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Meet your guide in the afternoon at the Brandenburg Gate in front of the Starbucks. You’ll spend the rest of the excursion exploring some of Berlin’s lesser-known areas and subcultures via public transport and on foot.

Learn about the history of 20th-century Berlin and how 40 years of division between East and West contributed to city’s unique cultural development. The split helped to a contribute to a unique streak of “non-conformity” that persists to the present day. As you explore the alternative “underbelly” of modern day Berlin, you’ll check out examples of its thriving street art and graffiti culture, visit the scene of past protests, riots, and demonstrations, and visit some of the city’s most popular underground neighborhoods.

You’ll also have the chance to visit the East Side Gallery, one of the last remaining intact stretches of the Berlin Wall, and learn how gentrification and urban development are changing the fabric of this dynamic capital of a modern Germany. You’ll end your experience at the East Side Gallery.
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Experience Berlin’s ‘alternative’ scene during this edgy 3-hour excursion exploring the city’s lesser-known neighborhoods and underground culture. Skip the guidebook highlights and the typical tourist stops as you experience Berlin’s legendary subcultural scene, checking out street art, ‘squat’ communities, and the history that led to the German capital’s unique non-conformist streak.
  • Experience 'alternative' Berlin during this half-day city exploration
  • Skip the usual tourist sights and explore Berlin's underground subcultures and top alternative areas
  • Get a taste for the city's thriving street art and graffiti culture
  • Learn how gentrification is changing the makeup of alternative Berlin
  • Check out the famous East Side Gallery, one of the last remnants of the Berlin Wall
  • Great way to avoid the tourists and see a different side of Berlin
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Reviewed 5 days ago
Fun, friendly, interesting city tours!

We went on both the free historical tour and the alternative tour with Zabi as our guide. It was outstanding and a perfect way on my first visit to Berlin to learn about the history of the city and its cultural heart. Zabi was super...More

Thank Matt A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Art on the Walls of Berlin

We signed up for this tour specifically as we were interested to view and understand more about the street art that Berlin is famous for. Our guide, Rob Willis, was very knowledgeable and provided interesting nuggets of information about various street artists and their works....More

Thank Ale C
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile
Excellent alternative tour

Sarah (from Sydney) was my fantastic guide on this alternative tour exploring Berlin’s street art and alternative culture. I initially had my reservations about using what seemed to be quite a large tour company but any preconceptions about the tour being impersonal or soulless were...More

Thank MacaBhaird
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile
Alternative Berlin with Leo

Leo was our guide for this great tour of street art and modern day Berlin. I really enjoyed the afternoon, Leo was funny friendly knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. Some great sights and great to explore parts of Berlin that we wouldn’t have known.

Thank leslct
Reviewed 26 June 2018
Mixed feelings.

I can't think of anything less subversive than charging 14 euro to see anti-capitalist street art. The vibe of the tour was quite odd... I haven't heard that word "alternative" thrown around like that since 1995. I've seen other graffiti tours before (the one in...More

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