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Beyond East Berlin’s reputation for being grey and boring is a colourful history of utopian visions and intriguing innovations which formed the backdrop to daily life in the socialist capital. Rising from the rubble of World War II, the old city centre became a showcase for the latest architectural ideas. This tour reveals a story of the city beyond what the history books tell, shedding a new light on both familiar landmarks and the more secluded corners of the city centre.
Starting at Weberwiese, the tour weaves its way through developments from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, before ending up at the Nikolaiviertel to see the curious twists things took in the 1980s. Along the way, you’ll see where the city’s rebellious youth used to gather, discover which building was used to encourage children to recycle glass bottles and learn some surprising facts about one of Berlin’s most iconic structures. You’ll have the opportunity to find out more about the realities of life in East Berlin and about the places where thousands of ordinary Berliners still live their lives today.
Emerging in the Cold War years as a 'shop window of capitalism', West Berlin's city centre grew to become a seductive showpiece for cutting edge architectural ideas. As a 'third Germany' buried deep within East Germany, the city welcomed numerous ambitious building developments as part of the drive to attract investment, inhabitants and continued international attention.
This tour explores the central area of former West Berlin, charting its history over the course of the Cold War. Starting with the 1950s flagship social housing project at the Hansaviertel, it winds its way down through the city's showpiece central area of the 50s and 60s, before taking a turn off the beaten track to see what direction West Berlin took towards the 1980s. Using the city's architecture as a prism, it will give an insight into life in the island city.
This tour also serves as a counterpart to the Building East Berlin tour, to give a complete overview of the development of Berlin during the Cold War.
The area between Alexanderplatz and the river Spree has been at the centre of multiple incarnations of Berlin's existence, from the 12th century village by the river to its socialist rebuilding as the centre of East Berlin. This tour will wind its way through both the backstreets and main thoroughfares of Mitte, examining some of Berlin's oldest relics, passing through the curious 'old town' in the Nikolaiviertel and ending up at Gendarmenmarkt. It explores the recent past, uncovers traces of the city's medieval beginnings and its time as Prussian capital, and asks the question of what really counts as historic in an ever-changing city like Berlin.