We are pleased to be able to offer two different tours.
For homeless people, everyday things often take on a whole new meaning. Life on the streets doesn’t always work like ‘normal’ in society. With homelessness, perspectives on the city change: streets, parks and squares become living spaces. Our querstadtein tours are designed to sharpen your perception of this unseen side of Berlin and its inhabitants, as well as informing you generally about homelessness and the social services available.
At the end of the tours, hopefully you will have a new outlook on the city, and the people who sleep on its streets.
The precise meeting point of the tour will be given on the online ticket, or be communicated by email in the case of group bookings.
Tours no longer available
Our walking tour begins at the main train station and leads through the grounds of the Charité to the bank of the Spree. We cross Friedrichstraße and go through Monbijoupark, via the museum island, ending at the Neptune fountain at Alexanderplatz. Please allow approximately 2 hours.
The Mitte tour is unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible, as it contains a number of stairs. We would be happy to have you on the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf tour!
Many places in Mitte are hip, expensive, and like all of Berlin, constantly changing. There’s certainly less available space now than in the years after the wall fell, during which our tour guide stayed under bridges and in empty houses along the Spree with his friends.
The tour goes past some of the most famous sights in Berlin, such as the Museum Island and the TV Tower – but don’t be distracted by the obvious..
With the slogan ‘Sleeping outside is an art,’ tour guide Uwe Tobias tells of his years of homelessness shortly after German reunification. In addition to unusual sleeping places, lifesaving friendships and an extraordinary life story, this biographical tour also touches on East-West German history, survival strategies for both the past and present, and the designs and uses of public spaces.
This walking tour starts at the train station Bahnhof Zoo, leads along the Kant- and Wilmersdorfer Straße to Stuttgarter Platz and ends at the U-Bahn station Adenauerplatz (U7). This is the route that our tour guide Dieter Bichler walked every day when he was homeless. We’ll walk for approximately 3.5 km – we advise you to wear comfortable shoes. The tour takes about 2 hours.
This tour is wheelchair accessible.
When you think about Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, the term bourgois quickly comes to mind. West Berlin’s centre is a shopaholic’s dream: The Ku’Damm, Wilmersdorfer Straße – you can truly buy anything and everything here. However, not everyone can afford and participate in this lifestyle. Bahnhof Zoo has been a central place of shelter with a drop-in centre for homeless people for many years. There are few places in the city where poor and rich live this close to each other. Kantstraße is a very loud and inhospitable road but still there are ways to live there even during Berlin’s cold winters. Savignyplatz and Stuttgarter Platz are places of refuge for everyone, they offer homeless people some much needed, albeit temporary, privacy.
Our tour guide Dieter Bichler talks about his time in the streets during fall/winter 2012. After he had lost his apartment in Thuringia, he set out for Berlin – at first on foot. Stranded at Bahnhof Zoo, like so many others, he tagged onto a group of other homeless men and women. Together, they trekked along Kantstraße to take care of everyday life: finding food, drink and shelter. The tour shows that trying to find privacy in the public sphere can be quite difficult.
+++ We unfortunately no longer offer the tour through Schöneberg. +++
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Our walking tour of Schöneberg goes via Winterfeldplatz, Viktoria-Luise-Platz and Bahnhof Zoo, and ends at Breitscheidplatz. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
Please be aware that we will be travelling one station with the U-Bahn! It would be great if you could organise a ticket in advance (a Kurzstrecke, a short trip ticket, is enough), that you can simply validate when we get to the station. Thanks!
This tour is wheelchair accessible.
When most people describe Schöneberg they talk about the richly detailed facades, the comfortable cafes with stocked with Italian delicacies, the colourful weekly markets, and how it is one of Berlin’s most famous gay areas.
What most people don’t know is that there is a very active homeless scene. Our tour leader Carsten Voss will take you through the neighbourhood so you can observe it with fresh eyes, and see how different people use the public spaces in very different ways.
What survival strategies do you have to adopt when you lose your home? Where do you get food, and a place to sleep? And how do you get a little money – after all, it’s not just lying there in the street. Or is it?