As part of a successful entry in a competition arranged by Expedia, I won a trip to Berlin for five fun-filled days. The element of my entry had focussed around the alternative side of the city. Street art, liberalism and an open culture that I couldn’t wait to experience.
With this in mind, I opted to take part in the Sandeman’s New Europe Tour, one that promised to show the unique identity of West Berlin that has developed during nearly 40 years behind the Iron Curtain. This part of Berlin has been a magnet for non-conformists embracing the non-judgemental, progressive attitude that allows them to live in the alternative underground scene.
Having pre-confirmed the date and time for commencing the tour, we met the tour group outside of the Old Post Office at Oranienburger Strasse. Our guide introduced herself to the group as Grace, and after brief introductions from around the rest of the group (which drew attendees from around the world), it was clear that this was already a great representative mix of the people that Berlin attracts.
The walking tour around Mitte lasts for around 3.5 to 4 hours and gave a great opportunity to see street art, learning all the time about the uprisings and some of the political aspects of the art. Whilst it isn’t wholly embraced by the city, it is seen as a way to decorate the street with messages of education for the public. Berlin is home to some famous artists like Banksy, now helping to create similar movement in other parts of the world.
Check out the photos below that were taken on the chilly, January afternoon in Berlin!
Grace proved to be a very knowledgeable guide, acting responsibly with the group and offering great value for money at the same time. From Mitte, the tour includes a train trip to the south of Berlin to see the Berlin Wall and East Side Gallery in an area largely dominated by students.
N.B. As always, all photos are owned by Ad-lib Traveller and are not available for re-use without express permission.
Sincere thanks to Expedia UK and readers of the Ad-lib Traveller for providing this opportunity for me to visit Berlin, Germany.