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Berlin: Hidden Backyards Guided Walking Tour in German

1. Berlin: Hidden Backyards Guided Walking Tour in German

Discover Berlin's hidden back alleys and courtyards on a guided walking tour. Enjoy a guided visit to some of the most iconic spots that showcase the typical urban Berlin atmosphere. See how people live, work, create, and have fun in these hidden spaces. Meet your guide and stroll through the Scheunenviertel in Berlin-Mitte. Learn about the history of the development of this quarter and its transformation into the center of Jewish life around the New Synagogue. Find out how it became the trendy, colorful, and international area that it is today. Go off the beaten path and discover lesser-known areas that many visitors miss during their stay in the city. Make your way through dark alleys and passageways which reveal thriving cultural spaces that are popular with the locals. One such example is the Schwarzenberg House, a relic of a bygone era, now home to art studios and creative spaces. Admire the walls of the yard which are adorned with street art, and the historic buildings which have had many different functions over the years. Head to the buzzing courtyard of the Heckmann-Höfe, illuminated with vibrant colors in the shadow of trees and ivy-lined buildings. Relax in this 19th-century courtyard, a hidden oasis from the busy streets of Berlin. With your expert guide, you will also discover other hidden courtyards and spaces that are often missed by passers-by. Enjoy an in-depth insight into the city away from the tourist hotspots and shopping centers.

Berlin: Alternative Walking Tour Mitte & Kreuzberg

2. Berlin: Alternative Walking Tour Mitte & Kreuzberg

From punk rock to techno and politics to squatting culture. From the best street art and graffiti to urban treehouses and beaches. From the back streets to the big city. The stories of Berlin's amazing alternative culture laid bare. The Alternative walking tour shows you Berlin's underbelly and gives a unique personal viewpoint of why it remains the most vital and vibrant place on Earth. Your tour may include: Haus Schwarzenberg, YAAM beach, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Treehouse on the wall, SO36, RAW Gelände. The tour will include various spots in Mitte and Kreuzberg.

Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

3. Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

Start your urban underground tour of Berlin at the Hackescher Markt at the heart of the local cafe scene and then head to a unique courtyard loved by contemporary artists. Hear how it has survived against the odds and get insights into the alternative messages of the art on display. Hear local stories about Berlin's neighborhoods as you continue to the Pink Man graffiti by the famous street artist, Blu. Learn about his protest against the “gentrification” of the town’s alternative side and other ethical projects he’s involved in.  Then, it's time to relax with a drink at a hip beer garden by the Urban Spree and experience how Berliners like to spend their evenings. Pass the East Side Gallery, where artists from around the world have left their mark on the remains of the Berlin Wall. Stop at the smallest cinema in town, popular for showing international movies and its 70's flair. End by the Boxhagener Platz and discover a great place to relax and experience some more urban vibes.

Private tour Alternative Berlin - Murals, Graffiti, Squats

4. Private tour Alternative Berlin - Murals, Graffiti, Squats

After the fall of the wall, Berlin was a cheap place to live. It attracted many alternative people. Artists, hippies and punks from all over the world moved to Berlin and led to the rise of a free and creative culture in the deserted buildings of East German communism. Squats, house projects, galleries and communities popped up everywhere in the city. Although it has experienced constant gentrification, Berlin is still a hub for artists, musicians and wanderers from all over the world.  

City Tour Berlin: Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe

5. 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.

Private Taxi Tour durch Berlin Ost und West und Kiez ca 3-4h

6. Private Taxi Tour durch Berlin Ost und West und Kiez ca 3-4h

On day ouf our tour I will pick you up from your accommodation or hotel. Within the Berlin S-Bahn-Ring (city circle ring) without extra costs, pick-up from the airport is also possible, but then you may choose better our Welcome Tour (or Farewell Tour, if you want to depart). You don't need to wait outside, please wait for most comfort until I send you a text message on your mobile. After a brief overview about our tour let us start. Enyoy the ride in a luxurios SUV car, with leather seats, AC and all comfort. You sit on a higher position, especially in the fond for a better sight. From outside you are not visible. Your tour is individual, but I have of course a round trip prepared with the most spectaculous and interesting sites of Berlin. This is important, if not not, you won't get the story of Berlin, with its progress from the time of the prussian kings and later emperors, and the deep fall with the nazitime and second world war. Berlin get destroyed up to 80 percent in the center, but a lot was reconstructed in the past. And then the dividing of the city in 4 sectors, forming later East and West Berlin. With a partly differenct, partly similar developpement in both parts. But grounded in two different and completely opponent systems, capitalism and communism. And then the wonder of the reunification after a peaceful revolution in 1989. Since then an increasing city, towards its former border section, a death zone, and implementing there the new parliament and government center. And growing in numbers and attractivities, with its very lively and young culture, from high established opera art to the party scene. And you will get in touch of all of this, not only from your convenient seats, but also on short walks to some main sites or interesting places. Let's start for example at Potsdamer Platz. This was part of the death stripe between East and West. Why death zone? Here was literally nothing left from the time pre-war. The ruins after the destroying were erased on both sides, and here the stripe between the front, west wall and the second, back wall was 80m wide. In the nineties is was developped and reconstructed with modern building, the socalled Sony Center and the Mercedes-Benz Quarter. Now we find here new hotels and entertainment, offices and residential flats. We start from here to the North, passing the former ministrial gardens, towards Brandenburg Gate. And before passing this first time, we will see the 2711 steles of the holocaust memorial of the 6 mio murdered jews of Europe. Also Brandenburg Gate was part of the wall, with no check point, like at Potdamer Platz. But it was already a gate of the ancient city in the baroque time. This is the reason that the old city was totally part of East Berlin, because the city spread out to all the sides and especially to the West 150 years ago. So I usually try to show you first the highlights of the west, with more riding inbetween, and later the historical sites, situated in the East.

Private Taxi Tour through Berlin Extended & Relaxed ca 5-6h

7. Private Taxi Tour through Berlin Extended & Relaxed ca 5-6h

When starting our tour I will pick you up from your accommodation or hotel. Within the Berlin S-Bahn-Ring for free, pick-up from the airport is also possible, but then you may choose better our Welcome/Farewell Tour. You don't need to wait outside, please wait until I send you a text message. After a brief overview about our tour let us start. Enjoy the ride in a luxurios SUV car, with leather seats, AC and all comfort. You sit on a higher position, especially in the fond for a better sight. Your tour is individual, but I have of course a round trip prepared with the most spectaculous and interesting sites of Berlin. This is important to get the whole story of Berlin, with its progress from the time of the prussian kings and later emperors, and then the deep fall with the nazitime and second world war. Berlin get destroyed up to 80 percent in the center, but a lot was reconstructed in the past. And then the dividing of the city in 4 sectors, forming later East and West Berlin. With a partly differenct, partly similar developpement in both parts. But grounded in two different and completely opponent systems, capitalism and communism. And then the wonder of the reunification after a peaceful revolution in 1989. Since then an increasing city, towards its former border section, a death zone, and implementing there the new parliament and government center. And growing in numbers and attractivities, with its very lively and young culture, from high established opera art to the party scene. And you will get in touch of all of this, not only from your convenient seats, but also on short walks to some main sites or interesting places. The special thing about this “Extended & Relaxed" tour is that we take it easy. We have time for more (photo) stops, but also for a break with café, or a beer. Or we have a real lunch break in a very cosy restaurant in an original old building. Inside looking like an old pub, serving German meals like Schnitzel (but also pizza or salad, if your prefer). It's your choice! Relax and explore German kitchen culture. Or a shorter break with a Berliner Currywurst (Bratwurst in curry sauce). Let's start for example at Potsdamer Platz. This was part of the death stripe between East and West. Why death zone? The ruins after the destroying were erased on both sides, and here the stripe between the front wall and the second, back wall was 80m wide. In the nineties is was developped and reconstructed with modern buildings, the socalled Sony Center and the Mercedes-Benz Quarter. We start from here direction North, passing the former ministrial gardens, towards Brandenburg Gate. Before we will see the 2711 steles of the holocaust memorial of the 6 mio murdered jews in Europe. Also Brandenburg Gate was part of the wall, with no check point. But it was already a gate of the ancient city, so the old city was totally part of East Berlin. I show you first the highlights of the West, and later the historical sites situated in the East.

Berlin: Jewish Heritage and History Private Guided Tour

8. Berlin: Jewish Heritage and History Private Guided Tour

The Jews were spread worldwide after being exiled from their land. Many settled in Europe, staying steadfast in keeping their old faith and customs amid constant persecutions. Germany, including Berlin, excluded the Jews from normal life, but the Jews were persistent and eventually received full rights as citizens. From isolated ghettos and communities, the Jews climbed to high social positions in economy, science, culture and the new emerging democratic politics of Germany until the Nazis took power. The tour will tell the story of Jews in Germany and the Nazi attempt to eradicate them from Europe.

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based on 1,117 reviews

My guests were very impressed with the tour. The Hackeschen Höfe are generally known, but hearing the historical background along with little stories and anecdotes from art and culture was interesting and informative. Even I, as a Berliner, didn't know the other courtyards and I will - now encouraged - take a few more private walks into these courtyards and the surrounding historically interesting area.

Thanks for everything Gunter! It was very nice to meet you! I loved the tour, my grandma also loved it and learned a lot, and that was what she was looking for.!! Thank you so much, it was way better that we expected. You know a lot!!

The tour was very informative and entertaining, thanks to our guide Susanne. We got to "corners" of Berlin that we would never have seen otherwise. Recommended 👍

Great tour with the best weather in January. The 2 hours and 15 minutes flew by. The guide was absolutely committed and talked very interestingly.

The man who did the tour was very nice, friendly, knew a lot and made the tour very interesting. It was just great.