Berlin is an amazing city with a lot to offer. But what if you have limited time and want to make the most of it? That's why we offer Alternative Tours of Berlin on GuruWalk, a quick and easy way to get the best of this vibrant city in just a few hours.
We focus on all the hidden gems that tourists don't know about. From graffiti spots, street art, bars, clubs and more, our guides will show you Berlin like never before.
Haus Schwarzenberg, to start somewhere concrete, is a former bank building in Berlin that was bought by Heimathafen Neukölln in 2008. It has been converted into a centre for art and culture.
Haus Schwarzenberg now houses several galleries, studios, workshops and a café. This centre is important because it gives people the opportunity to explore their artistic side. With the variety of media available and the support of experts, people can experiment with their imagination without fear of failure.
In the Kreuzberg district is the Baumhaus a der Mauer, a former apartment building that has been converted into a tourist destination. There are around 50 flats in total and each has its own unique style. They offer visitors the opportunity to experience a flat, including the furnishings and design, as well as taking part in some hands-on activities.
The Oberbaumbrücke Bridge is the longest bridge in Berlin. It was built at the end of the 19th century to connect East and West Berlin.
The Oberbaumbrücke can be considered one of the most important landmarks of the Berlin skyline. The bridge has also been an important symbol for various events, such as protests against the East German government or to commemorate national holidays. Crossing it, we pass from Kreuzberg to Friedrichshain. Here we can start a very unique walk through Berlin's old Jewish quarter.
You will pass some of the traditional family restaurants, synagogues and shops of Rykestraße, through the Jewish cemetery of Weissensee and on to Kreuzberg.
The walk begins with a short climb up Kottbuser Tor. From here we cross a leafy park and pass Rykestraße, where we find the synagogue and memorial site on Kreuzbergstraße which were destroyed in 1938. From there we head towards the Weissensee cemetery, where there are graves dating back centuries, as well as an impressive memorial from 1993 by Peter Eisenman.
As you can see, alternative Berlin has a lot to offer and is a way to be a Berliner instead of a tourist with little time to spare.