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!!! We are happy to announce that we will welcome you on the new version of our website dedicated to Berlin from February 15, 2009:
www.latlon-europe.com
Moreover, in 2009, LatLon-Europe will become a European tourist information site, each month featuring new destinations such as Potsdam, Dresden, Hamburg and Munich !!!
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If you are planning a visit to Berlin, alone, with your partner or with a group, try our guided tours “à la  carte” that adapt to your time schedule and your specific interests.

 Please send us your request using our ready-made form by e-mail. In return, we will send you a personalized  offer, prices being subject to the number of participants and the duration of the tour.

  The advantages of a guided tour “à la carte”
 

 a tour guide only for you
 no minimum of participants
 we adapt to your rhythm
 free choice of date and time
 information about what really interests you
 flexible adaptation to group and knowledge level
 what do you want to see? – We respond to your interest

  Incoming – Our service for travel groups
 

Student travels, trips with your club or association, holiday or educational leave – LatLon Berlin can help you organise any kind of stay in Berlin. We offer to design a tailor-made programme of activities for your group and help you with all necessary reservations and bookings for hotels, transport or conference rooms.

Whether you come to Berlin with a group of pupils aged 10 or a group of conference members – it makes no difference to us. Seeing to the details we will manage to make your visit a success and a passionate experience.


A selection of our guided tours 


 
 
  N°1:   The many faces of Berlin
 

What is really striking about Berlin on a first visit are the many faces of this city. You can still sense the different atmosphere of the formerly Eastern and Western parts and each quarter has its own distinct style and view of life.

On this guided tour you will discover three of these facets: Potsdamer Platz, the showroom of post-wall contemporary architecture, the Gendarmenmarkt – a square representative of the Prussian period – and, last but not least, the bohemian quarter of Prenzlauer Berg with its tenement blocks dating from the late 19th century.

On this tour, we will use public transport.

This tour is ideal for couples or families who are here on a short stay. It is possible to include other aspects or highlights of the city on demand.

  Duration :    3,30 hours or longer

  What you will see :      Potsdamer Platz – the Prussian heart of Berlin including the Gendarmenmarkt square – the National Opera – the Museums’ Island – the quarter of Prenzlauer Berg with its famous cultural brewery.  
On demand: The Berlin Wall, the socialist boulevard of Karl-Marx-Allee or whatever you would like to be shown.



 
   N° 2: The Berlin wall and the GDR
 

There is no other city in the whole world whose history is as closely linked to the years of the Cold War as Berlin. First the wall came down, on November, 9 th of 1989; then Germany was politically reunited, on October, 3 rd of 1990. In the following years most traces of the sad, but famous monument that had split Berlin for almost 30 years into two parts were removed. On Bernauer Straße you can still see a segment of the Wall. There is also a documentary centre and if you get on top of the watchtower you can really get an idea of how the city looked like when still divided.

We will tell you the story of how the wall came to be built, on August 13 th of 1961, how it developed and worked as an “anticapitalist protection” and how life in the capital of the German Democratic Republic was like. Some of the streets in the neighbourhood still retain a touch of the atmosphere of socialist times before the year of 89.

An absolutely essential tour for students and everyone who visits Berlin for the first time.


  Duration :    2,30 hours
  What you will see :       The Berlin Wall – the Documentary Centre – the Reconciliation Chapel – the former death zone – the Wall park – Oderberger Straße.

 
   N° 3: From the German Empire until today
 

Thinking of Berlin, the images that come to your mind are of those of the Cold War and divided Germany, of the horrors of the Nazi-Regime or of absolutist reign in times of Prussia.

On this tour you will travel back in time to experience history starting from the German Empire until the present. You will discover the symbols of Prussia, the streets from where Hitler ruled over Germany, the Wall, the memorials to the victims of barbarity, and many more historical sites. You will also get to know the new seat of the government and other facilities of the reborn capital as well as more changes brought about by the reunification.

This is the best opportunity to get a better understanding of German history of the last two centuries.


  Duration :    2,30 hours or 3,30 with the Check Point Charlie
  What you will see :       The Brandenburg Gate – the Reichstag – the new ministries – the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe – ministries of the Third Reich – the site of Hitler chancellery and his bunker – the embassy of North Corea – the House of Ministries (GDR) – the Berlin Wall – the exhibition Topography of Terror.



 
   N° 4 : Unter den Linden –
             on the tracks of the Prussian kings
 

On our way from the Brandenburg Gate to the Museums Island you will discover great personalities, such as Frederick the Great, the Humboldt brothers or Albert Einstein, who played a part in the history of the splendid boulevard Unter den Linden (below the lime trees), the German capital and our modern society.

On this tour you will take a step back in history to meet the kings of Prussia, famous architects and thinkers. Of course, you will also see the most beautiful sights of Berlin.

With this tour und the next one (Prenzlauer Berg) you will get an (almost) complete general picture of Berlin and what its special charm really is about.

  Duration :    2,30 hours
  What you will see :       The Brandenburg Gate – Pariser Platz square – the embassies of France, the U.S., the U.K. and Russia – the National Opera – St. Hedwig’s cathedral – the Humboldt university – the New Guard – the Arsenal – the extension wing by Ieoh Ming Pei – the Museums Island – the Berliner Dom church.


 

  N° 5: Prenzlauer Berg –
           from workers’ to bohemian life

 

This quarter, where workers and poorer people used to live, in the nineties became something like the “funkiest part of town”. Originally, the district was built in the years following the foundation of the German Empire in 1871. Here you find the typical housing blocks with four storeys, a basement and one or several backyards, the front of the houses being decorated in eclectic mixture of all styles. As 70% of the houses survived the bombing of world war II, it is nowadays one of the best preserved of these quarters, especially since many buildings have been renovated in the past decade.

We accompany you to these old tenement houses, representative of Berlin and a hint to its social history. Most of the workers have long moved out; generally, folks on these streets tend to be rather well-educated and well-off, still the area is also crowded by students, bohemians and an international alternative crowd.

On this tour, for an extra fee you can have a delicious Russian snack at Bar Gagarin.

 

  Duration :    2,30 hours or 3,30 with the Wall of Berlin (tour n°2)
  What you will see :       A unique, largely preserved 19 th century quarter – quite a few old breweries – traces of Jewish life and Russian immigration – the biggest synagogue of Germany – Käthe-Kollwitz-Square – Husemannstraße.


 
 
   N° 6: Contemporary Berlin –
             from Potsdamer Platz to the embassies
 

Berlin has for some time been the city in Europe with the highest number of construction sites and still is in continuous transformation. If you have been here before, let alone before the wall came down, you probably will not recognize some areas.

The centre of this metamorphosis lies definitely around Potsdamer Platz, a former wasteland strip near the mortal zone. Here, famous architects from all over the world could realise their projects, thus creating an integral modern townscape.

As Berlin took up again as federal capital in the nineties, new embassies have been built and old ones refurbished. So let us take a trip across the fascinating world of architecture, often closely linked to politics. Additionally, we can include a visit of the huge inner-city park of Tiergarten revealing you the secrets of its history, as well.

This tour is appropriate for those who are not on their first visit to Berlin.


  Duration :    2,30 hours or longer with the Tiergarten (n°7)
  What you will see :      La Potsdamer Platz - Le Sony Center - Les bâtiments de Renzo Piano, d'Helmut Jahn, d'Hans Kollhoff, d'Arata Isozaki et de José Rafael Moneo - Les ambassades d'Autriche, de l'Inde, d'Egypte, du Japon, de L'Italie et bien d'autres - Le forum des cultures - Le Philharmonique .



 
   N° 7: The Tiergarten –
             between nature and history
 

What used to be the hunting ground of the House of Hohenzollern became a public garden thanks to Frederick II. (the Great), king of Prussia. This was the beginning of loving relationship of the people of Berlin to the Tiergarten. In Summer, loads of people enjoy their weekend in this park, designed in the 19 th century by the famous architect Peter Joseph Lenné. You will find canals and bridges, ponds and islands, statues, a rose garden and much more to see, learning in the meantime a bit more about German history – with a pleasant green background. After the tour you will have the opportunity to visit one of the popular Berlin beer gardens – a nicer example of German drinking customs.

We recommend this tour especially to all those who love natural environment. Although after a few days in the big city with its traffic and noise anybody will welcome this more relaxing form of sightseeing.

On demand, the tour can be topped of by a visit to the Siegessäule (victory column) from where you get a spectacular over Berlin.

 

  Duration :    2,30 hours
  What you will see :       The Brandenburg Gate – Rousseau Island – Queen-Louise-Island – the rose garden – the Victory Column – a collection of street lamps from all over the world – a great deal of green.



 
   N° 8: 800 years of architecture
            along historical streets
 

This tour is entirely dedicated to the subject of architecture and the discovery of Berlin’s most beautiful buildings. We will start in Spandauer Vorstadt which was an unassuming/modest/humble suburb 150 years ago finishing at the Brandenburg Gate where the bourgeoisie used to reside. Between these two poles you will get an idea of the architectural diversity and a better understanding the of urban evolution of Berlin since the year 1237.

Those who are not so familiar with the subject will learn a lot about different styles and epochs. For those who are interested we include the visit of an exhibition about Berlin town planning reflecting the history as well as the contemporary development.

 

  Duration :    2,30 hours or longer
  What you will see :       The Hackesche Höfe – the Hackescher Markt train station – the Museums Island – the Berlin Dom church – the Palace of the Republic – the works of Karl Friedrich Schinkel – Humboldt-University – the New Guard – the Arsenal – Gendarmenmarkt square – the Brandenburg Gate – and much more.



 
   N° 9: Spandauer Vorstadt –
            The heart and soul of Berlin
 

On this tour we will lead you around this charming quarter which has become most popular in recent years – also among tourists. It used to be a humble suburb and its narrow streets are rich with stories and traces of history. In early 20 th century even poorer people moved in the neighbourhood, among them many Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who arrived in an already flourishing Jewish community. After the devastating impact of the holocaust, some of the old Jewish institutions in the area have been revived and new ones have been founded. In the decades following World War II, the old housing was left to decay as everywhere in East Berlin.

But those streets and court yards lie in the centre of the city – the borough of Mitte – and they were the first to be “rediscovered” after the turning of the political tide. In the past 15 years most houses have been refurbished and an infrastructure of boutiques and cafés, cinemas and theatres has developed, not mentioning the art galleries galore. Besides impressive monuments such as the New Synagogue and the (sub)cultural centre of Tacheles some of the courtyards have gained fame, others are hidden from first sight.

With countless restaurants, lounges and clubs it is definitely the hottest spot for a night out.

Additional to our tour we propose the visit of the exhibition “Blindes Vertrauen” (blind confidence) about resistance against the Nazi-Regime and the holocaust.


  Duration :    2,30 hours
  What you will see :       The New Synagogue – the Tacheles – the old Post Office – the Hackesche Höfe – the Jewish graveyard – St.-Hedwig’s hospital – various court yards and sites of Jewish life.
On demand: The exhibition “Blindes Vertrauen 1941-1943”




 

Our guided tours

The many faces of Berlin
The Berlin wall and the GDR
From the German Empire...
On the tracks of the kings
From workers’ to bohemian life
Contemporary Berlin
Between nature and history
800 years of architecture
The heart and soul of Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our guided tours

The many faces of Berlin
The Berlin wall and the GDR
From the German Empire...
On the tracks of the kings
From workers’ to bohemian life
Contemporary Berlin
Between nature and history
800 years of architecture
The heart and soul of Berlin


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our guided tours

The many faces of Berlin
The Berlin wall and the GDR
From the German Empire...
On the tracks of the kings
From workers’ to bohemian life
Contemporary Berlin
Between nature and history
800 years of architecture
The heart and soul of Berlin


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our guided tours

The many faces of Berlin
The Berlin wall and the GDR
From the German Empire...
On the tracks of the kings
From workers’ to bohemian life
Contemporary Berlin
Between nature and history
800 years of architecture
The heart and soul of Berlin


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our guided tours

The many faces of Berlin
The Berlin wall and the GDR
From the German Empire...
On the tracks of the kings
From workers’ to bohemian life
Contemporary Berlin
Between nature and history
800 years of architecture
The heart and soul of Berlin


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our guided tours

The many faces of Berlin
The Berlin wall and the GDR
From the German Empire...
On the tracks of the kings
From workers’ to bohemian life
Contemporary Berlin
Between nature and history
800 years of architecture
The heart and soul of Berlin