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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.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
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 $490. 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.
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.
You should plan to arrive in Berlin by 4 p.m. on Day 1 and depart anytime on Day 6. We encourage you to extend your stay if this will be your first visit to Berlin, and are happy to help arrange extra hotel nights.
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.
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.
The travel industry is booming in Europe. If you’ve been to any tourist hotspots in the past five years, the crowds are all the proof you need. This trip is different; you’ll barely touch foot on the well-trodden tourist paths. Instead, you'll spend time in the lesser-known parts of Berlin, meeting with locals involved in the creative revolution of the city and visiting places that offer insight into the area’s history in an unusual way. Not only does your participation help fund the unique places surviving at the edges of mass tourism, but it also encourages you to see the potential for the creative transformation of spaces around where you live.
In September, daytime temperatures can reach up to around 80°F, dropping to the low 60’s in the evenings.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, but please let us know in advance.