Jeremy Minsberg - The Berlin Expert If you’re looking for a private tour in English, Jeremy Minsberg, aka Mr. Berlin, might just be your guy. Jeremy is an American Jew who has been enjoying the exciting Berlin life for over 17 years. TripAdvisor has given him the Certificate of Excellence 2017 and he’s received a score of 99% from hundreds of happy tourists. So what makes Mr. Berlin’s tours so great? If you want to hear more about Jewish history or learn about architecture, he’ll make sure your topics of choice are covered. Jeremy’s tours are all in English but he does things like the locals do - you’ll explore the city using public transportation from the Underground and the S-Bahn to biking and walking, you’ll see Berlin from many angles and perspectives. Jeremy does his tours out of passion and his love of Berlin and all its amazing history, so he doesn’t offer set fees and instead encourages his guests to name their price. Tours usually last between half a day and a full day, depending on weather, interest, time, and sights on the agenda. Some of Jeremy’s amazing tour options include: Berlin Overview Tour: see all the top sites in one grand afternoon Jewish Berlin Tour: explore the ups-and-downs of Jewish life in this city Cold War Berlin Tour: learn how a city rebuilds itself after division Destruction and Construction Tour: the must-take tour for architecture fanatics Times of Terror Tour: visit the sites of the darkest period of Berlin, the Nazi era Gay Berlin Tour: enjoy the tolerant, open-minded history of Berlin Bike Tour of Berlin: explore the city on two wheels and from a whole new perspective Minsberg also offers a few tours that head out of Berlin proper. His Potsdam tour takes you to the neighboring state of Brandenburg, known for hosting the Prussian kings and Germain Kaiser. He also offers a tour of Sachsenhausen, a concentration camp about 45 minutes north of Berlin. If you don’t want to walk, there’s also an option to rent a limousine or private car for the tour - driver included. Lastly, Jeremy offers a Daytime Companion option where you can simply ‘hang out’ for the day exploring the city from Jeremy’s perspective. One of the nicest features of Jeremy’s tours is that he donates a portion of his fees to a local charity. Minsberg supports cultural organizations, a Berlin Jewish educational center, and a Berlin school that helps HIV positive children integrate into mainstream society. So by going on a tour with The Berlin Expert, you are not only experiencing a unique and exciting side of Berlin, but contributing to the local community.
Nirit Ben Joseph started working as a tour guide in Berlin in 1989. She offers comfortable, luxurious, air-conditioned van tours for up to six guests and uses a microphone and loudspeaker so she’s easy to hear. Nirit offers tours on subjects that can be very specific and detailed or more general. While most of her tours last six hours, different subjects can be combined to create multiple-day tours if requested. Nirit creates a personal experience for her clients. She’ll pick you up at your hotel and finish the tour in your location of choice. Her tours are friendly for children and youth, so no need to reserve separate activities for younger family members. On top of that, Nirit will help you with hotel and restaurant reservations and even recommend cultural events for your visit. One of the nicest things that Nirit helps with is searching for family connections. For visitors coming to Berlin who have a family history, Nirit will help search archives and cemetery data to find the story of your ancestors. Join one of Nirit Ben Joseph’s educational and exciting tours of Berlin and you’ll be exploring this fascinating city in comfort and style. Some of her tours include: The Best of Berlin: a six-hour tour exploring the highlights of the city, the best option for visitors who have a limited amount of time The Jewish Tour: learn about all the trials and tribulations that fill the rich history of Jews in Berlin and how the community has recuperated since then The Architecture Tour: explore the wonders of modern architecture and see how the urban part of the city has grown over the years The Cold War and the Berlin Wall: delve into the dark recent history of Berlin and the building and destruction of the Wall as you explore it yourselves Wannsee and Potsdam Tour: visit the prime location of the Potsdam Conference, the palace of Sanssouci and the palace of Cecilien Hof, in Berlin’s neighboring Brandenburg The Art Tour: see the best of Berlin’s art scene by exploring some of the most famous and unseen galleries the city has to offer For guests who are exploring other parts of Germany, Nirit also offers tours in Dresden and Leipzig. The tour of Sachsenhausen concentration camp is highly recommended and it’s just a 45-minute trip out of central Berlin. While Nirit started studying in Tel Aviv University in 1987, her move to to Berlin in 1987 captivated her enough to stay in the city. Now, Nirit shares the parts that made her fall in love with Berlin with her tour guests.
Born and raised in Israel, Eyal Roth moved to Berlin in 2010 and has been a tour guide for more than 6 years. Enchanted by the dark history of the European Jews and his own heritage as the grandson of four Holocaust survivors, Eyal became an expert in all things Jewish in Berlin. Given the sensitivity of the tours subject matter, Eyal encourages asking questions and engaging in conversation while also giving tour participants time to process things in silence. Join Eyal on a four or five-hour tour walking, biking or driving around the city while uncovering the history of the Jews of Berlin. Eyal will meet you at your hotel and take you through the old Jewish quarter, the Jewish cemetery of Berlin, and the secret, underground life of Jews during the Nazi regime. The tour will also include the Otto Weidt museum, the AHAVA orphanage, the New Synagogue Berlin, and many other historical Jewish sights. The tour continues on to cover the Jewish persecution in the early 1900's and the infamous Platform 17 where the Jews of Berlin were sent to the concentration camps. Eyal is open to adding and removing sites from the tour depending on the needs and wants of his clients, so you can get a more tailored experience if you’d like. He can also include a coffee or lunch break and is accommodating to youth and people with disabilities. This private tour is a great way to experience a personal connection to the rich history of the Jews of Berlin. While Eyal may focus on the Jewish history of the city, he does offer a variety of other tours: The Introductory Tour of Berlin - cover all the basics by putting 700 years of history into just a few hours A Tour Following the Berlin Wall - find the method to the madness on this trip along the infamous Wall The Alternative Berlin Tour - head off the beaten path on this art-focused tour The Night Tour - experience the famous clubs, bars, pubs and galleries of this raging city Bike Tours - see more in a shorter span of time, great for those on a time limit Eyal Dov Roth’s tours are one of Tripadvisor’s top 5 recommended outdoor activities and in 2016 he received their Certificate of Excellence. For those truly wanting to delve into the incredibly complicated history of Berlin’s Jews, a tour with Eyal is a must.
If you’re looking for an in-depth tour of Jewish Berlin, Yoav and Natalie Sapir’s Jewish Heritage Tours are informative and captivating. What’s more, they shed a whole new perspective on both the history of Jews in Berlin and the modern revival of Jewish life. Yoav was born in Haifa, Israel to a father Holocaust survivor and a mother whose family escaped Poland before the war. The Holocaust was a real presence in his home as a child and as he grew, history became his passion. He came to Berlin in 2006 to complete his studies in German-Jewish history, and since then has been giving tours, translating academic literature, and working as a journalist for Israeli and German newspapers and magazines. Natalie was born in West-Germany and came to Berlin in 2009 to study history and political science. In Berlin, she met Yoav and discovered Judaism and she also continued on to study Jewish studies and philosophy. She believes that Berlin is “the most beautiful city in Germany and maybe even in the whole world,” and brings her passion into her guiding. The Berlin Jewish Heritage Tour is the Sapir’s most popular tour. It delves into the history of Jews in Berlin, addressing the question, Who were the Jews of Berlin that made this community so successful before the Holocaust? The Sapirs relay stories of rescue and survival during the Holocaust while standing at the actual spots they occurred. Yoav and Natalie also discuss the revival of Jewish life in Berlin and contemporary Jewish life. The tour takes place in Berlin’s Jewish Quarter and includes stops at the following locations, among others: The Central Council of Jews in Germany Two neighboring rabbinical seminaries — reform and orthodox — that made Berlin important in religious terms The “hackesche” courtyards, where the founder of Reform Judaism lived Jewish elementary schools and the contemporary Jewish high school Old and new synagogues The oldest Jewish cemetery in Berlin’s historical center, where Moses Mendelssohn is buried Memorials including the Stumbling Stones, the Deserted Room, the Missing House, and the Block of Women In addition to the popular Jewish Heritage Tour, the Sapirs offer the following tours: Advanced Jewish Berlin Tour, during which Yoav and Natalie explore off-the-beaten-track locations in West Berlin. Cold War Tour, a unique tour that takes tourists to “odd locations” and discusses the role of Germany in the cold war, specifically addressing the division of Berlin.
Explore the present and past of Jewish Berlin on a tour with Nadav and Tamar Gablinger, who have been running tours since 2002 from their Gablinger Berlin Tours company. Their tours have a focus on Jewish history which Nadav studied as part of his first degree from Tel Aviv University. During his advanced degrees, he focused on political sciences, counterterrorism, and democratic values, and has several publications surrounding these topics. Tamar is a professional researcher for internet companies, such as Google, so together this tour team is highly knowledgeable and detail-oriented. Nadav and Tamar offer a Classical Jewish Tour which takes you 3.5 hours through the historical Jewish Quarter focusing in the Spandauer Vorstadt, home to the most famous sites in Jewish Berlin’s history. During the tour, you’ll visit the somber Old Cemetery, the beautiful New Synagogue, and many memorials of the tragedies of Germany’s Jewish past. You’ll also visit modern Jewish institutions and businesses to learn about how the community has rebuilt itself over time. On this tour, visitors can learn what life was like in Berlin for the Jews. The tour can meet at a central location or your hotel for convenience and though it takes 3.5 hours it involves less than 1 km of walking so is friendly to young travelers and wheelchair users. Nadav and Tamar also offer the ability to combine this tour with others to make the most of Berlin’s amazing sites. Nadav and Tamar offer an array of tours focusing on other fascinating subjects. If you’re sticking around in Berlin for a few days, you might want to check out another one of their other great tours: Jewish Life in West Berlin The Architecture of Memory Museums and Memorial Sites Contemporary Jewish Life in Berlin Neighborhoods in Berlin Berlin - General Tour The Wall Communist Berlin Kreuzberg (Berlin’s immigrant district) Berlin is Like Music The Spirit of 1968 This dynamic duo also offers guided culinary tours and an app-based tour that allows visitors to do self-guided tours. If you have the time to venture out of Berlin, you can join Nadav and Tamar on a trip to Dresden or Potsdam or even request a special tour of any specific interests. This passionate pair really want to work with their customers to provide them with the best Berlin tour experience ever. Their tours have also been receiving the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for five years running and it shows why.