Essence of Berlin is a market leader in private tour experiences, cruise ship shore excursions, and corporate events, with tens of thousands of satisfied clients from all over the world.
We are a collaboration between long-time Berliners, and husband and wife, Boris and Joanna Coronado. Boris moved to the city in 1999, and was mentored for years by local guiding legend Terry Brewer – who led tours across the Berlin Wall for Allied military and diplomatic personnel during the Cold War. Now Boris is one of the longest-tenured and most sought after guides in the city. Joanna arrived in Berlin from Poland in 2005, at 18 years-old, to study law. She began working in tourism and hotel management to supplement her studies, and has since become one of the most renowned and respected tour operators in the German capital – her name now a byword for organisational excellence.
Together, Boris and Jo wanted to pool their experience (over three decades worth) and share their passion for the city that has become their home – to help visitors experience the essence of Berlin.
Local knowledge is the core of our business. We work with a select team of the best, professional local guides, use the most comfortable vehicles with the most experienced drivers, and stay at the cutting edge of Berlin’s dining and cultural scenes and contemporary socio-political developments.
We curate bespoke experiences based on the individual needs and wishes of our clients. We organise personalised tours – from history to shopping to drinking and dining – as well as private concierge services. We also host school groups, corporate events, and weekend city breaks.
If you’re interested in booking your own visit to Berlin, or have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.