Here in Berlin we like to name places in a very correct way so it comes as no surprise that Museum island is an actual island full of museums in the middle of Berlin. The city´s biggest Unesco world heritage sight and one of the most visited places in Berlin whilst the collections shown here have interestingly little to do with Berlin itself. We find the Romans, Egyptians, the Mesopotamians and Greek but not too much German or even Berlin in the exhibitions. The buildings and names behind the collections on the other hand tell the great story of Berlin´s becoming as an art metropolis through the ages of kings and queens, democrats and dictators. We will start our tour at the tip of Museum Island and a view out to the river Spree which has been Berlin´s life line since its beginning. From there we will wander along the many magnificent museums, have a closer look at the old and new buildings and hear the stories from the finding of the Nefertete and why Egypt wants to have it back to why the Pergamon altar was not taken out of the museum during WWII. And along the way we can also wave Hi to our chancellor Angela Merkel who lives next to Museum Island.
Arja has worked for over 13 years as a full-time tour guide in Berlin and all around Europe. She is a studied historian and passionate about all the big and small stories surrounding this beautiful city she calls home. Born and raised in Northwestern Germany, she came to Berlin after finishing university in Hamburg with a Masters degree in history and American literature and having traveled the world for 4 years. With her family roots in the city, she always felt drawn to the multitude of layers of life you can find in Berlin starting with her own family story. Telling stories is what she loves and meeting people from all over the world is the next best thing to traveling the world herself.
Arja has been guiding since Mar 2007
Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.
Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
03 April 2021
I appreciated her knowledge of Berlin and its history. Technology an issue. Took personal phone call during tour. Ongoing comments about COVID not necessary.
Christina (NYC) 🌇🏺🏛🦉 M.
29 March 2021
Enjoyed this tour very much
25 March 2021
She is very knowledgeable but we felt spent too much time commenting on things that had nothing to do with the tour.
25 March 2021
You on Ur first tour don't change a thing you was amazing your funny love how you act when your doing stuff
Christine (CA Red Hatter) C.
25 March 2021
Thanks for another interesting and entertaining tour!!
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