Berlin is a city that has always drawn people who see the world differently and are eager to push boundaries, a magnet for creative and dynamic visionaries. Across the city, no stone is left unturned—underused mall parkades become beer gardens; public bathhouses become luxury 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.
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. These include 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. Keep in mind that due to the dynamic nature of Berlin (and the occasional permit withdrawal from the government), some activities in this written itinerary may be adjusted to ensure you are seeing what makes Berlin so special—right now.
You should plan to arrive in Berlin by 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 22. Your departure can be planned for anytime on Friday, September 27. 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 5 to 6 miles over the course of any given day and spend significant time outdoors. All transportation will be by foot or by public transit.