A tour through the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Berlin
During the division, these two neighborhoods were located right next to The Wall. Little surprise, then, that they weren't exactly among Berlin's most sought after areas to live in. Both districts were known for their ethnic diversity - Turkish and Arab families who settled here in the 1950s and 60s - joined by a vast community of outcasts, drop-outs and just people who found that these areas were best suited to let them be whatever it was they wanted to be.
The Fall of The Wall has put both these neighborhoods smack in the centre of town, which is why they've become highly desirable areas to live in. This mix - some would call it friction - between the Old and The New, have a very special, very unique appeal. And though the sudden popularity of these areas has indeed created some tension, to put it mildly, it is exactly this tension, this particular blend of people, newcomers and those who've lived here forever, that make a walk through this area a uniquely interesting experience.
We'll start at Kottbusser Tor, walk along the park which used to be the death strip during the city's division, we'll see one of the last remaining alternative free spaces of Kreuzberg dedicated to the many artists and creative people that have made Berlin their home, then we'll visit the famous Markthalle 9 with its amazing variety of food from allover the world before heading towards Görlitzer Park with its many buskers and musicians in the summer!
Next, we'll eventually reach the shores of the Landwehr Canal, and should it be a Tuesday or a Friday, we'll walk through the Turkish Market (quite an experience!).
From there, we'll zig-zag our way through Neukölln with its awe-inspiring diversity of bars and restaurants, and end our tour on Hermannplatz, next to the Arab Quarter.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Kottbusser Tor, outside REWE supermarket ( subway lines 1, 3 and 8)
End location: Hermannplatz, Neukölln (subway lines 7 and 8)
Duration: 3 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 EUR - If requested, a stop for tea, coffee, or lunch at one of the many (interesting and creative) cafes and eateries.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
I am only able to guide groups up to four people through historical monuments and museums.