Around Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz is so much more than a garish square with shops, a big hotel and a famous TV Tower. From humble beginnings as a cattle market, through to becoming a pulsating hub of activity in the Weimar era and a central meeting point for the East Berliners, the square and its surrounding environs has a raft of interesting, lesser-known places and stories to explore.

From hidden GDR murals, a memorial to anti-Nazi protests, and a Stasi bureau that reveals the sinister side of the East German regime, this two-hour tour takes a circular route around one of the world's most famous squares, dissecting buildings, streets and memorials and discussing the history and architecture of the square itself.

About The Tour Leader

Mark Meadows has lived in Berlin since 2012 and is married to a German. The British national studied Philosophy at University in London and went on to become a globe-trotting journalist. However, he knew he would one day settle in Berlin, a city like no other where walking is easy and modern history is quite literally tangible. His love of culture across the spectrum makes the city even more appealing and his boots cover the streets in indefatigable pursuit of the fascinating, the obscure and the laughter-inducing.

Pricing

€20 per person for 2-3 hours. Private tours and groups can be arranged in advance.

Group Size

2-8

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  1. Kevin C says:

    This is a very enjoyable and interesting tour. Mark has an incredible knowledge of the area and delivers this in an easy-going and entertaining manner. Highly recommended.

  2. Brandon D says:

    This is a fascinating tour and Mark really knows his stuff! Alexanderplatz and the area around it offer such a fascinating look into the former DDR. I would certainly recommend this tour to anybody with an interest in the history of East Germany. The stories and behind-the-scenes information really made the tour a great experience, especially for locals or those of us who live and work in Berlin but might not know anything about all of the buildings and places we see every day.

  3. Mary says:

    What a fabulous walking tour! I’ve lived in Berlin for nearly 20 years and thought I knew a lot about Alexander Platz and that whole quarter. But Mark Meadows taught me lots of fascinating things I’d never known about before…and with such enthusiasm. It was two of the most entertaining and interesting hours I’ve spent anywhere in east Berlin and would highly recommend this tour to anyone with even the slightest interest in history, Berlin, East Germany or the city’s post-war history.

  4. Katherine says:

    Alexanderplatz would have just looked like ugly concrete buildings without Mark explaining what purpose each ugly concrete building had in GDR time. He made the space come alive with Stasis, with resisters, and with the daily life of everyone in between.

  5. Steve Rollnick says:

    By a long way the best guiding experience around Alexanderplatz imaginable. Mark is is truly smart, observant and let’s history breath through him with a very keen eye. Thank you so much Mark. We learned so much, and walked away in gentle shock, like we had been in a movie. Lucky visitors are those who get to meet you. Also, the background organisation of this tour was super efficient – we got a bit lost looking for the meet-up place, found a number and got sorted pronto. Thanks so much.

  6. Lesley Johnson says:

    We only realised what a fascinating area Alexanderplatz is as a result of Mark’s tour: this was a great eye opener in every sense and we were hooked till the end, despite the unseasonably icy winds. Many thanks Mark.

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