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Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

1. Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

Start your urban underground tour of Berlin at the Hackescher Markt at the heart of the local cafe scene and then head to a unique courtyard loved by contemporary artists. Hear how it has survived against the odds and get insights into the alternative messages of the art on display. Hear local stories about Berlin's neighborhoods as you continue to the Pink Man graffiti by the famous street artist, Blu. Learn about his protest against the “gentrification” of the town’s alternative side and other ethical projects he’s involved in.  Then, it's time to relax with a drink at a hip beer garden by the Urban Spree and experience how Berliners like to spend their evenings. Pass the East Side Gallery, where artists from around the world have left their mark on the remains of the Berlin Wall. Stop at the smallest cinema in town, popular for showing international movies and its 70's flair. End by the Boxhagener Platz and discover a great place to relax and experience some more urban vibes.

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Kreuzberg: Walking Tour

2. Kreuzberg: Walking Tour

Discover the alternative side of Berlin on a walking tour through the multicultural and trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood. Learn the rich history of this area and see how different cultures collide to give Kreuzberg its unique charm. Follow your guide as they lead you on a historical walk from Platz der Luftbrücke, past the waterfall in Viktoriapark and through the residential area of western Kreuzberg. Walk by spectacular houses from the beginning of the last century and an imposing housing project referred to as the “Social Palace.” Continue past colorful Turkish markets, Arabic restaurants and bistros, and chic cafes and boutiques. See the heart of the former SO36 postal district, which is now considered Berlin's punk district. Listen and look as your guide points out the hidden treasures found along the route. Go through Heinrich-Platz and reach the Mariannenplatz where the impressive Bethanien building, a former hospital and now a public art space, is found. Next door in an area known as Rauchhaus, you will learn about Berlin's "squatters" history. Finally, walk to the Oberbaumbrücke, which symbolically links East and West Berlin and leads to the East Side Gallery.

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Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

3. Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

A guided bicycle tour is the best way to discover Berlin. Cycling is not only an easy way to get around the city but also brings you close to the action! Even visitors who already know Berlin well are amazed at the new perspectives they see on this tour. This tour usually runs on bike paths and safe, quiet roads. Start at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg and cycle toward Volkspark Friedrichshain and Karl-Marx-Allee. In Friedrichshain, bike around Boxhagener Platz and the RAW Tempel. This area is home of great nightlife, but there's still plenty to see during the day! Continue along the East Side Gallery and over the Oberbaumbrücke to Kreuzberg. Discover back courtyards, explore beautiful parks, and ride along the banks of the River Spree. See Görlitzer Park, and experience the alternative way of life in the colorful SO36 district of Kreuzberg. You’ll not only learn many interesting facts but hear various anecdotes about the city and insider tips.

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Small Group Tour: "Wild Kreuzberg"

4. Small Group Tour: "Wild Kreuzberg"

Lose yourself in wild Kreuzberg on this walking tour. You will start at Kottbusser Tor, where everyday life meets Kreuzburg night culture. A Turkish market, Arabic restaurants and bistros, chic cafes alongside alternative clubs and bars line the square, which is divided down the middle by the famous overground rails of the U1 line. Walking past imposing houses from the beginning of the last century, and the Sozialpalast, you will reach the really happening Oranienstraße, the heart of the former SO36 postal district, as Berlin's punk district is still known. Here there are restaurants, bars and shops with typical Kreuzberg charm, the Berlin Home for the Blind, the Museum of Objects, Comic Shops and Boutiques. Over the Heinrich-Platz you will reach the Mariannenplatz, where the art-squat Bethanien, a former hospital, is to be found. Next-door in the Rauchhaus you will find more traces of the squatters' life of days gone by. Then walk to the Oberbaumbrücke, which symbolically links East and West Berlin and leads to the East Side Gallery.

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Berlin: Kreuzberg Undercover

5. Berlin: Kreuzberg Undercover

Begin at the Kotti, which is a central place in Kreuzberg. In a short introduction, your guide will give you an overview of Kreuzberg’s history, life, and culture.  Kreuzberg was founded as a typical working-class neighborhood in the middle of the 19th century. People lived in huge building complexes, some in the fifth or sixth backyard. Discover these places at Oranienstraße and try to imagine life back in the days when it was almost impossible to breathe fresh air and when many people could not rent a whole flat or a room but instead slept on just a mattress. Most people in the working class had a radical left-wing view. So Kreuzberg turned into a critical neighborhood with constant demonstrations. Your guide will tell you about The Mother of all Street Fights. Visit SO36, a legendary music club, where anarchistic punk and new wave bands entertained audiences in the 1970’s and 1980’s and provoked the government and police. Discover Görli Park, the Central Park of Kreuzberg. Get to know Berlin’s Jack the Ripper. After two hours, see Kreuzberg from a different point of view. Say your goodbyes, then start your next adventure in Kreuzberg's famous nightlife, or if you prefer, to relax after this exploratory city tour.

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Berlin: 3-Hour Kreuzberg History Tour

6. Berlin: 3-Hour Kreuzberg History Tour

The lively district of Kreuzberg, just south of Berlin’s city center, is a 19th-century workers' district that has seen it all over the years. Immigrants, capitalists, anarchists, artists, WWII bombs, and the Cold War decades have greatly influenced the district. It’s the one Berlin neighborhood that is known across Germany as the birthplace of the counterculture for which the whole city has become famous. On this 3-hour tour you’ll start off at the Oberbaumbruecke, Berlin’s most beautiful bridge. Your urban historian guide will take you past the main landmarks of SO36 (the eastern half of the district, named after the old postal code) and provide an insight into the area’s dramatic history and the fast-moving events that are shaping its future. Hear about 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 seeing remnants of the Berlin Wall, your guide will tell you about creative uses of abandoned buildings and plots of land as art hubs. Learn about the importance of graffiti and street art to Kreuzberg’s look and feel, and discover Görlitzer Park, one of Berlin’s most popular green spaces and the 120-year-old market hall, where locals trade in artisanal and trendy food products. Experience the Turkish immigrant culture in shops and in colorful markets filled with flowers, spices, and delicious take-away foods. Sample delicacies 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’ll end the tour discussing the controversial riverside development plans that threaten to gentrify a district that prides itself on its authenticity. The tour can be done on foot, but is also offered as a bicycle tour. The bike tour covers more ground, but still stays within the district. There is a EUR 10.00 surcharge for bike rental, and for a small additional fee you can keep the bike until the next morning.

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What people are saying about Görlitzer Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 427 reviews

Miha was terrific, very knowledgeable and friendly. By the end of our time together I felt I had made a friend. His range of experience and knowledge was very broad and touched on nightlife, Berlin history, art, culture, and even religion. A wonderful man. I hope to see him in New York soon!

Very nice bike tour - a great mix of impressions and information. Tonio was a very good guide who guided us through the districts with wit and great knowledge. We would be happy to book a different tour on your next visit. Thanks very much!

The tour was super nice, having an urban discovery of Berlin with tips and history about some areas was super interesting.

Big up for Magda, SO36 und den Typen auf dem Fahrrad. Good times !

A great evening spent in areas we wouldnt have found on our own.