She was FANTASTIC! She did a lot of pre-work to make sure I received the perfect tour based on my specific requests. Extremely knowledgeable and flexible on the fly. I really enjoyed spending the day with her and learned so much about Berlin!
Holly Linton, United States, Sept. 2022
Wow! Hilke was amazing! Our teenagers were dreading their third tour in 10 days. Hilke was able to adapt our tour to start in the neighborhood where they could see street art and then took us to see the sites that were interesting to them. She gave high level overviews but answered details when we asked. She has an incredible energy that got our kids interested. I wish we could bring her to every city! This is our 4th private tour and by far the best.
Tracie Kiachian, United States, Aug. 2022
Hilke was simply fantastic. Detailed knowledge of all of Berlin both past and current. Went out of her way to meet all of our needs. Would highly recommend. She was such a pleasure to have as our guide. Hope to see her again.
Ron Karpinsky, United States, Juni 2022
Herzlichen Dank noch einmal für die Führung. Es gab nur positive Rückmeldungen, alle waren sehr begeistert!
Internationale Konferenzteilnehmer, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Okt. 2021
Hilke's the best. Recommend her highly.
Harold Rosenberg, United States, Sept. 2021
If you want to see Berlin in its present glory- you need to see it through a tour with Hilke! She is absolutely amazing! Our tour was absolutely everything we wished it would be. So very informative and her recommendations for events before and after the tour were absolutely spot- on. I cannot recommend Hilke enough!
Peter Connelly, United States, Dez. 2019
Hilke was a delight to spend our first full day in Berlin with!
Ellen Patton, United States, Sept. 2019
… she is a terrific guide, extremely knowledgeable about history, art & architecture …
Katherine McInnes, Australien, Okt. 2019
One of the best tour guides we have ever used! A great start for a Berlin visit!
William Black, United States, Sept. 2019
Hilke is amazing! Very passionate about her city and Germany's history … We strongly recommend her.
Jorge Margain, Mexiko, Sept. 2019
Hilke proved to be an excellent guide creating a vivid and memorable journey around Berlin, based on our request to see some of the less well known sites and the street art of the city.
Adrian Savage, UK, September 2019
Hilke's knowledge, love for the city and kindness are first rate!
Mark Houghton, United States, Juni 2019
Hilke was a fantastic guide ... She was extremely knowledgeable about about the history of Berlin. Hilke is very personable and friendly and just fun to walk and talk with. Only gave five stars because I couldn't give more! I highly recommend Hilke for your walking tour of Berlin.
David Albert, United States, April 2019
Incredible tour! Hilke was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and made our time with her most enjoyable. We were able to experience a side of Berlin which otherwise would not have been achieveable without her expertise. Thoroughly enjoyed our day and would recommend to anyone.
Peter Atkinson, UK, April 2019
Hilke was informative and fun. She told us about some history we were not familiar with. We learned a lot about the beautiful city of Berlin. I am glad we were able to spend a full day with Hilke!
Karen Smart, United States, März 2019
Our local guide Hilke provided an excellent and comprehensive tour of many of the important sites of Berlin. She did this in a personable and friendly manner which added immensely to the enjoyment of a very long day touring with her.
Diane Mufson, United States, Okt. 2018
My wife and I did a one day guided tour of Berlin with Hilke and a driver in October. Hilke showed us the highlights of Berlin and adapted the tour to our interests. Her knowledge of the city and its history was exceptional. She is a lovely person and made us feel very welcome.
Richard Morgan, United States, Okt. 2018
Hilke was a WONDERFUL guide who made the very most of the six short hours we had available to see a few of the highlights of Berlin. Her courteous driver swiftly delivered us to the city and back to the port of Warnemunde. Hilke's choice of places to visit, and her knowledge of the history of the city, especially during the Third Reich, the Cold War and other periods, was simply superb, as was her effortless command of English. It is hard to imagine a better guide to the highlights of vibrant Berlin:
James Hargrove, United States, Sept. 2018
My husband and I along with a group of friends, had the pleasure of taking a private tour of Berlin with Hilke. She was wonderful and provided a thorough overview of the historical insights along with pictures to put things into context. You really get a different experience when you see how the past was and where you are standing today. Hilke was an encyclopedia of information with anecdotal stories about the history and present-day life in Berlin. Highly recommend a tour with Hilke!!!
Brenda Gross, United States, Sept. 2018
Wonderful experience. Adapted tour to the needs of our group. Very helpful getting local insight. Able to cover a lot of ground and see sights that we would not been able to see on our own. Highly recommended.
Janet Simula, August 2018
Very comprehensive tour provided in short time available. We really appreciated that Hilke arranged for us to tour the inside of the Reichstag. Hilke's knowledge of Berlin, past and present helped us gain new insight into Berlin. We saw our list of highlights and more. Her explanations made our visit so much more meaningful. Hilke was very friendly and accommodating. Thank you.
Sara Cross Moulton, Großbritannien, August 2018
My wife and I had a tour with Hilke. Hilke picked us up promptly at our hotel. We decided to rent bikes as there were many sights to see and the bikes were the most efficient means of transportation. Hilke was very knowledgeable about the monuments and buildings. She gave us a good historical overview of both East and West Berlin. Hilke was so pleasant to be around. AT the end of the tour she gave us a few recommendations for the rest of our stay including a restaurant which we ate at immediately.
Christine Michaels, United States, Juli 2018
Thank you Hilke for the wonderful day in Berlin. You are one of the best guides we have met. Keep up the good work! Angkur Argawal, Indien, Juli 2018
Very accommodating about our desired itinerary and made excellent recommendations about museums to visit. Also contacted people for us in the former East Germany who did not speak English.
Stan Daberkow, United States, Juli 2018
An unforgettable experience. Hilke is both friendly and knowledgeable. Our day began when she promply picked us up at our hotel. Our very comfortable car and driver were waiting outside. We went over the itinerary, including a stop at Wannsee House that we had arranged by email. The day proceeded with Hilke providing historical information throughout. We had time at the end of the day to see some sights in Berlin that were in addition to the description of the tour. We highly recommend this tour.
Tom Furth, United States, Juni 2018
Hilke is one of the best tour guides we have ever had. She was extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun to tour with. I would highly recommend her services.
Mike Norris, Juni 2018
Hilke gave an excellent afternoon/evening tour for my partner and me. She is hugely knowledgable and experienced, sociable and with lovely humour as well. We had a very packed informative 4 hours. Great value and greatly appreciated.
Karen Lubner, United States, Juni 2018
Wonderful day, Hilke was like touring with a very well informed friend. We felt we experienced a lot of Berlin and she even introduced us to curry wurst. Our driver, Peter, was fantastic. Once again Tours by Locals does a great job.
Margaret Eldred, United States, Mai 2018
We spent the entire day with Hilke. She was punctual, extremely well spoken, and had the day planned for us. We enjoyed her company, she knew all the details for all our questions. We maximized our time with her, and saw many locations throughout Berlin that I am guessing would not be seen on a traditional bus tour. Would highly recommend her a a local tour guide. Jon Kirssin, United States, Mai 2018
Hilke is excellent! The original plan for our tour changed drastically at the last minute as one member of our party had difficulty walking. Hilde adjusted the tour and accommodated our needs. That's the difference between a good tour grade and a great tour guide. If you need a tour guide for Berlin, Hilke is the one to book.
Joe Jenen, United States, Mai 2018
We loved our Berlin tour with Hilke! We had her focus on the 1930's to mid 1940's, and she was extremely knowledgeable about all of the historical events, as well as the cultural and psychological issues durinig that time. We wanted to see some of the locations of the Berlin Olympics, and in addition to visiting the Olympic Stadium, she did special research to take us to the rowing venue outside of the city. She was very willing to share her feelings and opinions about life in Berlin. Highly recommended! Colleen Harker, United States, Mai 2018
Very nice day with Hilke. Immense knowledge of German history and Berlin. The day flowed nicely and we saw a lot of the important landmarks along the way. We would recommend Hilke to fellow travelers. Jeff Gale, United States, April 2018
Hilke was an excellent guide. Knowlegeable, professional and funny. Very engaging. She made a special effort to include our younger daughter which we all appreciated. We would give her the highest of recommendations. Kerry Wangberg, United States, April 2018
The six of us toured Berlin with Hilke on a rainy Tuesday. We were amazed at her energy and encyclopedic knowledge of Berlin and German history. She happily accommodated our wishes on schedule, food, and sights to be seen. We REALLY enjoyed her company and feel as if we have a friend in Germany for life! Most highly recommended! Kevin Roche, United States, Dez. 2017
Hilke was a great guide, very personable and knowledgeable. Very enjoyable tour, would definitely recommend to others visiting Berlin for the first time.
Mhairi Irvine, Schottland, Nov. 2017
My wife and I had the distinct pleasure of spending almost two days with Hilke in October touring both Berlin and Potsdam. We found Hilke to be both warm and accommodating as she shared her vast knowledge and enthusiasm of both cities with us. Given that I have a severe hearing loss I was particularly appreciative of her special attention given to me to make sure I could understand and see her face at all times. This made the difference for me and enhanced my experience to the fullest.
James Lewenauer, United States, Okt. 2017
Hilke was a fantastic guide in every way. She was deeply knowledgeable, sensitive and highly responsive to our interests and many questions, indefatigably energetic, and very warm and kind. We are very grateful for her time with us.
Dan Ross, United States, Okt. 2017
I highly recommend Hilke. She is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her.
Sarah Henderson, United States, Okt. 2017
Hilke made our Autumn day in Berlin most enjoyable. After picking us up at the Hilton (good central location by the way) we toured all the sights we had to see easily on foot with just a couple of quick taxi rides. We learn't a lot, and even a few Berlin jokes!
Richard Bartlam, United States, Okt. 2017
We had a great day exploring Berlin with Hilke. She was an excellent tour guide. We had fun, got to see a lot of the sights, and learned a lot about Berlin and world history. Hilke was fun and personable, very organized, knowledgable, and informative, spoke and understood English fluently, and was good company throughout the day. We can highly recommend Hilke to fellow travelers and wouldn't hesitate to ask her to guide us around Berlin if we have the opportunity to visit again.
Edwin Ward, United States, Okt. 2017
Hilke was a wonderful guide who made our first trip to Berlin memorable. We were impressed with her ability to totally revise our tour when we met her on the day of our tour, as we'd already visited many of the scheduled places during the two days we spent in Berlin before we met her. She tailored a new, completely revised tour based on our interests and had a great day seeing street art, interpreting street posters, and visiting several sites that we hadn't previously planned to visit.
Deborah Burroughs, United States, Sept. 2017
Hilke was a perfect guide for us, taking in important parts of central Berlin, with so much commentary about what we saw and about other aspects of life in Berlin, current and past. Like our two guides in Praha, by the time we finished our six hour tour with her we felt she was a good friend of ours.
George Melling, United States, Sept. 2017
Hilke was a wonderful tour guide. She sent a driver who was waiting for us at the cruise terminal. The van was clean and comfortable and the driver was kind and a good, safe driver. Hilke met us in Berlin and started the tour right away. She had a very full and well thought-out itinerary for the day. Hilke is friendly, knowledgeable and very informative. She tailored the tour to meet our needs and interests. Our party with four adults and two teenagers enjoyed the tour and will recommend highly!
Suzi Morris, United States, August 2017
Hilke was wonderful, and our day spent with her was the perfect way to experience Berlin. The focus of our tour was WWII sites, as well as the old Jewish quarter. She was so knowledgeable and insightful, both about history and about the city of Berlin, and she has a lovely personality and is very easy to be with. We experienced more of Berlin spending a day with Hilke than we ever could have on our own. We're so glad we made the decision to tour with her.
Judy Baldwin, United States, Juli 2017
Friendly, very knowledgeable, personable guide. Had a great tour - saw so much in only 5 hours and even enjoyed an authentic German meal. We would highly recommend it.
Rami Kainer, United States, Juli 2017
Exactly what we wanted on our day in Berlin! Hilke was professional, knowledgeable, and very sensitive to our needs. It was a great day, and we saw everything we wanted to see. Do yourself a favor and book a tour. We came into Warnemunde on a cruise ship and took the train to Berlin...don't wander round by yourself...having a guide made the day great.
Wendy Novicoff, United States, Juli 2017
My mom and I throughly enjoyed our trip. This was the first private excursion with a specialist guide we have ever taken Our guide Hilke provided great information and is a very sincere, caring,intelligent and interesting travel expert!
Charol Lane, United States, Juli 2017
Hilke was a very interesting person who in addition be being very well informed about Berlin, engaged us in thoughtful conversation that added a lot to our understanding of the history of Berlin and East/West Germany since WW II. We had a very good tour of Berlin and I wish that we had more time.
Michael Steinberg, United States, Juli 2017
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,United States, 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, United States, 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, United States, 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, United States, 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, United States, 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, United States , 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, United States, 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, United States, 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,United States, 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, United States, 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, Kanada, 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, Großbritannien, 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, United States, 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, United States, 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, United States, 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, United States, 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, United States, 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, United States, 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 2015
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 2015
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, Großbritannien, 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, Irland, 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
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, Kanada, 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, Australien, Mai 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, Südafrika, 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, Türkei, 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, Großbritannien, Febr. 2013
Hilke è molto brava!
Federica, Torino, Nov. 2012
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, Kanada, 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, Australien, 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