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Walking tour through the Nicolai Quarter in Berlin - the enchanting old town on the Spree river.

Tour information

Visit the “birthplace” of Berlin: the Nicolai Quarter (in German: Nikolaiviertel) which is located between the Spree river and the town hall with the imposing Nicolai Church in its center. After the destruction during WWII, the quarter was later rebuilt as a kind of open air museum with numerous nice coffees and restaurants with local cuisine. On this city tour, we will show you this piece of the old, original Berlin. Among other sites, we will visit the house of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, the “dragon slayer”, the “most beautiful corner” of Berlin and the smallest alley of the city.

Tour description

On the central Spree island lies the medieval nucleus of Berlin – the Nicolai Quarter. Almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, the GDR reconstructed historical buildings in 1987 and mixed them with new buildings that convey the illusion of an old town. The search for the origin of Berlin also takes us to the old inn called “Zum Nussbaum”, which once stood at another place, but was reconstructed and moved to the Nicolai Quarter. Today the Nicolai Quarter is a nice neighborhood with small souvenir shops, museums and restaurants with local cuisine.

Other highlights of the city tour are:

Berlin City Seal and Historic Fountain
Waterfront promenade on the Spree with the monument of the fighting St. George
Ephraim Palace – Rococo Palais with golden balcony bars
Nicolai Church – Berlin’s oldest church
Berlin City Hall – also called the “Red City Hall” because it is made of red bricks
Lessinghaus – home of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Eiergasse – the smallest alley of Berlin
Knoblauchhaus – Museum with original furnishings of the Biedermeier era

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