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  1. Germany
  2. Berlin
  3. Friedrichshain

New Berlin Alternative City Tour

Product ID: 4835
Join this famous alternative tour of Berlin to explore its back streets, squats, and subcultures. See the capital of Germany from a different perspective as you uncover street art, hear about epic protests, and visit famed counter-culture galleries.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover Berlin street art, graffiti and coolest districts
  • Explore the city's development of a unique art and nightlife culture after the fall of the wall and reunification
  • Walk along backstreets and urban conflict zones
  • Hear about protests, riots, and demos
  • Learn about the controversy behind city gentrification and urban development
  • Go to the O2 World and Mediaspree
  • Visit the East Side Gallery
Full description
Stranded behind the Iron curtain for nearly 40 years, East Berlin developed its own, unique identity and became a magnet for non-conformists in search of an alternative lifestyle. Subcultures, squats, and graffiti art became part of Berlin’s distinct style, and with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the scene didn’t disappear: it simply moved east.

This decidedly different walking tour explores the gritty, grungy, underground aspect of the city that Berliners love! Witness the clash between corporate expansion and counter-culture, as you visit urban conflict zones, hear about protests and campaigns against gentrification, see street art and lively urban galleries and go in search of the city’s coolest neighborhoods.

You will discover a side of Berlin that even the best guidebooks are too timid to cover. Led by an enthusiastic guide, find out what makes Berlin the underground envy of other European capitals!
  • Tour of Berlin's underbelly
  • Guide
  • Break for lunch
What’s Not Included
  • AB transit ticket (required for tour)
  • Food and drinks at break

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Starbucks at Brandenburg Gate. Your guide will have a red umbrella and red t-shirt.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• You will need to purchase an AB transport ticket for this tour
• Children under the age of 13 may join free, however, please note that some content may not be suitable for younger guests
• While the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned, it may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 169 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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I've been in berlin quite a few times, checking out both the historical scenery as well as art and the underground scene and I learned a ton, amazing facts. Berlin is so huge and brilliant, you'll never get to know everything on your own. this guide will teach you a lot to say the least. no matter the weather, this tour is always a good idea.

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February 3, 2020

Really interesting and a good guide

Great Tour, even in The rain. A little to low voice sometimes, but a funny guy. Its was raining and cold, so perhaps another time a quick stop for a coffee to go and/or s toilet break could be nice. Also because, The tour is 3,5 hours and we are on vacation The content was perfekt!

March 24, 2019

Cristian ha sido nuestro guía y el tour no podría haber sido mejor. 3horas que se nos han pasado volando. Lo recomendamos sin duda alguna! Muchas gracias Cristian :) Highly recommended!!!

December 30, 2019

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