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Berlin: Jewish Museum Berlin Entrance Ticket

1. Berlin: Jewish Museum Berlin Entrance Ticket

Let the largest Jewish museum in Europe impress you with its symbolic architecture and exceptional exhibitions. Discover how the zig-zag-shaped building designed by Daniel Libeskind creates its own language for Jewish history in Germany, with slanting walls, sharp angles, and gaping voids. The new core exhibition “Jewish Life in Germany: Past & Present” spans from the beginning of the early middle ages to the present day. During the chronological tour, a large space is dedicated to National Socialism and the time since the end of WWII. The exhibition alternates between historical periods and cultural insights. What is sacred in Judaism? Is there specific Jewish art? How do people practice Judaism in today’s society? Alongside the treasures of the museum’s collection including everyday objects and art, there are video and audio installations. There are also interactive stations that provide surprising insights. Your ticket also includes entry to the temporary exhibition, Yael Bartana - Redemption Now. Discover the early and recent works of this contemporary video artist, which explores ideas of identity, memory politics, nations, and social movements. Her best-known work, “And Europe Will Be Stunned”, is also on display. The museum is located centrally in the vibrant district of Berlin-Kreuzberg and is within walking distance from Checkpoint Charlie. With your JMB ticket, you are eligible to receive reduced-rate admission to the neighboring Berlinische Galerie on the day of your museum visit and the two following days. The Berlinische Galerie is only a 5 min stroll away from the JMB.

Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

2. 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.

THE WALL: asisi Panorama Berlin Ticket

3. THE WALL: asisi Panorama Berlin Ticket

Visit the Panorama, an artistic representation of what life was like in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Experience Kreuzberg on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s. With your day ticket, take in the scenes of everyday life. View the alternative life of SO 36 in West Berlin, separated from East Berlin and yet only a stone's throw away. See the so-called Death Strip and border facilities. From the visitor’s platform, experience how mundane, and yet how gruesome life was in the shadow of the Wall. The exhibition also features a documentary on the artist, Yadegar Asisi from his early ideas to the creation of the Panorama.

Berlin: "Vibes of Berlin" Bike Tour

4. Berlin: "Vibes of Berlin" Bike Tour

Take a bicycle tour through the wild, alternative Berlin and discover what Klaus Wowereit meant when he said, "Berlin is poor, but sexy!" The tour begins in the central Nikolaiviertel, just five minutes from the TV Tower by foot. Start the tour where Berlin's history began, then ride far from the center to experience the city life in Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Neukölln, and Treptow. Immerse yourself in the different districts of Berlin and learn how they've changed. On this 17-kilometer ride, take a look at alternative projects and restored buildings as you ride along side streets and bike paths. The tour takes you through diverse areas and lets you see exceptional buildings and innovative ideas. Enjoy a beautiful ride along the Spree and the Landwehr Canal, where the contrasts of Berlin could not be clearer. Stop every 5 to 10 minutes to learn interesting and historical facts. A small group of up to 15 people, an intimate atmosphere, and a relaxed pace make this an unforgettable experience.

Kreuzberg: Culinary Food Tour

5. Kreuzberg: Culinary Food Tour

Meet at Kotti, right in the center of vibrant Kreuzberg. After a short introduction, you will have a broad overview of the history and lifestyle of the special place in Berlin. Kreuzberg was founded as a typical working-class neighborhood in the middle of the 19th century. The people always fell on hard times here. They lived in huge building complexes. Discover the places in Oranienstraße and try to imagine life back in the days, when it was almost impossible to breathe fresh air; when many people didn’t rent a whole flat or a room, but an 8 hours-stay on a mattress. Obviously, most people in the working class had left-wing views. So Kreuzberg logically turned into a critical neighborhood with constant demonstrations – escalations included. Your guide is looking forward to showing you the most important historic places and will forge a bridge to today’s every-day life and style in modern Kreuzberg. This place is a melting pot for people of all provenances, opinions, lifestyles, sexualities, and incomes. On your way through the streets and history of the quarter, meet the former GDR traffic-light men, visit SO36, the place of May Day March demonstrations, listen to dramatic reports of attempts to escape GDR, remember Martin Luther King’s visit in 1964 – and get to know Berlin’s Jack the Ripper. In the meantime, we enjoy exquisite snacks in selected restaurants in the neighborhood. People who love to travel know, that discovering new countries and cultures unconditionally means trying the local food. Try various dishes instead of one big meal. This varied selection will represent Kreuzberg’s multicultural and innovative spirit. Try original Berlin recipes, intercultural crossover dishes, and international delicatessen. The way to your heart is through your stomach so, after 3 hours, you will see Kreuzberg from many different points of view. You will come to understand, why Kreuzberg is the most vibrant place to be in Berlin. After this culinary and cultural experience, you are definitely prepared to start your next adventure in Kreuzberg and enjoy the glittering nightlife.

Berlin: Guided Tour by Canoe

6. Berlin: Guided Tour by Canoe

Experience Berlin from a different perspective on a guided tour by canoe and paddle through the artistic Kreuzberg district to see highlights on the banks of the Landwehr Canal. Depart from the grasslands at Urbanhafen port and paddle towards the historic Admiralbrücke (Admiral Bridge). Admire the flea market on the shores of Maybachufer as you make your way towards the Wagenburg Lohmühle. Get a feel for the open-minded atmosphere of tolerant and multicultural Berlin and learn about the city's history. Hear amusing anecdotes about the most colorful parts of the city center as you paddle alongside famous attractions such as the Oberbaum Bridge, Molecule Man aluminum sculptures and Badeschiff beach bar. See the remains of the old border control of the Osthafen port, dating back to when the city was divided into East and West Berlin.

Berlin: Kreuzberg Street Art and Urban Life Tour

7. Berlin: Kreuzberg Street Art and Urban Life Tour

Get authentic and personal insights into Berlin's urban life and flourishing street art scene on a 2-hour walking tour with a friendly guide. Journey through the Kreuzberg neighborhood to discover one of the city's most vibrant districts. See huge murals by international street artists as you stroll inspiring streets lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. Hear about Kreuzberg's history and how it was once home to squatters and the Turkish community, and why it is now a hotspot on Berlin's nightlife circuit. Get a personal view of this cutting-edge district with guides who are - or have been - part of the graffiti and street art scene and will share their first-hand information about the art you will see.

Alternative Berlin Experience

8. Alternative Berlin Experience

Take a 4-hour walking tour and discover Berlin's dynamic culture and lifestyle, and see why it fascinates so many visitors year after year. Creative, tolerant, multi-cultural, and liberal; no other city balances tradition and trends, density and open space, underground and cosmopolitan areas, quite like UNESCO's first "City of Design." On this premier alternative tour you will step off the tourist trail and explore the entire cultural landscape from a local perspective. From alternative underground, to urban and cosmopolitan, your guide will compare the many flavors, colors, and vibes of the East and West Berlin neighborhoods. Stroll through landmarks of the city's subcultural and countercultural history, and see some of the world's most breathtaking street art and graffiti up close. Stop at the Turkish neighborhoods in Kreuzberg, and visit Berlin's African and former Jewish communities. Take a peek at the city's colorful gay community, with a stop at one of Berlin's extravagant neighborhoods. Then, find out more about Berlin's hiphop and reggae scene at a delightful African beach bar and market. Listen to some amazing stories of the many different cultural movements that have taken hold in this unique city over the years, and discover the true identity of the city as you explore and experience the real Berlin.

Berlin: Kayaking Tour Through the City

9. Berlin: Kayaking Tour Through the City

Set off on an exciting, unique kayak trip. The tour begins or ends in the Berlin Kreuzberg district at the docks of the van Loon boat restaurant. For the trip you'll have an expert on hand to greet you before the tour beings. The guide will then help you to deploy. While you warm up for the trip, you will have the opportunity to learn a little about the interesting history of the Landwehr Canal. The journey heads westward downstream along the legendary railway line of the U1. The first train line to be built in Berlin runs above your head up until the point where, above and below the ground, a number of different traffic routes cross paths. A reminder of the so called "Rosinenbomber" (Raisin Bombers) from the Berlin blockade of 1948/1949 can be found on the roof of the German Museum of Technology. Continue by following this unique, scenic route next to the Spree, past Potsdamer Platz and the Ministry of Defence. Learn about the poignant history of the area and Stauffenberg's failed execution attempt of Hitler. You'll then paddle further past Tiergarten and Zoologischer Garten. Next up, cross one of the best–known Berlin locks and the city's widest bridge, a fun part and unique adventure especially for older children. The Tour ends in here in Charlottenburg. Your belongings arrived with the kayak-truck and you are just a short walk away from Tiergarten Station from where you can reach your next Berlin adventure. During the afternoon tour, the sights will be toured in the reverse order.

Berlin: 2-Hour Evening Kayak Tour on the Landwehr Canal

10. Berlin: 2-Hour Evening Kayak Tour on the Landwehr Canal

Discover Kreuzberg from a different perspective on this kayak tour along the Landwehr Canal. This evening tour starts at the “Van Loon” boat restaurant. After a short introduction to paddling techniques and the rules that you need to follow during the tour, head off in an easterly direction. Along the way, pass by the large grassy area that is a popular place for locals to hang out during the summer months. The Admiralbrücke marks the exit of the Urbanhafen. From here until the Lohmühleninsel, paddle past people relaxing on the waterfront as well as along the boundary between the districts of Kreuzberg and Neukölln and towards the former border between East and West Berlin. Relax and enjoy the evening atmosphere on the water while listening to facts about the history of Kreuzberg. The balance between historical facts, casual small talk, and relaxed paddling is customized according to your wishes.

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What people are saying about Kreuzberg

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,655 reviews

Wonderful paddle though the Berlin canals and Spree. I was worried at first that 3 hours of kayaking might be a bit too extranaous, but was just the right amount. You get to go through the locks and see water levels changing, which is cool. Tour guide shared some interesting historical background to the canals and areas passed through, but this is more of a kayaking experience and less a historical/factual sort of thing.

Exceptional Architecture has a symbolism that shakes your senses. Magnificent place that highlights the history but also the Jewish customs. Experiential museum and memorial to spiritual grandeur and sobriety. For a better experience, bring your headphones to follow the initiatory and interactive course thanks to the free museum app (in several languages)

A must do… Riding in the City is all fun! Well organised, simply choose on site your bike, helmet, and follow the guide. Our guide Lauren is first class for giving us an overview of Berlin, and out of the common path.

Very friendly and energetic guide who showed us a lot of unexpexted street art pieces! It really gives you another perspective on the world of street art.

Fantastic experience. So informative, excellent days education