Building West Berlin - life and architecture in the island city



Building West Berlin: an urban history tour of former West Berlin
3 hours


Emerging in the Cold War years as a 'shop window of capitalism', West Berlin's city centre grew to become a seductive showpiece for cutting edge architectural ideas. As a 'third Germany' buried deep within East Germany, the city welcomed numerous ambitious building developments as part of the drive to attract investment, inhabitants and continued international attention.

This tour explores the central area of former West Berlin, charting its history over the course of the Cold War. Starting with the 1950s flagship social housing project at the Hansaviertel, it winds its way down through the city's showpiece central area of the 50s and 60s, before taking a turn off the beaten track to see what direction West Berlin took towards the 1980s. Using the city's architecture as a prism, it will give an insight into life in the island city.

This tour also serves as a counterpart to the Building East Berlin tour, to give a complete overview of the development of Berlin during the Cold War.

Please contact me for availability and pricing of this and other private tours.

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