Unusual city tours in Berlin: Experience the real Berlin!

You want to see more in Berlin than just the typical tourist sights? We have listed the best alternative city tours, with which you can explore Berlin far away from the tourist spots.

No other city in Germany has as many visitors as Berlin. No surprise, because Berlin is simply fantastic!

If you are currently planning a weekend or a longer visit in our capital, but prefer to stay away from the typical tourist paths, there are lots of alternatives for your Berlin tour.

What makes Berlin so unique is not just its museums and monuments, but the little special things, that you don’t get to see in a “standard Berlin tour”.

That’s why we have searched for the most interesting, alternative and special city tours in the hippest parts of Berlin.

Read our articles about Berlin

Bike tour: Berlin wall

This tour will be provided by the experts of Berlin Bike Tour and takes about 3 to 4 hours. It starts and ends at the former border checkpoint Bornholmer Straße in Prenzlauer Berg.

You will pass several memorials, monuments and more former checkpoints on the way along the Berlin Wall, which will be explained to you by your guide.

And you will also visit one of the last original watch towers, the world famous Checkpoint Charlie as well as lots of other remaining parts of the Wall.

Since this tour is by bike, you will find out way more about the history of the Wall than you could possibly on foot. After all, the wall went through the entire city.

So if you want to visualize what life – and tragically death as well – was like between East and West for almost 40 years, we absolutely recommend this Berlin city tour.

Rental bikes are of course included, but you get a discount for bringing your own bike.

To the bike tour “Berlin Wall”

Watchtower at the Schlesische Busch
Watchtower at the ‘Schlesische Busch’

Walking tour: Wild Kreuzberg

The city tour “Wild Kreuzberg” is a relaxed yet vivid tour on foot through Kreuzberg, which takes about 3 hours. On purpose, this tour does not take you through the fancy parts of Kreuzberg, but through the multicultural and lively underground Kreuzberg.

The walking tour starts at Kottbusser Tor and takes you through the most popular streets and places of the cult district. You will pass world-famous street art, the coolest bars and clubs and the most famous cultural hotspots, such as the foodmarket at Markthalle Neun or Künstlerhaus Bethanien, an international cultural centre with exhibitions spaces and workspaces for professional artists.

The tour ends at the Islamic House of Culture by the infamous Görlitzer park.

To the tour “Wild Kreuzberg”

South Friedrichststadt
South Friedrichststadt – Kreuzberg behind the scenes

Trabi Tour through Berlin

You can also explore Berlin’s sights on a fun tour with the Trabant.

The Trabant, short Trabi, is a car that was produced in the former GDR. It was an absolute trademark of East Germany.

On this tour you will drive through Berlin in a colorful Trabi convoy for 75 minutes. Highlights of the tour include Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate, East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie and Berlin Cathedral.

If you’re early you can choose which Trabi you want. Up to four people are allowed in the car and you will hear a live commentary on the sights via radio.

At the end, everyone gets a Trabi license as a souvenir.

To the Trabi tour through Berlin

You want to know about the best attractions Berlin has to offer? Read our article about our TOP 22 sights in Berlin:

To our favorite 22 attractions in Berlin

Culinary Kreuzberg

On this tour you not only get to see the beautiful backyards and hidden corners of Kreuzberg, you will be served many tasty treats.

You will try the best Currywurst in Berlin and a glass of Mampe is mandatory, the classical Berlin herbal liquor that every pub serves.

There will be tasty craft beer and the tour ends at the Marheinke market hall in the Bergmannkiez in Kreuzberg.

And if you are not filled up by then, you can finish yourself off by trying the food at the different stands there.

To the tour “Culinay Kreuzberg”

Tempelhof Myth: The old airport

The airport Tempelhof has been shut down years ago. Yet the impressive architecture still attracts a lot of people.

The former airfield is now a place of recreation for Berliners. On the enormous green area in the middle of the city people barbecue, celebrate and skate. However, the airport building itself is not freely accessible and can only be visited as part of a tour.

On this tour you will visit the old terminal building and learn a lot about the hidden tunnels and bunkers on the area. Very exciting!

Alternatively there is a tour, which specifically deals with the hidden places at the Tempelhof airport. That, too, is very exciting!

To the tour The Legend of Tempelhof
To the tour Tempelhof Airport: Hidden Places

Tempelhof
The Tempelhof airport – infinite space in the midst of the city. In the very back you can make out the old terminal buildings.

Also read our blog post: The best area to stay in Berlin! An accommodation guide + map!

30 years after the Fall of the Wall: The divided Berlin

A contemporary witness will lead you on this 2.5 hour city tour to the most important monuments and symbols of the Berlin Wall.

You will see one of the former ghost stations, original pieces of the Wall, the Chapel of Reconciliation and the Palace of Tears.

In addition, a lot of information is given about personal stories of the victims of the Berlin Wall. The tour ends at the Documentation Center with press, film and photo material of the time between 1961 and 1990.

The tour goes through several parts of Berlin and therefore has to be partly covered by public transport.

The tour is offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.30 a.m., but can also be booked on other days for private tours for 3 or more participants.

To the tour “Victims of the Wall”

East Side Gallery
Today the Berlin Wall is a tourist attraction but it used to be the bitter reality.

Queer through Schöneberg

On this tour you’ll learn about the history of the world-famous rainbow district Schöneberg. Berlin’s lesbian and gay scene has been established here since 1920, providing a lively bustle with many bars, cafés and clubs around Nollendorfplatz.

The tour is a search for traces of the history of the gay scene of that time, with lots of information about the people and city monuments from the time between the First World War and the Nazi regime.

To the Queer Walking Tour

Walk through the backyards of Berlin-Mitte

Berlin-Mitte has a bunch of hidden backyards that are easily missed on the typical tourist paths.

This tour leads you right to these backyards and starts at Hackescher Markt. It goes through the historical House Schwarzenberg, the Hackesche Höfe and to the New Synagogue.

Horse stables and old factory buildings turned into stylish restaurants and art galleries, but you still breathe the flair of isolation and hard work that once prevailed here.

Hardly any other place combines Berlin’s industrial history and today’s modernity like this part of the city and its hidden backyards.

This tour takes 2 hours and 15 minutes and ends in front of Clärchens Ballhaus, Berlin’s oldest dance club. By the way you can eat and drink there really well.

To the Berlin Courtyards Tour