City Tour Berlin: Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe

4.6 / 5

42 reviews

City Tour Berlin: Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe

From £161.80 per group up to 10

Experience old Berlin, stories about crooks, small alleyways, and the milieu of Zille. You will be introduced to the twenties, explore renovated and derelict courtyards, an old ballroom, and delve into the Jewish history of Berlin.

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Duration 2 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Stroll through old Berlin and immerse yourself in the history of the city
  • Hear about the development of the city, the Zille-Milieu, the 1920s, stories of gangsters, and further changes
  • Experience the Hackeschen and Heckmann Höfe, a not yet renovated Höfe in the Schwarzenberg House, and an old ballroom
Full description
Get ready for an exciting tour! This tour of the Scheunenviertel and Hackesche Höfe is a foray into old Berlin. The tour begins at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, where you will discover old courtyards, learn about the settlement of Berlin's Jews, and hear all manner of political stories. Not only are the former headquarters of the KPD (German Communist Party) located here, but also the Volksbühne (the people's political theater), and the famous Kino Babylon. Afterwards, set off down narrow alleyways. Hear stories of the Ringvereine, clubs of former inmates who dominated the area, of the Demimonde (Hedonists), and prostitution, as well as of the working-class Zille-Milieu. The Mulackritze, also called simply "Ritze," was a legendary bar that Marlene Dietrich, Heinrich Zille, and Gustav Gründgens regularly frequented. Here, you will get a feel for the old, exciting worlds based here. During the second part of the tour, you will visit various former courtyards. In Haus Schwarzenberg you will be introduced to the building conditions under the German Democratic Republic. The Hackeschen Höfe and Rosenhöfe speak to old social ideas and the resourcefulness of commerce. Next, you'll visit an old, not-yet-renovated ballroom. The hall of mirrors on the first floor, formerly reserved for the aristocracy, as well as the ballroom on the ground floor bring you back to the twenties and are also a great going-out location. To this day, you can go dancing there on weekends and enjoy live music. You'll visit the hall of mirrors even if the ballroom isn't open. Finally, you'll learn about the history of Auguststraße, the "AHAWAH" Jewish orphanage, and, on the way to the New Synagogue, where the tour concludes, the Heckmannhöfe. Enjoy a relaxing and interesting tour and experience a unique side of Berlin's diverse history.
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  • Tour guide
  • Transportation
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

U-Bahn Station Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (U2 line). Exit the U-Bahn in the direction of Weydingerstraße, in front of Belushi's Bar, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 41, 10178 Berlin.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5
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Very nice and informative entertaining city tour in great corners

We were a small group and had our "own" city guide, who was very committed and showed us a lot, which deviates from the usual routes and trails. There was a lot of new things to hear and see. We loved it.

26 June 2019

Good guide

My guide knew the area well and catered to my specific interests.

11 October 2015

12 September 2020

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