3 nights in Berlin, and my first experience of solo travel. The trip had been planned as a family trip for my younger sisters 16th birthday, but they ended up not being able to go. The flights had already been booked so I decided I was going to go anyway. I stayed at Kiez Hostel, which turned out to be a great place for my first hostel experience.
I did a lot of the main tourist sites on my first day.
So the next day I decided to go on a free walking tour. Alternative Berlin, with a focus on street art in the city.
“Alternative Berlin free tours will take you beyond the tourist destinations to the heart and soul of the city: Berlin´s underground sights & sounds, world-famous STREET ART and GRAFFITI culture, haunts and hangouts of the famous and infamous and the landmarks of rock, reggae, punk and electronic music.” – – Alternative Berlin
The meeting point for the tour was just outside the BT tower, so although it wasn’t exactly the weather for it I went to the top of the tower to check out the view. Or atleast what there was of it…
By the time I was leaving to go meet the group for the tour it was absolutely hammering it down. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. So I brought myself a rather expensive umbrella from the gift shop at the bottom of the BT tower and ventured outside to the starting place for the tour.
Artist Squat houses
It rained for most of the tour so was a bit of a challenge juggling taking the photos and holding an umbrella. Though it did make for some arty looking shots, especially at this artists squat house.
As well as seeing some really cool art and places on the tour I learnt a lot about the alternative scene in Kreuzberg. Especially during the time of the Berlin wall, and the anti-establishment mindset of this time and the culture that came from this.
Treehouse on the wall
One of my favourite places we went on the tour was this tree house. There was a really great story behind it of a man who built it right on the Berlin Wall. On a small triangle of East Germany that was left on the West German side of the wall. Leading to an unused triangle of land belonging to East Germany but sitting on the Western side of the wall. You can read the story behind this here
The final place on the tour was Yaam – Young African Art Market. A really cool little place that you can read about in my other post
Despite the weather and being pretty wet by the end of it, I’m really glad I found out about it and decided to stick to my plan. I would definitely recommend it if your in Berlin. Rain or shine it’s a great way to spend a day.
You can find out about the free tour here