Whenever we do a city break with the kids we try and do a family friendly tour of the city. They make such a difference particularly when you’re only in the city for a short period of time. So when we spent 48 hours in Berlin the first thing I did was look for a family friendly tour of Berlin.
With Berlin’s history being as it is many of the tour companies I contacted actually said that their tours of Berlin started at age 14. They had either tried them for kids younger than 14 and stopped running them or decided that the subject matter wasn’t really appropriate.
So I was thrilled when I came across Tours by Locals and they had family friendly tours of Berlin available.
You can use the search function on Tours by Locals to hone down by city, then by dates and then you can add your interests too.
I was delighted when I used this to find that there were a number of options available to me. Albeit the couple of tours designed specifically for children in Berlin which Tours by Locals do (including crayons and maps and balloons) were actually already booked.
I say this because Martin, apologies Martin, wouldn’t have been my first choice of guide for a family friendly tour of Berlin. That’s not because I didn’t think he would be any good, not at all, his reviews were exceptional, simply that children weren’t his focus.
Martin soon put my concerns at ease though as I discussed the contents of our private family friendly tour of Berlin with him and we adapted the tour to suit subject matter and interest to children i.e. we added famous chocolate shops and Checkpoint Charlie and we discussed timings and how to get around.
Our tour ended up being of State Opera, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, and remnants of The Wall plus Gendarmenmarkt (Fassbender&Rausch, the famous chocolaterie is nearby) and Museum Island. I had already informed Martin that we had tickets to see The German Parliament–The Reichstag dome the next day so we did not need to include this. Our private family friendly tour of Berlin was due to take 3 hours.
We arrived into Berlin from our previous 48 hours in Hamburg with kids, so we merely had time to drop our bags at the hotel, and grab a quick bite to eat before meeting Martin at the arranged meeting place at Gendarmenmarkt, in front of the Konzerthaus. The neo-classical Konzerthaus hall is Berlin’s most attractive venue for top-flight classical music. Right at the heart of the stunning Gendarmenmarkt square, you can enjoy an unforgettable classical concert experience, however that’s not what we were there to do.
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