Our Local Experts Share Their Berlin Favorites
Merren is an Aussie larrikin who has been living in Berlin since 2013. Having German grandparents, she wanted to get to know more about her heritage and was attracted to the vivacious, edgy, unassuming nature of the capital. She’s always up for a beer and is guaranteed to give you a stirring rendition of the Hof at the Brandenburg Gate.
“I think you’d be hard-pressed to find another city in the world with so many layers of history all meshed together and intertwined than right here in Berlin. Becoming a tour guide has been an incredibly rewarding way to connect with the history of Germany, and a great way to meet people from all over the globe!”
The Day City Tour as it’s the best way to get an overview of Berlin’s multifaceted history – from the Prussians to the Russians, Third Reich to the 21st Century melting pot that is Berlin.
East Side Gallery. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve walked that stretch of Wall with a kebap in one hand, beer in the other, contemplating those painted representations of the Cold War division.
It’s a little off the beaten track, but head out to the former Stasi Prison out at Hohenschönhausen. It’ll give you very interesting insight into the workings of the GDR's political justice system.
Andrew is a Wisconsin boy who studied History at UW-Madison. He joined the Berlin family two years ago following a stint with the Fat Tire team in Paris, and he’s also been a guide in Prague. After first visiting us here in 2009 though, he knew he would just have to live in Berlin some day!
“I wish everyone could come to Berlin with time to explore the greenness around the city. This is a place surrounded by endless biking, hiking, camping and swimming opportunities. (Feel free to get a Fat Tire trekking bike to get you moving!)”
The Day City Tour – the ride through the lush Tiergarten and the beer garden stop will make your day!
Treptower Park and the Soviet War Memorial. This is one of the most impressive monuments you’ll see in Europe and it will blow your mind.
Sunday is the best day to be in the city as you get to go to the market at Mauer Park. It’s super fun and you can witness the best karaoke you’ll see in your life.
Marriette is a Berlin veteran originally from the Lake District in Northern England. Her planned three-month stay in Berlin after university started a decade ago and you will now find Marriette dividing her days amongst Segway tours, her sewing machine, finding vintage treasures at Berlin’s many flea markets and enjoying lively open air parties.
“Berlin is rough around the edges to say the least. It’s a living breathing entity and many a traveler have succumbed to its magnetic draw. The city pulls no punches; it’s very unapologetic, it’s raw, and it’s in a constant state of evolution.”
The Cold War Tour because you get to go into the coolest part of the city and see it in a historical sense rather than just for its bar and restaurant vibe.
Oberbaumbrücke as it has an amazing history dating back to the 1700’s and today connects the two most vibrant neighborhoods of Berlin.
Get down to Görlitzer Park in the summer – such a great place for a picnic, prosecco and people watching!
Walid is an ex-Londoner with extensive tour guiding experience and endless stories after 10 years in Berlin. He lives for discussing the depressing division of the city while taking in the edgy street art scene and death-defying graffiti bombing endeavors. He has a talent for weaving an entertaining educational narrative about the recent past and history’s impact on modern-day Berlin.
“My favourite thing about guiding is summer sunshine riverside segwaying with the wind blowing through all three remaining hairs on my scalp! In what other city can you see historic landmarks, graffitied buildings with four lettered "opinions" about the state of increasing capitalism, remnants of The Wall and a deserted ferris wheel from one spot?”
Berlin Wall Segway Tour because, content wise, the stories are not only so recent, relatable, dramatic, and sometimes downright weird, but they also bring the New Berlin to life.
Bona-Peiser-Weg/Kopernicker Straße 137 on Segway Wall tour. You get a 360° horizon-to-horizon panoramic view from the historic city center to the Eastern suburbs along the River Spree.
While everyone is asleep on Sunday mornings, you have the perfect opportunity to relive your childhood and ride bikes through empty, stunning, glorious streets and parks.
Jürgen is someone you could literally call a world citizen – he’s half German, born in Brazil, yet grew up in India! He moved to Germany at age 18 and, in his years studying Biology in Bremen, he increasingly felt the draw to the amazing and dynamic city of Berlin. When not on tour, he’s studying History and Theory of Culture, writing movie reviews and even producing films as well.
“Berlin is just crazy! It's dynamic, constantly evolving and you'll never get bored. Even after living here for seven years I still love to walk/bike around town to explore. Everyday you'll discover something new, something exciting. Whether it is a café, new street artist or piece of history – it’s amazing!”
The Cold War tour as this was a period that defined much of the 20th century and still influences (geo)politics today. Berlin was right in the heart it and is the city where ideologies truly clashed.
The Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe. It doesn’t come with dates, names or sentences describing historical events, but is a memorial that pulls you in, and asks you to interpret it for yourself.
For a great breakfast, head down to Neukölln to a little café called Roamer's. It's cozy (they only have five tables) with amazing food! Go for the beetroot sandwich or an egg dish. Trust me.
Alex is a wry, charming and knowledgeable Canadian who lives for life on the bike. When he’s not rocking a Fat Tire cruiser, you’ll find Alex out on the wide-open roads around Europe going as far and high as his wheels will take him. In spite of this, he’s tied to Berlin for the history, the beer, the nightlife and the döner kebap.
“Berlin has an incredible sense of freedom that I can't get enough of - you can do whatever you want, all the time. It's got such a recent history that is so rich and raw and can be discovered around every corner.”
Modern Berlin- This gives you a great opportunity to focus on the counter culture, progressive thought and creative spirit that makes modern-day Berlin.
The famous Turkish Market that takes place along the river in Kreuzberg (and which you visit on the Modern Tour!). It’s such a delicious, colorful and bustling affair!
The best way to get from point A to point B is by bike. While the train system is fantastic, it’s a pity to spend most of your journey underground. Feel the wind in your hair!
Tobi, our charming, bona fide, East German gentleman, is a carpenter-by-trade from the quaint town of Quedlinburg. Mr Sparsbrod (literally "Funny Bread") grew up under the communist regime but made the move to more liberal climes here after the fall of the Wall. These days you’ll find him whizzing around in the summer sunshine loving life on Fat Tire Segways.
“Being a genuine East German, I really enjoy being able to answer the many questions people have about what life was really like growing up behind the Iron Curtain. My stories about the joys of sucking bananas are always a favorite. Strangely.”
I love the Segway Wall Tour. It's a new one and it’s such a nice complement to the Classic Segway tour.
The Tiergarten. It's like a fairy tale fantasy and I love being able to de-stress with a ride through the park after a long day.
Shop at Lidl discount supermarkets. They have everything you need at low low prices. They're much better presented than Aldi and Pacey, my cat, loves their liver pate.
Cian hails from the city of Dublin, bringing to the Fat Tire team his Irish gift for talking too much, and a real passion not only for history but also cycling in general. He was taken by Berlin early on, having visited every year from the age of 17. When not on a bike, Cian is relaxing in Berlin's parks or brewing his own craft beer.
"Berlin has always fascinated me with its unique culture, rawness and energy. Everyday I can't help but feel inspired and amazed by this city. It is filled with creative and interesting people and it has an atmosphere like nowhere I've ever been."
Third Reich tour. This is only a 12-year period in Germany's long history, but it is such a formative and fascinating time to explore in the ex-Nazi capital.
Siegessäule/Tiergarten. There are few nicer things than riding through the Tiergarten on a beautiful summer’s day and stopping to admire the incredible golden Victory Column at its centre.
During those long summer evenings that Berlin is famous for, grab a beer and a picnic and soak up the great atmosphere in Volkspark Friedrichshain. You can even witness the beautiful Berlin obsession with barbecuing first hand.
Julien, affectionately known in the Fat Tire world as “Skein”, is our charming Zoo shop manager and all-round office guru. Having been with the company since 2006, Julien knows the Fat Tire brand inside out and is on hand to help you with anything bike or Berlin-related!
“Coming from a small town and moving to Berlin in 1998, it was amazing to encounter this constantly changing and evolving city with its cultural diversity and freedom. That was a great and overwhelming experience, and still to this day, I have this funny feeling of vacation when I walk the streets on a day off.”
The Gardens and Palaces of Potsdam Tour, because you can enjoy riding through beautiful parks and see stunning lakes, palaces and quaint architecture.
East Side Gallery because of the art and the messages behind it, but also for the changes taking place in that area which are so representative for the repercussions of the Cold War.
Go to Dolden Mädel in Kreuzberg – delicious food and craft beer in a great neighbourhood, what else can you ask for?
Christin is an original Berlinerin, a rare and beautiful breed these days. She studied Art History and Anthropology and now spends her days leading Segway tours around her home city. She’s tried to escape a couple of times to the likes of Dublin and London, but always feels that insatiable pull back to Berlin.
“I love Berlin because of the people. It has become so multicultural and I adore watching the change and being part of it. I like to emphasize this on my tours as it’s important to not only give a detailed historical story of Berlin, but to also explain the changes and new influences I’ve seen take effect.”
The Classic City tour is a highlight-packed tour that takes you to Berlin's must-see sites. And doing it on a Segway is a unique way to tour Berlin!
"Der verlassene Raum" (The Desserted Room) at Koppenplatz. It belongs to the project The Hidden Spaces and is a memorial dedicated to the work of Jewish citizens in Berlin.
Visit the “Global Stone – A worldwide peace project” in the Tiergarten. In such a politically charged city, this is an undertaking free of historical, political and ideological burdens, which is quite refreshing.
Julian hails from Toronto, Canada, and originally came to Berlin in 2008 to study German history and cultural anthropology. He is now our Fat Tire Guide Manager, a job that might be reminiscent of his pre-Berlin days when you would have found him captaining tall ships on the wide-open seas. In this time he managed to cross the Atlantic on an 11-meter sailboat – an amazing feat!
“I chose Berlin because it is the city my grandmother grew up in. After spending two months here, I was hooked. Following a few years back in Toronto I decided to make the permanent move over. Four years later I'm still here and loving my adopted home.”
The Potsdam tour, as it's such a relaxing day getting out of the city and enjoying the beautiful gardens of this gorgeous village. And who doesn't love palaces and talking about dead Prussian kings!
Tempelhof Airport - it's not only an incredible building, but the massive open space in the middle of a large metropolis is something you just don't see anywhere else.
Get down and enjoy a sunset at Tempelhof. The way people use that space is something that I find fascinating and inspiring.
Kevin is not only an accomplished tour guide, but during the off-season is heavily involved in a number of projects as part of Berlin’s world-class film festival, the Berlinale. A man of many talents, he also works as an ice-skating and hockey coach, a mentor for asylum seekers and refugees, and makes time to be a puppy-daddy to his beloved Luba.
“I fell in love with the sense of spontaneity, creativity, and possibility that pervades Berlin when I arrived in 2004, particularly the DIY urban oasis of Kreuzberg where community projects in public space were plentiful, rent was negligible, and any excuse to dance along the post-militarized riverfront was golden.”
The Cold War tour because the history is so recent and its effects are very much still alive in the architecture and people of the city.
Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park. The landscape architecture and socialist realist sculptural elements are incredible and make a stunning impression.
One way or another, make your way out to the Soviet War Memorial. The place also has a reflective silence that I return to often, and it is a place charged with different meanings.
Neil, the tall, charming, English gentleman with a passion for art, design and sport, is one of our Third Reich specialists and most experienced Fat Tire guides. He came to Berlin for the 2006 World Cup and even after living here for over nine years, he loves the way the city always manages to surprise him.
“I was searching for a different way of life and found the individuals and lifestyle in Berlin better suited to me. It’s a beautiful and accepting city to live in despite its turbulent past. I personally feel it is the most important city in Europe in terms of its recent past, and the near future.”
The Day City Tour, as it gives the best overview for a first time visitor and an excellent insight into the numerous facets of Berlin’s history.
The Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park. This place is epic – an awe-inspiring monument with a wonderful atmosphere in one of Berlin’s prettiest parks. It’s a place to feel solemn and yet also inspired.
Berlin is so green and surrounded by beautiful forests and waterways. Get out and go for a swim in one of the numerous lakes around the city. My favourites include: Plotzensee, Weissensee, Liebnitzsee!
Rebecca is our go-to person for all forms of bookings and customer enquiries. A lover of languages, Rebecca speaks English, German, Italian, Norwegian and a little Spanish. She is often found training on one of the many athletics tracks in the city, reading German books, brunching with friends in Prenzlauer Berg and enjoying films at independent cinemas.
"I have lived in many cities in Europe but have always been drawn back to Berlin. The city has a sense of freedom and energy that I cannot find elsewhere. History is around every corner, creative spaces are abundant and the nightlife is unique. There really is never a dull moment here!”
Third Reich Tour as it goes to one of my favourite areas in Berlin - Große Hamburger Straße - with Stolpersteine, the Missing House, the Alte Jüdische Friedhof, Sophienkirche and bullet holes in the walls. You can really reflect on the city's history here.
Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand, a site of remembrance, political studies, active learning, documentation, and research illustrating resistance to National Socialism.
Enjoy Turkish food at Hasir at Kottbusser Tor. There are over 400,000 people of Turkish-decent in Berlin, making this a wonderful place to indulge in some authentic cuisine.