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All I have is 1 and 1/2 days on my own in Berlin! Also, tour guides?

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I will be at a conference in Berlin September 12-14. I've managed to arrange my time to arrive on Monday September 10, and so I will have 1/2 day Monday, and Tuesday until about 6 where I can see just a bit of Berlin. (Yes, I would love to have more time but it just isn't possible right now)

I would love to hear your thoughts on optimizing my time. I clearly cannot see everything, but I don't want to waste the time I have. I am generally interested in the history of a new place, and I do enjoy museums.

I will be arriving by train from Frankfurt at 1:25 pm at the Hauptbahnhof. I am thinking of using the service that would pick up my luggage at my friend's in Frankfurt and deliver them to the hotel. In that case I would not have to worry about luggage upon arrival and could get straight to touring.

I thought either a boat or bus tour on arrival would be good for orientation to the city. I see boat trips by Reederei Riedel leaving from Moltkebruche at either 2:30 or 3:30 that I could probably easily make. I can research further, but this looks like it might not be very far from the train station?

Still have to look up where bus tours start from. Basically, I would like to find something I could easily hop onto upon arrival and get myself oriented.

Then on Tuesday, I am further researching boat/bus tours, but also walking tours. Ones that particularly interest me are the Brewers Best of Berlin and the Insider Tours Cruise and Walk. Does anyone have experience with either?

I would love it if I could find a private guide like Michael Osman in Paris. Does anyone know someone in Berlin who is good for private touring like he does? With only 1 1/2 days I don't have a lot of time to orient myself so would be great to have someone lead me :-)

I am also working up a short list of the specific sites/museums I would like to try to hit.

I will be staying at the Concorde Berlin. I think it is maybe 3 stops on the s-Bahn from the Hauptbahnhof to Zoologischer Garten, and then walking distance to the hotel which is on Ku'damm and Augsberger.

Oh, and another question. Is the Berlin metro like the Paris metro in that you determine the terminal point of a line and then if your stop is that direction you follow signs that display the terminal point? Any metro tips would be well received.

Thanks!

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