Kreuzberg

Berlin’s most multicultural neighborhood has been a center of alternative lifestyles, street art and immigrant culture since the 1960s. Post-1990 gentrification has transformed much of Kreuzberg and made it hip and popular - but its revolutionary spirit lives on.

Duration: 3-5 hours

Note: On Tuesdays and Fridays may include a visit to the Turkish market.

Neighborhoods

Friedrichshain

 

Duration: 3 hours

Communist working-class suburb turned pub central. From the extravagant apartment buildings along Karl-Marx-Allee to the quaint shops and cafes near Boxhagener Platz, Friedrichshain is where young people in Berlin hang out.

Prenzlauer Berg

From avant-garde to chick in 20 short years – explore the amazing story of Berlin’s most coveted neighborhood today. A 19th-century brewery turned into a culture center, a threatening symbol becoming luxury apartments - this is Berlin's chameleon-like nature at its best.

Duration: 3 hours

Note: Preferably Mon-Sat; On Sunday it's better to choose the Markets tour

Schöneberg

A Middle-class refuge in the 1890s, a haven for cabaret and gay culture in the 1920s, a counterculture hub in the 1970s and a buzzing suburb today - Schöneberg is a powerful combination of history and culture and the place to meet David Bowie, Billy Wilder, John F. Kennedy, Christopher Isherwood, Albert Einstein and many more.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Spandau

Ancient wood-frame houses, a renaissance fortress, small-town feel and reformation lore abound in a neighborhood which is actually older than Berlin itself. The tour could also include Berlin's Olympic Stadium, bulit by the Nazis, and the architecturally unique Le Corbusier Haus.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Note: Could also include a visit to the Spandau Citadel

The Old West

The neighborhoods of Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf do not enjoy the same hype as Kreuzberg and its ilk - yet they are full of stories and sites, from the old lakeside villages and 19th century villas to the Russian ex-pat colony in the 20s and the fateful summer of protest in 1968. And lately, as rent in the east rises, the west may soon be cool again.

Duration: 3 hours

Note: Geographically similar to the West Berlin tour, but with a different focus.

 

One of the things that make Berlin unique is the emphasis that its residents place on the local character, not just of the city as a whole but rather of each borough, neighborhood and Kiez (Berlinish for 'the local couple of blocks'). Multicultural Kreuzberg, uppity Prenzlauer Berg, romantic Spandau and many more all co-exist within this metropolis, making this mega-city sometimes feel like a tiny village. It is possible to combine the tours on this page in various ways, as well as plan personalized tours to other interesting neighborhoods.