Berlin City Tours

There are plenty of options to explore vibrant and dynamic Berlin. To help you find your way around, the ISRII committee have already invited people who know the city well to share their favourite Berlin spots, bars, restaurants and clubs on the ISRII forum. Check it out at: and also share your favourite spots!

We would also like to invite you to explore some of Berlin’s neighbourhoods and history off the usual tourist paths in two city tours. The tour guide is Tobias Allers, author of the book "Neuberliner - Berlin migration history from the middle ages up until today".

The tours cost €12 each and the numbers of participants is restricted and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a place, please send an email to (Please do not send credit card information under any circumstances) by 18:00 on Tuesday 10 October with your full name and contact details and which tour you wish to go on. The fee will be collected onsite prior to departure.

Tour 1: Berlin Migration History 
Wednesday 11 October, 6.00pm-8.30pm

Throughout its history, refugees have been drawn to Berlin. They have left their traces in the city, society and culture over hundreds of years. On this tour, we are going to learn how much the capital has been influenced by migration and refugees. We will also see what we can learn from history. The tour starts at 6.00pm in front of the Hilton (conference venue), and will end 8.30pm at Kottbusser Tor, in the center of one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Berlin, with lots of bars and restaurants to explore afterwards.

Tour 2: About squatted houses, protest and gentrification. Explore & Dine
Saturday 14 October, 7.30pm-10.00pm

Join the fascinating Kreuzberg Tour!
Kreuzberg has long been famed for its diverse cultural life, dynamic café and snack, restaurant scene, its experimental alternative lifestyles, and is often referred to as the hippest neighborhood of Europe. However, without protest and the house squatting scene of the1980's, wide areas of Kreuzberg might have been turned into a motorway. Currently, the city government is taking action and trying to fight gentrification and investors who are just interested in fast profits.  We are going to have a look at how gentrification is changing the district and also find some positive examples for projects with participation from the inhabitants.

After a brief history of the district, we will explore not only the culture of squat houses around the Mariannenplatz and the Kunsthau, but will also make stop at several typical ‘Kreuzberg’ snack bars and restaurants to explore the culinary side of Kreuzberg. 

The tour ends at Kottbusser Tor at 10pm, with lots of bars to explore afterwards

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