'Wild Kreuzberg' Walking Tour
Trip at a Glance
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Sightseeing, Walking Tour
$24 USD per person
Departure Day(s) and Time(s)
April to October: Tuesday and Friday at 3pm; November to March: Tuesday and Friday at 10am
Berlin Bike Tour Shop, Bornholmer Straße 75, Berlin, 10439
The services of a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide.
Minimum 2 people, maximum 12 people. Reduced Pricing for Children (20$).
- Stops on the tour: - Kottbusser Tor/Subway Line 1 (Berlin’s first subway)/Dresdner Straße - Oranienstraße/blind man´s workshop/Kreuzberg courtyards - SO36 – legendary music club and party location - Prince Heinrich of Prussia Square - Schokofabrik women´s center – a former chocolate factory - Mariannen Square/Firemen memorial/Arthouse Bethanien/Fontane Pharmacy - Georg-von-Rauch-House ('Rauch-Haus', a former occupied building) - 'Treehouse' at the Berlin Wall/former Luisenstadt Canal - Ton-Steine-Gärten – an urban gardening project - Thomas Church - Spreewald Platz/Görlitzer Park – former Görlitzer Train Station - Falckenstein Straße - Oberbaum Bridge
- The 'Wild Kreuzberg' tour reveals contrasts you can’t see in any other part of Berlin. We don’t walk through the 'New Kreuzberg', already a bit snobbish, but show you the multi-cultural Kreuzberg that so many people have come to love – colourful, loud and reckless.
- Our walking tours have a maximum of 12 people, promising you a more personal and safe experience than many other tour companies offer. "Mass tourism is a foreign word to us."
A fascinating tour through the wild side of Kreuzberg in the former postal area SO36 that was part of the “American Zone” of West Berlin during the cold war. Kreuzberg transformed from one of the poorest quarters in the 1970s to one of the most popular cultural centers of Berlin today. We start at Kottbuser Tor, one of the multicultural hotspots in this area surrounded by alternative cafés, stylish bars, clubs and international restaurants. Having a look back in time we walk through the architectonical and social history of Kreuzberg from the 19th century to the 1960s and 70s and to the modern development of the present day.
Entering the pulsating life of unique Oranien Straße we explore some of the typical Berlin courtyards with their history and get a link to some actual developments in fashion, art and music. Finding roots of Kreuzberg’s history of alternative life and former squatter house projects we walk to Mariannenplatz to visit the Arthouse Bethanien, a historic hospital building near the former border area next to the Berlin Wall. Just around the corner there is a hidden secret behind Thomas church and next to the “Treehouse” at the Berlin Wall.
We keep walking to Wiener Straße and enter Görlitzer Park on a hidden path to get an overview of the whole area. Leaving the park we arrive in another pulsating area of Kreuzberg around Wrangel Straße with an interesting mix of people and styles. Coming near to our destination of Oberbaum Bridge we see another side of Kreuzberg and its street life, clubbing hot spots and riverside culture melting pots. The tour ends with the possibility to cross the river Spree to the Friedrichshain side and to explore the East-Side-Gallery, an open-air art exhibition painted on an original part of the Berlin Wall.
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