Why was Germany divided after World War II and a wall built? How did people live in East and West – and why are there still differences 30 years after the fall of the Wall? Join us on a bike tour with your students to find out!
Berlin Highlights Walk for School Groups
Walking 800 years of Berlin history
Berlin’s historical or modern city center, on our Walk through Mitte you can choose between these two options.
For our walking tour through Mitte you can choose between these two options:
Berlin’s Historical Center:
We start at Alexanderplatz, which as late as the 18th century was a cattle market that lay outside the gates of the city. It’s seedy underworld in the 1920s was immortalised in Döblin’s iconic novel ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’. After World War II the square was rebuilt by the East German government to showcase architecturally the ‘new socialist utopia’ for a ‘new socialist people’.
From here we move on to the Red City Hall and the Nikolai Quarter, which was rebuilt in its medieval form in the 1980s in an unusual act of co-operation between East and West Germany. From here we head for the Lustgarten in front of the Berlin Cathedral and explore Museum Island, before strolling down Berlin’s grand central avenue, the Unter den Linden. On the way we take in the baroque beauty of buildings from the Prussian era and hear stories of neglected wives, party princes and even the significance of potatoes in the history of Germany.
At the Gendarmenmarkt you’ll learn about the French immigrants who sought sanctuary in Berlin in the 18th century, giving the city its famous meatball dish, the Berlin Boulette. The tour ends at the iconic Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s only surviving city gate, which is both a famous landmark of the capital, and also a potent symbol of Germany’s division and reunification.
Berlin’s New Center:
We start at Central Station, opened in 2006 for the FIFA World Cup. From here you cross the river Spree to the Federal Chancellery, home of Germany’s chancellor Merkel. A lot of glass and exposed concrete in the new Government District symbolize transparency. And visitors can climb to the top of the parliament building Reichstag and enjoy the sweeping views from its glass dome.
Pariser Platz at Brandenburg Gate presents itself as a unified ensemble – today it is hard to imagine that the gate stood all by itself in the death strip during Germany’s division.
From here the Wall ran in a straight line to Potsdamer Platz, a waste land right in the city center that was only rebuilt after reunification. Just south of the Academy of the Arts and the new American embassy you can find the 2711 concrete slabs that form the Holocaust Memorial. Just next to it the site of Hitler’s self aggrandizing head-quarters, the Reichskanzlei, with the infamous “Führer Bunker”, is now strewn with ubiquitous prefabricated apartment blocks.
Our tour ends at Potsdamer Platz, once home to the world’s first traffic light, the Wall and Europe’s largest construction site, now a world of glittering steel and glass.
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OPTION A – Berlin’s Historical Center
- TV Tower and St. Mary’s Church
- Red City Hall
- Schlossplatz and Berlin’s rebuilt City Palace Humboldtforum
- Berlin Cathedral & Museum Island
- Unter den Linden, Humboldt University and Bebelplatz
- Pariser Platz and Brandenburg Gate
OPTION B – Berlin’s New Center
- Berlin Main Station
- Government District – connecting East and West
- Reichstag – seat of the German parliament
- Brandenburg Gate – the symbol of German reunification
- Pariser Platz and Academy of Arts
- Holocaust Memorial – Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
- Hitler’s bunker and old Reich Chancellery
- Berlin’s new center – Potsdamer Platz
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