Free Alternative City

Experience Europe's vibrant art capital in 3 unforgettable hours!

Meeting Point

At the huge granite bowl in Lustgarten, the park in front of the Old Museum and the Berliner Dom

Description

Berlin, UNESCO's "World City of Design,” is renowned as the capital of art & expression. No place is more alternative, cosmopolitan, and more dynamic than the German capital. See fascinating urban art by renowned & lesser-known street artists, discover Berliner sub-cultures, get the local perspective on this exciting city where underground, liberal, and diverse cultures combine to create an urban landscape & atmosphere like no other. Venture with us beyond the tourist trail to experience the real Berlin, the alternative Berlin!

Please note that you need TWO SINGLE METRO TICKETS on this tour.

  • history of Berlin's street art & graffiti scene
  • Urbanization contra gentrification
  • Art squats, squat gardens, community houses & alternative lifestyles
  • East Side Gallery
  • 'Impolite Kreuzberg', protests & riots
  • Clärchens Ballhaus & 1920' Carpe Diem
  • Künstlerinitiative Tacheles
  • Haus an der Mauer
  • Berliner subcultures & Berlin's Turkish neighbourhoods
  • Oberbaumbrücke water fight

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Things to note

How do free tours work? It's simple, you're free to pay what you feel the tour was worth. Your lovely local guides don't receive any income other than tips from satisfied customers like you, meaning top quality tours on fair terms.

Booking is recommended to reserve your space, especially during high season & at weekends. This helps us to guarantee you'll receive a top quality tour!

Groups of 7+ must book online 24 hours in advance. Please note, fixed rates apply for groups joining the tour.

Please note, groups of 7-15 people who book to join the tour are not guaranteed their own guide. Should your group require their own guide, we recommend you use our contact form to arrange a private tour exclusively for your group.


Schedule

Starts at
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12 PM
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 12 PM
Friday Closed
Saturday 12 PM
Sunday 12 PM

Directions

The closest S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations to Lustgarten are Hackescher Markt (lines S5 and S7) and Alexander Platz (lines S5, S7, U2, U5 and U8). Both of them are within 5-10 minutes walking distance from the meeting point.


If you are coming from Hackescher Markt, once you get off the S-Bahn take Burgstrasse, which becomes Spreepromenade situated along the riverbank. Once you see the bridge on your right, cross it and walk to the Berliner Dom. Congratulations, you have arrived to Lustgarten, the square in front of the Old Museum and the Cathedral! Walk to the middle of the square and look for our guides with light-blue Hostelculture T-shirts and umbrellas at the marble bowl.


Coming from Alexanderplatz take Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, pass St. Mary's Church on the left, towards Museum Island. Cross the bridge and continue to the Berliner Dom. Once at the Dom make a right onto the Lustgarten. Our guides with light blue Hostelculture T-shirts and umbrellas are waiting for you at the marble bowl in the centre.

You can download our city map from here.

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