Berlin may be one of the top travel destinations in Europe, but there are still things to do there for those who want to experience something different from the norm.
Alexanderplatz is a spot that every visitor to Berlin will most likely visit, since it is a central square and transportation hub. Those who like history may find it interesting that this square used to be the heart of Soviet-controlled East Berlin during the Cold War. The Fernsehturm – or TV Tower – which was built during this period, is located in the square. This may be one of the city’s most popular attractions, but its base is a starting point for some alternative tours that can take you to less visited parts of the city. Below are a few worth mentioning.
Unique Tours Starting from Alexanderplatz
Alternative Berlin Tours – Choose from a variety of tour options to experience Berlin’s underground subcultures and lifestyles, such as street art and eco-friendly initiatives. Free daily walking tours start at the TV Tower at 11am and 1pm.
Berlin Wall and Cold War Bike Tour – Get an in-depth look into what life was like in East Berlin during the Cold War on this five-hour bike tour that takes you to spots of historical interest that most Berlin tours miss. It departs from the TV Tower at 10:30am on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays and will cost you around $30.
Raw Tour: Berlin Exposed! – Uncover the real Berlin on this five-hour bike tour that will take you on an exploration of the city’s history and present-day realities. The tour costs about $27 and leaves from the TV Tower at 10:30am on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Airbnb Accommodations Around Alexanderplatz
Of course there are many cheap hotels in Berlin that you could stay at, but why not try something different? You can feel like a local by renting out a room in an apartment during your visit. Below are a few options which are close to the starting points of the tours described above. All of them have received glowing reviews from past guests.
- Room in a very central, nice apartment – This accommodation is a great value. Pay as little as $52 per night for a large, bright, private room in an eclectically-decorated apartment shared with friendly hosts. It’s conveniently located about 10 minutes away from Alexanderplatz by foot and offers an amazing view of the city from its balcony.
- Another cozy room in a centrally-located apartment – If the room above is taken, Alexanderplatz is only a 15-minute walk away from this shared apartment. A private room here will cost you around $68 per night and comes with internet, access to a spacious kitchen, and hosts who are happy to share Berlin travel tips.
- Beautifully-designed studio – If you want a completely private space, opt for this bright studio apartment in the Mitte neighborhood, which is only a few metro stops away from Alexanderplatz. You’ll love its clean, modern, and colorful design. Prices vary between about $57 and $68 per night depending on the dates you want to book.
This article is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series.
As always, happy travels!