This is a wonderful free walking tour to discover the alternative legacy of Berlin. The subcultures of Berlin are becoming ever-more present and accessible to those who want to experience them but this free tour not only helps you seek out the unusual & unconventional in Berlin, it gives you real insight into the alternative lifestyles and ways of thinking which have become engrained in the city and adds, very importantly, to the makeup of the colourful German capital. The guides are great, very passionate, enthusiastic and genuinely interested in the content covered, the places visited and the history of Berlin subcultures, they know the alternative face of Berlin intimately and take you on a fascinating journey through the city, off the tourist-trodden track, for an exciting and authentic local experience decorated with striking graffiti & street-art, vibrancy and knowledge to give you a new perspective on Berlin. It's a local tour with a difference, thoroughly enjoyable and interesting and an ideal way to explore and experience parts of Berlin you likely would not find otherwise such as Yaam, an Afro-Caribbean collective 'beach club' by the river, the Kreuzberg arts centre and much more. We highly recommend it as a must do if you want to get more from your Berlin experience and see the city from a different angle.
No other city is as cosmopolitan, alternative or dynamic as the German capital. Discover extraordinary urban art by world-renowned & up-and-coming street artists. Delve into Berlin’s sub-cultures where liberal, underground & diverse cultures come together to create this unique urban landscape. Gain an authentic insight into Berlin outside the tourist trail and experience Berlin in its truest form.
Please note that you need TWO SINGLE METRO TICKETS on this tour.
This activity includes:
- history of Berlin's street art & graffiti scene
- Urbanization contra gentrification
- Art squats, squat gardens, community houses & alternative lifestyles
- East Side Gallery
- 'Impolite Kreuzberg', protests & riots Clärchens Ballhaus & 1920' Carpe Diem
- Künstlerinitiative Tacheles
- Haus an der Mauer
- Berliner subcultures & Berlin's Turkish neighbourhoods
- Oberbaumbrücke water fight
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at the huge granite bowl in Lustgarten, the park in front of Altes Museum and the Berliner Dom
Upon arrival: Look for the guides with Generation Tours branded light-blue umbrellas, T-shirts and name cards.
By public transport:
The closest S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations to Lustgarten are Hackescher Markt (lines S5 and S7) and Alexander Platz (lines S5, S7, U2, U5, and U8). Both of them are within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the meeting point.
If you are coming from Hackescher Markt, once you get off the S-Bahn take Burgstrasse, which becomes Spreepromenade situated along the riverbank. Once you see the bridge on your right, cross it and walk to the Berliner Dom. Congratulations, you have arrived at Lustgarten, the square in front of the Old Museum and the Cathedral! Walk to the middle of the square and look for our guides with light-blue T-shirts and umbrellas at the marble bowl.
Coming from Alexanderplatz take Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, pass St. Mary's Church on the left, towards Museum Island. Cross the bridge and continue to the Berliner Dom. Once at the Dom make a right onto the Lustgarten. Our guides with light blue T-shirts and umbrellas are waiting for you at the marble bowl in the center.
Things to note
How do free tours work? It' simple, you're free to pay what you feel the tour was worth. Your lovely local guides don't receive any income other than tips from satisfied customers like you, meaning top quality tours on fair terms. Enjoy!
Please note that you need TWO SINGLE METRO TICKETs on this tour.
Please note that this tour is only available to individual travelers & groups of less than 6 people on a voluntary-tip-basis. Groups of 6+ will incur a basic set fee and must be booked 24 hours in advance.