Discover Germany and its capital

Various guided tours in and around Berlin are offered to participants and their accompanying persons during the WPA XVII WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHIATRY.

Book your tours now and discover Germany, Berlin and its beautiful surroundings. To get a complete overview a schedule containing all tours is available here

Half-day tours

City sightseeing tour Berlin

Sunday, 8 October 2017, 14:00–17:00
Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 14:00–17:00
Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 9:00–12:00

The tour will take you through the city centre of Berlin. You will pass the Reichstag, seat of the German Parliament with its famous glass dome, designed by Sir Norman Foster. The bus will then proceed along the green lung of Berlin, the Tiergarten, the former private hunting grounds for the king and the electors of Brandenburg, in which nowadays Berlin’s inhabitants as well as tourists find time to relax.

You will see the Victory Column, crowned with the golden Goddess of Victory and pass by Charlottenburg Palace, a late 17th century baroque masterpiece.

The tour then proceeds to the famous Kurfürstendamm, West Berlin's main street, lined with elegant shops and cafes. Here, you will also see the Memorial Church, the symbol of the city, preserved as a ruin. You will then continue towards Potsdamer Platz where you will get an impression of what used to be the biggest construction site of Europe. A historic place and the last stop on this tour will be Checkpoint Charlie, the famous former border crossing in the heart of Berlin. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November, 1989, it signified the border between West and East, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement.

Price per person: EUR 35,00 
(Price includes: Transportation and English-speaking guide)
For registered accompanying persons this tour is included in the registration fee. Please note that advance registration is required.

City of contrasts

Monday, 9 October 2017, 12:00–16:00

To many of the Berlin visitors and tourists, the most important attraction is in its recent decades. People want to discover the city’s Cold War past and its “island” status. On this tour your guide will take you back in time and show you the most famous sites.

During the 40 years of Berlin’s separation, the East and the West side developed in completely different ways. Although, the precise course of the wall is hardly traceable a lot of the aftermath of the separation is still noticeable and visible. Your guide will point this out along the way.

A historic place and the first stop on this tour will be Checkpoint Charlie, the famous former border crossing in the heart of Berlin. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, it signified the border between West and East, Capitalism and Communism, freedom and confinement. Afterwards you will pass the East Side Gallery, an 1,3 km long stretch of the former Berlin wall that was left as a memorial and painted by artists from all over the world after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It now stands as Europe’s most famous open-air gallery with over one hundred paintings.

The next and last stop is the Berlin Wall Memorial. This part of the wall has been preserved in commemoration of the people who suffered communism. This is probably the best spot to see the wall as it really used to be. Here, you can visit the open-air exhibition, the Reconciliation Chapel and the documentation center with observation deck.

Price per person: EUR 40,00 
(Price includes: Guided tour at the Berlin Wall Memorial, transportation and English-speaking guide)

Jewish Berlin

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 9:00–13:00

A bus will take you to the Jewish quarter called “Spandauer Vorstadt”, which is the area around Hackescher Markt in the centre of Berlin. The heart of Spandauer Vorstadt is the New Synagogue, which has always been and still is the symbol of Jewish culture in Berlin. Since the 90s, a lot of Jewish restaurants, cafés, institutions – cultural as well as educational – and a Jewish community have settled here. The bus will drop you off at Hackescher Markt for a walking tour.  

During the walking tour you will get to know Berlin’s Jewish culture by passing shops, exhibits, restaurants and cafés on August Street, Tucholsky Street and Johannis Street while the guide gives you insider information.  

You will be picked up again at the New Synagogue, home to the Centrum Judaicum. The bus will then take you to the Jewish Museum in Berlin-Kreuzberg, which constitutes a spectacular highlight of modern architecture in Berlin. The Jewish Museum was opened in 2001 and gives an interesting insight into the history of the Jewish people. Its outstanding design by Daniel Libeskind is based on a process of connecting lines between locations of historic events and locations of Jewish culture in Berlin. A museumtour will be arranged.

Price per person: EUR 55,00 
(Price includes: Admission fee and guided tour at the Jewish Museum, transportation and English-speaking guide)

Historical walking tour in the city centre of Berlin

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 9:00–12:00

A bus will pick you up at the congress venue and will take you to Potsdamer Platz or to the Brandenburg Gate where the walking tour will start. Your guide will introduce you to the city, giving you an overview of its history but also of its present situation.

Continue by walking along the famous boulevard „Unter den Linden“ and the historical centre of East Berlin. See such famous buildings as the State Opera House, the Humboldt University, the Museum of German History (formerly the Zeughaus) and the Red City Hall. Your walking tour will then continue to the most beautiful historical place in Berlin – the Gendarmenmarkt. It is the site of three impressive buildings: The German and the French Cathedral and Schinkel's Konzerthaus. 

Afterwards you will discover the former border crossing, the famous Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was the best known border crossing during the Cold War and is nowadays a must-see sight in Berlin. You will then proceed to the Nikolai Quarter, a restored historical area of Berlin with beautiful houses, little pubs and nice shops.

Price per person: EUR 30,00 
(Price includes: Walking tour, transportation and English-speaking guide)

Berlin from Spree Canals

Monday, 9 October 2017, 9:00–12:00

A bus will bring you directly to the landing pier Schlossbrücke in Charlottenburg, where you will board a public sightseeing boat. During the Spree Canals tour you will discover Berlin from an unusual and fascinating perspective. The city was once Germany's second largest inland port and still has more bridges than Venice! 

Travel along the Spree and pass such famous sights as the Reichstag, the Berlin Cathedral and Museum Island, site of one of the world's richest museum complexes, as well as the Nikolai Quarter. Audio guides are available on the boat and our guide will also give you some interesting facts about the buildings and different spots during the boat trip.

Price per person: EUR 55,00 
(Price includes: Ticket for a public boat tour, transportation and English-speaking guide) 

Half-day excursion to Potsdam

Monday, 9 October 2017, 14:00–18:00
Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 12:00–16:00

You will go on a half-day excursion to Potsdam – the city, which best reflects the brilliance of Prussian history in many different periods.  

The tour will begin with a short bus tour through the city centre of Potsdam. You will also pass the Russian colony "Alexandrovka" and the early 18th century settlement "Holland Quarter" with its colourful houses.  Afterwards you will visit one of the following Prussian palaces and their beautiful garden. The whole complex was built as the summer residence for the Prussian Royal family. 

The Palace Sanssouci was commissioned by Friedrich der Große (Frederick the Great), King of Prussia. The architect Georg W. von Knobelsdorff planned the building, which was erected between 1745 and 1747. The Rococo-style Hohenzollern palace is located within the Park Sanssouci, which is listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  

The New Palace was erected in the western part of Park Sanssouci between 1763 and 1769. Frederick the Great’s New Palace marks the symbolic end of an era, since after its completion no further baroque palaces were built in Prussia. The head architects were Johann Gottfried Büring (1763–1764) and Carl von Gontard (1764–1769). Afterwards the bus will bring you back to Berlin.

Price per person: EUR 50,00
(Price includes: Admission fee and guided tour at one of the Prussian palaces and park at Sanssouci, transportation and English-speaking guide) 


Full-day tours

Excursion to Potsdam including lunch

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 9:00–16:00

You will go on a full-day excursion to Potsdam – the city, which bests reflects the brilliance of Prussian history in many different periods. The tour will begin with a short bus tour through the city center of Potsdam. You will also pass the Russian colony "Alexandrovka" and the early 18th century settlement "Holland Quarter" with its colourful houses. Afterwards you will visit one of the following Prussian palaces and their beautiful garden. The whole complex was built as the summer residence for the Prussian Royal family. 

The Palace Sanssouci was commissioned by Friedrich der Große (Frederick the Great), King of Prussia. The architect Georg W. von Knobelsdorff planned the building, which was erected between 1745 and 1747. The Rococo-style Hohenzollern palace is located within the Park Sanssouci, which is listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The New Palace was erected in the western part of Park Sanssouci between 1763 and 1769. Frederick the Great’s New Palace marks the symbolic end of an era, since after its completion no further baroque palaces were built in Prussia. The head architects were Johann Gottfried Büring (1763–1764) and Carl von Gontard (1764–1769).  

In addition you can visit the Palace Cecilienhof, built between 1913 and 1917 in the style of an English Country Manor for the family of the Crown Prince. Here, the Potsdam Agreement between the Allied Powers was signed in 1945.

A light lunch will be arranged at one of the local restaurants. Afterwards the bus will bring you back to Berlin.

Price per person: EUR 130,00 
(Price includes: Admission fee and guided tours at one of the Prussian palaces and park at Sansouci and at Cecilienhof, light lunch and 1 soft drink at a local restaurant, 2 bottles of water, transportation and English-speaking guide)

Excursion to Spreewald including lunch

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 9:00–17:00

The bus will take you on a full-day excursion to the nature reserve "Spreewald", an extraordinary forest hiding a labyrinth of Spree canals. The Spreewald still has some endangered and rare plants and trees as well as animals and birds. Only very few roads lead through this area. Thus, the usual traffic is done on punts.

You will discover this romantic area and its maze of waterways on a boat that is moved by the Spreewald men dressed in their traditional punting costumes.  The punt tour will start and end at the village of Lübbenau. A light lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant. Afterwards the bus will bring you back to Berlin.

Price per person: EUR 130,00 
(Price includes: Punt tour from Lübbenau to Lehde and back including cucumber snack and beverages on the punt, light lunch and 1 soft drink at a local restaurant, 2 bottles of water, transportation and English-speaking guide)

Excursion to Dresden including lunch

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 8:00–18:00

The bus will take you on a full-day excursion to Dresden, the capital of Saxony. Upon arrival in Dresden, you will join a guided walking tour.
The first stop will be the Dresdner Zwinger, a master-piece of the 17th century baroque architecture, where King August the Strong was renowned for hosting the most luxurious and frolic festivities in the land. 
Afterwards, you will walk to the Semper Opera and the Catholic Court Church, significant as the largest church in the state of Saxony. 

You will then pass the “Fürstenzug” (Princes’ Parade), a historic tile wall made of 20.000 Meissen porcelain tiles showing August the Strong as well as other princes during the course of history. 

Your next stop will be the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady), a Lutheran church which is considered to be an outstanding example of Protestant sacred architecture, featuring one of the largest domes in Europe. The Frauenkirche was destroyed shortly before the end of World War II during the bombing on the night of 13 February 1945. After extensive reconstruction work from 1994 to 2005, the Frauenkirche is now one of the must-see sites in Dresden. 

A light lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant in the city centre.

After lunch you will go on a guided tour at the New Green Vault, where the treasures of the Saxon princes can be found. Afterwards you will climb up the stone stairs to the Brühlsche Terraces, where you can admire the fantastic view of the river Elbe. Afterwards the bus will bring you back to Berlin.

Price per person: EUR 150,00 
(Price includes: Admission fee to the New Green Vault, light lunch and 1 soft drink at a local restaurant, 2 bottles of water, transportation and English-speaking guide)


General Conditions
Full payment in advance is required.
All tours will be conducted in English.
You will receive your tour tickets at the congress counter.
The meeting point will be at the congress counter.
All tours start and end at the congress venue.
All tours are based on a minimum of 25 participants. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the tours if the minimum number of participants is not reached. Registration fees for cancelled tours will be refunded.