When you think of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column and the Reichstag immediately come to mind. But, Berlin is so much more than that. It still carries the burden of the wall and the war, but nowadays it has a more vibrant cultural status and draws in a lot of creative minds and hipsters. We obviously wanted to taste this piece ‘real’ Berlin, and decided to book an ‘Alternative Berlin’ tour.
Alternative Berlin promises to take you beyond the tourist destinations to the heart and soul of the city, by introducing world-famous street-art, hangouts of the (in)famous and some of the more less-known landmarks and local pubs. Exciting!
We set out for the meeting point at the Alexanderplatz TV-Tower, and at 11 o’clock, our guide Jason took us on a journey throughout the city, by foot and by subway.
Our first stop was somewhere in the Kollwitzkiez-area (I think). We followed our guide to an almost deserted parking lot, where a lot of street artist show of their talents. I took a lot more pictures that day, but my iCould decided not to put them in the could.. These are the only ones I could save.
My favorite art-work was this robot-predatorlike-graffiti. Can you see the detail on that thing? Awesome! That’s our guide by the way ..
Next up: Prenzlauer Berg! It is currently one of the nicest districts of Berlin. Destroyed WWII-buildings are beautifully restored, so young families, trendy cafes and boutiques were drawn to Prenzlauer Berg immediately. The district is known for its beautiful streets, parks, cafés and great atmosphere.
This house (picture above) was badly damaged by bullets and bomb-impacts. It’s still visible on the façade. Below, you see a similar, but fully renovated building. It used to look like the picture above. Crazy to see this, even though the war has been over for more than 70 years ..
After a quick pit-stop in one of the many cosy cafés around the Kollwitz-platz, we set course to Kreuzberg. Not to take a picture at Checkpoint Charlie, but to take a look at one of the most well-know street art in the world: The Astronaut Cosmonaut, made by Victor Ash. Amazing! So high up, but so detailed and delicate. This is what we came for!
We took in as much as we could from the hip & trendy atmosphere of Kreuzberg, before heading to one of the most fun places we’ve been to in Berlin: YAAM! Short for ‘Young and African Arts Market’. Since it’s opening about fifteen years ago, it has been an important part of Berlin’s leisure culture. It offers food stalls, a quit place to hang out, and a very cool African ‘Cool Runnings’ bar. Great place to drink cocktails!
Afterwards, we went out for a couple of drinks with the rest of our group (some people had to leave early) to get to know each other better, and had a blast! Our tour guide even decided to stay here for the rest of the tour, because it was so much fun! What a way to end a great day!
Want to try out one of these tours for yourself, or are you curious about the ‘Alternative’ Berlin? Take a look at all the other nice stuff ‘Alternative Berlin Tours’ has to offer, and taste & discover it for yourself!
More about Alternative Berlin Tours:
- Meeting Point: Alexanderplatz, next to the TV-tower
- Mailing Adress: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: Alternative Berlin
More about YAAM:
- Adress: An der Schillingbrücke 3, 10243 Berlin
- Opening Hours: from 11u ’till 00u
We used this site to book our stay in Berlin.