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  • Location:Berlin, Germany
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Berlin Off-the-Beaten-Path Walking Tour: Neighborhoods of Kreuzberg, Mitte and Friedrichshain

Go beyond the typical tourist sites in Berlin as you explore the city’s unique ethnic enclaves and thriving countercultures on this 4.5-hour guided walking tour. Take a deep dive into the Berlin neighborhoods of Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg and Mitte, stopping to learn about the various cultures and vibrant creativity that define these dynamic sectors. Explore Kreuzberg’s Turkish community before discovering Yaam Beach, which plays host to Berlin’s reggae and hip-hop scenes. Then pass into hidden courtyards and secret gardens as you admire some of Berlin’s legendary street art. This small-group excursion is limited to just 20 guests.

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Berlin focusing on subcultures
  • Visit neighborhoods including Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte and Friedrichshain
  • See the Turkish area of Kreuzberg and Yaam Beach, the Caribbean section
  • Learn about various countercultural movements from your expert guide
  • View street art and graffiti and learn the origins of the German fast food called currywurst
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures more individualized attention from your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A must-do for those who want to see more than just the regular tourist sights. You learn lots about Berlin's colorful history and discover parts of the city that only locals know!

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What You Can Expect

Berlin Off-the-Beaten-Path Walking Tour: Neighborhoods of Kreuzberg, Mitte and Friedrichshain

Discover Berlin off the beaten path!

Get off the beaten path in Berlin as you investigate the city’s thriving counterculture neighborhoods and unique ethnic areas on this 4.5-hour guided walking tour. It’s a great way to go beyond the typical tourist sites to get a sense for some of the unique cultures that give this thriving German capital its unique flair.

Start your walking excursion at the city’s TV tower in central Berlin around midday. Over the course your walk, you’ll have the chance to check out emerging areas such as Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte. In Kreuzberg, stop to explore the thriving Turkish community that calls the area home, along with Berlin’s Jewish quarter as well. The area is peppered with a unique collection of urban farms, guerrilla gardens, alternative art galleries and organic markets, all signs of the area’s growing popularity.

As part of your exploration you’ll also have the chance to learn about Berlin’s unique food culture. Discover currywurst, a popular style of fried German sausage seasoned with curry-flavored ketchup. You’ll also hear about Doner kebab, Turkish-style gyros that first gained popularity in Berlin. Then stop by Prater Garten, known as the city’s oldest beer garden.

Continue your walking excursion with a deep dive into the history of various counterculture movements in Berlin history. Discover the 1960s student protest movement, the rise of the Baader-Meinhof group in the 1970s and the growth of punk and the May 1 riots in the 1980s. Music and art have all played important roles in Berlin’s creative and subcultural scene. Hear about the Love Parade, a famous electronic dance music festival, along with the reggae, hip-hop and rasta fans of Yaam Beach. Then admire some of the incredible range of street art that dots many of these neighborhoods’ walls and alleyways.

Finish your tour at Yaam Beach, leaving with a newfound appreciation for the incredible diversity of Berlin’s artistic and ethnic communities.

Customer Reviews

Hakan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was amazing!

Anna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We loved it. I had zero knowledge and no interest in graffiti prior to that tour, so I feel great having to learn so much about it. Jason was our guide and he did a very good job at showing us around some very interesting parts of town. Very fun guy!

Peter N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Information and unconventional. Interesting guide.

Ashley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Thank you Alex for the amazing tour! It was great to hear your perspective on Berlin as a local. Loved hearing all the stories behind each neighbourhood. I highly recommend this tour!

Anthony V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour with a difference. Highly recommend it!

vesna c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour. Very knowledgeable, eloquent guide, Jake. Fascinating details about the city. Thank you.

Heleyna P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing tour - Callum was an awesome guide and really brought Berlin's colourful and dynamic history to life. Would highly recommend to those who want to veer away from your standard tourist spots and see how truly diverse Berlin is.

Amanda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved it! A wonderful different look at Berlin. Particularly with Jake!

Cara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved this tour- the guide was really informative and definitely had a great knowledge of some of the more obscure facts about the history of the city. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to see a different perspective of Berlin than what a traditional tour offers.

Diane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Jason was an intelligent and articulate guide leading us through fascinating areas if Berlin.
This was a very enjoyable tour.

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