Berlin is a city that has always drawn people who see the world differently, a magnet for creatives and visionaries. Across the city, no stone is left unturned. Underused mall parkades become beer gardens; public bathhouses become boutique hotels; wartime bunkers become art galleries; airport runways become picnicking and kite-surfing spots. Restaurants are tucked into dark alleys, behind unassuming doors and within inner courtyards. Over the course of this carefully curated tour, we’ll visit sites that long-time residents may never have laid eyes on—and of course, enjoy plenty of delicious food and drink along the way. Skirting the city’s traditional tourist sites in favor of its hidden wonders, immerse yourself in a lesser-known Berlin.
You should plan to arrive in Berlin by 4 p.m. on May 11 and depart anytime on May 16. We encourage you to extend your stay if this will be your first visit to Berlin, and are happy to help arrange extra hotel nights.
This tour requires a medium fitness level and the ability to walk and/or stand for long periods of time. Guests should expect to walk upwards of 4 to 5 miles over the course of any given day and spend significant time outdoors. All transportation will be by foot or by public transit.
If this will be your first trip to Berlin, we recommend staying a few extra days before or after the tour to visit the more traditional tourist sites, which are not included in the itinerary. We recommend the Jewish Museum, the Berlin Cathedral, Kurfürstendamm, Charlottenburg Palace, Potsdamer Platz, Pergamon Museum, Grunewald Forest, Soviet Memorial, Alexanderplatz, the old Reichstag building, and the Gendarmenmarkt, among many others.