located. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Topography of Terror Museum
Niederkirchnerstraße 8, 10963 Berlin, Germany

Remembering terror and persecution – the documentation centre Topographie des Terrors is a popular destination located on the site where the headquarters for the Gestapo, the SS high command and security services, and the Reich Security Main Office were located. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Checkpoint Charlie

Take your photo by the “You are now leaving the American sector” sign since everybody does). We'd recommend that you do not waste your time at the museum, though; since it was moved from its original spot, it’s become over-commercialized and way too pricy. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Checkpoint Charlie
Friedrichstraße 45, 10969 Berlin, Germany

Take your photo by the “You are now leaving the American sector” sign since everybody does). We'd recommend that you do not waste your time at the museum, though; since it was moved from its original spot, it’s become over-commercialized and way too pricy. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Hackescher Markt

A very trendy and historical shopping area with loads of places to sit, eat and watch the world pass you by. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Hackescher Markt
Am Zwirngraben 8, 10178 Berlin, Germany

A very trendy and historical shopping area with loads of places to sit, eat and watch the world pass you by. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz is an important public square and traffic intersection in the center of Berlin, Germany, lying about 1 km south of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, and close to the southeast corner of the Tiergarten park. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz, 10785 Berlin, Germany

Potsdamer Platz is an important public square and traffic intersection in the center of Berlin, Germany, lying about 1 km south of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, and close to the southeast corner of the Tiergarten park. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Bebelplatz

If you find you are walking down a main shopping thoroughfare, Unter den Linden, check out Bebelplatz (Bebel Square), the site of the 1933 Nazi book burnings. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

Bebelplatz
Unter den Linden 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

If you find you are walking down a main shopping thoroughfare, Unter den Linden, check out Bebelplatz (Bebel Square), the site of the 1933 Nazi book burnings. Learn more in our Discover Berlin Walking Tour: Shortlist of Top Sites.

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Sowohl Als Auch Restaurant and Coffee House

A wonderful place to sit and while away time is at a sister location to Café Anna Blume, the “SowohlAlsAuch” restaurant and coffee house, diagonally across the street.  To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

Sowohl Als Auch Restaurant and Coffee House
Kollwitzstraße 88, 10435 Berlin, Germany

A wonderful place to sit and while away time is at a sister location to Café Anna Blume, the “SowohlAlsAuch” restaurant and coffee house, diagonally across the street.  To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

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Cafe Fleury

Cafe Fleury is a wonderful place for people-watching on the patio with quiche or salads. Learn more by reading our story, Dine, Wine, Dawdle and Doze When Visiting Berlin.

Cafe Fleury
Weinbergsweg 20, 10119 Berlin, Germany

Cafe Fleury is a wonderful place for people-watching on the patio with quiche or salads. Learn more by reading our story, Dine, Wine, Dawdle and Doze When Visiting Berlin.

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Süsse Sünde

Süsse Sünde (Sweet Sins) walk-up ice cream counter across the street for desert (try “Schoko-Chili-Sauerkirsch” aka Chocolate Chili Sour Cherry, “Pfirsich-Lavendula” aka Peach-Lavender, etc…). Learn more by reading our story, Dine, Wine, Dawdle and Doze When Visiting Berlin.

Süsse Sünde
Weinbergsweg 21, 10119 Berlin, Germany

Süsse Sünde (Sweet Sins) walk-up ice cream counter across the street for desert (try “Schoko-Chili-Sauerkirsch” aka Chocolate Chili Sour Cherry, “Pfirsich-Lavendula” aka Peach-Lavender, etc…). Learn more by reading our story, Dine, Wine, Dawdle and Doze When Visiting Berlin.

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Yumcha Heros

Yumcha Heroes dumpling house with Asian dim sum, soups, salads and noodles for a refreshing break from German meats and cabbage. Learn more by reading our story, Dine, Wine, Dawdle and Doze When Visiting Berlin.

Yumcha Heros
Weinbergsweg 8, 10119 Berlin, Germany

Yumcha Heroes dumpling house with Asian dim sum, soups, salads and noodles for a refreshing break from German meats and cabbage. Learn more by reading our story, Dine, Wine, Dawdle and Doze When Visiting Berlin.

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Gedenkstaette Mauer

The Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer commemorates the division of Berlin by the Berlin Wall and the deaths that occurred there.

Gedenkstaette Mauer
Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin, Germany

The Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer commemorates the division of Berlin by the Berlin Wall and the deaths that occurred there.

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Berlin Underground Tours - Gesundbrunnen station

Underground city tours always seemed to be a tourist come-on to me, but then we discovered Berlin Underground tours. Not a for-profit business, not a tour that drops you off in a gift shop, not a tour that starts in a bar and highlights raucous partying, this is the real deal in Berlin’s Underground. Learn more in our story, Haunting History on Berlin Underground Tours.

Berlin Underground Tours - Gesundbrunnen station
Badstraße 1-3, 13357 Berlin, Germany

Underground city tours always seemed to be a tourist come-on to me, but then we discovered Berlin Underground tours. Not a for-profit business, not a tour that drops you off in a gift shop, not a tour that starts in a bar and highlights raucous partying, this is the real deal in Berlin’s Underground. Learn more in our story, Haunting History on Berlin Underground Tours.

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Hotel Oderberger

Built in 1902 as a public bathhouse for Berlin and constructed in German Renaissance style, this magnificent building and pool fell into disrepair and went out of service in the mid 1990’s. The building was purchased by the neighboring GLS Language School and is now part of that campus, renamed the Hotel Oderberger and open only since January 2016. To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

Hotel Oderberger
Oderberger Str. 57, 10435 Berlin, Germany

Built in 1902 as a public bathhouse for Berlin and constructed in German Renaissance style, this magnificent building and pool fell into disrepair and went out of service in the mid 1990’s. The building was purchased by the neighboring GLS Language School and is now part of that campus, renamed the Hotel Oderberger and open only since January 2016. To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

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Judengang (Jewish Walkway)

Literally translated, the name means the “Jewish Walkway” and runs from Knaackstrasse to Senefelderplatz in the Kollwitz area, providing access to the rear entrance to the Jewish cemetery on Schönhauser Allee.  To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

Judengang (Jewish Walkway)
Knaackstraße 40, 10405 Berlin, Germany

Literally translated, the name means the “Jewish Walkway” and runs from Knaackstrasse to Senefelderplatz in the Kollwitz area, providing access to the rear entrance to the Jewish cemetery on Schönhauser Allee.  To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

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Oderberger Strasse Fire Station

This, the oldest fire station still on duty today in Germany, was opened on Nov. 26, 1883. Don’t stand in the driveway as emergency vehicles still come and go … with urgency. To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

Oderberger Strasse Fire Station
Oderberger Str. 24, 10435 Berlin, Germany

This, the oldest fire station still on duty today in Germany, was opened on Nov. 26, 1883. Don’t stand in the driveway as emergency vehicles still come and go … with urgency. To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

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Museum in the Kulturbrauerie (Alltag in Der DDR)

An absolute must-visit is the Museum in the Kulturbrauerie – “Alltag in Der DDR.” (Free admission). Open since 2014, this relatively new, very lively, interactive, permanent exhibit is stunningly well created, showing visitors what everyday life was really like in the DDR (former East Germany, a.k.a. GDR). To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

Museum in the Kulturbrauerie (Alltag in Der DDR)
Knaackstraße 99, 10435 Berlin, Germany

An absolute must-visit is the Museum in the Kulturbrauerie – “Alltag in Der DDR.” (Free admission). Open since 2014, this relatively new, very lively, interactive, permanent exhibit is stunningly well created, showing visitors what everyday life was really like in the DDR (former East Germany, a.k.a. GDR). To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

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Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow

The Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow was completed in 1934 and is part of the Haavel-Oder waterway connecting the Elbe and Oder river basins. The waterway begins in Berlin at the Spandau lock and opens into the West Oder at the border area between Poland and Germany. Watching ships being raised and lowered in this ship elevator is amazing.

Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow
Hebewerkstraße 52, 16248 Niederfinow, Germany

The Schiffshebewerk Niederfinow was completed in 1934 and is part of the Haavel-Oder waterway connecting the Elbe and Oder river basins. The waterway begins in Berlin at the Spandau lock and opens into the West Oder at the border area between Poland and Germany. Watching ships being raised and lowered in this ship elevator is amazing.

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Q110 Bank of the Future

A concierge? A gift and trinket store? A bar and coffeehouse? Waiters and fine décor? This is a bank? Yes, this is Germany’s “Deutsche Bank” — the so-called “Bank of the Future” in central Berlin, the company’s one-and-only concept bank where it tests ideas for the world. Be sure to read our two stories on this bank: "Berlin Bank of the Future by Deutsche Bank" and "Q110 Bank of the Future in Berlin by Deutsche Bank gets revamp".

Q110 Bank of the Future
Friedrichstraße 181, 10117 Berlin, Germany

A concierge? A gift and trinket store? A bar and coffeehouse? Waiters and fine décor? This is a bank? Yes, this is Germany’s “Deutsche Bank” — the so-called “Bank of the Future” in central Berlin, the company’s one-and-only concept bank where it tests ideas for the world. Be sure to read our two stories on this bank: "Berlin Bank of the Future by Deutsche Bank" and "Q110 Bank of the Future in Berlin by Deutsche Bank gets revamp".

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Turkish Market

This street market has been a tradition since Turkish families starting coming to Germany some five decades ago. Of course, over the years, it is has developed, grown and become more refined, including not only Turkish food but also German and others. We first visited it in the late 80s, in fact. Read our stories "Berlin Turkish Market: flavors, food, deals in oriental bazaar setting" and "5 great Berlin street food markets".

Turkish Market
Maybachufer, 12047 Berlin, Germany

This street market has been a tradition since Turkish families starting coming to Germany some five decades ago. Of course, over the years, it is has developed, grown and become more refined, including not only Turkish food but also German and others. We first visited it in the late 80s, in fact. Read our stories "Berlin Turkish Market: flavors, food, deals in oriental bazaar setting" and "5 great Berlin street food markets".

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Mauerpark

Mauerpark Berlin is a must-visit scene on Sundays from Spring to Fall with a wonderfully quirky flea market as well as superb food, drinks and free music. Watch our Mauerpark video here.

Mauerpark
Mauerpark, Gleimstraße 55, 10437 Berlin, Germany

Mauerpark Berlin is a must-visit scene on Sundays from Spring to Fall with a wonderfully quirky flea market as well as superb food, drinks and free music. Watch our Mauerpark video here.

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Markthalle Neun

The Markthalle is open Tuesday-Saturday as a regular market – both farmers and other fun stuff — but on Thursday evenings it transforms into “Street Food Thursday,” begun in 2013 as the Berlin street food/food truck scene was catching on. Read our story on Berlin street food markets here.

Markthalle Neun
Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, 10997 Berlin, Germany

The Markthalle is open Tuesday-Saturday as a regular market – both farmers and other fun stuff — but on Thursday evenings it transforms into “Street Food Thursday,” begun in 2013 as the Berlin street food/food truck scene was catching on. Read our story on Berlin street food markets here.

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Winterfeldtplatz Market

This is the real deal weekly farmer’s market that so happens to have a street fair and street food feel too, but all in a true German fashion. Winterfeldtplatz Market is the largest and most well-known Berlin street market. Read our story on Berlin street food markets here.

Winterfeldtplatz Market
Winterfeldtstraße 40, 10781 Berlin, Germany

This is the real deal weekly farmer’s market that so happens to have a street fair and street food feel too, but all in a true German fashion. Winterfeldtplatz Market is the largest and most well-known Berlin street market. Read our story on Berlin street food markets here.

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Kulturbrauerei Street Food

This street food/food truck gathering happened sporadically for a few years, perhaps only once a month or just in the summer. Since 2015, it is a weekly affair most of the year. Be sure to read our story on Berlin street markets here.

Kulturbrauerei Street Food
Schönhauser Allee 38, 10435 Berlin, Germany

This street food/food truck gathering happened sporadically for a few years, perhaps only once a month or just in the summer. Since 2015, it is a weekly affair most of the year. Be sure to read our story on Berlin street markets here.

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Thai Wiese

You can read about Thai Wiese in our Photographer’s Diary, here. This Berlin street food market began – or so the story goes – when Thai residents started gathering in Preussen Park for their own gatherings to cook, eat and hang out. Locals were intrigued by the food and then the light bulb went off – we could sell it! And so they did. And we thank them for it.

Thai Wiese
Thaipark, Brandenburgische Str., 10707 Berlin, Germany

You can read about Thai Wiese in our Photographer’s Diary, here. This Berlin street food market began – or so the story goes – when Thai residents started gathering in Preussen Park for their own gatherings to cook, eat and hang out. Locals were intrigued by the food and then the light bulb went off – we could sell it! And so they did. And we thank them for it.

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Museum Seelower Höhen

Just 1 hour and 30 minutes east of central Berlin by car, near the Polish border and the Oder River is the site of the biggest battle of WWII fought on German soil. Memorializing this battle at at Seelower Höhen (Seelow Heights) and located at the highest point overlooking the farmlands below sits the Museum Seelower Höhen, an incredibly moving destination for anyone even remotely interested in the history of World War II, history or war and Europe in general.

Museum Seelower Höhen
Küstriner Str. 28, 15306 Seelow, Germany

Just 1 hour and 30 minutes east of central Berlin by car, near the Polish border and the Oder River is the site of the biggest battle of WWII fought on German soil. Memorializing this battle at at Seelower Höhen (Seelow Heights) and located at the highest point overlooking the farmlands below sits the Museum Seelower Höhen, an incredibly moving destination for anyone even remotely interested in the history of World War II, history or war and Europe in general.

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A far less known, but fascinating museum in Berlin, is the Museum at Pankow, showing through pictures, video, audio and text life specifically in Prenzlauer Berg before, during and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Prenzlauer Allee 227-228, 10405 Berlin, Germany

A far less known, but fascinating museum in Berlin, is the Museum at Pankow, showing through pictures, video, audio and text life specifically in Prenzlauer Berg before, during and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Jüdischer Friedhof

Recognized as Berlin’s second Jewish cemetery and opened in 1827, the setting of the “Jüdischer Friedhof” is as beautiful as it is somber. This is where you will find the grave sites of many famous Jewish people, including the artist Max Liebermann.

Jüdischer Friedhof
Schönhauser Allee 25, 10435 Berlin, Germany

Recognized as Berlin’s second Jewish cemetery and opened in 1827, the setting of the “Jüdischer Friedhof” is as beautiful as it is somber. This is where you will find the grave sites of many famous Jewish people, including the artist Max Liebermann.

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Heads up! This information on Berlin Underground tours was accurate when we published it on HI Travel Tales, but, as we know, traveling is all about changes (and inflation, sadly). Please be sure to confirm prices, transportation schedules, hours of operation, safety and health considerations, request for perfect weather during your entire visit, and any other important details before your adventure.