Eli Vogman

I’ve been always fascinated by our small but special land of Israel. So small but so much to see, so much history and many experiences to collect. I’m lucky to discover my passion in an early stage of life, and even more lucky to share that passion with people from all around the globe.

I believe that a tour guide real role is to make you feel the heart of the land of Israel by reviving its history and connecting it to the present and the future. – Eli Vogman

Mag

Mag was born and raised in southern Burgenland and has always loved Austria and learning about its history and culture. Since 1997, Mag has worked, studied, and lived in Vienna. She continues to find new and fascinating information to learn about the city. At the University of Vienna, she studied Austrian and contemporary history and decided to finally become a tour guide after the two-year training course at WIFI Vienna.

In university, her thesis focused on the destruction during World War II, and Mag particularly loves guiding tours about this topic. Mag offers a variety of personalized tours based on your interests. She will explore the city with you on foot, bike, bus, or lead you around a museum you might be interested in. If you have a particular interest such as music or art, Mag is happy to create a tour about the incredible Austrian artists in one of the art museums, or take you to various spots in the city with a rich history in art.

Mag works with smaller groups as well as schools and universities, starting from age six. Whether you are six or sixty, want to learn about a specific topic or see the top Vienna sites, Mag will share all she knows with you and in an interesting way. You will leave the tour feeling connected to Venetian history and will gain insider travel tips for the rest of your stay in the incredible city.

Vincent A.

Vincent has 20 years of tourism experience and leads both walking and driving tours in Amsterdam. He has a National Guide diploma and creates personalized tours that fit your interests. Some of the specific interest tours he has lead include Dutch art, sports, local culture, Holland history, the life of Anne Frank, the Royal family, Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Golden Age painters, and Jewish heritage in the Netherlands.

Peter Schaapman

Peter specializes in history tours, specifically World War II. He will lead you on a walk where you will discover some of Amsterdam’s dark history during the Nazi occupation and see famous sites of the Golden Age. He studied and has an in depth knowledge of both WWII and the Holocaust in Amsterdam, and he is is ready to share his knowledge with you.

 

Kraków Bike Day Tour

Get off the beaten path and onto a bike with a Kraków Bike Day Tour. Certified tour guides will show you the popular sights and hidden secrets of Kraków, while giving you an informative and interesting background on the fascinating history of this ancient city. Traveling by bike allows you to see more than when walking – in fact, you can get 2 days of sightseeing into just a few hours, with the added bonus of meeting other travelers and a bit of fun exercise.

The Kraków Bike Day Tour hits most of the major tourist destinations including Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. In half a day visitors can see the Main Market Square, the Czartoryski Museum, the Old City walls and main gate, St. Mary’s Church, the Jewish Cemetery, the Kraków Ghetto of World War II and Oscar Schindler’s Factory. Along the way, you’ll visit some secret spots in the city, and learn about Polish football hooligans, life in the ghetto, what Polish foods are a must-try, and many more facts about Polish history and life. The Kraków Bike Day Tour runs twice a day (at 10:00 and 15:00) from May 1st until September 30th, and once daily the rest of the year, though the times change with the season, so its best to check their website for the most up-to-date information.

The tours run in rain or shine unless there are conditions that deem the roads unsafe for riding. While reservations are not mandatory, they are preferred, especially for groups larger than 10. There’s no need to worry about bike safety and difficulty riding: most of the tour covers pedestrianized zones and visitors as old as 80 have joined the tour. Your guide will include many breaks and stopping points to explain the surroundings, so the tours last about 4 hours with considerably less time spent biking. Join a Kraków Bike Day Tour for a unique and informative way of exploring this hidden gem of a city.

Jeremy Minsberg

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.

Eyal Dov Roth

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.

Yoav and Natalie Sapir

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.
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