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Berlin Architecture Tour: From Bauhaus to Futurism

Uncover the ingenuity and diversity of Berlin's architecture
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Tour Details
Duration
3 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Bauhaus Archive exterior
  • Embassy District
  • Kulturforum (exterior)
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Kollhoff tower
  • Felleshus (exterior)
Photos & Highlights
  • Berlin architecture tour led by local architect or historian
  • Discover the stories behind the spaces of Berlin
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Tour Description
Berlin’s landscape reflects more than the destruction of World War II and the division of the Cold War—the 20th century has also been one of extraordinary creativity for Berlin's architecture. Guided by a local architect or historian, this 3-hour Berlin architecture tour highlights the innovative and impressive buildings that have redefined the cityscape in past decades, from the Bauhaus to Futurism. As we explore the rebuilding of modern-day Berlin, we'll read the rich story of 20th century architecture in the city’s skyline.

Modernist Avant-Garde

We'll start outside the striking Bauhaus Archive, where we’ll talk about the Bauhaus design movement of the 1920s, from its inspired beginnings to an abrupt and troubled end, while also considering its effect on later architectural movements and contemporary life. We’ll then wind our way towards the Embassy District, where we'll see how various countries have attempted to display their national ideals via the medium of architecture.

Please note: the Bauhaus Archive Museum is currently closed due to extensive restoration works inside. We'll only visit the exterior during this tour.

Mid-Century Highlights and Urban Renewal

Next, we'll head for the iconic Kulturforum, a collection of state institutions built in the 1950s and 60s. The area is a cultural hub, home to many museums, including the Gemäldegalerie and Mies van der Rohe's classical modernist New National Gallery; the stunning Philharmonie, seat of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; and the State Library. Thanks to its astonishing redevelopment after years as a Cold War-wasteland, adjacent Potsdamer Platz is a prime position for contemplating different but interrelated schools of architecture. We may also be able to ascend the famous Kollhoff Tower for panoramic views of the skyline.

Berlin: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

At the end of our time together, we’ll have a deeper understanding of the relationship between German architecture and German history. Yet this will also be an international story, demonstrating how different nations have endeavored to showcase their own cultures in Berlin. Inspired by Berlin’s history and ever-changing faces, we’ll have a grasp of how architectural movements are both reflections and influencers of the world around us.

For a preview of this walk, see our photo guide to Berlin's architecture. For a look at Berlin's architecture through a different lens, please see our Berlin Cold War tour.

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Robert is filled with enthusiasm for his job, he took me on a story and a journey on the bauhaus architecture as well as Berlin architecture through the ages, stopping at multiple points and answering my questions, I learnt many new things as well as got a perspective of thoughts behind different buildings! He is also very personal almost like a friend taking you on a tour of his beautiful city and making you fall in love with it!
Jasmine was fantastic. She was our first Context Tour experience, so we didn't know what to expect, but it couldn't have gone more swimmingly. Jasmine is not only an expert in the field, she also brings a real passion for Berlin and its architectural significance. She combines her expertise and zeal with a very genuine warmth that made it seem like we were having a conversation with an old friend. Our time spent with Jasmine was a real highlight of our trip. We didn't want our afternoon with her to end! Anyone will be very lucky to have the opportunity to join her.
Interesting historical tour of a subset of Berlin architecture.