EAST BERLIN, CAPITAL OF THE GDR
Guided tour to the prominent places in the former capital city of the GDR – East Berlin with URBAN BIKE TOURS. How was life in the GDR? Our tour guide Joachim grew up in the GDR and can give an account of life in the then GDR and the events that led to the fall of the Wall. He knows the places where met the alternative scene, and also took part in the protests leading up to the fall of the Wall. We visit, by bike, the historical places of the GDR and using pictures, compare how the city has changed in the last 25 years. A very interesting witness tour, which due to the historical events, is suited for school classes.
With this bike tour, we visit the places where more than 25 years of history took place. Gethsemane Church, which played a significant role during the peaceful revolution in autumn 1989 with ist pastor Werner Widrat. Here, on the 5th November, the Staatskapelle Berlin played Beethoven’s symphony no. 3, a concert which the director of the Komische Oper at that time, Rolf Reuter, called to great acclaim “the Wall must go”. After that followed a spontaneous demonstration along Schönhauser Allee.
We breathe East Berlin air at Alexanderplatz, which was similar to the Red Square in Moscow, which was planned as a central demonstration area for big events. The 125-metre-wide road, Karl-Marx-Allee, in East Berlin, served as a parade ground for the annual parade of the armed forces in the celebrations for the founding of the GDR. Alexanderplatz was therefore an example for influenced architecture in the German Democratic Republic, which served also as a meeting place for the East Berlin skateboard and punk scene. Here the 4th November 1989 closing rally, the biggest demonstration in GDR history, took place.
On the former border on Bornholmer Strasse, we once more outline the events of the evening of the 9th November, and our guides tell you how they experienced the memorable evening.
The East Side Gallery is the longest, connected part of the Wall still standing in Berlin. In early 1990, after the opening of the Wall, this part was painted on by 118 artists from 21 different countries, over a length of over 1316 metres. The artists painted, in a good one hundred paintings, on the former side facing East Berlin, using different artistic means to comment on the political changes of 1989/90.
Gethsemane Kirche, Schönhauser Allee, Bornholmer Strasse, Mauerpark – Jahn Sport Park, Arkona Platz, Rosa-Luxenburg-Platz, ehemaliges Scheunen Viertel, Oranienburger Strasse, Friedrichstrasse – Tränenpalast, Brandenburger Tor, Unter den Linden, Museumsinsel, Marx Engels Forum, Alexanderplatz, Karl-Marx-Allee, East Side Gallery, Oberbaumbrücke, Neues Deutschland, Volkspark Friedrichshain, Kollwitzplatz, KulturBrauerei.