We have carefully created a selection of DIY walking tours to help you get out there and explore our wonderful surroundings. Each tour starts and finishes at Rosenthaler Platz. We hope you enjoy!
Tour 1: Scheunenviertel
The shortest tour takes you around our immediate neighbourhood, and the area known as the Scheunenviertel. Historically this was the centre of Jewish life in the city and since the fall of the Berlin Wall has become home to many art galleries, cosy bars, and trendy shops.
Tour 2: Back in the DDR
This tour takes you around some of the sights relating to the socialist era, when East Berlin was the capital of the German Democratic Republic, including the Berlin Wall, the Soviet Embassy, Alexanderplatz, and some examples of the socialist-era architecture that shaped the east of the city.
Tour 3: Prenzlauer Berg
Our neighbours to the north. Prenzlauer Berg was traditionally a working class district north of the city centre, that was badly damaged during WWII. During East German times it was home to many artists, writers and dissidents against the regime. In the years since the wall came down, it has become a very popular neighbourhood full of interesting bars and cafés, flea markets and independent shops and leafy streets that are great for a wander.
Tour 4: The Grand Tour
An epic wander through the heart of Berlin, past all of those sights that your guidebook told you about, including the Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, the Museum’s Island, Alexanderplatz and much more.
Jimbo’s Cheap Man’s Bus Tour:
This Bus Tour will give you an excellent idea of the main touristic sites of Berlin, the cheap man’s way.
Berlin’s public bus lines 100 and 200 cover almost the same route as commercial Bus Tours. What it lacks is the explanation. This is where Jimbo comes in! He will explain you all the bits and pieces and funky stories that this city has to offer. But be careful! If you don’t pay attention, Jimbo will sing!
You can also get out at any stop and pause the audio tour for a closer look. During the day there is a bus every 7 minutes and they run from 6am – midnight.
What you need:
- Download the tour as MP3
- You need to get a daily pass for the Berlin public transport, zone AB. You purchase them on any bus or from the machines on U-Bahn stations – regular price 7,00 €
- A charged camera. You don’t want to realize you are out of batteries, while on the Bus.
- About 2 hours’ time. The Bus Tour itself just takes about an hour, but plan a little extra for getting there or if you want to get out at some stops.
How to get there:
From the Circus, take the U8 direction Hermannstrasse to Alexanderplatz. Then follow the signs in the station “BUS”. This will bring you to Karl-Liebknecht Street. On the opposite side of the road towards your left, is the bus stop 100.
How to use the audio tour: Simply click on the file when it corresponds with the same stop on the digital display in the Bus. If you are stuck in traffic press pause or skip forward if the bus is going too quick.
Sit back and relax or join the eternal battle for the seats at the front row top deck.
Jimbo’s Tip to get front row seats: Stand to the left of the Bus stop sign (the sign with the H on top), while the Bus is approaching. Have your ticket ready to show the driver. Run!
Music credits: Pheek, Consortium (He is a friend of Andreas Digel, the Circus’ electro music guru.)