My guests come from around the world — sometimes single visitors, sometimes families, small or bigger groups; tourists, students or business people. Whether walking or bus tours, whether in a limousine or by public transport: My tours are always tailor-made to your expectations. Read the feedback of some of my clients.
Many thanks for a great day and for your company. It was so full of interesting facts and such an in depth explanation of Potsdam and the surrounds. We so enjoyed the post tour discussion at the hotel and without doubt gave us a deep insight into post war Germany – it was both moving and instructional.
New York City
Our tours with you were absolute highlights. You’re the best.
We wanted to thank you for making our visit to Potsdam so meaningful.
Thanks again for making our Berlin experience so enlightening and wonderful.
Thank you so much for such an insightful day in Berlin!
Everyone had such a good time. You were incredible and so knowledgeable, we learned a lot. We will definitely pass your contact on to any friends coming to Berlin.
We appreciate the start we had with you in Berlin. You started us off just right and we had little difficulty on our travels thru Germany, Czech Republic and Poland. We recommend you highly.
We have not quit talking about you and how invaluable you were to us in appreciating Berlin and most especially your personal stories of your family and you. It made it so memorable
David and I want to thank you again for a wonderful day. It was a pleasure spending the day with you and your tour was extraordinary.
Del Mar, California
Thank you so much for being a wonderful guide to us for the past two days! We thoroughly enjoyed every minute and think you are outstanding! You are extremely knowledgeable as well as compassionate with a very insightful pulse on the state of German affairs past and present. We could have listened to you for several more days and are very appreciative of the time you gave us.
Bernd was an excellent guide creating a vivid and memorable journey around Berlin and Potsdam. He brought the history alive and talked about the culture of the East and West that is still affecting the people today. We learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed our time with him, spending just the right amount of time at each location. Bernd’s knowledge about history is exceptional; his love for the city and kindness is first rate! Bernd is very personable and friendly. Thank you for being our guide.
Thanks again for a wonderful day! We so enjoyed meeting you and loved the tour to Potsdam!!!
Salt Lake City
We want to thank you again for an enjoyable and informative tour of Berlin. We both thoroughly enjoyed our day.
Thank you for a fabulous day. We both really enjoyed it. Your tour was engaging, informative and most interesting was your personal perspectives. We will certainly recommend you to our friends who visit Berlin.
The Briens and The Schechters just spent two truly delightful days with Bernd. We walked and talked and learned a great deal and every moment was worthwhile. We all appreciated Bernd’s first hand tales of the two Germanys, his depth of historical knowledge and his approach and manner. We have already recommended him to our travel agent.
Mike + Bret
New York City
A long overdue thank you for an exceptional day in Berlin. Our time with you was more than we even expected. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing as much as we did, but beyond that, valued your unique perspective throughout. AND, we went to Noto on Saturday night – it lived up to your great recommendation and review.
I want to thank so much for the excellent tour of Berlin. We very much enjoyed our time with you, You knowledge of the history and culture as well as your prospective having lived through the Berlin Wall period was very interesting to learn about and a great twist on a normal tour. Your knowledge was obvious and not read from a script like many tours. Your love for the city was likewise obvious. I will highly recommend your services to anyone wanting a first class guide for a tour of Berlin.
Carla + Billy
My husband and I had three days in Berlin and wanted to make the most of it. Bernd planned a day in Berlin and a half day in Potsdam for us to explore, and in particular, understand a complicated history. Bernd’s breadth of knowledge along with his personal perspective kept us enthralled. Hearing a first-hand account of Berlin’s occupation, the Wall coming down, and of the reunification of a city and a country with all its challenges and joys was truly a unique experience.
Bernd’s English is perfect! He is easy to listen to and easy to be around. He was prompt, courteous, and professional. His knowledge along with his anecdotal stories, both current and historical, made our time with him very special, indeed. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
Bernd provided six of us with a stimulating, educational, cultural tour of Potsdam. Bernd’s enthusiasm for his work was evident in every aspect of our day together. He is so knowledgeable about the history as well as the contemporary issues in Berlin and Potsdam. We traveled by public transit - easy as can be. We walked through Potsdam and relived the history through Bernd’s comments and stories. We had the most delicious lunch at the Dragon Pagoda on the grounds of the castle - don’t miss this! We finished our day with the best gelato in the Dutch section of Potsdam. All in all, a marvelous day with a new friend - Bernd is great!
Sonia, Juan and Evelyn
Berlin was the highlight of our Eastern Europe tour and you certainly made it very special. I can not begin to tell you how grateful we are for that memorable, one-of-a-kind private tour. The one that stood out to me was the personal experience you shared with us during the Cold War, you made everything that we witnessed on our tour so real with your own personal life story. It’s unbelievable. You were so kind and humble and a great server that you gave us your whole attention the days that you guided us. You are not only very knowledgeable, you know the history of Berlin , and the way you designed our tour was so organized, very informative, intellectual and very educational.
Thank you very much. We will contact you again the next time we visit Berlin. We need to go back. We fell in love with your city.
Carole and Michael Fleisher
New York City
Our experience with Bernd was wonderful. Not only does he have a terrific grasp of Berlin history from Medieval times to the present, his experience as a Berliner since his student days gives him a unique and personal perspective on the turbulent changes in Berlin during the 20th century, especially post WW 11, the division of the city and the fall of the Berlin wall.
Since he is a Berliner, he knows the neighborhoods and told us wonderful anecdotes from all of them. It is rare to have a tour guide as open about his own personal experiences and we greatly appreciated how warm and forthright he is.
In addition, he was extremely helpful teaching us how to navigate the transit system, suggest other sights that were of interest to us but could not be covered in the two days, as well as recommend restaurants.
We highly recommend him and would be eager to engage him again on our next visit!
Thank you Bernd! We all had a lovely day with you. John thinks you should be the voice on audio books. You are gracious, informed, and delightful to spend time with.
Jan + Craig, Jeff + Beth
All of us want to say thank you for what was truly an outstanding day of touring. Your historical and personal insights into the past, present and prospective future of Germany enlightened all of us and we haven’t stopped talking about our day!
We spent two days with Bernd, Berlin and Potsdam. Both tours were excellent. Bernd was exceptionally conscientious about communicating with us beforehand in order to to customize the tours to our tastes, abilities and knowledge levels. Personally, I had done some reading and research on Berlin before I came and found that Bernd could fill in many gaps and add a layer of history that added vastly to my understanding of the city and its Prussian history. Bernd gets my highest recommendation both as a student of history and a Berliner who has an understanding of and enthusiasm for the city.
Scott + Ron
We’ve travelled throughout the world and worked with many private tour guides. Rarely, do we work with a tour guide like you. It was obvious from first communications, you’re a true professional and sincerely care about the quality of your tours. We customized our tour and you delivered exactly what we discussed. We appreciate your vast knowledge of Potsdam and the well-organized day. Truthfully, we did not want the day to end! You far exceeded our expectations and rank at the top of the tour guides we worked with.
I had pretty high expectations about the benefits of our tours, which you far exceeded. Because of our time with you, we were able to get a much deeper and broader understanding of and appreciation for Berlin. We hope to come back, and will contact you if we do. And we will strongly recommend you to any friends traveling to Berlin.
We had a terrific time and the balance of our Germany excursions. We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to help us rediscover such a beautiful and cultural city. It made our limited time well spent along with your expert knowledge for the various parts of the city. You made our trip to Berlin extra special!!!
Thank you for your interesting and insightful tour of Berlin! We had a good time, learned a tremendous amount and only wish that we had had more time with you.
We had a great time yesterday. You are an amazing guide and a gift for lucky tourists like us!! Thank you again. Come visit us in Colorado!
It was by far the best day of our travels overseas.
You were a highlight of the trip. You have amazing knowledge and enhanced our understanding of the strengths and struggles of Berlin and Germany.
Our time touring Berlin with Bernd was the highlight of our stay in Germany. He was well-informed of course, but also provided a unique perspective having lived in Berlin before and after the Wall came down. With his encyclopedic knowledge of German history and culture over the last 2 centuries, Bernd was able to design two days of touring that exceeded our every expectation.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with you. You really tailored the tour to WWII sites and background that we requested. Of all our tours in Europe to date I enjoyed yours the most. Our boys enjoyed it as well since you were able to mix in sites that captured their attention as well. I am definitely going to recommend you to anyone I know traveling to Berlin in the future.
I cannot thank you enough for your thoughtful, interesting, and informative tour of Potsdam. My family was extremely with your planning of the trip from the minute you picked us up at our hotel until delivering us back 9 hours later. We learned so much about the history of Germany and you made it extremely fun to learn about the history with the stories you gave us…that only a historian like yourself would know. I certainly recognized the extra steps you took to make our tour great such as pre-arranging our transfers, finding a perfect restaurant for lunch, and finding little known spots that are historically significant, but off the regular tourists path!
I would strongly recommend your services to travelers to Berlin seeking a well-planned tour with private guide that has a great and personal understanding of Germany’s history. Having lived in Berlin during the fall of the Wall, you can speak with great understanding and appreciation about Germany’s history. Our only regret is that we did not have more time after a full 9 hours to spend with you!
We had a fantastic tour with Berndt, he was extremely knowledgeable, charismatic and a great communicator. Berlin is daunting (in a good sense) and without Bernd’s guidance, it would have been a real challenge to get a feel of the place. Before our arrival, he emailed us with some great recommendations of restaurants, bars and areas we could visit. During our walking tour, he seamlessly took us from past to present with a lot of insider info and an objective outlook. An amazing city to visit with Bernd’s tour being an absolute highlight!
Bernd Gutberlet is a world-class guide. Knowledgeable, approachable, and very easy to be with, he infuses his tours with his personal experiences. A historian, by profession, he not only shares events and dates but is skilled at conveying a broader context. Easily jumping from the present to the past, Bernd has a sweeping command of history, politics, culture, media, psychology, literature, art and geography. Our six hours together was a joyful mix of walking tour, graduate seminar and a great first date.
Seattle, Washington, USA
The one-on-one tour I took with Bernd was the best tour I’ve ever taken. Bernd is incredibly knowledgable and I can’t wait to get back to Berlin for another tour.
My sons and I all learned so much from you about Berlin, its people, and its history. Your tour was both enlightening and inspiring. We recommend your tour most highly to all of our friends who visit Berlin!
The level of detail, your knowledge and way of interacting and scoping the whole tour were simply not just an enjoyable but an unforgettable memory. Far from your typical mass-made tours, I would not only recommend you but encourage anyone who is looking for the „real“ Berlin experience to look you up.
Lori & Jared Barnett
The tour was amazing!! Thank you so very much!!! Jared can’t stop talking about the tour and your vast amount of knowledge. After our first two days of Berlin, we felt a void but you brought Berlin alive for us. Of all of our guides, you were the best. Thanks for all of the information.
Marion und Daniel
Die Tour über Berlin als Hauptstadt des Kalten Krieges hat uns beiden großen Spaß gemacht und wir haben viel dabei gelernt. Chapeau!
23 | 07 | 2014
Beatrice und Werner Christen
Wir waren letzten Samstag in Berlin und durften Sie/dich als Privat-Reiseführer erleben. Wir möchten uns nochmals ganz herzlich für die ganz spezielle Trabi-Tour, die wir sehr genossen haben, und die nicht zuletzt dank Ihren/deinen ausführlichen Erklärungen und persönlichen Geschichten für uns zu einem ganz besonderen Erlebnis geworden ist.
Sie haben mit Ihrem/deinem Engagement die besondere Note, die man von einer solchen Tour erwartet, in unseren Berlin-Aufenthalt gebracht – wir werden die Trabi-Tour noch lange in Erinnerung behalten.
09 | 10 | 2014
I don’t know how to thank you for one of the most amazing days ever. In a few short hours, you accomplished what would have taken me days, weeks, or even months to learn on my own!
I can’t tell you how excited and energized I felt to learn about Berlin—to “decode” the city—through your eyes and your experiences. … The full impact of everything that you shared with me emerged slowly over the course of the days that followed.
22 | 09 | 2014
Frank, Jane, Mary and Jaan,
Thank you for the wonderful tour you gave us around Berlin. I speak for all of us when I say that your tour was one of the highlights of the trip. It was interesting seeing sections of the city that most tourists do not see.
It was particularly interesting hearing your description of events the day the wall fell. Berlin is obviously a beautiful and important city and you are fortunate to be one of its historians.
09 | 06 | 2014
Heute komme ich endlich mal dazu, Dir – auch im Namen meiner Freundin Gabi – recht herzlich für die super schöne Sightseeing-Tour am Samstag zu danken. Wir hatten einen riesen Spaß!
Wir haben am Samstag Abend übrigens Deinem Tipp Folge geleistet und waren in „Clärchens Ballhaus“. Ich kann nur sagen: EIN SUPER TIPP VON DIR!!!! Wir haben Stunden auf der Tanzfläche verbracht und fanden es dort wirklich super schön. Also Bernd, nochmals vielen vielen Dank … und wenn wir das nächste Mal in Berlin sind … dann buchen wir Dich wieder … einen anderen Guide wollen wir nicht… ;-))
06 | 06 | 2014
Super Guide, der Bernd!
27 | 05 | 2014
Herzlichen Dank für Ihre tolle Führung und ihre freundliche und überaus kompetente Art!