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City Tour Berlin: Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe

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Private tour

City Tour Berlin: Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe

Activity provider:Travelxsite

From US$ 224.11 per group up to 8

Experience old Berlin, stories about crooks, small alleyways, and the milieu of Zille. You will be introduced to the twenties, explore renovated and derelict courtyards, an old ballroom, and delve into the Jewish history of Berlin.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Stroll through old Berlin and immerse yourself in the history of the city
  • Hear about the development of the city, the Zille-Milieu, the 1920s, stories of gangsters, and further changes
  • Experience the Hackeschen and Heckmann Höfe, a not yet renovated Höfe in the Schwarzenberg House, and an old ballroom
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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.
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U-Bahn Station Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (U2), Weydingerstraße exit. In front of the entrance to Belushi´s Bar. Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 41, 10178 Berlin

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4.6 /5

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Ich habe die Tour als Dankeschön für Freunde gebucht, die nach Berlin gereist waren. Die Gruppe war ein internationaler Mix mit und ohne Berlin-Erfahrung. Claas hat das ganze kurzweilig und interessant gestaltet. Alle Fragen konnten beantwortet werden. Vielen Dank auch von der ganzen Truppe.

May 29, 2023

Die Tour war sehr auf das soziale Leben der 1910-1940 Jahre ausgerichtet, wobei immer der Brückenschlag in das heutige Berlin gelang. Unser Führer hatte viele historische Bilder in denen er an den Orten die Veränderung zeigen konnte. War sehr informativ und sehr gut organisiert. Kann ich weiterempfehlen.

May 29, 2023

Viele geschichtliche Informationen und Einblicke in die damalige Zeit. Eine sehr schöne Tour von der wir Freunden gerne berichten werden. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt bei dieser Stadtführung. Unser nächster Besuch in Berlin wird mit Sicherheit mit eine geführte Stadtbesichtigung geplant werden.

May 29, 2023

Product ID: 18053