- 3 hours
Life in Divided Berlin
"The Wall in the Head"
We will make arrangements for bike rentals for your group. Payment for the rental is due on-site and a damage security will be required. Please advise in the Notes section during booking if you will be supplying bikes personally. Also, please note that helmet rentals are limited at many European bike rental facilities; please advise if you would like us to make inquiries in advance about helmets.
Berlin is generally flat terrain, so biking in the city is not physically strenuous. Guests should be of average physical fitness and stamina for a leisurely few hours of urban bicycling.
In any weather, make sure to have good shoes (no flip-flops). In the spring and fall, wear a warm jacket and bring gloves. In the winter, we recommend dressing warmly, including warm shoes, gloves, and a hat.
The pace of the tour is relaxed and breaks for discussion, conversation, and rest are certainly available. The comfort and safety of our guests are of top importance.
The starting point of the two tours is the same, but, naturally, traveling by bike offers the chance to cover more ground within the 3-hour time frame.
Further excursions and tours are forthcoming; in the meantime, we would be happy to arrange custom bike itineraries on a private basis.
An architect and urbanist, Lucia has been working with Context since 2012. The emphasis of her walks lies in present Berlin from where she leads an exploration into the layers of the past in order to understand the transformations of the city and the significance of its sites, so as to anticipate possible future scenarios. Her thematic focus is on post-war history, urbanism and architectural heritage, as well as on everyday life in Berlin. Parallel to her work with Context, she has been collecting experiences from different branches: collaborating with several public institutions analysing and comparing the urban landscape of various European cities, developing city guides and organising workshops; working for a design agency specialised in real estate and signage design; and currently, planning housing and office buildings in Berlin with a private project developer. She is a proud ambassador of Berlin and Context.
Finn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to England to study and later teach in the department of Film and Literature at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral study on German folklore and popular cinema in 2012, and has published extensively in the fields of Film Studies and Gender Studies. Since 2008, he has been living and guiding in Berlin. He now works as a historical advisor for television and film productions set in Berlin, particularly during the Weimar era or Third Reich. He is a journalist for the 'Siegessauele', Europe's foremost Queer magazine, and organises events at Berlin's English-language bookstore 'Another Country'. Finn works for Berlin's Schwules Museum as a guide and curator. He is currently Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the Council on International Educational Exchange.
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