Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood has a long history of alternative culture, self-organized initiatives and urban experimentation. This former fringe area of West Berlin, bordering the Berlin Wall, became a central district in a major European city practically overnight in 1990. Urban regeneration experiments, open lots, squats, art spaces and immigrants from all over the world have turned Kreuzberg into one of Berlin’s most vibrant districts. This area’s unique history has created a mixture of a dense urban center teeming with activity, as well as hidden spaces providing green oases – fertile ground for those seeking to launch their own neighborhood projects.
Come with us as we discover and explore this fascinating urban landscape. Our tour visits Kreuzberg’s most successful grassroots projects, which improve the quality of life of the citizens. We visit urban gardens both large- and small-scale, a children’s farm, informal settlements, ecological architecture, public markets, regenerated art spaces and new collaborative housing developments. Berlin’s turbulent historical context is also emphasized, as we partially follow the route of the former Berlin Wall and explain urban planning projects from the 1800s to the present day. Immerse yourself in THE quintessential Berlin neighborhood!