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.

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.

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.

The tour starts at Alexanderplatz and ends at the Humboldt Forum.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German
Place: Berlin-Mitte
Reduced barriers: Yes
Recommended age: from 16 years

On his tour, Thomas explains how he became homeless, what causes homelessness, and what the effects of evictions are.

 

The tour starts at Stuttgarter Platz and ends in Lietzenseepark.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German
Place: Berlin-Charlottenburg
Reduced barriers: Yes
Recommended age: from 14 years

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.

The tour starts at Lehrter Straße and ends near the main station (S-Bahn, RE, RB).
Duration: 1,5 - 2 hours
Language: German / English
Place: Berlin-Mitte
Reduced barriers: Yes
Recommended age: from age 16

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.

The tour starts at Olivaer Platz, goes along Kurfürstendamm and Adenauerplatz to Henriettenplatz.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German
Place: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Reduced barriers: No
Recommended age: from age 16

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.

The city tour starts at the train station Bahnhof Zoo and ends at Stuttgarter Platz in Charlottenburg (S3, S5, S7, S9, RE, RB, U7).
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German
Place: City West
Reduced barriers: Yes

Uwe only intended on spending a few days on the streets following reunification. In the end, this turned out to be seven years. On his tour he reports about this time.

The city tour starts at the central station, continues to the banks of the river Spree and ends at Alexanderplatz (S-Bahn, RE, RB, U8, U2).
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German
Place: Berlin-Mitte
Reduced barriers: No

Klaus lived on the streets and lived from collecting bottles for nine years. On his tour, he explains where he slept and how he survived.

The city tour starts at the corner of Leipziger Straße 54 and Niederwallstraße near the tube station Spittelmarkt (U2) and ends at Checkpoint Charlie (U6, Bus M29).
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German
Place: Berlin-Mitte
Reduced barriers: Yes

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