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Our Guides


Armed with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in German and History, Alex fled the sea and sun of Perth, Australia, in search of the historical and cultural riches of Berlin. Passionate about history, opera, the history of opera, and German cake, Alex leads our Jewish Berlin and Dresden tours with enthusiasm, humour and many an anecdote about all the above.


Barnaby came to Insider from London, where he gained an MSc in Politics and, before that, did lots of vertical growing. Having fallen in love with Berlin upon his first visit, Barnaby made the big move in 2004 and has split his time between making music and raving about the city with the deepest voice in Germany ever since. He has an infectious enthusiasm for Berlin's history and has built up a glowing reputation which precedes him. He leads the Famous Insider Walk, Cold War and Third Reich tours.


Barry hails from Wexford in Ireland's sunny south-east. He moved to Berlin in 2009 to obtain his masters, having taken the curious route of a degree in Law and French in Dublin and Paris. Fascinated by what he calls 'the world's most important social laboratory', he immersed himself straight away in this city's history and culture. Barry started guiding immediately and with his genetic predilection for talking he has built up quite a following over the years. When not touring, he can often be found performing in Berlin's budding English-language comedy scene. Barry leads all our tours.



Brian’s worldwide reputation as Insider tour guide extraordinaire precedes him! Brian is an international jetsetter-cum-Artistic Director of Edmonton Opera, who freelance directs operas and musicals all over the world, when he's not right here in his beloved Berlin. His passion for Berlin is truly infectious: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you certainly won’t forget a tour with Brian!

Brian Bell

Brian hails from sunny West Texas (el Llano Estacado, ¿sabes?) but fell hard for Berlin way back in 2004. His training is in the theatre, (B.A. in Theatre Performance, minor in German) and his projects take him all over the world: from Chicago to Switzerland, Berlin to Japan and back again . . . a wanderlust that is rivaled only by his passion for this most marvelous of cities: BERLIN! As someone who crafts dramatic stories for a living, he never tires of telling his favorite story: the history of this vibrant city.  He leads our Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial & Famous Walk tours, and he cannot wait to show you all Berlin has to offer.


After living in Bogota, London, Oxford, Havana and Munich Cesar fell in love with Berlin and decided to stay here for good. His major interests are classical music, second world war history and languages. If he is not in the orchestral pit playing in an Italian baroque opera, you will probably see him guiding a Third Reich tour around Berlin.


J.J. - a native of Cork City, Ireland, arrived in Berlin armed with a curiosity about curry-wurst and an MBS in politics and history. A self confessed Berlin addict, J.J. infuses his tours with his intense passion for German history and culture, while employing his inimitable brand of humour to weave the story of Berlin in the great Irish tradition. His main period of interest is from unification in 1871 to 1914, examining all the social, political and cultural reasons which led Germany into two world wars. In his free time J.J. likes to uncover the latest trends in the Berlin’s thriving street-art scene, but mostly pines for the day when he can get a decent cup of tea somewhere. Join him on any of our daily tours, as he leads them all!


When Jamie moved to Berlin in 1999, the city appeared to be not much more than a building site. Since then, both he and Berlin have undergone a transformation. Through his wife, a former-East German, he immersed himself in German culture and became a devoted fan of the city. A professional archaeologist and part-time lecturer at Berlin’s Humboldt University, he has been excavating the city’s past for more than a decade. Now just back from his two year tenure at Durham University, UK, Jamie's enthusiasm for our great city will quickly become apparent as he unpeels the layers of its history for you.


Jared hails from Indiana, U.S.A., where he studied Anthropology and Neuroscience before moving to Germany in 2007 to continue on his academic quest. He has since migrated to full time guiding, preferring the streets to the classroom. Jared gives intense, enjoyable tours which help Berlin visitors understand the differing perspectives, motivations and movements which have shaped our wonderful city. Although he specialises in the histories of Potsdam and the Cold War, you can also enjoy his Famous Walk, Third Reich and Sachsenhausen tours. And should you have any niggling questions about Neuro-Cognative Pyschology, he's your man!


Hailing from Scotland and a journalist by profession, Kenny visited Berlin many years ago and fell in love with the city. Kenny gravitated towards fiction and has since published short stories and his first novel The Incident. In between all of this writing and sharpening his free diving skills, Kenny obtained a PhD. His unique perspective results in one of the world's best and most detailed oral narratives of Europe's epic history in relation to Germany. He guides the Famous Walk and the 3rd Reich Tour.


Maria, half Swedish half Japanese, was brought up in Sweden. At a young age she became restless and went to Paris and Milan to pursue modelling work. The fashion world was definitely not suited to her as she enjoys eating and reading, so she continued on to London to study drama and work in theater, appearing in the background of some big movies like Notting Hill. London being expensive, Maria started working as a tour guide engaging her passion of history. She came to Berlin just for a weekend and has now stayed for over a decade. Like so many others she fell in love with this fascinating city and it has since fueled her work as a rock journalist. Maria never tires of telling Berlin's complex and important history while guiding all of our tours.


Originally from London, Michael became addicted to the history of ‘the definitive 20th century city’ - Berlin, while studying Politics & History in England. This complimented with two years training as an actor ensures Michael strikes just the right balance between strong presentation, relevant information and gripping narrative. He has independently researched Berlin's rich espionage history, which in combination with his love for authentic vintage clothing makes Michael's Cold War tour an unforgettable experience.  A keen and accomplished mountaineer when not pounding Berlin's pavements, Michael leads each and every one of our tours.



Originally from New Zealand, Mike has lived in Berlin for over a decade and intends to stay, having set up home here with his German wife and their children. He studied European History and Tourism which is the perfect complement to his meticulously researched tours. He can be found at sites and mueums with notebook and pencil in hand when not touring. Mike is one of Berlin's most popular guides due to his contagious enthusiasm and phenomenal ability to convey history with compassion and excitement while walking backwards through the city.


Nickolai – born in what was then the communist capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, Nickolai's family fled from behind the Iron Curtain and made for sunny California, where he spent the bulk of his young life. Nickolai studied theatre in Santa Cruz, Chicago and New York. He still remembers his first visit to Berlin at the tender age of twelve, when the Wall left an indelible impression on him. Nickolai settled in Berlin in 2005 and began guiding tours straight away. Since then he has garnered a reputation as one of Berlin's most knowledgeable and personable guides. When not travelling to exotic places or acting in Berlin's theatres, Nickolai leads all of our many tours and is sure to enrich your visit to Berlin!


Scotsman, soldier, diplomat. After graduating from Sandhurst Nigel served all over the world from Ft. Hood Texas to Iraq, was made an MBE for service in the First Gulf war and was a covert intelligence gathering agent behind the Iron Curtain in communist East Germany. In the 1980s he also interpreted for Hitler's Deputy Rudolf Hess in Spandau Prison, Berlin. Nigel has appeared in documentaries on many TV channels round the world, including the "No Reservations" series with the legendary Anthony Bourdain. One of the most respected military historians in Europe, his colourful past is reflected in his magnificent Insider tours.


Phil, fascinated by the story of Berlin, and its curious blend of characters, moved here immediately on completion of his history degree from Trinity College Dublin. His need for the fleeting approval of an audience made guiding a natural fit. Although his expertise as a rock climbing instructor and mountain leader is of limited value on Berlin's flat expanse, it does mean all his energies now go into researching all things Berlin. Phil is thrilled to be living in such a diverse, complex and wonderful city and he loves to share this with our guests. He is a very popular guide on our Famous Walk and Sachsenhausen Memorial tours.


All the way from Sunny North Carolina, USA, Rachel earned a degree in Dance and Biology (really!) at Swarthmore College before following her dreams to Berlin in 2006. After a successful carreer as a professional dancer and choreographer the birth of her child in 2014 lead her into the very rewarding field of yoga for kids. Over the years many visitors have benefitted from Rachel's love of Berlin history. As an exceptionally talented guide she is a firm favourite on our Famous Walk tour and she urges all visitors to Berlin to visit Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp to experience first hand the earthshaking historical events that unfolded there, and which continue to have so much political and social relevance today.


­Our extroverted and dedicated Pub Crawl co-ordinator and main guide! Born in a little village in former West Germany located next to the border with East Germany (make sure you ask her about the footballs she used to lose to the East German border guards!), she soon outgrew the place and moved to Frankfurt, where she studied social sciences. When Frankfurt became too small for her too, she moved on to the expanses of Russia, where she spent a year working in women’s refuges. After that, Estonia, for Baltic Studies and continuation of her work in women’s refuges. At the beginning of 2004, she finally arrived in her new hometown, Berlin, where she's been working on our Pub Crawl ever since. She has numerous passions: women’s rights, music, reading and writing and, of course, partying!


Half-Egyptian, half-German, Tarek was born in New York where he went on to study art history and architecture at NYU, Columbia and Parsons. He first visited Berlin at the age of fifteen and after sampling its nightlife he knew he would ultimately have to return. Convinced it was true that “Berlin is the new New York”, he decamped for Berlin in 1998. After a stint with one of the city's most important architecture firms, Tarek is currently working on his PhD at the Humbolt University while simultaneously researching for the Humboldt Forum as the fellow of the director. He is an expert on historical buildings, cutting-edge architecture, and the complexity of Berlin’s plethora of museum collections.


Taylor, a New South Wales native, has been living in Berlin since 2009. After completing a BA in English and a Major in Film & Theatre he left 'down under' for the cultural melting pot of central Europe. Arriving in Berlin Taylor felt comfortable immediately and lost no time totally immersing himself in Berlin's history, culture and lifestyle. Guiding has become his passion, though he does still find time to write and direct the occasional play. You can taste his unique brand of facts and drama on our any of our tours.

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