I just returned from a ten-day trip in Germany, the highlight of which was visiting Berlin. The history there is amazing and what better way to experience and learn that history than by hiring a guide to explain it to you as you see the sights. We began our city stay with a Cold War Tour led by Pen Hassmann (firstname.lastname@example.org). She was fantastic! I only wish we had hired her for more than one afternoon as I felt we could have learned all about Berlin and its monuments, its art, its people as well as its history. Pen has a wealth of knowledge that goes beyond just the basics. Five days there was not enough ... I will definitely be returning and will definitely be giving Pen a call to guide me my next time around!
Great that you went to Berlin, an so true 5 days is hardly enough for an introduction. Re: "Berlin and its monuments," It's a lot easier if you understand who they are and the role they played when you see the monuments...Roon, Moltke, Bismarck, (all three at am Grossen Stern), Frederick the Great (das Reiterdenkmal) on Unter den Linden, the Great Elector, Blücher, Scharnhorst, Sophia Charlottenburg, and others
I am interested in hiring a guide to tour Berlin. Sounds like a great way to see the city especially if you are short on time. Can you tell me how much a guide charges or at least a ball park figure?
Private guides in Berlin usually charge anywhere from 45-70 € per hour. It depends on how big a group it is, so if it is just a small family, couple or solo, it should be at the low end. All of the tour companies offer private tours, so check out their websites for prices and see what specialties they offer. My personal recommendation would be "Jeremy the Berlin Expert" or any of the guides from Insider Tours or Gablinger Tours.
Thanks for the information....I have to admit I am pleasantly surprised, the rates are rather reasonable.