3 Alternative Ways to See Berlin

Berlin is an amazing city – there’s so much to see, and so many ways to do it! Like most major cities, there are walking tours, bus tours, bike tours, rickshaw tours… the list goes on. But, if you’re looking for something a little bit different, here are some options you might not have come across before.

Berlin view at night

Breathtaking view of Berlin

You’ve heard of car-sharing, but have you ever heard of flight-sharing? Thanks to a new company called Wingly, it’s now a reality! With the goal of democratising the world of aviation, Wingly connects pilots and passengers, delighting people with a passion for flying - at affordable prices. They offer a range of destination flights, and also sightseeing round-trips over various cities. Pilots add flights they have planned to the website and potential passengers can easily book via the online system.

Berlin view

We chose to do a round-trip over Berlin, which departed from Strausberg Airport. We immediately felt in safe hands with our friendly and knowledgeable pilot, Matthias. He clearly has a passion for what he does and talked us through all of the safety features of our little Cirrus before letting us in. Headphones on, microphones tested, seatbelts buckled – we were ready for take-off!

Berlin from above

We flew over central Berlin, with Matthias pointing out areas and buildings of interest, before heading out over the stunning lakes and forests that surround Berlin to the palaces of Potsdam and Wannsee. As a special treat on the way back, Matthias even flew over the main street of my little town in the south of Berlin! 45 minutes went by all too quickly and I can’t recommend the experience highly enough!

To book:

Go to Wingly and search for the flight you want. Prices vary.

How to get to the airport:

Strausberg Airport is about an hour’s drive from Berlin, and also easily accessible by public transport; the S5 will take you directly to Strausberg from Central Station in 52 minutes.

Berlin street view

At this stage, you’ve seen the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Museum Island, the TV Tower and most of the other famous landmarks. You’re itching to try something a little bit different. The Berlin Underworlds Association could be just what you’re looking for.

Berlin in the evening

If you’ve ever wondered what life was like for Berliners during the Second World War, these tours provide a fascinating insight. Going through an inconspicuous green door at Gesundbrunnen train station, you enter an old air-raid shelter that has been converted into a museum. You’ll explore the air-raid shelter with a passionate tour guide who will help bring the people’s stories to life through interesting anecdotes, artefacts and demonstrations. Tours are available in seven different languages but, unfortunately, you can’t book in advance so make sure you get to the ticket office early! Also, please note that photography is not allowed.

Ticket prices:

Tours start from €11.

How to get there:

The ticket office is located next to Gesundbrunnen station on the U8 line.

Berlin from a bed

Yes, you read that correctly. Thanks to the genius behind Berlin Horizontal, you can now lie in a comfortable double bed, cosy up under the duvet, and be taken around Berlin without ever being vertical. Of all the ways to see Berlin, I would have to say that this one is the most fun – I can’t remember when I last laughed so much!

Resting in a bed

Your funny, charming guide, Richard, will meet you at a designated point, provide you with little plastic slippers to put over your shoes, and make sure you’re utterly relaxed in bed before he pedals off. Be prepared to be the centre of attention as it’s not every day people see a double bed going down Berlin’s main streets. Everywhere you go, people will call out cheerfully, wave or take photos. A couple of people even wanted to hop into bed with us, and a bus driver stopped to take a photo of the show. I was grinning like a maniac and, at times, was giggling so uncontrollably, tears were running down my cheeks. You also perfect your royal wave in no time!

Amazing view on Berlin shopping center

We took a nicely winding route from Alexanderplatz to Brandenburg Gate, stopping off at Museum Island, the “Lust Garden”, Bebelplatz, Gendarmenmarkt, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and Tiergarten along the way, with Richard providing an entertaining commentary as we went. I asked him how he had come up with the idea to start Berlin Horizontal, and he told us that this very special rickshaw had been built for some sort of promotion but, after it had fulfilled its purpose, was left forgotten in a garage somewhere. Richard had rescued it from obscurity and started doing his thing. I’m so happy he did. As an added bonus at the end of the tour, Richard produced night-caps for us; he even has a reading lamp he can rig up for night-time tours. All in all, a fantastic, unmissable experience.

More information:

Tours start from €22.50 per person per hour. All photos taken by Richard are included in the price and he’s also happy to take pictures with the guests’ cameras.

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We are a married couple from Latvia who love to travel together. There is one thing that is really special about travelling, and that's how the passing of time changes during your trip. You can visit so many places and meet so many different people in just half a day – this time would fly by unnoticed during a working day at the office. Our conclusion is simple – everyone needs to travel more to really experience every second of their lives!

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