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.
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!