WEST BERLIN BIKE TOUR
Guided bike tours in berlin by URBAN BIKE TOURS to the roots of west-berlin of the 60s 70s and 80s. The society politics and artist influences, who out the especially berlin in the last decade originated, were and are various. Many of them who took their start, benefited from the creative, experiment joyful and also tolerant atmosphere of berlin; from rainbow neighbourhood to the „kebab dreams in the wall city“ from student protests about the 2nd of june movement, back to the alternative lists, from heroin to ecstasy, from new german wave, “geile tiere” and the “neuen wilden”, from techno, love parade, to “clärchens ballhaus”. This guided bike tour by URBAN BIKE TOURS involves all important west-berlin venues from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
For a long time, Berlin has had a particularly special attitude towards and a special atmosphere too – tolerant and open minded, creative, innovative, and always also a bit more weird than the norm. Already during the wicked golden twenties shone berlin with it’s theatre stages, the priceless cabaret and revue theatres and the aspiring film industry far over and beyond the german borders; the amusing raging and libertarian atmosphere and the city, first gay pubs were already accomplished in 1900, drew people in from all countries, „come to the cabaret, oh jon, come to the cabaret…“. the national socialism set the „dance on the volcano“ closely a sudden end.
Life and the way of life in West Berlin after 1945 didn’t develop as it did in the rest of Germany, but for many reasons. The situation of the man-made island in midst of the Red Sea, made the city into a mix of reserve and habitat, the demilitarised status of the city made it attractive to the many free spirits who refused to serve the army in West Germany; the “Berlin-allowance” and other financial temptation that detracted from career thinking in West Germany and contributed towards a mix of different cultures; the “Cold War” and the direct confrontation of two parties of the political system, fuelled by a sturdy anti-communist press, which led straight into the “frontline” of a particular dynamic between the old and the new generations and erupted roughly into the student riots in the 60s; a general state and capitalism critical attitude towards the political system in the West, on the one hand gave rise to political guerrilla tactics, but on the other hand also led to more moderate alternatives, through these, the west German economic miracle, limping after the economic development of the city, allowed room and especially spaces for strong cultural curiosity and experimentation. The situation in (West) Berlin was like a catalyst for society and cultural policy developments, until long after the Fall of the Wall, which soon spread far beyond the borders of Germany and the rest of Europe.
A relaxing tour, which is based on unique German history and the personal experiences of our guides, who experienced all of this first hand in Berlin.
Particularly well suited for school classes.
Rosenthaler Platz, Torstraße, Koppenplatz, Clärchens Ballhaus, Am Tacheles, Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin, Boros Bunker, Kronprinzenbrücke, Bundeskanzleramt, Reichstag, Kanzleramt, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Schloss Bellevue, Siegessäule, Englischer Garten, Walter-Gropius-Haus, Gaslaternen-Freilichtmuseum Berlin, Bikini Berlin, Theater des Westens, Savignyplatz, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche, Europa-Center, Kaufhaus des Westens, Aquarium Berlin, Skandinavische Botschaften, Italienische Botschaft, Potsdamer Platz, Holocaust Monument, Brandenburger Tor, Unter den Linden, Bebelplatz, Berliner Dom, Friedrichsbrücke, Schendelpark.