Join us on a walk through Berlin’s complicated history. You can choose between Berlin’s historical or modern city center for this informative and entertaining tour.
Prenzlauer Berg – Walking Tour
A Berlin District in Flux
Prenzlauer Berg is the child of the imperial era, that was characterised by rapid industrialisation and saw Berlin’s 19th century population double to 2 million people in a mere thirty years. Working class tenements sprung up in response to the ensuing housing crises, designed to give wealthier inhabitants street-facing and brighter apartments, with poorer working people confined to lightless courtyards and packed annexes.
During the second world war, only a few bombs landed in Prenzlauer Berg. Despite being relatively intact, the densely populated neighbourhood fell into disrepair during East German times, whilst at the same time birthing a colourful subculture. Many non-conformists and opponents of the East German state lived here. Then came the wild years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a time of experimentation, creative freedom and joyous anarchy. Clubs and pubs mushroomed on every corner, often operating without licences. Young Berliners moved into the crumbling old tenements in droves.
As the years have passed, Prenzlauer Berg has gentrified dramatically, and its expensiveness has attracted a new demographic of residents. The facades of once derelict apartments have been renovated and top floors have been turned into luxury penthouses. The old grungy haunts have turned into boutiques and sleek restaurants and cafes. It’s a district to enjoy a stroll through, where you can seek to find the wistful remnants of the old, wild years.
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- Kulturbrauerei – from brewery to event location
- Husemannstraße – East Germany’s showpiece for Berlin’s 750th anniversary celebration
- Sredzkistraße / Rykestraße – Wilhelminian quarter
- Rykestraße Synagogue and Prenzlauer Berg Water Tower
- Prenzlauer Berg’s old breweries – Königsstadt and Pfeffer
- Kastanienallee – pubs, bars and restaurants
- Mauerpark – the former death strip is now everybody’s favourite hangout
Our guides adapt the tours to the participants’ interests and sometimes their own preferences. Changes and deviations are possible.
Kulturbrauerei – uniquely beautiful starting point in the car-free courtyards of a 100 year old former brewery
Daily public bike tours along several routes, in English, Dutch and German
Specially trained guides – knowledgeable and entertaining team of guides
Personal touch – our bike guides are enthusiastic about Berlin and set their own priorities for individual tours
The real Berlin – in addition to Berlin sightseeing, we show aspects of everyday life in the city
Safety – our chosen bike routes favour the use of bike paths and quieter side streets
Well-maintained bike fleet – 21-speed trekking bikes, as well as backpedal or e-bikes
Ideal for families – children’s bikes in various sizes, trailers, child seats, matching helmets
Easy bike tour booking – online, by e-mail or even by phone
Customer friendly and flexible cancellation policy – free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the tour
After the bike ride, you can go to the museum, restaurant or beer garden on the brewery grounds