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hidden cities • 6 days, 5 nights

Hidden Berlin: Exploring the City’s Abandoned and Underground Spaces

Germany
hidden cities • 6 days, 5 nights

Hidden Berlin: Exploring the City’s Abandoned and Underground Spaces

Germany
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  • Group Size 10 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Moderate
  • Travel Style
    Urban Exploration
from $3,270 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

Berlin is a city that has always drawn people who see the world differently, a magnet for creatives and visionaries. Across the city, no stone is left unturned. Underused mall parkades become beer gardens; public bathhouses become boutique hotels; wartime bunkers become art galleries; airport runways become picnicking and kite-surfing spots. Restaurants are tucked into dark alleys, behind unassuming doors and within inner courtyards. Over the course of this carefully curated tour, we’ll visit sites that longtime residents may never have laid eyes on—and of course, enjoy plenty of delicious food and drink along the way. Skirting the city’s traditional tourist sites in favor of its hidden wonders, immerse yourself in a lesser-known Berlin.

Highlights
  • Underground exploration
  • Art and urban innovation
  • Hidden histories
  • Unusual restaurants

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Leanna Eaton
Leanna’s love for capturing the attention of an audience began at the age of 11 when she won a public speaking competition with a speech about door-to-door salesmen - written by her mother. Her family was convinced she was destined for a life in Canadian politics. After successfully completing three social sciences degrees and starting a promising career at a global development agency, she seemed to be on course. Until that fateful weekend in Newfoundland…nearly two decades later and much to everyone's surprise, she now lives in Germany, having traded in her dreams of a life in politics for a career in tourism. In 2007 she met her travel industry soulmate Alba (one of the trip leaders for Atlas Obscura’s Small Wonders and Good Eats trip in Spain) in a small Berlin café and they both instantly recognized a shared vision for what travel should be and a knack for finding the special spots that reveal the soul of a place. Working together throughout Europe and Canada, their tours are unique local experiences that "could only happen here" - wherever here might be. Leanna speaks English and German fluently and could use French and Ukrainian to get by in a pinch.

Additional Info

Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip.

Due to the layout of the hotel we'll be staying at, twin rooms are not available. Solo travelers can have their own private room for a supplemental cost of $540. After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Activity Level

Travelers should be comfortable walking between four and five miles over the course of any given day, and spending significant time outdoors. All transportation will be by foot or by public transit.

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive in Berlin by 4 p.m. on Day 1 and depart anytime on Day 6. 

Accommodations

Situated in one of Berlin’s most beloved neighborhoods, the Hotel Oderberger is a hip hotel with a fascinating history. It first opened in 1902 as an art-nouveau public bathhouse and, following a forced closure in 1986, reopened in 2016 as a boutique hotel. It has managed to fully integrate its history into a modern aesthetic and offers all the comforts of a four-star hotel, including a fantastic in-house bar.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at a comfortable boutique hotel
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip (excluding arrival and departure airport transfers)
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
Excluded
  • Transportation to and from Berlin, including airport transfers
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities to Trip Leader
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Trip FAQ

If this will be your first trip to Berlin, we recommend staying a few extra days before or after the tour to visit the more traditional tourist sites, which are not included in the itinerary. We recommend the Jewish Museum, the Berlin Cathedral, Kurfürstendamm, Charlottenburg Palace, Potsdamer Platz, Pergamon Museum, Grunewald Forest, Soviet Memorial, Alexanderplatz, the old Reichstag building, and the Gendarmenmarkt, among many others. 

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