A Tale Of Two Cities: Exploring Life In East & West Berlin

This tour takes a closer look at two of Berlin's most famous inner-city districts: Friedrichshain and (East) Kreuzberg. Although officially amalgamated into one borough since 2001, the two districts were for several decades separated by the Berlin Wall - and still bear many distinctive differences.

As well as exploring the Soviet legacy and lifestyles of GDR-era Friedrichshain and the protest and post-punk cultures of 1970s and '80s Kreuzberg, the tour also compares the contemporary development of both districts since reunification.

About The Tour Leader

Paul Sullivan is a writer, photographer and the founder of Slow Travel Berlin. He has written several guidebooks about Berlin - including the Rough Guide to Berlin and National Geographic's Walking Berlin - and abundant articles for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, National Geographic UK and more. He also co-runs STB's Literary Tour and Improve Your Photography workshop.


€25 per person for 3 hours.

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  1. Debra Weiner says:

    Great tour with Paul and Paul. Learned a great deal, the pace was comfortable, and it was great to have an apportunity to chat afterwards over a beer at Pirates. Loved speaking with Richard and hearing his perspective on things.

  2. ’Tale of Two Cities’ wasn’t a bookish parade of history, but a chance to see and hear some of Berlin’s stories. Paul & Paul clearly know their stuff and are passionate about their city.

    The tour route was well thought-out and included many of Berlin’s different flavours. The format was simple and satisfying: Paul & Paul tell stories in their setting, and there’s ample time to dig deeper on the route or over a beer afterwards.

    I have no hesitation recommending the tour to both the avid historian and the first-time Berlin explorer. Neither will be disappointed.

    Thanks again guys!

  3. Anne Koch says:

    I enjoyed this tour immensely, as did my son: we explored parts of Berlin that are off the beaten track but are so telling about the city’s past, something Paul and Paul (and Richard) have understood so well. Their guidance was superb: they know an enormous amount about the history of the city but wear their knowledge lightly, are excellent raconteurs with an eye for the absurd, and are funny, informal and offbeat. I will most definitely be enlisting for another tour with them and I fully recommend the tour to anyone interested in exploring Berlin.

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