Hilke was an outstanding guide. We feel so lucky we were able to book this tour last minute. She was very knowledgeable, personable and had a great sense of humor. We truly enjoyed the walking tour, amazing how much we got to see and learn about Berlin. It never felt rushed, she was very accommodating and helpful and her food recommendations turned out great. We highly recommend Hilke if you want to have a good sense of the history, culture and architecture of this beautiful city in just a few hours. Eva Doblas, United States, Juli 2017

Hilke was great. She was extremely informative, provided the right amount of time for each place visited, and gave us tremendous insight into present day Berlin and the impact of its history on the citizens. Very valuable tour led by a wonderful huide. I would ask for her again. Darryl Solberg, United States, Juni 2017

Great guide and great tour. We have learned a lot and really enjoyed the tour. Elena Sidorenko, United States, Juni 2017

It was our first time visiting Berlin. All 6 of us had an incredible time. Hilke, our guide, was amazing as was Peter, our driver. Cannot say enough about this tour company and their personnel. Highly recommend. Kelly Segina, United States, Juni 2017

Excellent! Tailored the tour to our interests- very knowable!
Angela Caughlin, United States
Mai 2017

Hilke was GREAT!!! Ask for her if she is available. You will be very happy.
Luke Jacobellis, United States
Mai 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the 2 full days we spent with Hilke & we highly recommend her! Hilke is personable, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Whereas we originally planned to go to Potsdam on the second day we quickly realized just how much there is to see in Berlin! Hilke was able to show us not just the tourist sites we didn't hit on our first day, but also some lesser known sites. With the next 2 days on our own, Hilke was great about giving recommendations to museums & sites she felt we would enjoy.
Marcia Fox, United States
Mai 2017

Hilke was wonderful. It was unseasonably warm in Berlin on the day of our tour. And since I was traveling with my parents who are in their 60s, I asked her for transport options in case they got tired or too warm. She changed the itinerary a bit so that we could cool off as we headed from one tourist area to another. Her English and knowledge of the historical sights of Berlin are both excellent and I highly recommended her tour to anyone who would like an overview of Berlin.
Myra Sy, Manila, Philippinen
Mai 2017

Hilke was very informative and personable. I would definitely recommend her to anyone visiting Berlin.
Ruth Baker, United States
April 2017

Hilke was knowledgeable, interesting and read our interests like an expert. In addition she was fun to be with. We had interesting discussions about what we saw and overall passed a very enjoyable day with her. It was cold and like magic Hilke supplied a much appreciated hat.
Erwin Wall, United States
April 2017

Hilke was wonderful, adapting the schedule to our wish-list and continuing the tour well past the official end time. She took us to all the things we wanted to see and more. We very much appreciated a great day out. Thank you!
Craig Breheny, Großbritannien
Feb. 2017

Hilke is an excellent tour guide and a delightful person. We thoroughly enjoyed her tour of historical and modern Berlin, along with her personal, native-Berliner stories which provided a rich context for the once-divided city. Highly recommended.
Richard Krauss, United States
Dez. 2016

We five spent two full days with Hilke--Berlin and Potsdam. I don't know how we could have had a more informative, useful, enjoyable experience! We covered a lot of ground in a relatively short amount of time. She was A+, a 100 on a scale of 100 and we would recommend her to others without hesitation!
George Overend, United States
Okt. 2016

Hilke is an excellent guide. She is very personable, with a great amount of knowledge about Berlin. She was able show us how to get around the city, in addition to showing us all of the places we wanted to see in Berlin. We highly recommend her.
Joseph Jenkins, Unites States
Okt. 2016

Hilke was very knowledgeable, flexible and accommodating. We enjoyed her candid comments about Berlin and her advice about other sites and activities to experience beyond the tour.
Robert Martin, United States
Okt. 2016

Excellent! We loved the tour! It was very insightful and nice. We fully recommend Hilke as a tour guide.
Maria Guizado, Panama
Sept. 2016

Wonderful tour with Hilke on 29 September 2016. She has an excellent knowledge of the city and its history. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire day.
Carol Schoeneich, United States
Sept. 2016

Hilke took us around Berlin for a day tour and she was very knowledgeable, flexible on site visits and the best addition to our Berlin discovery! She shared a lot of experiences she had in Germany during the period of the wall and gave us a deeper understanding of how life was before and after, and how differences still remain. Able to show us many aspects of Berlin, always nice and smiling and with a great sense of humor! 10 out of 10! We would warmly recommend her.
Liliana and Laurent, Genf
Okt. 2016

Hilke was kind, knowledgeable and provided a perspective we could not have gotten without hiring a local. While planning our trip, Hilke responded quickly and fully and we were able to provide our group of 11 travelers a strong view of Germany during WWII as well as now. During the Tour, our group had a few last minute requests, which showed her agility to plan on the fly - we were so lucky to work with Hilke and would recommend her to anyone planning a tour in the Berlin Area.
Karen Tveita, United States
Sept. 2016

Hilke did an outstanding job of showing our group Potsdam and Berlin. She arranged a great tailored agenda and gave us enough time at each of the stops to learn. She is very knowledgeable about these cities and their history. We highly recommend Hilke.
Wayne Snodgrass, Colorado
August 2016

We loved Hilke! We had her for two tours, one city tour for Berlin and a second day tour to Wittenberg. She was very knowledgeable, interesting, accomodating and we could not have been happier. Her driver, Peter is also very good and the vehicle is excellent.
Carol Casey, United States
Sept. 2016

Hilke is a wonderful guide. Knowledgeable, friendly and easy to be with. Very accommodating This was the first time we Used this service and based upon our experience we will use them again.
Robert Glick, United States
Sept. 2016

Intelligent, knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. Our conversations went well beyond simply visiting sites and their histories.
Barry Beckermann
Juli 2016

Hilke was an amazing tour guide. My group of 8 young and old adults walked around Berlin for three days and Potsdam for one day with Hilke guiding us every step of the way. She was kind, funny, and extremely knowledgeable about German history and society. She tailored the tour to our group's interests and was always on time and professional. 10 out of 10!
Hang-Wah Moy
Juni 2016

We had a great tour. Our boat docked two hours north of Berlin. We had a mini bus there waiting for us! we were some of the first off the ship and going into the city! A great tribute to good planning by our guide. Our driver was excellent & we felt very safe. We would recommend our tour guide, Hilke, to other people going to Berlin.
Stephen Chenin
Juni 2016

We had a fantastic tour by Hilke and we would highly recommend her. She was most informative; witty; very knowledgeable and highly personable. We were a small group of 9 and she related to each and everyone of us. As a regular user of this web site l have never to date been let down by either the quality or service of the tour guides employed.
Morris Robinson
Juni 2016

Hilke was a knowledgeable and personable guide. She guided us on two different tours of East Berlin sites on succeeding days and was equipped to share as much information as we required at every location. Or group contained one teen-ager, one adult with general interests and one older history buff who was confined to a wheel chair. Hilke was able to relate easily with all of us. She knew how to avoid steps so that using the wheel chair was not to inconvenient. I would highly recommend her as your guide
Coyne Quinn
Juni 2016

We had an excellent tour with Hilke. She was very knowledgable and included everything we were interested in seeing. We were able to get a flavor of the different areas in the city and included all the highlights!
Merna Spitzer
Juni 2916

This was one of the best ways to see a new City. We only had a couple of days in Berlin and finding all the stuff we saw on our own would have been impossible. Even if we had found it all, we might not have know much about what we were looking at. Hilke was great and very knowledgeable. Having a van to change locations was also great on tired feet.
Jennifer Thayer
Mai 2016

Hilke is an automaton! We did a 6 hour walking tour of Berlin and she was ready for more. We reviewed our points of interest in the beginning and she hit them all, plus some.It was a brisk tour with lots to cover but she was so personal and focused it whisked by. My 14 year old sons were totally engrossed with her knowledge and commentary. Immense knowledge of Belin/Germany origins,WW2, Cold war, and current lifestyles. If you want to do Berlin right, book Hilke!
Richard Geyer
April 2016

We spent 5 days with Hilke. Each day she showed us another face of Berlin. Her knowledge of German history is extensive with significant insight. She was flexible and able to meet the needs of 6 people. We strongly recommend her as a guide.
Joan Jarvis
April 2016

Our tour with Hilke in Berlin was awesome. We requested an intimate introduction to the city, and were delighted with Hilke's knowledge of the political history and willingness to discuss the issues frankly and in detail. Per our request she took us to several unusual sites, and deftly navigated around the half-marathon today. The driver was also great. 5 stars out of 5!
David Rossum
April 2016

Hilke gave us a great tour in Berlin. She is thorough, friendly and adjusts her itinerary to your taste easily. Hilke knows her history very well and can relate today's Berlin to its past. We enjoyed her very much.
Judith Ban
März 2016

We had a fantastic tour of Berlin with Hilke. She covered an amazing amount of the city in just 4 hours. Due to her immense knowledge and enthusiasm we have fallen in love with Berlin. We'll return one day soon and continue our exploration- of course with Hilke.
Barbara Vacketta, United States
Nov. 2015

I can't recommend Hilke enough. This was our first visit to Berlin and the tour was very informative and enjoyable. Hilke is very knowledgeable and friendly, and her English is excellent. If you are looking for a perfect way to start a trip to Berlin this is it. There were 8 of us in our group ages ranging from 44yrs to 64yrs and Hilke tailored the trip to meet our needs. I would definitely use Hilke again. Thank you for a great first day in Berlin!!
Paula Wheeler, United Kingdom
Nov. 2015

We will recommend Hilke to friends and relatives visiting Berlin. Not only is she knowledgeable about German and Berlin history, she was able to relate intelligently to each age level of our family group (ages 10, 45. 70, 90). We regret our time with her was so short.
Robert Drucker, United States
Nov. 2015

Hilke was a great tour guide. She walked me over the main sights of the city and took me to some places I would have never found on my own. A great experience.
Mark Hoose, United States
Nov. 2015


Hilke was informative, friendly, and flexible. We couldn't have asked for more. We got a real feel for the whole city. The emphasis was on the historical sites (as that was our greatest interest,) but we also got a good feel for several neighborhoods and a general orientation. Hilke was very easy to talk with and ask questions of. Her English is flawless. She shared many insights into life in Berlin -- past and present. Went beyond and above with suggestions (and help planning) activities after tour, too.
Kathy Fitzer
Okt. 2015

I want you to know that this lady is wonderful and made my wife and I enjoy a most educational and enlightening day in Berlin. The 8 hours of touring and learning was exceptional and we would recommend here service to any visitor to the nation of Germany and city of Berlin...
Joseph Micatrotto
Okt. 2015

Hilke was very friendly and customized the tour based on my interests. We explored all the major sites of Berlin in 4 hours. I got a view into the personal impact of Berlin's history through someone that lived it.
Trish Nettleship-Jones
Sept. 2015

Hilke is an exceptional guide and made Berlin come alive for us. She offered many little known facts in addition to discussing the history of Berlin. Peter was our driver and did a wonderful job in the traffic. We could not have had a better tour guide and Hilke was excellent in giving us a tour based on our interests. She is very knowledgeable and made our vacation something special. I would book with her again if we come back to Berlin!
Margaret Anne Myslinsky
Sept. 2015

I enjoyed our trip to Potsdam with Hilke. She was very knowledgeable and went out of her way to accommodate our family group including our granddaughters, ages 9, 14 and 16. She was on time and I appreciated being picked up at our hotel for the tour in the mini-van. Hilke has a very pleasant personality and is an excellent guide.
Janet Turk
August 2015

Hilke was absolutely fabulous. She was friendly, kind and extremely knowledgeable. There were 8 of us, including 3 teenage boys. She captured everyone's attention and presented the history and culture in a way we will remember. Highly recommend this tour. Thanks, Georgia and Family
Georgia Heitmann
August 2015

Hilke made Berlin "come alive" for us. She was cordial, punctual, and most knowledgeable. We would recommend her most highly.
H. Ellington, United States
Juli 30/15

Hilke Was the very best! She had the knowledge that most would not. She was easy and flexible to whatever we needed. See took us to a great German Restaurant and was there to handle every detail. Her knowledge of history and current events is immeasurable. Note your normal your guide... but really lives and breathes Berlin...... Book her for as any day as you can....... We will be back to tour with her.......
Mark Ficklin, United States
Juli 28/15

Our time spent with Hilke in Berlin was delightful. Hilke was gracious, well informed, and enthusiastic. She took us on a 6 hour whirlwind tour of Berlin: both its Jewish quarters and sites and other places of more general historic importance. We enjoyed her company very much, and we learned a tremendous amount about the city, both before, during and after WWII.
Donna Wares, United States
Juli 2015

Hilke is one of the best tour guides I have used. She is outgoing, friendly, super knowledgeable about Berlin's history as well as current information. I can't say enough about how good she is - I would absolutely recommend her for anyone coming to Berlin. The money spent on a tour guide is well worth every penny.
Carolyn Schultz, United States
April 2015

An excellent tour by a very friendly and informative guide. She contributed to making our trip to Berlin very special.
Stuart Priestley, Great Britain
April 2015

Excellent day despite the weather. Hilke is very knowledgeable and very accommodating. She is a very pleasant lady, and I was glad to spend the day with her to see Berlin.
Joyce Gunawan, Indonesien
März 2015

Hilke provided our 6-person group an extremely informative and satisfactory Potsdam tour. The excellent tour included van service to-and-from Potsdam from our Berlin hotel. In transit, touring Cecillienhoff and Sanssouci Palace [the Palace's fine audio tour within the Palace] and enjoying lunch together, Hilke provided fascinating insights both into the historical sites and into 20th and 21st Century Germany. She is very pleasant and articulate and brings a delightful sense of humor to her work.
Walter Garnsey, United States
März 2015

Hilke was so knowledgable about German and Berlin culture and history. She was enthusiastic, efficient, and patient with us as she answered our questions and accommodated our needs for occasional breaks. After our tour we felt we had seen all of our list of must see sites. Hike was helpful in offering suggestions on how to best use our remaining time in Berlin. Perhaps the best accolade we can offer is to say that Hilke brought Berlin to life.
Robert Quinn, United States
Okt. 2014

Hilke is outstanding,personable,imaginative and listens to your questions.She can answer anything you put to her and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the city, some of the lesser known sites as well as the familiar, and a very educated knowledge and appreciation on her country's history. We had a delightful and informative time with her.
James Torrey, United States
Okt. 2014

Our tour to Furstenberg met all of our expectations and requirements. Hilke was especially helpful in helping us with our geneaology search. She was very willing to approach possible contacts who might be able to help us in our search of ancestor information. This was definitely a highlight in our 2 weeks in Germany. She was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and she did her homework to prepare for our visit to this small and little known town.
Janet D'Alessandro, United States
Okt. 2014

Hilke is a very knowledgeable guide with a great sense of humor. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Berlin.
Mumtaz Kassam, United States
Okt. 2014

We spent a wonderful day touring Brandenburg and Potsdam with Hilke. She is extremely well informed and has a very pleasant disposition.. Anyone planning a trip to Berlin and environs will not go wrong in using Hilke as their guide.
Bill Levit, United States
Okt. 2014

We booked Hilke in October for a four hour walking tour of Berlin. She immediately asked what our interests were and made sure to tailor her talk around those topics (architecture and history). She had a deep knowledge of both subjects and was very good company. Her tour was the highlight of our short time in Berlin. Hilke is flexible, easy going and very enjoyable to listen to. I would highly recommend her as a guide.
Orla Sheehan, Ireland
Sept. 2014

Hilke gave me a wonderful tour. She has strong local knowledge which contributed to my enjoyment and learning. I highly recommend her as a Berlin tour guide.
Barbara Bond, United States
Sept. 2014

Hilke had a great tour lined up for the 6 of us. She was flexible and the tour was so much better than anything we could have gotten on the ship. Picked up and delivered right at dock. No hassell so EZ. Hilke had a great sense of humor, very knowledgeable and extremely flexible, will change on the go. She finds out what you want to do and adjusts on go. Excellent Tour Guide. Tour was so EZ loved it.
Alan Anderson, United States
Sept. 2014


Liebe Fr. Gerdes,
herzlichen Dank für Ihre Mail und die sympathische, informative und unterhaltsame Führung. Ganz besonders lieben Dank für Ihre Flexibilität und Ihr Entgegenkommen. Ich habe sehr gerne mit Ihnen zusammengearbeitet.
E.-M. Doerr, Caritas Mainz, Juli 2014

Hi Hilke,
We wanted to thank you for the wonderful day we spent with you yesterday.
Please feel free to look us up if you ever get back to San Francisco. Thanks again for all your efforts yesterday. You were awesome!
Scott Keller, United States
Juli 2014


We had a great tour. Hilke is an excellent guide and we highly recommend her.
Barry Smith, Canada
Juni 2014

Hilke was amazing! As a resident of Berlin, her knowledge of the history and her stories were invaluable. She even did research about my grandparents in an effort to find out where they were buried. Our private tour with Hilke was something we will never forget!
Peter Visima, Canada
Mai 2014


This being my second time in Berlin, and having previously undertaken one of the many group tours on offer, my reason for choosing tours by locals was to enjoy a much more in depth tour of Berlin. Needless to say my expectations were high. Hilke did not disappoint. I got to see places I never knew existed as well as those well known places. I enjoyed the best 6 hours I could have hoped for with Hilke who is an exceptional guide with an in depth knowledge of the history of Berlin. Highly recommended.
Gregory Lynham, Australia
April 2014

We are very happy to have chosen Hilke to be our guide for both the Berlin as well as the Potsdam tours. She is extremely knowledgeable, punctual and friendly. She had great pace and also was most attentive during a health issue. We would highly recommend her to our friends. Thanks for providing such an informative and complete service.
Sonya and Fred Hauser, United States
Dez. 2013

My family and I highly recommend this tour with Hilke. She was very informative and knowledgeable. She planned the day perfectly in order to show us as much of Berlin as we wanted to see. As well as give us time in many places to take photos and enjoy the sights. It was a great first day for us in Berlin as this tour helped us decide where and how we wanted to spend our next two days there. Plus our driver Peter was extremely courteous. Overall a great tour. Thanks Hilke!
Leigh M. P., United States
Okt. 2013

Hilke was wonderful ! As we were on a genealogy trip, she wanted to fulfill our most important goal - i.e. tour Berlin or look for our family homes, etc. We said anything we can find out about our family ! She immediately took us to the birth records building and searched the microfiche records. We fortunately found our family. We then visited 3 homes and their church. Before we completed the day, she had us try a special German meal and took us to a super market. Hilke did a superb job ! THANK YOU!
Bruce E. Hausser, Brewster, MA, United States
Okt. 2013


Hilke was a great tour guide She is open to what you would like to do and see and matches you up to places of interest. it was great to have somebody take you around that has knowledge of the area. I would definitely recommend if your budget allows. Thanks Hilke for an awesome afternoon in Berlin!!
George Metcalfe, South Africa
Sept. 2013

My wife and recently had an all day tour with Hilke in Berlin. Her driver promptly picked us up at our ship in Waremunde and whisked us to Berlin for our all day (7 hour) tour of the city. Hilke was a great guide, very knowledgable about the city and its history and a pleasure to be with. I know we saw much more than our cruise mates who took a group tour. I would highly recommend Hilke to anyone looking for a private guide in Berlin.
Michael Berger, United States
Sept. 2013


Ich habe die vergangene Fahrt evaluiert:
In der Skala 1-6 erhielt die Stadtführerin Hilke Gerdes eine klare 1.
U. Friedrich-Lendle, Caritas Mainz
Aug. 2013

Hilke was an excellent guide! She provided us with historical background and was an excellent guide for pacing and for adapting to our wishes and needs. She is very personable and came highly recommended by our son and his family who had also toured with her in Berlin. A perfect fit for us!
Pamela Crichton, United States
Aug. 2013


We had a wonderful day with Hilke on Museum Island. This lady really knows her history. I had read a significant amount of art history in my university days, so I can say with confidence Hilke is extremely competent in this area. She was very thoughtful and very generous with her time. She picked us up at our hotel and we finished the tour on Museum Island. After recommending additional sites, she took great care to make sure we understood the way to our hotel.
Frank Schulwolf, United States
Aug. 2013


Very satisfied with our tour. Hilke was a wonderful guide who was very knowlegeable and showed us everything we wanted to see even though we only had six hours to spend in Berlin.
Addys Lopez, United States
Juni 2013

We really enjoyed our tour of Berlin with Hilke. She was very friendly, knowledgable, and extremely flexible in tailoring the tour to our needs, even last minute. She had a great sense of humor and really helped bring so many details of Berlin to us. We can highly recommend her.
Larry Kaye, United States
Juni 2013


Hilke was very knowledgeable and immaculate in explaining things in perfect English. Clearly, she has passion for her job as a tourist guide as well as the city of Berlin. She was also very flexible in terms of accommodating our special needs and interests. So thanks to her and toursbylocals we had a fantastic and indeed full ; in the true sense of the word, day in lovely Berlin!
Tolga İsiltan, Turkey
Mai 2013

thoughtful and thorough command of germany and berlin history ... flexible guide and fluent english
James Crichton, United States
März 2013

Hilke was extremely informative and really listened to what we wanted to see and experience. Her knowledge was very wide and she was able to communicate this in an engaging way. Our tour was cut a little bit short as one of my daughters became unwell and Hilke was extremely supportive , handled the translation at the hospital etc My daughter was fine - but Hilke was regarded as a friend by all of us by the end of the trip. Thank you Hilke.
John Irvine, United Kingdom, 2013

Hilke è molto brava!
Federica, Torino, 3/11/12

We had an outstanding all day tour with Hilke---driving in the morning-- walking in the afternoon She was very knowledgeable and precise-- no droning on and on with excess information. She did not gloss over the evil parts of the Nazi era but had an in depth knowledge of the era and why it occured.She is also a very nice person.
Roderick Jack, Canada
Okt. 2012


We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Hilke. We got the feeling that if we stayed with her for 2 more days we would still be learning new things about Berlin and Germany.
Kim Nguyen, Canada
Sept. 2012

Excellent guide. Well informed and great English.
Fred Petersen, United States
Sept. 2012

Hilke was fantastic! She took us to some incredible sights and shared her wealth of knowledge, and we fell in love with Berlin. When we couldn't get our camera to work without a flash, she went over and above what was required by taking photos with her cell phone and mailing them to us. Hilke made sure that we would never forget our time with her in Berlin.
Marlene Bankwitz, United States
Sept. 2012

Thanks again Hilke! This was our favourite tour of our 5 weeks in Europe, we learnt lots and have a great time seeing Berlin with you :)
Rebecca Weir, Australia
August 2012


Hilke did a wonderful job slanting the tour in the area of our interest - history. She adapted well to one of us in a wheelchair. She was calm when we ran into traffic problems. All around we had a wonderful tour of Berlin. Our driver was extremely competent.
Mary Jacobs, Canada, Juni 2012

We all thought Hilke was a fantastic guide. She was very knowledgeable re history - honest re the Nazi era - flexible in her schedule. We would recommend her very strongly.
Dr. James Cerilli, United States
Mai 2011