BERLIN BEYOND THE WALL – 10 KMFrom: €38.50
Running tours in Berlin is the perfect way to discover the German capital with its mindblowing history. Our running tours cover all aspects of Berlin. The beautiful nature, castles, monuments and parks, as well as the more recent history of the division of Berlin.
From East to West to our running tours dive into the recent past of Berlin and runners experience Checkpoint Charlie, leftovers of the Berlin Wall and take in some of the monuments built during the post war period.
Berlin is however also über cool and it has a thriving cultural scene and in particular a non-matched street art scene, and we of course have a running tour focused on the Berlin Street Art.
Berlin is one of the coolest/cosmopolitan European capitals but began in the 13th Century as a humble fishing village. It expanded greatly in the 18th century during the age of enlightenment and the 19th century fuelled by the industrial revolution. During this period, some fine architectural baroque gems such as the Brandenburg gate, Museum island, Berlin palace, Bebelplatz, Charlottenburg palace and Gendarmenmarkt were built.
In 1933, the darkest chapter in Berlin’s history had begun with the Nazi party gaining power. In 1939 Germany invaded Poland and began the Second World War. Almost 6 years later Berlin capitulated on May 8th 1945. Berlin lay in ruins and its population had almost halved. Today the history of this period is tangible with sights such as Hitlers Bunker, the Jewish memorial, the Luftwaffe building and the Reichstag still echoing the past.
From 1945 Berlin was divided in 2 parts, East and West. The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 along with border checkpoints such as Checkpoint Charlie. The communist DDR government set about building grand communist structures such as the Fernsehturm(TV Tower) and the jewel in the crown, Karl Marx Allee with its dramatic Frankfurter Towers. On the night of November 9th 1989, the Berlin Wall was unexpectedly opened and both Berlin and the rest of Germany began celebrating. Today Berlin is one big celebration! With a thriving alternative and street art scene in the areas of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain, Berlin is now a free, liberal city that demands being explored on the run!