Our city tours are about individual perspectives. People who are frequently and happily talked about, get the chance to have their voices heard. They invite you to enter into a dialogue and see a different view of the city.
Life on the streets follows its own rules: There is no privacy – everything is public. Inevitably, one’s perspective of the city changes when one becomes homeless and life suddenly centres around streets, parks and train stations.
With our city tours, we wish to create awareness for this different perception of Berlin, to inform about homelessness and to let persons have their say who have experienced such a situation themselves.
Please note that for an English speaking group you will need a translator.
As a long-term homeless individual, Janet Amon shares her experiences as a woman on the streets, emphasizing the challenges of violence and explaining why a shelter placement alone is not a sufficient solution.
Petra was addicted to heroin for 38 years. In 2003, she came from Italy to Berlin, where she tried multiple times to undergo withdrawal. The therapy discontinuations led to her having to sleep in emergency shelters at times. On her tour she shares what this meant for her and how she ultimately managed to overcome her withdrawal.
Susanne, born in (West) Berlin, shares in her tour about her childhood in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, the contrasts between the glamorous life along Ku’Damm, and visible poverty. She opens up about her personal experience with homelessness and discusses topics such as housing rights, social housing construction, real estate speculation, cultural participation, and elderly poverty.
In 2012, Dieter came from Thuringia to Berlin without an apartment and a roof over his head. On his tour he talks about his daily expeditions with other homeless people along Kantstraße.