4. Berlin: 3-Hour Kreuzberg History Tour
The lively district of Kreuzberg, just south of Berlin’s city center, is a 19th-century workers' district that has seen it all over the years. Immigrants, capitalists, anarchists, artists, WWII bombs, and the Cold War decades have greatly influenced the district. It’s the one Berlin neighborhood that is known across Germany as the birthplace of the counterculture for which the whole city has become famous.
On this 3-hour tour you’ll start off at the Oberbaumbruecke, Berlin’s most beautiful bridge. Your urban historian guide will take you past the main landmarks of SO36 (the eastern half of the district, named after the old postal code) and provide an insight into the area’s dramatic history and the fast-moving events that are shaping its future.
Hear about the Kreuzberg way of life that attracted the likes of rock legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop to haunt these streets during the Cold War 70s.
After seeing remnants of the Berlin Wall, your guide will tell you about creative uses of abandoned buildings and plots of land as art hubs. Learn about the importance of graffiti and street art to Kreuzberg’s look and feel, and discover Görlitzer Park, one of Berlin’s most popular green spaces and the 120-year-old market hall, where locals trade in artisanal and trendy food products.
Experience the Turkish immigrant culture in shops and in colorful markets filled with flowers, spices, and delicious take-away foods. Sample delicacies such as deep-fried spinach and cheese gözleme, falafel sandwiches, and freshly pressed pomegranate juice.
Having gained a rich sense of Kreuzberg’s kaleidoscopic culture, you’ll end the tour discussing the controversial riverside development plans that threaten to gentrify a district that prides itself on its authenticity.
The tour can be done on foot, but is also offered as a bicycle tour. The bike tour covers more ground, but still stays within the district. There is a EUR 10.00 surcharge for bike rental, and for a small additional fee you can keep the bike until the next morning.