Berlin audio tour: Templars, Bunkers and Prussian Glory: A Walking Tour of West Kreuzberg

Templars, Bunkers and Prussian Glory: A Walking Tour of West Kreuzberg

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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2mi

About the Tour

Get to know the other side of Kreuzberg, away from the partying crowds and Easy-jet Armada: a place where great world inventions were made, world-famous companies born, and where sand was turned into gold and then turned into dust again.

You will stroll through a half-forgotten old residential area where ghosts of the 19th-century building boom walk hand in hand with ghosts of Nazi propaganda. You will learn the secrets of one of Berlin's most stunning parks. You will also get to know the stories of people who made Berlin one of the greatest cities on Earth.

Kreuzberg is not only about squatters, riots, parties and drugs – Kreuzberg is where history was made. And it continues to be made here today.

This audio tour is written and narrated by Beata Gontarczyk-Krampe, aka Notmsparker, the author of the Berlin History Blog “Kreuzberged” and of “Notmsparker´s Berlin Companion”, the book about everything you never even knew you wanted to know about Berlin.

If you have any questions after the tour or would like to find out more about Berlin, you can contact the tour guide through her blog at kreuzberged.com.

Tour Producer

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Beata Gontarczyk-Krampe

I am a book author, researcher, Berlin fan and history geek whose fascination with Berlin's past inspired her to overcome her fear of speaking German: how else can you ask anyone at the state archive to lend you a hand in your search for a long-dead villa owner from 1869? Once curiosity prevailed over inhibitions, I could not stop asking new questions and doing my best to answer each and every one of them. This is how my blog, Kreuzberged, as born. However, my first book, "Notmsparker's Berlin Companion" is in English, to share what I've learnt with all those who still need some time to polish their "Deutsch". The book is available at berlinarium.bigcartel.com (shipping worldwide).

Major Landmarks

  • Viktoriapark

Directions to Starting Point

This tour begins at the entrance to the Underground Station, or "U-bahnof", "Platz der Luftbrücke". We'll begin outside Exit Mehringdamm/Fidicinstraße, on the corner of Mehringdamm and Platz der Luftbrücke. In front you, just across the street, is a 1970s concrete building with yellow-framed windows.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

XBerg Hütte on top of the Kreuzberg and before the Memorial (a public loo turned into a wonderful little restaurant): food, coffee, mulled wine, etc.

Villa Tomasa in Kreuzbergstraße

E.T.A. Hoffmann Restaurant in Yorckstraße 83 (part of Riehmers Hofgarten): classy restaurant with delicious food, also a hotel,

Al-Arz, a fantastic Lebanese bistro at Mehringdamm 63,

Dolden Mädel (where the Kaiserstein used to be) on the corner of Mehringdamm and Kreuzbergstraße: great food, excellent craft beer and don't forgot to pop down to the loo to have a look at those historical doors!

Best time of day

Any time during the day apart from rush hours. The walk is most pleasant on the weekend but it's not a must.

Precautions

Be careful not to walk on to the admittedly very poorly marked bike lanes on the left edge of Mehringdamm. Cyclists can be rather upset if you do. Also, make sure you wear comfy, non-slip shoes: parts of the route require gentle climbing and descending, which might be risky in rainy or frosty weather if your footwear is of the wrong kind.

Comments

Two trips around Berlin worth taking - Alfie Warschauer

Posted by Jim Jordan , 3 months ago

superbly done, many thanks

Posted by Tom Nuttall , over 1 year ago
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Templars, Bunkers and Prussian Glory: A Walking Tour of West Kreuzberg