We signed up for the tour with Andreas because it looked like a nice experience for several reasons. Like many who visit Warnemunde, it is because it is a cruise ship stop. We never seriously considered the long trip to Berlin, so we reviewed different tour options in the local area. Friends of Dave Tours consistently get very high ratings. We specifically chose Andreas's tour because it is very local tour, instead of some of Dave's longer tours. Also, for us, the most appealing thing about Andreas' tour was to get some exposure to Cold War history during our trip. Most of the other standard tours on a Baltic cruise focus on the 18th and 19th centuries, especially in St. Petersburg, so this tour was a very nice change of flavor.
Andreas is extremely bright and has a very good command of the history of the local area. Also, he can share his own experiences as an East German citizen and experiencing the fall of the Berlin Wall as a young man. Of course, during the tour of Rostock and Warnemunde you learn about other historical periods beyond the Cold War, but we personally found this to be an interesting element.
To be clear and to manage expectations, Warnemunde and Rostock are relatively small, quiet places, so don't expect extremely impressive buildings or museums like in a major city. However, this was a very enjoyable day. Also, we were in a small group and enjoyed the company of our fellow tourists as well as Andrea's experience.
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