Diverse, contemporary and artistic, Berlin is one of the great cultural cradles of Europe, a capital city of intense contrast and divisive heritage. From its origins as a pivotal trade route in the 13th century to its harrowing division throughout the Cold War, the city has long been at the forefront of global political and cultural change, staking its claim as one of the world’s most influential and essential cities.
At Emerald Waterways, our Tour Extensions give you the option to explore Berlin before or after an enriching river cruise on the Rhine and Danube. Experience the city’s imperial heritage at Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island and the Reichstag, or trace its Cold War legacy at Checkpoint Charlie and the inimitable Berlin Wall. Remnants of the feared Third Reich can be seen at Hitler’s Bunker, The Topography of Terror, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, while the city’s legacy as an artistic and cultural melting pot is best experienced in the colourful Kreuzberg district.
Journeying to Berlin as part of an upcoming European river cruise? Read our guide for the city’s must-see sights, the hidden gems and culinary delights as well as facts and information to know before your visit.