Compact walking tours that explore Berlin’s fascinating history

See Berlin from a different angle with our knowledgeable guides in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether you are visiting or live here – there’s a tour for everyone!

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TOURS

BROKEN UTOPIAS: THE MANY LIVES OF STALINALLEE

This street at the heart of eastern Berlin has had three names. Stalinallee, once the prestige boulevard of socialist East Berlin, was built up from the ashes of WWII in the 1950s. On this tour, we will discover how socialist ideology shaped life from architecture and surveillance to simple everyday activities. Beyond the bombastic facade, this street has been the stage for violent street fighting, demonstrations and funeral marches. We will ask the question what it meant to live well for those who built this street and the generations after. This tour doesn’t end with the collapse of the Berlin Wall but follows it into the 21st century and the stories of those Berliners still living there.

HANSAVIERTEL: A DESIGN FOR LIFE

Hidden beside Tiergarten in the centre of Berlin, Hansaviertel is famous for its modernist buildings constructed after the devastation of WWII. A product of Cold War rivalry, Hansaviertel reflects how the big ideas of the time impacted life in very tangible ways. But more than just looking at the buildings, we will uncover the stories of Berliners throughout 150 tumultuous years, including those residents who went on to shape Berlin and beyond, for better and for worse. We will explore what freedom meant to people in the Weimar Republic in the 1920s and to West Berliners during the Cold War. On this walking tour, follow the echoes of these designs for life still resonating in modern-day Berlin.

Berlin Charité: 300 Years in Sickness and Health

The history of Charité, Berlin’s oldest hospital, spans both the promise and betrayal of medical science. It is the story of the struggle to understand disease and also of what happens when a hateful ideology turns doctors into executioners. Although its beautiful red-brick campus feels like a world of its own, the Charité has not been immune to the whims of the powers ruling Berlin and has been the political instrument of Nazis and East Germany alike. On this walking tour, we will dissect 300 years of success, failure and everything in between.

 

Beyond the Graves: The Fights and Flights of Invalidenfriedhof

 

Invalidenfriedhof is no typical graveyard. Once part of one of the deadliest borders in the world – the infamous Berlin Wall – this graveyard holds many untold stories beneath its surface.  We will explore the twists and turns of this corner of Berlin and its role in the wars that shaped Germany and the Wall that once divided Europe. Today, it might seem like a place for a relaxing stroll along the River Spree, but look closer and the scars of the past are still visible all around.

 

Protest and the Square: Alexanderplatz and the History of Resistance

 

Protest is at the heart of Berlin. Uprisings and demonstrations have defined the character and spirit of the city throughout its 800 years. A public square that is on the must-see list of every tourist visiting Berlin, Alexanderplatz today is a prime display of socialist architecture. But hidden behind the impressive concrete landmarks is the entire history of Berlin. On this walking tour, we will take an alternative look at Berlin’s busiest square and seek out the traces of some of the most momentous protests in its history as well as lesser-known acts of civil courage. From rebellious beginnings to the peak of Nazi terror, Alexanderplatz and its surroundings have borne witness to it all.

 

Behind Prison Walls: Getting into Trouble in Moabit

 

Moabit is a district that has been home to radical thinkers throughout the centuries – just not always voluntarily. From the brutal repression of Nazi-era resistance to daring prison escapes of Red Army Faction members, on this tour we will look at crime, punishment and resistance in Berlin. We will focus on Lehrter Straße and explore this street that is now located next to the capital’s Central Station but was once the undesirable outpost of the growing city. Hidden corners of Berlin, including the sites of two former prisons, will come together to tell you fascinating yet often overlooked stories that span 200 years of crime, terrorism, and people not afraid to get into trouble.

 

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