Kaleidoscopic Kreuzberg (Bike or Foot) Private Tour

Kaleidoscopic Kreuzberg (Bike or Foot) Private Tour

KreuzbergImage5The lively district of Kreuzberg, just south of Berlin’s city center is a 19th-century workers district, formerly part of West Berlin, that has seen it all over the years. Immigrants, capitalists, anarchists, artists, WWII bombs, the Cold War decades, each—in their turn—have greatly influenced the district – it’s the one Berlin neighborhood that is known, loved and feared across Germany as the birthplace of the counterculture for which the whole city has become famous over recent decades.

KreuzbergImage6Starting off at the Oberbaumbruecke, Berlin’s most beautiful bridge, this three-hour tour with an urban historian takes you past the main landmarks of “SO36” (the eastern half of the district, named after the old postal code) and gives you insight into the area’s rough history and the fast-moving events that are shaping its future. It also allows you to take it easy, to experience 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.

KreuzbergImage3After pondering the remains of the Berlin Wall, your guide helps you to explore the creative uses of abandoned buildings and plots of land as art hubs, to grasp the importance of graffiti and street art to Kreuzberg’s look and feel, and to discover the graceful Victoriapark (one of Berlin’s most popular green spaces) and the 120 year old market hall, Markthalle 9, where locals trade in artisanal and trendy food products. Next you move through the Turkish immigrant culture abounding in shops and in colorful markets full of flowers, spices, delicious take-away foods one can sample, such as deep-fried spinach and cheese Gözleme, felafel sandwiches, and freshly pressed pomegranate juice. Having gained a rich sense of Kreuzberg’s kaleidoscopic culture, you conclude by discussing the controversial riverside development plans that today threaten to gentrify a district which 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; a €10 surcharge for bike rental is charged; for a small additional fee you can rent the bike until the next morning.

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DanHeadshotDan Borden Dan Borden grew up in Houston, Texas where he earned an architecture degree at Rice University. After getting his Masters degree from Columbia University, he worked as an architect in New York City for 15 years. His love affair with Berlin began when he visited as a student in summer 1987. After several more visits to the city, he settled in Berlin in 2006 where he works as a teacher, writer and filmmaker. He has contributed to books on the history of architecture and film. His monthly "Save Berlin" column in Exberliner magazine explores the city's architectural history and future.
f2Jeroen van Marle Jeroen van Marle is a geographer and travel writer from the Netherlands, who has lived in Berlin for 5 years. He has lived in 8 countries across the world, writing about dozens of destinations. He's the editor of a Berlin city guide that's published several times per year. A resident of Kreuzberg since 2011, he is fascinated by the varied history of this young district.

f3Peter Bijl Peter Bijl born-Dutchman, originally a journalist, has been the initiator/driving force behind different cultural festivals, websites, platforms and exchange projects.  After moving back to Berlin in 2008, the city that had gotten under his skin profoundly, he's been doing this internationally. In Utrecht he put up the 9-day Berlin festival Mitte Bitte!, in Berlin he initiated a similar 12-day program of Dutch/Flemish culture: Flachlandfest.  Both festivals took place in 2008 and were initiated, developed, financed and produced in only a few months time.  As a curator / artistic director, Peter’s highlight was the city-wide manifestation 'No Man’s Land'. A multidisciplinary weekend in November 2009 at 40+ locations in Utrecht, celebrating and commenting the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: a festival as a work of art, using space, creativity and personal stories in different disciplines to tell Berlin’s incredible story. In ‘No Man’s Land’ Peter let Berlin’s heavy history interact with its light and creative present, via the red thread of personal stories.  After realizing these festivals, Peter moved on to connecting cultures and stories in a different way: by joining musician Tjerk Ridder in his Caravan Hitchhiking Project. Hitchhiking with a caravan, without(!) a car: the duo traveled Europe, from Utrecht to Istanbul, showing that 'You need others to keep you going'. Their art project had a large international appeal, with national tv reports in 8 European countries. Out of their journey, Peter and Tjerk created and published a book/DVD, which has been published in Dutch, English and German. A new book, a playful photo project on football culture, is on the way.

 

 

Groups of over 10 should contact us at [email protected] in order to get a special rate for their party.

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