The Hub of Power

(85 reviews)
Government District, Berlin, Germany
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Take a tour and follow Martin as he takes you through Berlin's government district which is dotted with exciting, new architecture, but also some spectacular old buildings such as the legendary Russian Embassy, built in Stalinist Classicist style. See the Chancellery, the building from which Angela Merkel works her magic, and get a good look at the deeply steeped in history Reichstag building. The tour finishes as the Memorial for the Murdered Sinti and Roma People of Europe.


Meet your local guide

Martin

Berlin’s stunning landscape can stupefy you. Home to over 200 parks, forests and green spaces, and over a hundred lakes - replete with beautiful lidos and sandy beaches - it’s one of the greenest cities in the world. Martin helps you discover all this, and more! Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010 and experienced a potpourri of different cultures. At university, he explored German history and studied German-Jewish exile organizations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis. Following his graduation, he was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organized by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. This led Martin back to Berlin, and he re-discovered the city he had left long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. Since then, his tours have been peppered with adventures and exciting stories, ranging from European cultures to celebrities like Marlene Dietrich. “I once gate-crashed the building where David Bowie used to live in Berlin with a customer who was a huge David Bowie fan and ‘bumped’ into a resident who promptly invited us to have coffee!” he says.

Martin has been guiding since May 2011


What to expect

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.


Why are they tip-supported?

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.


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How to join

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.


Reviews from travellers

Reesa B.

13 February 2021

I am beginning to wonder if I will ever tire of touring Berlin with Martin? Every single tour he does, brings forth more interesting facts that and I ever learned about during history classes. Yesterday was a frigid, bright sunny day in Berlin and that was a beautiful backdrop to visit all the “Hub of Power” buildings that he showed us. The architecture was so different in all of them. And the history! Thank you Martin, for yet another exceptional tour in Berlin.

Nathalie F.

12 February 2021

Thank you very much Martin for this magical and original tour ! See you 😉

Lorna C.

12 February 2021

We need a 10* button! Martin spoke non stop for an hour and a quarter on what could be considered a dull subject. His honesty and depth of knowledge of his subject was even more detailed today so he left us all speechless. I have never seen a tour so quiet. His tours should be promoted as a must-see as his ability is unparalleled. VT has found a jewel here.

Jen M.

12 February 2021

Brilliant as usual.

Tish W.

12 February 2021

5 stars? More like 20. Martin regaled us for over an hour with an in-depth history of the area and a fantastic overview of Berlin's architectural wonders. Not to be missed.


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