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To say that this city has seen a lot of history over the last couple of centuries is an understatement. Come along with local author Daniel Burghard on an amazing walking tour as he guides you to some of the most significant and iconic WWII and Cold War locations in Berlin.

Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and finishing up at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, at each stop in this roughly 3 hour tour, Daniel will explain the history of the location, as well as read to you eyewitness accounts from his latest book, “The Things They’ve Seen”, covering accounts of life both in WWII and Cold War Germany.

 

 

In addition, Circus guests who take the tour will receive a complimentary copy of his book to take home, read and learn even more about the eyewitness accounts of history. At the end of the tour, if energy levels are still high, Daniel will point you in the direction of a couple of other WWII/Cold War locations which can be explored independently.

 

Join us as we join forces with our city walking tour partners ‘Original Berlin Walks’ as we take a closer look at Berlins famous street art. Here’s how ‘Original Berlin Walks’ describe the tour:

 

“The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see”

From Marlene Dietrich to David Bowie, the world`s biggest film festival to a groundbreaking orchestra, Berlin really is a world center for cinema and music of all kinds. This three-hour tour takes a sideways look at two of the city`s most successful industries, taking in many of Berlin`s top film and music sites.

You will discover why so many films are made in Berlin and understand that the city`s tortured 20th century history is only part of the reason.  You will also find out why Berlin can easily claim to be the world capital for classical music and also learn about arguably the most important rock music recording studio in history.

Tour guide Mark Meadow’s is a reporter for the Deutche Welle, Germany’s national broadcaster, and has a deep understanding of the city’s cultural history.

 

Theater fans! Discover the secrets behind the curtain of the Deutsche Oper, one of Germany’s premier opera houses.

This exclusive tour will take us through the auditorium, the props store and the costume room, as well as onto (and behind) the stages themselves. Along the way we will learn about the history of the opera house, its productions and legendary performances.

 

 

Paul Scraton is the co-author of the book ‘Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail’, published to coincide with the anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down on this day, the 9th November 1989.

Paul will talk about the book, and the history of the divided city, before taking us on a walk to Bernauer Straße and the Berlin Wall Memorial, site of some of the more dramatic moments in the history of the city. Along the way he will talk about life in East Berlin, and the legacy of division today.

Embark on a weekly adventure every Tuesday in March with our Circus Hostel reception team, exploring one of Berlin’s beloved indoor market halls—a Berlin tradition not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in the diverse offerings. Please note that food, drink, and transit fare are not included, and guests are encouraged to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept card payments.

Join us for a cozy and unforgettable evening of tasty food & drink in the heart of Berlin!

Embark on a weekly adventure every Tuesday in March with our Circus Hostel reception team, exploring one of Berlin’s beloved indoor market halls—a Berlin tradition not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in the diverse offerings. Please note that food, drink, and transit fare are not included, and guests are encouraged to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept card payments.

Join us for a cozy and unforgettable evening of tasty food & drink in the heart of Berlin!

Embark on a weekly adventure every Tuesday in March with our Circus Hostel reception team, exploring one of Berlin’s beloved indoor market halls—a Berlin tradition not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in the diverse offerings. Please note that food, drink, and transit fare are not included, and guests are encouraged to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept card payments.

Join us for a cozy and unforgettable evening of tasty food & drink in the heart of Berlin!

Embark on a weekly adventure every Tuesday in March with our Circus Hostel reception team, exploring one of Berlin’s beloved indoor market halls—a Berlin tradition not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in the diverse offerings. Please note that food, drink, and transit fare are not included, and guests are encouraged to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept card payments.

Join us for a cozy and unforgettable evening of tasty food & drink in the heart of Berlin!

On this tour, we will take a 90 minute circular walk through the district of Schöneberg, exploring the exciting and risqué history of the late 1920s, as seen by British author Christopher Isherwood

Visit the places he lived, socialised and documented in his Berlin Diaries of 1929 to 1933, and experience the vibrancy of the era and living on the edge of the Weimar Era. Accompanied by short readings from his works, see where ‘Cabaret’ was born, genders were blurred and films caused riots!

 

 

Join Circus team member Carmen on a food & culture walk at Berlin’s Turkish Maybachufer Market in Kreuzkölln. Here you will learn about the history of the Turkish diaspora in Germany, and explore the famous Turkish market along the Lanwehr canal – with a guide on the most tasty Turkish-German foods. 

After eating and exploring through the market, we will end the trip at the best baklava spot in town – and enjoy a delicious Künefe (the ultimate dessert!) with tea.

To coincide with the beginning of this years Berlinale film festival, and getting into the film crazy spirit that this time of year brings, the Circus has organised a very special treat for 5 lucky guests, as we visit one of Berlin oldest and most atmospheric independent cinemas to catch a screening of Metropolis… and wait for it… accompanied with a live performance of the music score by the Babylon Orchestra!!!!

 

 

 

Here’s what the Babylon have to say about the film screening:

” These are the Roaring Twenties!

In 310 days of shooting, with 36,000 extras and 200,000 costumes and the gigantic budget of five million Reichsmarks – a universal, timeless subject was transformed into pictures that have not lost their fascination to this day.  (Deutsche Kinemathek)

Like no other film, METROPOLIS represents the heyday of the German silent film made in Berlin – Babelsberg. Electricity got things moving, lighting up the nights and the asphalt.

The engine drove the car and the airplane, and the lift grew the skyscrapers. The cinematograph threw the vision / illusion of a future metropolis on the white walls of the cinema palaces and the people rose from the catacombs and demanded his fair share. A new era was born and is brought to life on the gold-framed canvas by the Babylon Orchestra Berlin in Babylon, built in 1929 in old / new splendor.

Metropolis.

New edition (June 2023) of the salon orchestra score, with original music by Gottfried Huppertz”

Join us as we take a guided tour at the German History Museum, discovering the life of the one and only Wolf Biermann,  former East German dissident and modern day cultural icon.  Here’s what the German History Museum has to say about the exhibition:

“Wolf Biermann is one of the most famous songwriters in Germany – East and West. His expulsion from East Germany in 1976 was a political turning point and an admission of helplessness on the part of the SED party leadership. Unlike less well-known artists in the GDR, Biermann had become too popular to put him in jail and too unpredictable to let him perform in public.

Many of his songs, ballads and poems have outlasted the original circumstances of their making. “Warte nicht auf bessre Zeiten” (Don’t wait for better times), “Ermutigung” (Encouragement), “Ballade vom preußischen Ikarus” (Ballad of the Prussian Icarus) have become classics. The exhibition presents the life and work of the poet and songwriter interwoven with the events of “German-German” history.”

 

Join us for a walk through a neighbourhood that was once Berlin’s industrial heartland, known as ‘Red Wedding’ for its support of the Communists in the 1920s, and now a district with a thriving DIY-cultural scene recently voted 4th Coolest Neighbourhood in the World by Time Out. On the walk you will hear stories from of street-battles in the Weimar Republic and life in the divided city, get some tips from the present including tips for friendly bars and microbreweries… and learn a bit about Berlin’s 19th and 20th century history along the way.

Local writer Paul Scraton is a resident of Wedding, and much of his novel BUILT ON SAND is set on and around the route of the walk.

Join us as we join forces with our city walking tour partners ‘Original Berlin Walks’ as we take a closer look at Berlins famous street art. Here’s how ‘Original Berlin Walks’ describe the tour:

“The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see”

 

 

The grounds of the former Stasi headquarters, now Campus for Democracy, was once the centre of power for the East German secret police. What role did the archive play in the system of surveillance? Who used to work here, and how is the area used today?

This exclusive tour takes us closer to the Stasi than ever before, as we uncover the records archive, and take a closer look at the “Stasi files” and its role in the overall system of Surveillance.

From Marlene Dietrich to David Bowie, the world`s biggest film festival to a groundbreaking orchestra, Berlin really is a world center for cinema and music of all kinds. This three-hour tour takes a sideways look at two of the city`s most successful industries, taking in many of Berlin`s top film and music sites.

You will discover why so many films are made in Berlin and understand that the city`s tortured 20th century history is only part of the reason.  You will also find out why Berlin can easily claim to be the world capital for classical music and also learn about arguably the most important rock music recording studio in history.

Tour guide Mark Meadow’s is a reporter for the Deutche Welle, Germany’s national broadcaster, and has a deep understanding of the city’s cultural history.

 

To say that this city has seen a lot of history over the last couple of centuries is an understatement. Come along with local author Daniel Burghard on an amazing walking tour as he guides you to some of the most significant and iconic WWII and Cold War locations in Berlin.

Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and finishing up at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, at each stop in this roughly 3 hour tour, Daniel will explain the history of the location, as well as read to you eyewitness accounts from his latest book, “The Things They’ve Seen”, covering accounts of life both in WWII and Cold War Germany.

 

 

In addition, Circus guests who take the tour will receive a complimentary copy of his book to take home, read and learn even more about the eyewitness accounts of history. At the end of the tour, if energy levels are still high, Daniel will point you in the direction of a couple of other WWII/Cold War locations which can be explored independently.

 

Join us as we take a guided tour of the fascinating exhibition “Everyday life in the GDR”.

The German Democratic Republic (GDR), or Communist East Germany, ceased to exist at midnight on 3 October 1990. It was neither democratic, nor was it a republic. It was a dictatorship in which there were no free elections, no division of powers, and no freedom of movement. Millions of Germans lived in Communist East Germany for 40 years – so what was it like?

 

 

How did the country function in which for 40 years a bread roll cost 5 pfennigs, but there were as good as no bananas? The country that built the highest TV tower in Germany, but did not provide enough housing to go around? That produced beautiful fairy-tale films, but forced critical artists into exile?

The permanent exhibition on “Everyday Life in the GDR” shows what East Germans’ lives were like in the 1970s and 1980s – at work, in public and in private. It shows how the Communist regime shaped everyday life, how people coped with the lack of things and the borders, and how they created free spaces for themselves.

 

Get ready to own the dance floor every Monday night in February with our exclusive Latin Dance Tour at the legendary Kitkat Club!

Join us for an open-level dance class—choose between Tango or Bachata—beginners warmly welcomed. Kitkat, known for its exclusive entry, opens its doors to our guests for an unforgettable dance experience. Leave the costumes, whips, and chains at home (or bring them, if you like)! This party has no dress code, so come as you are. After the class, immerse yourself in a vibrant Latin party, making it the perfect way to explore Kitkat without diving into their more debaucherous events.

Get ready to own the dance floor every Monday night in February with our exclusive Latin Dance Tour at the legendary Kitkat Club!

Join us for an open-level dance class—choose between Tango or Bachata—beginners warmly welcomed. Kitkat, known for its exclusive entry, opens its doors to our guests for an unforgettable dance experience. Leave the costumes, whips, and chains at home (or bring them, if you like)! This party has no dress code, so come as you are. After the class, immerse yourself in a vibrant Latin party, making it the perfect way to explore Kitkat without diving into their more debaucherous events.

Get ready to own the dance floor every Monday night in February with our exclusive Latin Dance Tour at the legendary Kitkat Club!

Join us for an open-level dance class—choose between Tango or Bachata—beginners warmly welcomed. Kitkat, known for its exclusive entry, opens its doors to our guests for an unforgettable dance experience. Leave the costumes, whips, and chains at home (or bring them, if you like)! This party has no dress code, so come as you are. After the class, immerse yourself in a vibrant Latin party, making it the perfect way to explore Kitkat without diving into their more debaucherous events.

Get ready to own the dance floor every Monday night in February with our exclusive Latin Dance Tour at the legendary Kitkat Club!

Join us for an open-level dance class—choose between Tango or Bachata—beginners warmly welcomed. Kitkat, known for its exclusive entry, opens its doors to our guests for an unforgettable dance experience. Leave the costumes, whips, and chains at home (or bring them, if you like)! This party has no dress code, so come as you are. After the class, immerse yourself in a vibrant Latin party, making it the perfect way to explore Kitkat without diving into their more debaucherous events.

The Circus is a proud partner of this years British Shorts Film Festival, as such, we have 5 exclusive spots reserved for their film making creative workshop being held on Saturday 20th January, with a special screening set for Monday 22nd to see all the creative films that were made.  Here’s what they have to say about the event:

 

 

 

“Workshop 2024

“Escape” – Festival Workshop feat. 48 Hour Film Challenge

The workshop will be run by film teachers Dave Green and John Digance who have run successful academic and creative courses in the University and Community sectors in Britain, Sweden, Spain, Russia, Pakistan and China.

In their words: “This year’s workshop theme is Escape. It might be physical, mental, realist or fantasy escape. The choice is yours. We will watch and discuss short films and extracts that are related to the workshop topic – and then, two days later, your short films.”

All events, meetings and screenings as part of the workshop will be in English. Participants will have to provide their own equipment and editing facilities.

 

Embark on a weekly adventure every Tuesday in January with our Circus Hostel reception team, exploring one of Berlin’s beloved indoor market halls—a winter tradition not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in the diverse offerings. Please note that food, drink, and transit fare are not included, and guests are encouraged to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept card payments.

Join us for a cozy and unforgettable evening of exploration in the heart of Berlin!

Embark on a weekly adventure every Tuesday in January with our Circus Hostel reception team, exploring one of Berlin’s beloved indoor market halls—a winter tradition not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in the diverse offerings. Please note that food, drink, and transit fare are not included, and guests are encouraged to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept card payments.

Join us for a cozy and unforgettable evening of exploration in the heart of Berlin!

Embark on a weekly adventure every Tuesday in January with our Circus Hostel reception team, exploring one of Berlin’s beloved indoor market halls—a winter tradition not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in the diverse offerings. Please note that food, drink, and transit fare are not included, and guests are encouraged to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept card payments.

Join us for a cozy and unforgettable evening of exploration in the heart of Berlin!

Embark on a weekly adventure every Tuesday in January with our Circus Hostel reception team, exploring one of Berlin’s beloved indoor market halls—a winter tradition not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in the diverse offerings. Please note that food, drink, and transit fare are not included, and guests are encouraged to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept card payments.

Join us for a cozy and unforgettable evening of exploration in the heart of Berlin!

Embark on a weekly adventure every Tuesday in January with our Circus Hostel reception team, exploring one of Berlin’s beloved indoor market halls—a winter tradition not to be missed!

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and indulge in the diverse offerings. Please note that food, drink, and transit fare are not included, and guests are encouraged to bring cash, as some vendors may not accept card payments.

Join us for a cozy and unforgettable evening of exploration in the heart of Berlin!

Join us as we join forces with our city walking tour partners ‘Original Berlin Walks’ as we take a closer look at Berlins famous street art. Here’s how ‘Original Berlin Walks’ describe the tour:

 

“The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see”

The grounds of the former Stasi headquarters, now Campus for Democracy, was once the centre of power for the East German secret police. What role did the archive play in the system of surveillance? Who used to work here, and how is the area used today?

This exclusive tour takes us closer to the Stasi than ever before, as we uncover the records archive, and take a closer look at the “Stasi files” and its role in the overall system of Surveillance.

From Marlene Dietrich to David Bowie, the world`s biggest film festival to a groundbreaking orchestra, Berlin really is a world center for cinema and music of all kinds. This three-hour tour takes a sideways look at two of the city`s most successful industries, taking in many of Berlin`s top film and music sites.

You will discover why so many films are made in Berlin and understand that the city`s tortured 20th century history is only part of the reason.  You will also find out why Berlin can easily claim to be the world capital for classical music and also learn about arguably the most important rock music recording studio in history.

Tour guide Mark Meadow’s is a reporter for the Deutche Welle, Germany’s national broadcaster, and has a deep understanding of the city’s cultural history.

 

Join Circus receptionist, Luiza, as she takes you on a walk of one of the most vibrant Berlin districts and own very own neighbourhood – Mitte .  On this walk the focus will be on vintage clothing stores, a passion of Luiza’s. Along the way you will visit a variety of stores, as well as get a taste of the many weird and wunderful retail outlets that make this area so vibrant.

There will also be a chance to stop and rest and get a bite to eat, all part of the shopping experience!

Join us as we are taken through the award-winning exhibition ‘Topography of Terror’.

Here we will get not only an introduction to the exhibition, but also gain a deeper understanding of the five themes presented, including the Nazi takeover of power; the institutions of terror in Nazi Germany; the terror and persecution both inside the Third Reich and the occupied countries; and the end of the war and the post-war era.

Paul Scraton is the co-author of the book ‘Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail’, published to coincide with the anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down on this day, the 9th November 1989.

Paul will talk about the book, and the history of the divided city, before taking us on a walk to Bernauer Straße and the Berlin Wall Memorial, site of some of the more dramatic moments in the history of the city. Along the way he will talk about life in East Berlin, and the legacy of division today.

To say that this city has seen a lot of history over the last couple of centuries is an understatement. Come along with local author Daniel Burghard on an amazing walking tour as he guides you to some of the most significant and iconic WWII and Cold War locations in Berlin.

Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and finishing up at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, at each stop in this roughly 3 hour tour, Daniel will explain the history of the location, as well as read to you eyewitness accounts from his latest book, “The Things They’ve Seen”, covering accounts of life both in WWII and Cold War Germany. In addition, Circus guests who take the tour will receive a complimentary copy of his book to take home, read and learn even more about the eyewitness accounts of history. At the end of the tour, if energy levels are still high, Daniel will point you in the direction of a couple of other WWII/Cold War locations which can be explored independently.

 

The Stasi museum is located in House 1 on the former grounds of the headquarters of the GDR’s Ministry for State Security. The building was erected in 1960-61 and included the offices of Erich Mielke, who served as Minister for State Security from 1957 until the end of the GDR following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The permanent exhibition on display traces the history of the Stasi and its relationship with the SED – the ruling Socialist Unity Party. Here you will learn about who the Stasi was, their reason for existing, how they functioned and who were their targets. With this guided tour you will be introduced to the very complicated and nuanced subject matter which is often missed when exploring this period of German history.

 

Join us as we join forces with our city walking tour partners ‘Original Berlin Walks’ as we take a closer look at Berlins famous street art. Here’s how ‘Original Berlin Walks’ describe the tour:

“The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see”

 

 

To say that this city has seen a lot of history over the last couple of centuries is an understatement. Come along with local author Daniel Burghard on an amazing walking tour as he guides you to some of the most significant and iconic WWII and Cold War locations in Berlin.

Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and finishing up at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, at each stop in this roughly 3 hour tour, Daniel will explain the history of the location, as well as read to you eyewitness accounts from his latest book, “The Things They’ve Seen”, covering accounts of life both in WWII and Cold War Germany. In addition, Circus guests who take the tour will receive a complimentary copy of his book to take home, read and learn even more about the eyewitness accounts of history. At the end of the tour, if energy levels are still high, Daniel will point you in the direction of a couple of other WWII/Cold War locations which can be explored independently.

 

Join Circus team member Carmen on a food & culture walk at Berlin’s Turkish Maybachufer Market in Kreuzkölln. Here you will learn about the history of the Turkish diaspora in Germany, and explore the famous Turkish market along the Lanwehr canal – with a guide on the most tasty Turkish-German foods. 

After eating and exploring through the market, we will end the trip at the best baklava spot in town – and enjoy a delicious Künefe (the ultimate dessert!) with tea.

Join us as we unlock the gates of Tempelhof Airport to get inside one of Berlin’s most interesting buildings and symbol of its dark and turbulent past. A classic example of National Socialist architecture, Tempelhof is a daunting example of what Berlin was supposed to become: Adolf Hitler’s “Grand Capital” Germania.

Tempelhof was also famously used by the Allies during the Cold War to resist Soviet efforts to blockade West Berlin, and thus became a symbol of the ‘Berlin Airlift’ and hope in the post-war period. This special guided tour will take us behind the scenes to learn more about the architecture and hidden history of this truly amazing building.

Paul Scraton is the co-author of the book ‘Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail’, published to coincide with the anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down on this day, the 9th November 1989.

Paul will talk about the book, and the history of the divided city, before taking us on a walk to Bernauer Straße and the Berlin Wall Memorial, site of some of the more dramatic moments in the history of the city. Along the way he will talk about life in East Berlin, and the legacy of division today.

Join us as we take a guided tour of the fascinating exhibition “Everyday life in the GDR”.

The German Democratic Republic (GDR), or Communist East Germany, ceased to exist at midnight on 3 October 1990. It was neither democratic, nor was it a republic. It was a dictatorship in which there were no free elections, no division of powers, and no freedom of movement. Millions of Germans lived in Communist East Germany for 40 years – so what was it like?

 

 

How did the country function in which for 40 years a bread roll cost 5 pfennigs, but there were as good as no bananas? The country that built the highest TV tower in Germany, but did not provide enough housing to go around? That produced beautiful fairy-tale films, but forced critical artists into exile?

The permanent exhibition on “Everyday Life in the GDR” shows what East Germans’ lives were like in the 1970s and 1980s – at work, in public and in private. It shows how the Communist regime shaped everyday life, how people coped with the lack of things and the borders, and how they created free spaces for themselves.

 

Join Circus entertainment manager Andrew on a short neighborhood walk and introductory orientation of the local area. On the walk you will discover some of the highlights of the “Scheunenviertel” – a historic area of Mitte where the Circus is located.

Perfect for first time visitors to Berlin, and a great way to get a taste of the neighborhood from a local’s perspective.  Also, Andrew has a pretty strong knowledge of what’s going on in Berlin, so take the chance to get some tips and inspiration to complete your perfect Berlin itinerary.

The Stasi museum is located in House 1 on the former grounds of the headquarters of the GDR’s Ministry for State Security. The building was erected in 1960-61 and included the offices of Erich Mielke, who served as Minister for State Security from 1957 until the end of the GDR following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The permanent exhibition on display traces the history of the Stasi and its relationship with the SED – the ruling Socialist Unity Party. Here you will learn about who the Stasi was, their reason for existing, how they functioned and who were their targets. With this guided tour you will be introduced to the very complicated and nuanced subject matter which is often missed when exploring this period of German history.

 

From Marlene Dietrich to David Bowie, the world`s biggest film festival to a groundbreaking orchestra, Berlin really is a world center for cinema and music of all kinds. This three-hour tour takes a sideways look at two of the city`s most successful industries, taking in many of Berlin`s top film and music sites.

You will discover why so many films are made in Berlin and understand that the city`s tortured 20th century history is only part of the reason.  You will also find out why Berlin can easily claim to be the world capital for classical music and also learn about arguably the most important rock music recording studio in history.

Tour guide Mark Meadow’s is a reporter for the Deutche Welle, Germany’s national broadcaster, and has a deep understanding of the city’s cultural history.

 

Join us as we join forces with our city walking tour partners ‘Original Berlin Walks’ as we take a closer look at Berlins famous street art. Here’s how ‘Original Berlin Walks’ describe the tour:

“The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see”

 

 

Join Circus communications guru, Victoria, as she takes you on a neighborhood walk of one of the most vibrant Berlin districts Friedrichshain.  On this walk the focus will be on vintage clothing stores, a passion of Victoria’s. Along the way you will visit a variety of stores, as well as get a taste of the many weird and wunderful retail outlets that make this area so vibrant.

There will also be a chance to stop and rest and get a bite to eat, all part of the shopping experience!

 

To say that this city has seen a lot of history over the last couple of centuries is an understatement. Come along with local author Daniel Burghard on an amazing walking tour as he guides you to some of the most significant and iconic WWII and Cold War locations in Berlin.

Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and finishing up at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, at each stop in this roughly 3 hour tour, Daniel will explain the history of the location, as well as read to you eyewitness accounts from his latest book, “The Things They’ve Seen”, covering accounts of life both in WWII and Cold War Germany. In addition, Circus guests who take the tour will receive a complimentary copy of his book to take home, read and learn even more about the eyewitness accounts of history. At the end of the tour, if energy levels are still high, Daniel will point you in the direction of a couple of other WWII/Cold War locations which can be explored independently.

 

Join Circus team member Carmen on a food & culture walk at Berlin’s Turkish Maybachufer Market in Kreuzkölln. Here you will learn about the history of the Turkish diaspora in Germany, and explore the famous Turkish market along the Lanwehr canal – with a guide on the most tasty Turkish-German foods. 

After eating and exploring through the market, we will end the trip at the best baklava spot in town – and enjoy a delicious Künefe (the ultimate dessert!) with tea.

Paul Scraton is the co-author of the book ‘Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail’, published to coincide with the anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down on this day, the 9th November 1989.

Paul will talk about the book, and the history of the divided city, before taking us on a walk to Bernauer Straße and the Berlin Wall Memorial, site of some of the more dramatic moments in the history of the city. Along the way he will talk about life in East Berlin, and the legacy of division today.

Join us as we are taken through the award-winning exhibition ‘Topography of Terror’.

Here we will get not only an introduction to the exhibition, but also gain a deeper understanding of the five themes presented, including the Nazi takeover of power; the institutions of terror in Nazi Germany; the terror and persecution both inside the Third Reich and the occupied countries; and the end of the war and the post-war era.

On this tour, we will take a 90 minute circular walk through the district of Schöneberg, exploring the exciting and risqué history of the late 1920s, as seen by British author Christopher Isherwood

Visit the places he lived, socialised and documented in his Berlin Diaries of 1929 to 1933, and experience the vibrancy of the era and living on the edge of the Weimar Era. Accompanied by short readings from his works, see where ‘Cabaret’ was born, genders were blurred and films caused riots!

 

 

The grounds of the former Stasi headquarters, now Campus for Democracy, was once the centre of power for the East German secret police. What role did the archive play in the system of surveillance? Who used to work here, and how is the area used today?

This exclusive tour takes us closer to the Stasi than ever before, as we uncover the records archive, and take a closer look at the “Stasi files” and its role in the overall system of Surveillance.

Join Circus entertainment manager Andrew on a short neighborhood walk and introductory orientation of the local area. On the walk you will discover some of the highlights of the “Scheunenviertel” – a historic area of Mitte where the Circus is located.

Perfect for first time visitors to Berlin, and a great way to get a taste of the neighborhood from a local’s perspective.  Also, Andrew has a pretty strong knowledge of what’s going on in Berlin, so take the chance to get some tips and inspiration to complete your perfect Berlin itinerary.

The Stasi Prison at Hohenschönhausen was an important part of the Ministry for State Security’s repressive actions against the people of the German Democratic Republic.

We will be joined by local guide, who will take us around the Stasi Prison and share the many eyewitness account’s of how the Stasi operated, what they did and where they did, exposing the dark side of life in East Germany

Join us as we take a guided tour of the fascinating exhibition “Everyday life in the GDR”.

The German Democratic Republic (GDR), or Communist East Germany, ceased to exist at midnight on 3 October 1990. It was neither democratic, nor was it a republic. It was a dictatorship in which there were no free elections, no division of powers, and no freedom of movement. Millions of Germans lived in Communist East Germany for 40 years – so what was it like?

 

 

How did the country function in which for 40 years a bread roll cost 5 pfennigs, but there were as good as no bananas? The country that built the highest TV tower in Germany, but did not provide enough housing to go around? That produced beautiful fairy-tale films, but forced critical artists into exile?

The permanent exhibition on “Everyday Life in the GDR” shows what East Germans’ lives were like in the 1970s and 1980s – at work, in public and in private. It shows how the Communist regime shaped everyday life, how people coped with the lack of things and the borders, and how they created free spaces for themselves.

 

On this tour, we will take a 90 minute circular walk through the district of Schöneberg, exploring the exciting and risqué history of the late 1920s, as seen by British author Christopher Isherwood

Visit the places he lived, socialised and documented in his Berlin Diaries of 1929 to 1933, and experience the vibrancy of the era and living on the edge of the Weimar Era. Accompanied by short readings from his works, see where ‘Cabaret’ was born, genders were blurred and films caused riots!

 

 

To say that this city has seen a lot of history over the last couple of centuries is an understatement. Come along with local author Daniel Burghard on an amazing walking tour as he guides you to some of the most significant and iconic WWII and Cold War locations in Berlin.

Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and finishing up at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, at each stop in this roughly 3 hour tour, Daniel will explain the history of the location, as well as read to you eyewitness accounts from his latest book, “The Things They’ve Seen”, covering accounts of life both in WWII and Cold War Germany. In addition, Circus guests who take the tour will receive a complimentary copy of his book to take home, read and learn even more about the eyewitness accounts of history. At the end of the tour, if energy levels are still high, Daniel will point you in the direction of a couple of other WWII/Cold War locations which can be explored independently.

 

Join us as we join forces with our city walking tour partners ‘Original Berlin Walks’ as we take a closer look at Berlins famous street art. Here’s how ‘Original Berlin Walks’ describe the tour:

“The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see”

 

 

Join us for a group guided tour of the newly created permanent exhibition at the world renowned Berlin Jewish Museum. Here’s what the curators of the exhibition have to say:

“The new core exhibition tells of Jewish past and present in Germany – five historical chapters and eight rooms on art and culture address the tense relationship between belonging and exclusion from the Middle Ages to the present, with a focus on the Nazi era and the years after 1945. The tour offers you a first overview of the exhibition, told from a Jewish perspective by means of selected stations and objects.

This journey through time picks up on polyphonic, sometimes contradictory positions. Historical objects, media stations, video installations, and works of art from the collection invite you to follow the eventful history and learn more about what it means to be Jewish today.”

In addition to visiting the permanent exhibition, our group guided tour will include an introduction and study of the museum building’s world famous architecture.

Potsdam is a small, but historically rich city – together with Berlin it was the center of Prussian power. It was also of enormous importance to the Soviets. In the summer of 1945, the Potsdam Conference of the victorious Allied powers was held here.

The city became one of the most important Soviet bases in Germany, with countless facilities and thousands of Soviet soldiers who characterized the street life for almost 50 years.

The tour takes you through Soviet Potsdam, to one of its most important secret service bases and the world famous Bridge of Spies.

The grounds of the former Stasi headquarters, now Campus for Democracy, was once the centre of power for the East German secret police. What role did the archive play in the system of surveillance? Who used to work here, and how is the area used today?

This exclusive tour takes us closer to the Stasi than ever before, as we uncover the records archive, and take a closer look at the “Stasi files” and its role in the overall system of Surveillance.

Join Circus entertainment manager Andrew on a short neighborhood walk and introductory orientation of the local area. On the walk you will discover some of the highlights of the “Scheunenviertel” – a historic area of Mitte where the Circus is located.

Perfect for first time visitors to Berlin, and a great way to get a taste of the neighborhood from a local’s perspective.  Also, Andrew has a pretty strong knowledge of what’s going on in Berlin, so take the chance to get some tips and inspiration to complete your perfect Berlin itinerary.

Paul Scraton is the co-author of the book ‘Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail’, published to coincide with the anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down on this day, the 9th November 1989.

Paul will talk about the book, and the history of the divided city, before taking us on a walk to Bernauer Straße and the Berlin Wall Memorial, site of some of the more dramatic moments in the history of the city. Along the way he will talk about life in East Berlin, and the legacy of division today.

From Marlene Dietrich to David Bowie, the world`s biggest film festival to a groundbreaking orchestra, Berlin really is a world center for cinema and music of all kinds. This three-hour tour takes a sideways look at two of the city`s most successful industries, taking in many of Berlin`s top film and music sites.

You will discover why so many films are made in Berlin and understand that the city`s tortured 20th century history is only part of the reason.  You will also find out why Berlin can easily claim to be the world capital for classical music and also learn about arguably the most important rock music recording studio in history.

Tour guide Mark Meadow’s is a reporter for the Deutche Welle, Germany’s national broadcaster, and has a deep understanding of the city’s cultural history.

 

Join us as we we head over for an exclusive after-hours tour of the Berlin Zoo!

“An evening stroll around Zoo Berlin after the gates have closed to regular visitors is a wonderful way to end the day. Which animals get active at dusk, and who is allowed to sleep outside? On this evening tour you will learn the answers to these questions as well as many more animal secrets.”

 

 

 

 

To say that this city has seen a lot of history over the last couple of centuries is an understatement. Come along with local author Daniel Burghard on an amazing walking tour as he guides you to some of the most significant and iconic WWII and Cold War locations in Berlin.

Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and finishing up at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, at each stop in this roughly 3 hour tour, Daniel will explain the history of the location, as well as read to you eyewitness accounts from his latest book, “The Things They’ve Seen”, covering accounts of life both in WWII and Cold War Germany. In addition, Circus guests who take the tour will receive a complimentary copy of his book to take home, read and learn even more about the eyewitness accounts of history. At the end of the tour, if energy levels are still high, Daniel will point you in the direction of a couple of other WWII/Cold War locations which can be explored independently.

 

Join us as we are taken through the award-winning exhibition ‘Topography of Terror’.

Here we will get not only an introduction to the exhibition, but also gain a deeper understanding of the five themes presented, including the Nazi takeover of power; the institutions of terror in Nazi Germany; the terror and persecution both inside the Third Reich and the occupied countries; and the end of the war and the post-war era.

Join us as we join forces with our city walking tour partners ‘Original Berlin Walks’ as we take a closer look at Berlins famous street art. Here’s how ‘Original Berlin Walks’ describe the tour:

“The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see”

 

 

The Stasi museum is located in House 1 on the former grounds of the headquarters of the GDR’s Ministry for State Security. The building was erected in 1960-61 and included the offices of Erich Mielke, who served as Minister for State Security from 1957 until the end of the GDR following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The permanent exhibition on display traces the history of the Stasi and its relationship with the SED – the ruling Socialist Unity Party. Here you will learn about who the Stasi was, their reason for existing, how they functioned and who were their targets. With this guided tour you will be introduced to the very complicated and nuanced subject matter which is often missed when exploring this period of German history.

 

On this tour, we will take a 90 minute circular walk through the district of Schöneberg, exploring the exciting and risqué history of the late 1920s, as seen by British author Christopher Isherwood

Visit the places he lived, socialised and documented in his Berlin Diaries of 1929 to 1933, and experience the vibrancy of the era and living on the edge of the Weimar Era. Accompanied by short readings from his works, see where ‘Cabaret’ was born, genders were blurred and films caused riots!

 

 

Potsdam is a small, but historically rich city – together with Berlin it was the center of Prussian power. It was also of enormous importance to the Soviets. In the summer of 1945, the Potsdam Conference of the victorious Allied powers was held here.

The city became one of the most important Soviet bases in Germany, with countless facilities and thousands of Soviet soldiers who characterized the street life for almost 50 years.

The tour takes you through Soviet Potsdam, to one of its most important secret service bases and the world famous Bridge of Spies.

Join Circus entertainment manager Andrew on a short neighborhood walk and introductory orientation of the local area. On the walk you will discover some of the highlights of the “Scheunenviertel” – a historic area of Mitte where the Circus is located.

Perfect for first time visitors to Berlin, and a great way to get a taste of the neighborhood from a local’s perspective.  Also, Andrew has a pretty strong knowledge of what’s going on in Berlin, so take the chance to get some tips and inspiration to complete your perfect Berlin itinerary.

Theater fans! Discover the secrets behind the curtain of the Deutsche Oper, one of Germany’s premier opera houses.

This exclusive tour will take us through the auditorium, the props store and the costume room, as well as onto (and behind) the stages themselves. Along the way we will learn about the history of the opera house, its productions and legendary performances.

 

 

Paul Scraton is the co-author of the book ‘Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail’, published to coincide with the anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down on this day, the 9th November 1989.

Paul will talk about the book, and the history of the divided city, before taking us on a walk to Bernauer Straße and the Berlin Wall Memorial, site of some of the more dramatic moments in the history of the city. Along the way he will talk about life in East Berlin, and the legacy of division today.

The Stasi museum is located in House 1 on the former grounds of the headquarters of the GDR’s Ministry for State Security. The building was erected in 1960-61 and included the offices of Erich Mielke, who served as Minister for State Security from 1957 until the end of the GDR following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The permanent exhibition on display traces the history of the Stasi and its relationship with the SED – the ruling Socialist Unity Party. Here you will learn about who the Stasi was, their reason for existing, how they functioned and who were their targets. With this guided tour you will be introduced to the very complicated and nuanced subject matter which is often missed when exploring this period of German history.

 

The Berlin Circus Festival is inviting the guests of the Circus Hostel, Hotel and Apartment house to an exclusive behind the scenes tour and live performance of its shorts program on the 16th August 2023.

The Berlin Circus Festival is a festival for contemporary circus at Tempelhof field in Berlin. Over a period of 10 days they present a selection of the best productions that circus has to offer. You can discover an art exhibition on the festival grounds and enjoy drinks with various delicacies and live music in the sunshine of Berlin’s infamous late summer.

 

On the 16.08.23 we invite you exclusively to discover the Berlin Circus Festival site and its history together with Josa Koelbel, artistic director of the festival. You will receive an unique insight behind the scenes of one of the biggest and most innovative festivals for contemporary circus in Europe!

Afterwards we welcome you to the shorts! Two extraordinary performances that are as different as they are fascinating. Let us surprise you! Both pieces are about 30 minutes long and reveal the versatility and creativity of contemporary circus.

Be there and experience circus in all its facets!

To say that this city has seen a lot of history over the last couple of centuries is an understatement. Come along with local author Daniel Burghard on an amazing walking tour as he guides you to some of the most significant and iconic WWII and Cold War locations in Berlin.

Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and finishing up at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, at each stop in this roughly 3 hour tour, Daniel will explain the history of the location, as well as read to you eyewitness accounts from his latest book, “The Things They’ve Seen”, covering accounts of life both in WWII and Cold War Germany. In addition, Circus guests who take the tour will receive a complimentary copy of his book to take home, read and learn even more about the eyewitness accounts of history. At the end of the tour, if energy levels are still high, Daniel will point you in the direction of a couple of other WWII/Cold War locations which can be explored independently.

 

Join us as we take a guided tour of the fascinating exhibition “Everyday life in the GDR”.

The German Democratic Republic (GDR), or Communist East Germany, ceased to exist at midnight on 3 October 1990. It was neither democratic, nor was it a republic. It was a dictatorship in which there were no free elections, no division of powers, and no freedom of movement. Millions of Germans lived in Communist East Germany for 40 years – so what was it like?

 

 

How did the country function in which for 40 years a bread roll cost 5 pfennigs, but there were as good as no bananas? The country that built the highest TV tower in Germany, but did not provide enough housing to go around? That produced beautiful fairy-tale films, but forced critical artists into exile?

The permanent exhibition on “Everyday Life in the GDR” shows what East Germans’ lives were like in the 1970s and 1980s – at work, in public and in private. It shows how the Communist regime shaped everyday life, how people coped with the lack of things and the borders, and how they created free spaces for themselves.

 

Join us as we are taken through the award-winning exhibition ‘Topography of Terror’.

Here we will get not only an introduction to the exhibition, but also gain a deeper understanding of the five themes presented, including the Nazi takeover of power; the institutions of terror in Nazi Germany; the terror and persecution both inside the Third Reich and the occupied countries; and the end of the war and the post-war era.

Join Circus entertainment manager Andrew on a short neighborhood walk and introductory orientation of the local area. On the walk you will discover some of the highlights of the “Scheunenviertel” – a historic area of Mitte where the Circus is located.

Perfect for first time visitors to Berlin, and a great way to get a taste of the neighborhood from a local’s perspective.  Also, Andrew has a pretty strong knowledge of what’s going on in Berlin, so take the chance to get some tips and inspiration to complete your perfect Berlin itinerary.

Join us as we join forces with our city walking tour partners ‘Original Berlin Walks’ as we take a closer look at Berlins famous street art. Here’s how ‘Original Berlin Walks’ describe the tour:

“The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see”

 

 

Join Circus team member Carmen on a food & culture walk at Berlin’s Turkish Maybachufer Market in Kreuzkölln. Here you will learn about the history of the Turkish diaspora in Germany, and explore the famous Turkish market along the Lanwehr canal – with a guide on the most tasty Turkish-German foods. 

After eating and exploring through the market, we will end the trip at the best baklava spot in town – and enjoy a delicious Künefe (the ultimate dessert!) with tea.

Join Circus communications guru, Victoria, as she takes you on a neighborhood walk of one of the most vibrant Berlin districts Friedrichshain.  On this walk the focus will be on vintage clothing stores, a passion of Victoria’s. Along the way you will visit a variety of stores, as well as get a taste of the many weird and wunderful retail outlets that make this area so vibrant.

There will also be a chance to stop and rest and get a bite to eat, all part of the shopping experience!

 

Join us as we unlock the gates of Tempelhof Airport to get inside one of Berlin’s most interesting buildings and symbol of its dark and turbulent past. A classic example of National Socialist architecture, Tempelhof is a daunting example of what Berlin was supposed to become: Adolf Hitler’s “Grand Capital” Germania.

Tempelhof was also famously used by the Allies during the Cold War to resist Soviet efforts to blockade West Berlin, and thus became a symbol of the ‘Berlin Airlift’ and hope in the post-war period. This special guided tour will take us behind the scenes to learn more about the architecture and hidden history of this truly amazing building.

From Marlene Dietrich to David Bowie, the world`s biggest film festival to a groundbreaking orchestra, Berlin really is a world center for cinema and music of all kinds. This three-hour tour takes a sideways look at two of the city`s most successful industries, taking in many of Berlin`s top film and music sites.

You will discover why so many films are made in Berlin and understand that the city`s tortured 20th century history is only part of the reason.  You will also find out why Berlin can easily claim to be the world capital for classical music and also learn about arguably the most important rock music recording studio in history.

Tour guide Mark Meadow’s is a reporter for the Deutche Welle, Germany’s national broadcaster, and has a deep understanding of the city’s cultural history.

 

Join us for a trip to the German History Museum as we take a look at this intriguing exhibition. Here’s what they have to say:

“Starting from key dates in German history, the museum presents a look back(wards) at decisive historical events of the 19th and 20th centuries. It brings actual turning points face to face with what might have happened if it were not for various factors. Along 14 distinctive caesurae in the German history the probabilities of unrealised history – prevented by accidents, averted by misfires or other kinds of shortcomings – are explored: it is that which is known in the philosophy of history as contingency.

This perspective, unusual for a history museum, should make it possible to see well-known facts in a new light and to encourage an understanding of the principal open-endedness of history as a result of constellations and decisions, actions and omissions.”

On this tour, we will take a 90 minute circular walk through the district of Schöneberg, exploring the exciting and risqué history of the late 1920s, as seen by British author Christopher Isherwood

Visit the places he lived, socialised and documented in his Berlin Diaries of 1929 to 1933, and experience the vibrancy of the era and living on the edge of the Weimar Era. Accompanied by short readings from his works, see where ‘Cabaret’ was born, genders were blurred and films caused riots!

 

 

Join us for a group guided tour of the newly created permanent exhibition at the world renowned Berlin Jewish Museum. Here’s what the curators of the exhibition have to say:

“The new core exhibition tells of Jewish past and present in Germany – five historical chapters and eight rooms on art and culture address the tense relationship between belonging and exclusion from the Middle Ages to the present, with a focus on the Nazi era and the years after 1945. The tour offers you a first overview of the exhibition, told from a Jewish perspective by means of selected stations and objects.

This journey through time picks up on polyphonic, sometimes contradictory positions. Historical objects, media stations, video installations, and works of art from the collection invite you to follow the eventful history and learn more about what it means to be Jewish today.”

In addition to visiting the permanent exhibition, our group guided tour will include an introduction and study of the museum building’s world famous architecture.

On this unique experience, we tour the canals of Berlin and discover Berlin by boat, seeing Berlin neighbourhoods Kreuzberg and Neukölln from a whole new perspective, as we journey from day to night.

Please note you might get wet!

Join us as we take a guided tour of the fascinating exhibition “Everyday life in the GDR”.

The German Democratic Republic (GDR), or Communist East Germany, ceased to exist at midnight on 3 October 1990. It was neither democratic, nor was it a republic. It was a dictatorship in which there were no free elections, no division of powers, and no freedom of movement. Millions of Germans lived in Communist East Germany for 40 years – so what was it like?

 

 

How did the country function in which for 40 years a bread roll cost 5 pfennigs, but there were as good as no bananas? The country that built the highest TV tower in Germany, but did not provide enough housing to go around? That produced beautiful fairy-tale films, but forced critical artists into exile?

The permanent exhibition on “Everyday Life in the GDR” shows what East Germans’ lives were like in the 1970s and 1980s – at work, in public and in private. It shows how the Communist regime shaped everyday life, how people coped with the lack of things and the borders, and how they created free spaces for themselves.

 

Join us as we join forces with our city walking tour partners ‘Original Berlin Walks’ as we take a closer look at Berlins famous street art. Here’s how ‘Original Berlin Walks’ describe the tour:

“The Americans may have given the world street art, but it was perfected in Berlin. Starting in the ‘60s painting on the side of the Wall, through Berlin’s hedonistic heyday in the 1990s, artists the world over have come to the Hauptstadt to leave their mark. Our team of street art experts keep on top of what’s new, who’s who, and where to go to see the freshest and finest works that Berlin has to offer, which means that this tour is the best way for you to find the hidden corners that most visitors never get to see”

 

 

The grounds of the former Stasi headquarters, now Campus for Democracy, was once the centre of power for the East German secret police. What role did the archive play in the system of surveillance? Who used to work here, and how is the area used today?

This exclusive tour takes us closer to the Stasi than ever before, as we uncover the records archive, and take a closer look at the “Stasi files” and its role in the overall system of Surveillance.

Join Circus entertainment manager Andrew on a short neighborhood walk and introductory orientation of the local area. On the walk you will discover some of the highlights of the “Scheunenviertel” – a historic area of Mitte where the Circus is located.

Perfect for first time visitors to Berlin, and a great way to get a taste of the neighborhood from a local’s perspective.  Also, Andrew has a pretty strong knowledge of what’s going on in Berlin, so take the chance to get some tips and inspiration to complete your perfect Berlin itinerary.

To say that this city has seen a lot of history over the last couple of centuries is an understatement. Come along with local author Daniel Burghard on an amazing walking tour as he guides you to some of the most significant and iconic WWII and Cold War locations in Berlin.

Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and finishing up at the famous Checkpoint Charlie, at each stop in this roughly 3 hour tour, Daniel will explain the history of the location, as well as read to you eyewitness accounts from his latest book, “The Things They’ve Seen”, covering accounts of life both in WWII and Cold War Germany. In addition, Circus guests who take the tour will receive a complimentary copy of his book to take home, read and learn even more about the eyewitness accounts of history. At the end of the tour, if energy levels are still high, Daniel will point you in the direction of a couple of other WWII/Cold War locations which can be explored independently.

 

Join us as we take a guided tour of the fascinating exhibition “Everyday life in the GDR”.

The German Democratic Republic (GDR), or Communist East Germany, ceased to exist at midnight on 3 October 1990. It was neither democratic, nor was it a republic. It was a dictatorship in which there were no free elections, no division of powers, and no freedom of movement. Millions of Germans lived in Communist East Germany for 40 years – so what was it like?

 

 

How did the country function in which for 40 years a bread roll cost 5 pfennigs, but there were as good as no bananas? The country that built the highest TV tower in Germany, but did not provide enough housing to go around? That produced beautiful fairy-tale films, but forced critical artists into exile?

The permanent exhibition on “Everyday Life in the GDR” shows what East Germans’ lives were like in the 1970s and 1980s – at work, in public and in private. It shows how the Communist regime shaped everyday life, how people coped with the lack of things and the borders, and how they created free spaces for themselves.

 

On this unique experience, we tour the canals of Berlin and discover Berlin by boat, seeing Berlin neighbourhoods Kreuzberg and Neukölln from a whole new perspective, as we journey from day to night.

Please note you might get wet!

Invited by The Circus Hotel, London-based Irish writer Darran Anderson and German writer Marcel Krueger will talk about their favourite 20th century hotel writers and their books. Join us to hear from Joseph Roth, Vicki Baum, Jan Morris and other legendary literary guests of the past.
Darran Anderson is the author of Inventory, which has been shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize, and Imaginary Cities, chosen as a best book of 2015 by the Financial Times, The Guardian, the A.V. Club, and others. His writing has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The TLS, Frieze, and Wired. He has given talks at the likes of the V&A, the London School of Economics, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Melbourne’s Robin Boyd Foundation, and the Venice Biennale. In 2023, he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction.
Marcel Krueger Marcel is a German-born non-fiction writer living in Dundalk in Ireland. Through the prism of family history and his own existence as emigrant he explores the tragedies and violence of European 20th century history and what these mean for memory, identity and migration today, in the tradition of writers like W.G. Sebald, Dubravka Ugrešić and Martin Pollack. His often melancholic writing is always deeply rooted in arts, pop culture, and place.

Join Circus team member Carmen on a food & culture walk at Berlin’s Turkish Maybachufer Market in Kreuzkölln. Here you will learn about the history of the Turkish diaspora in Germany, and explore the famous Turkish market along the Lanwehr canal – with a guide on the most tasty Turkish-German foods. 

After eating and exploring through the market, we will end the trip at the best baklava spot in town – and enjoy a delicious Künefe (the ultimate dessert!) with tea.