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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

gary w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fabulous and unusual trip. Excellent guide who knows all the ins-and-outs of Berlin

Larry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Had a great time -- the guide was passionate and knowledgable and went over the evolution of neighborhoods over the years. Definitely recommend!

Lidija

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We enjoyed our tour with Imogen.

adanijelka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Imogen was our guide and she was great!!!

LC Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great tour to compliment a classic war monuments tour the day before. It focussed on post cold war Berlin and brought us to many new neighbourhoods we wouldn't have otherwise seen. While we saw some street art, this was not the main focus of the tour. Our guide, Callum, was originally from Scotland but had lived in Berlin for a while and was passionate about the city. My 20 year old son and I both really enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it.

gary w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour for something different. Would high recommend it. Guide, Nicole was super.

Judith V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide, Nicole, was energetic, enthusiastic, informative and entertaining. You should mention that there is the additional cost of a tram ticket,7.

Bradley R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We felt like we saw the Berlin where Berliners live.

andrew b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was Jake and was excellent.
He does not just know the script, but also wrote the backing material and lived the life.
You will see and understand a number of things that will just pass you by if you do not go on a tour like this.
Be careful, I think he over-runs, we started at 12, finished at 5.45 at a bar and by then you will have walked a lot and learnt a lot.

Shelly Y USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Outstanding tour and tour guide. This is probably in my top 4 of all time. Amazing history, local culture and our guide was knowledgeable, fun and interesting. Highly recommended!!!!!

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