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Kreuzberg

A district founded on anti-establishment values, Kreuzberg is a creative hub and home to a vibrant immigrant population.

TravelCurious Tip

Rent a bike to get around. It’s the best way to explore Kreuzberg, which is a very bike friendly area

Bright Young Things

Kreuzberg, also known as X-Berg, is one of the best known areas of Berlin. Before the fall of the Berlin wall it was a poor, isolated part of West Berlin, but once the city was reunified it suddenly found itself in the thick of things. The initially low rent make it attractive for students and artists, and even today Kreuzberg has one of the youngest populations of all European city boroughs.


Countercultural

Kreuzberg has long been famous as the home of Berlin’s counterculture, and in particular Berlin’s punk rock movement. The SO36 which Iggy Pop and David Bowie hung out in when they lived in Berlin is still going strong today. Although it is more gentrified these days, Kreuzberg retains an edgy revolutionary streak. It is the hub of Germany’s digital currency transactions, with the world’s highest density of businesses accepting Bitcoin.


Carnival of Cultures

A high proportion of people in Kreuzberg are the descendants of Turkish immigrants.Try their food: simit rolls and searing pans of menemen, which is scrambled egg with peppers and tomatoes. Boy-o-boy it’s good. But if you want something native, try the currywurst at Curry 36. You don’t get much more German than that, and Curry 36 is widely considered to do the city’s best sausage and curry sauce. But that’s just a fraction of what Kreuzberg, one of Berlin’s most diverse districts, has to offer. Every year in May the Carnival of Cultures festival takes place, where different heritages are celebrated together in a vibrant street parade, with music, dancing, food and crafts. It’s a wonderful tribute to their inclusive philosophy.


Disobedience, at last

The Tempelhof airport is no longer used but the enormous historic space still hosts exhibitions and festivals. We can thank the German commander Oberst Rudolf Böttger for that fact it still exists. At the close of the Second World War, as the Red Army descended on Berlin, he refused to carry out orders to blow it up, choosing instead to kill himself. Our regards, Oberst.


Nearby Attractions

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Checkpoint Charlie
The most famous East and West Berlin crossing point, Checkpoint Charlie unravels years of Cold War tensions.
Rotes Rathaus
Home to Berlin’s political bodies, the Red Town Hall is easily recognisable by its vivid red brick exterior.
Nikolai Quarter
One of the oldest residential areas of Berlin, this quarter is filled with enjoyable bars and restaurants.
East Side Gallery
This mile long stretch of beautiful murals was painted by 118 artist from 21 countries, to commemorate the fall of the Wall.
The River Spree
Running through the centre of the city,much of Berlin’s culture emanates from along the Spree’s riverbanks.
Jewish Museum Berlin
The Jewish Museum Berlin is one of the largest Jewish Museums in Europe.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of East Berlin with a Local
“Berlin is poor, but sexy” a former mayor famously declared about the city – discover for yourself why the world fell in love with its urban grit and underground freedoms in this half-day tour of the real, local Berlin. 

  • Take a journey through the vibrant Freidrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte neighbourhoods. 
  • Hear how locals describe Berlin - the experiences that have shaped their worldview.
  • Retrace history and observe the lasting repercussions of Soviet occupation.
  • Enter decaying hospitals and Industrial complexes, now converted into art spaces.
  • Unearth the finest cafes, vintage shops and music venues that lie tucked away. 
  • Explore and learn about the dazzling street art that coats the neighbourhood.
  • Grab a drink - a coffee or beer - in your local guide’s favorite haunt.
  • Learn first-hand what locals love about Berlin from someone who knows the place inside-out.
Since the fall of the wall in 1989, Berlin has metamorphosed from a Cold War city bound by razor wire and concrete to a vibrant, open city reborn. Seismic change is still ongoing, especially in Europe’s ‘Silicon Valley’ - where an insatiable appetite for innovation ensures Berlin is never static. From its cutting-edge artists, electro-DJs and uber-hip creative intellectuals that trail blaze effortlessly to the bright, bold confidence of Berlin’s neon-lit cabaret bars and nightclubs - the city is constantly abuzz.  Following your insightful local guide through hip districts, multicultural communities and countless creative spaces, you’ll learn how Berlin became a bastion of alternative living and what it’s like to live here today. Get off the beaten track and onto the streets as you explore this distinctive cultural landscape through the eyes of a Berliner. 

Enjoying a private, guided tour with a local will help you discover the sights that tourists so often miss in the artistic center of Kreuzberg. This former working-class area is a place of architectural contrasts and the transforming influx of vibrant immigrants have left it with a strong bohemian element. It hosts a number of great galleries and you will visit the Berlinische Galerie. Experience the humour, subtle nuances, social conventions and psyche of a place over a beer or coffee, and then jot down your guide’s version of “must do Berlin.” 
Private Walking Tour of East Berlin's Street Art and Counterculture
Anti-authoritarian action and citizen uprisings secured Berlin’s place in history as a hotbed of counterculture and on this private walking tour, you will delve deeply into the city’s rich alternative scene. With your private guide, you will: 

  • See Boxhagener Strasse (“boxi” to Berliners) art studios and graffiti-covered hip cafes.
  • Admire iconic Oberbaum Bridge: a Cold War checkpoint between East and East a modern-day symbol of unified Berlin.
  • Mingle amongst the locals in Revaler Strasse’s funky cafes, veggie bistros, DJ bars and art spaces.
  • Visit the East Side Gallery - stretching 1.3 km, it is the longest open air gallery in the world. 
  • See Urban Spree, a 1700 square metre art space and beer garden dedicated to urban cultures. 
  • Visit RAW, an offbeat sociocultural jumble of graffiti-covered  subcultural compounds.
  • See refurbed bunkers, bookshops, art cinemas and grassroots record labels. 
Friedrichshain is one of Berlin’s most eclectic and interesting neighborhoods, is steeped in historic political art, creative self-expression and punky rebel music and on the Private Walking Street and Counterculture Tour of East Berlin you will see contemporary and underground art galleries, urban sculpture, guerilla gardens and soak the neighbourhood’s alternative, Bohemian vibe. A subterranean world of tunnels, storage rooms, air-raid shelters and deserted subway stations once smuggled people East to West. Today entire buildings cloaked in protest murals and rebel-rousing graffiti draw visitors to an artsy counterculture scene where the past lives on in clandestine kitsch cafes, funky bars and slogan-painted techno clubs in disused former Eastern Bloc warehouses. 

This immersive Private Walking Street and Counterculture Tour of East Berlin takes you beyond the typical tourist sites to discover more than Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, into the city’s lesser-known treasure-troves of Cold War subterfuge and dissent. On the banks of the Spree River, Friedrichstain’s art installations include everything from concrete mixers and barbed wire to 1960s news reels. Stroll Boxhagener Platz and Revaler Strasse to see Soviet-era buildings, GDR-era relics, the longest surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery and Karl-Marx-Allee, a monumental socialist boulevard created by East German leaders as “Germany’s first socialist street.” Experience the artsy Friedrichshain district with its diverse subcultures and storied past.
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