Self-guided Tours of East Berlin

Deep Tours around the corners of Berlin you won’t find in the guide books.

Berlin has more to offer than the Rough Guide or Lonely Planet can tell you about, and these tours show you some of the other sides of the city. Visiting the scenes from my books that are set in Berlin opens up new perspectives, giving you a taste of the divided city of a thirty years ago.

The Berlin of the 1990s plays as much of a role in my East Berlin Series as any of the human characters: dark, brooding, sometimes sinister, at other times colourful, chaotic and delightful. With these tours you too can visit the squats, factories, military bases and secret police headquarters that the protagonist of the book went to in his search for answers.

Tour 1 – Martin’s Neighbourhood
: a short walking tour through the Kiez in Lichtenberg that the protagonist of Stealing The Future lived and worked in.
1.5 miles walking, allow at least 1 hour

rummelsTour 2 – Prisons, Factories, Russians and the Stasi: a longer tour (perfect for an afternoon of exploring) involving either cycling or walking plus trams. Visit a few more of the sites that Martin is taken to in his attempts to solve the Maier case.
2 miles walking plus tram rides, or 13 Miles cycling. Allow 4 – 6 hours

mainzerTour 3 – Cops and Squats: a walking tour around some of the squats of Friedrichshain, a trip to the Museum of Youth Resistance against the Nazis and the Communists, taking in the impressive Stalinist architecture of the Karl-Marx-Allee and the notorious police station on Marchlewskistrasse. Consider doing this tour in the evening if you want to try the food and beer at the social centres in the old squats!
2.5 miles walking, allow at least 2 hours
woltersTour 4 – Tram through the Forest: ride on the tram through the deep forests of Berlin, see where Martin had his secret rendezvous with the KGB major. If you need to escape from the hectic city, want to explore a small Brandenburg town, fancy some watersports or walks in the forest then this is the trip for you.
Variable walking (you choose!), allow at least 2 hours, or make an all day trip of it.

Scenes of everyday life in the Museum in the Kulturbrauerei © Stephan Klonk / Stiftung Haus der GeschichteNo time for a tour? Have a look at one of my top ten GDR-themed museums in and around Berlin.

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