Kaleidoscopic Berlin Kreuzberg walking tour
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Kaleidoscopic Berlin Kreuzberg walking tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: See calendar
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 3 hours
Do this because
  • Experience the Kreuzberg way of life that attracted rock legends like David Bowie and Iggy Pop
  • Explore Kreuzberg's creative use of abandoned buildings and plots of land as art hubs
  • Take in the graffiti and street art essential to Kreuzberg's look and feel
  • Discover the Turkish immigrant culture abounding in colorful markets
  • Ponder the district's history as the birthplace of Berlin counterculture during the Cold War decades
What to expect

The lively district of Kreuzberg just south of Berlin's city center is a 19th-century workers district, formerly part of West Berlin, that has seen it all over the years. Immigrants, capitalists, anarchists, artists, WWII bombs, the Cold War decades, each in their turn have greatly influenced the district. It's the one Berlin neighborhood that is known, loved, and feared across Germany as the birthplace of the counterculture for which the whole city has become famous over recent decades.

Starting off at the Oberbaumbrücke, Berlin’s most beautiful bridge, this three-hour tour with an urban historian takes you past the main landmarks of “SO36” (the eastern half of the district, named after the old postal code) and gives you insight into the area's rough history and the fast-moving events that are shaping its future. It also allows you to take it easy, to experience the Kreuzberg way of life that attracted the likes of rock legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop to haunt these streets during the Cold War 70s.

After pondering the remains of the Berlin Wall, your guide helps you to explore the creative uses of abandoned buildings and plots of land as art hubs, to grasp the importance of graffiti and street art to Kreuzberg's look and feel, and to discover the graceful Görlitzer Park (one of Berlin's most popular green spaces) and the 120-year-old market hall, Markthalle 9, where locals trade in artisanal and trendy food products. Next, you move through the Turkish immigrant culture abounding in shops and in colorful markets full of flowers, spices, delicious takeaway foods one can sample, such as deep-fried spinach and cheese Gözleme, falafel sandwiches, and freshly pressed pomegranate juice. Having gained a rich sense of Kreuzberg's kaleidoscopic culture, you conclude by discussing the controversial riverside development plans that today threaten to gentrify a district that prides itself on its authenticity.

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What's included
  • Guided tour
What's not included
  • Public transport ticket
Where

Schlesische Str. 18, 10997 Berlin, Germany

Meeting point:

The tour starts at the hotel Die Fabrik in Berlin Kreuzberg.

What to remember
  • This tour requires a minimum of two people
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When
  • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability

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Provider
Insight Cities
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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