Meet your expert guide in the morning at a designated spot in the former West Berlin or East Berlin, depending on your preference, and start your half-day walking tour through this eclectic city.
Head to the gentrified neighborhood of Mitte, located in the historical city center along the River Spree, and see old buildings beautifully restored from their previously neglected state after the fall of the Berlin Wall. As you explore the winding courtyard passages, your guide will point out examples of the post-unification cultural scene and inform you about this hub where art, consumerism and technological innovation flourish.
Next, visit Prenzlauer Berg, a formerly working-class district now transformed into a vibrant area with its influx of young families, entrepreneurs and fashionable trendsetters. Visit the Kulturbrauerei (Culture Brewery), a well-preserved 19th-century brewery complex renovated into a cultural arts center that includes cinemas, theaters and clubs.
Learn about East Berlin’s demographic upheaval as you listen to your guide chronicle historic changes that led to the city’s cultural transformation. Then, head to Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, fascinating districts formerly divided by the Berlin Wall, where the residents’ traditional left-wing politics are now challenged by new influences.
Visit the East Side Gallery, a half-mile (1.3-km) section of the Berlin Wall displaying more than one hundred original mural paintings expressing freedom and reconciliation. As you stop to admire the images, you’ll discuss the origins and political messages of Berlin's street art scene with your guide.
Afterward, walk over the iconic Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge), a popular landmark and symbol of unity that connects East and West Berlin and boasts remarkable views from both sides. When you reach the end, explore Potsdamer Platz – Berlin's impressive new commercial center, built on the site of the historical city square. Here, your walking tour concludes under the dome of the Sony Center.