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

DateEventWhat to expect
January 16-17Berlin Fashion Weekhotel rates go up
March 4 – 8ITB: Intern. Tourist Farehotel rates go up
April 4-12Festtage at the Staatsoper Berlinhotel rates go up
April 5Berlin Half MarathonMany street closings
May 1-3Gallery WeekendGreat opportunity to view modern art and meet the artists
May 3S 25expect traffic delays
May 16Avon Women’s RunExpect massive traffic delays
May 29 – June 1Carnival of Culturesfun parade, some traffic delays
June 13-14Velocity (Bike ride)Expect massive traffic delays up
June 21Fête de la Musiquemusical performances all over the city
July 2-6Classic Open AirGreat concerts on Gendarmenmarkt
July 25Lesbian and Gay City Festival and CSDExpect massive traffic delays
Aug. 1City Night RunGreat fireworks at the Olympic Stadium
Aug. 7-9International Beer Festivalhotel rates go up
Aug. 21-22Pyronalehotel rates go up
Sept. 4 – 9IFA (Consumer Electronics)Expect higher hotel prices
Sept. 11-15Berlin Art WeekExpect higher hotel prices
Sept. 26-27Berlin MarathonExpect higher hotel prices and massive traffic delays
Oct. 11-20Berlin Illuminated (Festival of Lights)Berlin landmarks are illuminated – spectacular sights not to be missed!
Nov. 5-8Berlin Jazz Festivalhotel rates go up
Dec.Christmas marketsDon’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!