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Berlin: History of Crime Walking Tour

1. Berlin: History of Crime Walking Tour

Dive into the underbelly of Berlin's past as you discover its history of crime on this walking tour. Delve into stories about gangs, political murders, and facinating scandals.   Hear about how Chicago gangs dominated the Berlin entertainment industry in the 1920s. Get details on the underworld's involvement in protection rackets, drug trafficking, kidnappings and prostitution. Learn about how the infamous Glasgow gang terrified the whole of Berlin in the post-war period and hear about the Safe Breakers. Listen as your guide tells you the story behind the gang fight at the Silesian train station. Immerse yourself in the terror at Bülowplatz where the later head of the Ministry for State Security, Erich Mielke, was involved in a political murder. See the former location of the massive Berlin police headquarters and find out how the police won world acclaim through Ernst Gennat.  Finish your tour at the Rotes Rathaus where you can hear the tale of a financial scandal in the 1920s which involved the mayor. 

City Tour Berlin: Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe

2. City Tour Berlin: Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe

Get ready for an exciting tour! This tour of the Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe is a foray into old Berlin. The tour begins at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, where you will discover old courtyards, learn about the settlement of Berlin's Jews, and hear all manner of political stories. Not only are the former headquarters of the KPD (German Communist Party) located here, but also the Volksbühne (the people's political theater), and the famous Kino Babylon. Afterwards, set off down narrow alleyways. Hear stories of the Ringvereine, clubs of former inmates who dominated the area, of the Demimonde (Hedonists), and prostitution, as well as of the working-class Zille-Milieu. The Mulackritze, also called simply "Ritze," was a legendary bar that Marlene Dietrich, Heinrich Zille, and Gustav Gründgens regularly frequented. Here, you will get a feel for the old, exciting worlds based here. During the second part of the tour, you will visit various former courtyards. In Haus Schwarzenberg you will be introduced to the building conditions under the German Democratic Republic. The Hackeschen Höfe and Rosenhöfe speak to old social ideas and the resourcefulness of commerce. Next, you'll visit an old, not-yet-renovated ballroom. The hall of mirrors on the first floor, formerly reserved for the aristocracy, as well as the ballroom on the ground floor bring you back to the twenties and are also a great going-out location. To this day, you can go dancing there on weekends and enjoy live music. You'll visit the hall of mirrors even if the ballroom isn't open. Finally, you'll learn about the history of Auguststraße, the "AHAWAH" Jewish orphanage, and, on the way to the New Synagogue, where the tour concludes, the Heckmannhöfe. Enjoy a relaxing and interesting tour and experience a unique side of Berlin's diverse history.

Berlin: Roaring Twenties Group Walking Tour

3. Berlin: Roaring Twenties Group Walking Tour

Follow your guide as they paint a picture of the roaring 20s in this Berlin walking tour. Start at Alexanderplatz, one of the busiest places during the twenties. Marvel at the architecture from that time with Behrends buildings right in the middle of the square. Stroll to Mulackstraße which was the setting of on of the most famous books of that time, Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin. Let your guide point out some hidden architecture gems along the tour like the Volksbühne and the Kino Babylon. Next, stop at Clärchens Ballhaus to see why scenes of famous movies like Inglorious Bastards have been filmed there. Finally, visit Friedrichsstraße at the Admiralspalast. Learn about the society of the twenties and why this decade was so important for Berlin. Discover how it is similar to modern times.

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What people are saying about Volksbühne Berlin

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 46 reviews

There were three of us with the guide, no more interested parties had registered. This tour is very interesting. Our guide provided historical events with small anecdotes and told them very vividly. The 2 hours passed very quickly. I can only recommend this tour.

Very nice and informative entertaining city tour in great corners

We were a small group and had our "own" city guide, who was very committed and showed us a lot, which deviates from the usual routes and trails. There was a lot of new things to hear and see. We loved it.

Very exciting and informative tour - there are also a lot of interesting facts for Berliners. Many thanks to our great guide - despite the heat: cool!!!

Good guide

My guide knew the area well and catered to my specific interests.