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?”
Walid's Berlin Tips
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.
Merren - Tour Guide
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!”
Merren's Berlin Tips
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.
Christin - Tour Guide
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.”
Christin's Berlin Tips
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.
Neil - Tour Guide
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.”
Neil's Berlin Tips
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!
Jürgen - Tour Guide
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!”
Jürgen's Berlin Tips
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.
Tobi - Tour Guide
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.”
Tobi's Berlin Tips
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.