Dear Customers, dear Friends, dear Travelers looking for Advice during the Corona crisis!

In these times of crisis, it is our highest concern that everybody stay healthy and safe. Obviously the less people move and travel, the better their chances to stay healthy. So we encourage you to take all measures necessary.

A Friend in Berlin is a small company so luckily we do not have a lot of overhead costs and we can survive for many months without business. Nevertheless we continue to operate should you wish a tour in Berlin, Munich, or elsewhere in Germany. There will be no cancellation fee should you cancel up to 24 hours in advance. Of course we adhere to all the regulations and public safety advice so you can be sure that we would do everything in our power to minimize any risk of catching the virus.

In the meantime we got together and filmed some shots of Berlin - Please check out the video: We may also do a live-session soon to give you some Berlin-stories, and to answer your questions, so stay tuned to our Facebook page!

Hopefully things will improve soon. Stay healthy and come back once the risk dies down!

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Private Tours in Berlin

Do you wish you knew somebody in Berlin who could help you decide where to stay and what to see? Whether you travel alone, with family, or in a group, I will help you plan your trip and show you around once you get here: On foot, by car, or by bus. Get the support you would get from a friend or relative! I’ll also suggest restaurants and help purchase concert tickets. If I am not available, one of my guides will be.


My name is Jo Eckardt.
I lived in New York for 19 years teaching German at NYU and working for the UN. In 2001 I returned to Berlin. Even though I still miss New York, I don’t regret the move. Berlin is a great place and I’d love to show it to you!

Now you can book your tour directly. Just click on the green Book-now-button! However, if you’re interested in a completely customized tour, or if you have questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail. I’d be happy to answer your questions, and book a tour that fits your needs perfectly. Also if your group is more than 6 people, please contact me directly!
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What’s new

More Languages: In addition to Spanish, French and Italian tours, we now also offer tours in Hebrew, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese, Russian, Greek, Dutch and Polish!

What to expect in 2020

Date Event What to expect
January 16-17 Berlin Fashion Week hotel rates go up
March 4 – 8 ITB: Intern. Tourist Fare hotel rates go up
April 4-12 Festtage at the Staatsoper Berlin hotel rates go up
April 5 Berlin Half Marathon Many street closings
May 1-3 Gallery Weekend Great opportunity to view modern art and meet the artists
May 3 S 25 expect traffic delays
May 16 Avon Women’s Run Expect massive traffic delays
May 29 – June 1 Carnival of Cultures fun parade, some traffic delays
June 13-14 Velocity (Bike ride) Expect massive traffic delays up
June 21 Fête de la Musique musical performances all over the city
July 2-6 Classic Open Air Great concerts on Gendarmenmarkt
July 25 Lesbian and Gay City Festival and CSD Expect massive traffic delays
Aug. 1 City Night Run Great fireworks at the Olympic Stadium
Aug. 7-9 International Beer Festival hotel rates go up
Aug. 21-22 Pyronale hotel rates go up
Sept. 4 – 9 IFA (Consumer Electronics) Expect higher hotel prices
Sept. 11-15 Berlin Art Week Expect higher hotel prices
Sept. 26-27 Berlin Marathon Expect higher hotel prices and massive traffic delays
Oct. 11-20 Berlin Illuminated (Festival of Lights) Berlin landmarks are illuminated – spectacular sights not to be missed!
Nov. 5-8 Berlin Jazz Festival hotel rates go up
Dec. Christmas markets Don’t miss!
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Concerts: When in Berlin, check out the free Philharmonie lunch concerts every Tuesday!

Boat tours through Berlin: You may not know this, but Berlin has more water ways, canals, rivers, and lakes, then almost any other city in the world. A tour in a small private motor boat will be the highlight of your stay!