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Trabi-Safari - TrabiWorld Berlin
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Berlin Live-Guided Self-Drive Trabi Safari Tour
Ranked #56 of 397 Tours in Berlin
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Owner description: Drive through Berlin in the official car of the DDR! Squeeze yourself behind the wheel of a Trabant of your choice and putter around the capital. See the most interesting sights and get your very own souvenir Trabant-driver's license! No need to queue: just jump into your very own Trabant and chug away through Berlin. Join your fellow cardboard-comrades in convoy, and see the capital like you've never seen it before. After a short introduction to the mysteries of the four-stroke and manual gearbox, the adventure can begin! Take a trundle back in time, in your much-loved vehicle, over the cobblestones of Berlin. After your second hair-raising corner, you'll have caught the Trabi-fever, and never want to get out again. All good things must come to an end, but don't worry: as a souvenir of this unique experience, we'll give you your very own Trabant driver's License! Tip: Why not follow up your tour with a trip to the Trabi Museum at Trabi World. What's Included: • Technical instruction • Trabi (Trabant) for up to 4 people • Guide at the beginning of the convoy • Live radio commentary in each car • Free miles and gas • Trabi driver's license for every new driver • Third-party and vehicle damage insurance
Reviewed January 29, 2013

A group of 12 of us did the Trabi-Safari, and I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. The trabis are super cool - a total range of colours/animal prints. However, they are extremely old, and I was amazed our Trabi made it for the full hour without breaking down (there were two breakdowns of other cars during the tour, with one having to be abandoned on the street due to all the fuel falling out).

We took in all the main sites with exceptional commentary from our tour guide. If you're looking for an in depth historical tour of Berlin, then this probably isn't for you. But, if you are looking for a good laugh and great banter, then definitely sign up.

I have only given this a very good rating rather than an excellent, due to the amount of fumes I inhaled during the trip which meant I felt a little nauseous. But then, these vehicles are old, so what can you expect.

Great fun - highly recommended.

Thank VonGregson
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We saw these wonderful looking vehicles driving around the city and instantly wondered what they were - with the funky paint designs and loud chugging engines they were pretty un-missable. On closer inspection and a chat with the friendly tour guide in the lead vehicle we got a leaflet and were soon on the phone to book our own tour. Excellent English by the person who answered the phone (they didn't pick up the first time as they were all out on a tour - but do try again in a few hours as they won't be out long) who soon took our booking for later that afternoon. The meeting place is just a few metres from checkpoint Charlie - over to the left if your back is to the checkpoint, just under the big hot air balloon.

When we turned up we found out it was only the four of us on the tour (in two cars) so we had a choice out off all the cars they had for use. You could choose from stripes, animal patterns and crazy bright colours. You could have estates, saloons and even convertibles if the weather would allow you.

To drive you need to hold a full manual license for your home country - no minimum age (our youngest driver was just 18).

Having picked our machine (giraffe pattern) we squeezed ourselves in behind the antiquated steering wheel (I am 6ft3 and it was a squeeze). The first thing we noticed was the lack of gear knob in the centre of the car. It was actually on the steering wheel and was a series of up and down, in and out movements to change gear - a very tricky but rewarding experience.

There are three tours you can choose from varying in length and in price. Not sure which tour we did but it incorporated all the big sights and was between €30 and €60 per person depending on the amount of people in the car.

Our guide spoke flawless English and had a wicked sense of humour - he kept getting don't care and don't worry confused, which was awfully funny when he was waiting for you.

On your return they have some awesome tee shirts and other trabi memorablia for you to buy at good prices.

I will definitely be going back to try another tour when I get a chance. I would recommend this to anyone how ever short your stay is.

4  Thank Loiney
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We saw the "Trabi" convoy while walking towards the Brandenburg and again at the East Side Gallery on Thursday, we took a card and tried a booking for the next day, due to huge popularity they couldn't fit us in but had 2 cars later the same day. We took a chance and honestly it's one if not the best city tour we've done.
You arrive to a great reception and are lead out into a yard of over 120 original Trabants, all smoking high revving 2 strokes. We spent 10 minutes being shown the process of gearbox management and then we were off. We spent an amazing hour+ driving around all the sites in convoy following a sight seeing commentary on an in car speaker. As with all international driving the fear is there at the beginning but the attention you get from roadside tourists is amazing and as you're in a convoy the concentration of navigation isn't there. The lead cars commentary was very factual and humorous to match the surreal nature f the situation. An amazing experience and truly worth your time and money
A long review I know but I thought the "Trabi Safari" was more than worth it. You will not be disappointed.

1  Thank Steve B
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Trabi Safari was definitely the highlight experience of our recent Berlin trip. The four of us shared one Trabant, and in my opinion that was the best choice - the size of this miniature vehicle gets maximized when you witness the cramped feeling with good friends. The guides give you the the basics to be able to survive the handling of the car. The tour is done in a convoy of some half a dozen of Trabis. Everywhere you go, the people cheer and take photos of these funny cars and you in them. On top of presenting the city sights, the guides give you some funny facts about life back in DDR days on the way. Go for it, flat out!

TIP: If you are planning a DDR themed day in Berlin, all you really need to do is to take the U-Bahn to Stadtmitte or Kochstrasse and you'll have everything you need within a mile. After exiting the must visit Checkpoint Charlie museum take Zimmerstrasse westbound and you'll find the Trabi Safari pitstop on the next corner. On the way, at Zimmerstrasse 90/91, you can visit the free Stasi information center to get an idea of the methods of the most notorious secret police of its time.

Thank Jarimalla
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Having finished business, our host at a company meeting took us on a short walk, past Checkpoint Charlie, to what looked like a cross between a breakers yard and a collection of kitsch inspired ex soviet vehickes with an old Ford Mustang thrown in. This is in fact the nerve centre of the Trabi Safari, where you can voluteer if you have the paperwork, to drive yourself through Berlin in a convoy with a driving guide who communicates with the convoy through mobile radio.
The cars are remarkably well preserved, although many have been overpainted. I took the option to not drive, as normally drive an automatic on the left. This is a column shift, precious little synchromesh, two stroke motor with little refinement. I could not even move the seat forward, but it did nave a safety belt.
Fortunately, on a Thursday afternoon in December, by London standards, the streets were not too crowded, and presumably the locals give a wide berth to the fleet of Trabis weaving up and down the boulevards. You get to see the major sites including the wall, the Brandenburg gate, the Reichstag and other things that I cannot remember the name of. It is a bumpy ride, with cramped seating, but you get to feel what it might have been like. No wonder when the wall fell, the price of second hand cars in Germany shot up as the East Germans spent their converted Ostmarks on decent cars.
I think my only grip was not being able to stop to take pictures either of the cars or what ould be seen, but this is a convoy, and there was a timetable to keep, so after about an hour we were back at the breakers' yard. There is a shop where you can buy all kinds of kitsch junk, and you get a souvenir visa.
This is not something I would have thought of doing, and it certainly would drive everyone mad to have a bunch of foreign tourist driving thrashed out old cars through the center of London on a working day, but it works here.

Thank mgoldman666
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