Authentic Berlin neighbourhoods
KaDeWe department store
There is more to West Berlin than just shopping! On this tour, we take you to where the locals go, showing you sights off the beaten track you won’t find in the guidebooks.
After the 1890s, the area encompassing the districts of Charlottenburg, Schöneberg, and Tiergarten formed a counterpart to the historic city centre. Burgeoning with department stores, theatres, cafés, and other night life venues where the well-to-do and intellectual elites of Berlin would come out to play, it inspired the musical Cabaret. Hitler’s rise to power put an abrupt end to the “Golden Twenties”; however, divided after the Second World War and encircled by the Wall after 1961, the area flourished as an “island” of political refuge and cultural experimentation during the Cold War.
Stroll along the Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s answer to the Champs-Élysées. See where Einstein lived, JFK delivered his (in)famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, Germans learned to talk about sex – and of course the iconic KaDeWe department store! Finish at the bustling Winterfeldtplatz with its wonderful cafés and restaurants!