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Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

1. Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

A guided bicycle tour is the best way to discover Berlin. Cycling is not only an easy way to get around the city but also brings you close to the action. Even visitors who already know Berlin well are amazed at the new perspectives they see on this tour. This tour usually runs on bike paths and safe, quiet roads. Start at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg and cycle toward Volkspark Friedrichshain and Karl-Marx-Allee. In Friedrichshain, bike around Boxhagener Platz and the RAW Tempel. This area is home to great nightlife, but there's still plenty to see during the day. Continue along the East Side Gallery and over the Oberbaumbrücke to Kreuzberg. Discover back courtyards, explore beautiful parks, and ride along the banks of the River Spree. See Görlitzer Park, and experience the alternative way of life in the colorful SO36 district of Kreuzberg. You’ll not only learn many interesting facts but hear various anecdotes about the city and insider tips.

Berlin's Alternative Side: The Urban Jungle Tour

2. 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.

Berlin: Kreuzberg Undercover

3. Berlin: Kreuzberg Undercover

Begin at the Kotti, which is a central place in Kreuzberg. In a short introduction, your guide will give you an overview of Kreuzberg’s history, life, and culture.  Kreuzberg was founded as a typical working-class neighborhood in the middle of the 19th century. People lived in huge building complexes, some in the fifth or sixth backyard. Discover these places at Oranienstraße and try to imagine life back in the days when it was almost impossible to breathe fresh air and when many people could not rent a whole flat or a room but instead slept on just a mattress. Most people in the working class had a radical left-wing view. So Kreuzberg turned into a critical neighborhood with constant demonstrations. Your guide will tell you about The Mother of all Street Fights. Visit SO36, a legendary music club, where anarchistic punk and new wave bands entertained audiences in the 1970’s and 1980’s and provoked the government and police. Discover Görli Park, the Central Park of Kreuzberg. Get to know Berlin’s Jack the Ripper. After two hours, see Kreuzberg from a different point of view. Say your goodbyes, then start your next adventure in Kreuzberg's famous nightlife, or if you prefer, to relax after this exploratory city tour.

Berlin: 3-Hour Kreuzberg History Tour

4. Berlin: 3-Hour Kreuzberg History Tour

The lively district of Kreuzberg, just south of Berlin’s city center, is a 19th-century workers' district that has seen it all over the years. Immigrants, capitalists, anarchists, artists, WWII bombs, and the Cold War decades have greatly influenced the district. It’s the one Berlin neighborhood that is known across Germany as the birthplace of the counterculture for which the whole city has become famous. On this 3-hour tour you’ll start off at the Oberbaumbruecke, Berlin’s most beautiful bridge. Your urban historian guide will take you past the main landmarks of SO36 (the eastern half of the district, named after the old postal code) and provide an insight into the area’s dramatic history and the fast-moving events that are shaping its future. Hear about the Kreuzberg way of life that attracted the likes of rock legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop to haunt these streets during the Cold War 70s. After seeing remnants of the Berlin Wall, your guide will tell you about creative uses of abandoned buildings and plots of land as art hubs. Learn about the importance of graffiti and street art to Kreuzberg’s look and feel, and discover Görlitzer Park, one of Berlin’s most popular green spaces and the 120-year-old market hall, where locals trade in artisanal and trendy food products. Experience the Turkish immigrant culture in shops and in colorful markets filled with flowers, spices, and delicious take-away foods. Sample delicacies such as deep-fried spinach and cheese gözleme, falafel sandwiches, and freshly pressed pomegranate juice. Having gained a rich sense of Kreuzberg’s kaleidoscopic culture, you’ll end the tour discussing the controversial riverside development plans that threaten to gentrify a district that prides itself on its authenticity. The tour can be done on foot, but is also offered as a bicycle tour. The bike tour covers more ground, but still stays within the district. There is a EUR 10.00 surcharge for bike rental, and for a small additional fee you can keep the bike until the next morning.

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4.7 / 5

based on 69 reviews

This is our third time in Berlin and we always like to do a tour to explore different areas and gather more information on Berlin. This was great fun and worth every cent. Michael P (our guide) was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. 3.5 hours flew over! I would highly recommend Berlin on Bikes.

Our guide Miha was very friendly and knew bunch of interesting facts about the city and its tiny details. He indeed showed us the alternative side of Berlin and recommended some nice restaurants, bars and exhibitions to visit. Thanks for the experience again!

Great tour and good exercise. There are frequent stops and you aren’t cycling for more then 10 mins at a time. Bikes are comfortable. Waterproofs, suncream, water (€1), bag straps for the baskets, helmets are available.

A must do… Riding in the City is all fun! Well organised, simply choose on site your bike, helmet, and follow the guide. Our guide Lauren is first class for giving us an overview of Berlin, and out of the common path.

Big up for Magda, SO36 und den Typen auf dem Fahrrad. Good times !