Berlin - Alexanderplatz – Centre of the Old and New Berlin

Alexanderplatz – Centre of the Old and New Berlin

(52 reviews)
Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany
45 mins

About the tour

Berlin Alexanderplatz is not only a famous novel written by Alfred Döblin, but also the name of one of the most famous areas of Berlin where everyone who visits will end up at least once. Be it for the shopping, the sightseeing or the travel – Alexanderplatz is a place no Berliner could avoid in the last 800 years for these exact reasons (even though in the early days the shopping was limited to cattle and other life stock). Whilst today the surroundings of Alexanderplatz are dominated by post war concrete blocks, the square itself is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Berlin and its origins go all the way back to its very beginning. The leftover of the old city walls stand witness to over 800 years of city history. Named after Tsar Alexander I, the square played a crucial role in the life of Berliners in the 1920s with the city's biggest police department, biggest red light district and some of the most modern shopping places surrounding it. It is where the people met to see and to be seen and, after dark, drift off into the twilight of the underbelly of Berlin. Bombed to pieces during the war, Alexanderplatz was to become the new centre of communist Eastern Berlin and a representation of the new order which was idealized by the architecture and design of the new square. Take a walk with me via this intriguing area with the often photographed but hardly understood world clock and its office buildings from the 1920s surrounding it. We then head to what is the left of the old Berlin and walk some of my favourite streets which hardly anyone ever sees even when they live here.

Meet your local guide


Arja has worked for over 13 years as a full-time tour guide in Berlin and all around Europe. She is a studied historian and passionate about all the big and small stories surrounding this beautiful city she calls home. Born and raised in Northwestern Germany, she came to Berlin after finishing university in Hamburg with a Masters degree in history and American literature and having traveled the world for 4 years. With her family roots in the city, she always felt drawn to the multitude of layers of life you can find in Berlin starting with her own family story. Telling stories is what she loves and meeting people from all over the world is the next best thing to traveling the world herself.

Arja has been guiding since Mar 2007

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Emma C.

18 February 2021

Arja is a great guide! Lots of energy and enthusiasm, definitely will go on another of her tours soon.

Kelly C.

17 February 2021

Very friendly guide with a lot of information, I loved the pictures of old Berlin, very interesting to see

Nancie G.

17 February 2021

Arja is amazing ... all her tours are fun, informative and and SO interesting

Gill S.

17 February 2021

Arja provided a great tour. Very informative and her personality and passion shone through. Have already booked a couple of the other tours she does. It's an amazing opportunity to 'visit' places I haven't been too....yet!

Zeynep K.

16 February 2021

very good

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