Berlin would be inconceivable without migration, without the diversity of identities and lifestyles. Our city tours are led by people who themselves have a history of migration. They invite you to change you rperspective: Which places facilitate the arrival in a foreign city? What does the situation in Görlitzer Park have to do with the European asylum system? And how is the Gendarmenmarkt connected to a culture of  welcoming  newcomers? Where do people who experienced (forced) migration make politics in the city today?

Our tours are about individual perceptions rather than  typical sights. The tour guides present their own experiences and contrast images commonly associated to them by others with their own stories.

Our tours are means of civic education in urban space.

They invite both Berliners and people visiting the city, both adults and young people aged 14 and above.

Anna’s tour shares the real-life tale of a sudden refugee from war in Ukraine. It unfolds the challenges and moments of hope encountered by those who had to leave their homes in search of a new one. 

The tour starts in front of the Coffee Moscow and ends on the banks of the Spree near the Jannowitzbrücke.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English
Place: Berlin-Mitte
Reduced barriers: Yes
Recommended age: from 16 years

The tour, led by Yauheni, a Belarusian student activist in exile, provides insights from his immigration experience and addresses the political environment in Germany and Belarus.

The tour starts at the Haus des Reisens (Alexanderplatz) and ends at Tempelhofer Feld.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German / English
Place: Berlin-Mitte & Berlin-Neukölln
Reduced barriers: No
Recommended age: from 15 years

Until 2015, Mohamad lived in Syrian Aleppo. Today, he traces the migration history of Neukölln together with participants, a district where he feels particularly at home.

The city tour starts at Karl-Marx-Str. subway station, goes through Rixdorf, and ends on Sonnenallee.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German
Place: Berlin-Neukölln
Reduced barriers: Yes
Recommended age: from 14 years

Abuhanna’s tour takes you through Neukölln, where he has lived for seven years. Along the way, you’ll learn how his fresh start in Berlin has changed him and the ongoing challenges he still faces.

The tour starts behind the Ankerklause, goes along Kottbusser Damm and Sonnenallee, and ends at the Neukölln Citizen Office.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German
Place: Berlin-Neukölln
Reduced barriers: Yes
Recommended age: from 15 years

Neukölln, a district in Berlin, and Tehran, the capital of Iran, are both full of contradictions and difficult to understand. Salome’s tour invites you to explore the everyday life and interpretations of urban realities in these cities in order to gain a nuanced understanding of the lived realities and their significance.

The city tour starts at Hohenstaufenplatz, leads along Weserstraße and Sonnenalle to Hermannplatz and ends at Jacobi Cemetery.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: German / English
Place: Berlin-Neukölln
Reduced barriers: Yes
Recommended age: from age 16

Muhammed’s tour leads through Kreuzberg, which he, as an activist, freelance journalist, social worker and resident, knows like the back of his hand. Along the way, you will learn to what extent the upheavals of the European asylum system are becoming visible in this district and how old and new Berliners shape their neighbourhood together.

The tour starts at Görlitzer Bahnhof, leads through the Görlitzer Park and ends at the Waldemarstraße.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English
Place: Berlin-Kreuzberg
Reduced barriers: Yes

Jennifer Kamau´s tour follows the trail of the “Oranienplatz movement” through the vibrant Kreuzberg area. She talks about her involvement as a feminist within the protest movement against the asylum policies of that time and the impact these had on the lives of those affected.

 

The tour starts at Oranienplatz and ends in the Waldemarstraße.
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English
Place: Berlin-Kreuzberg
Reduced barriers: Yes

Rasha is a city planner from Damaskus. On her tour along the subway line 6 the architecture alternates between stately buildings and social housing. She follows traces of escape and migration and puts them into the context with her autobiography.

The tour starts at Tränenpalast and ends at Hallesches Tor (U1, U3, U6).
Duration: 2 Stunden
Language: English
Place: Berlin-Mitte
Reduced barriers: Yes

In Iraq, Ahmed worked as an official in the city administration — until he had to flee the violence in 2015. On his tour he shows the most prominent places in the heart of Berlin and explains how they relate to global power relations and his own migration history.

The tour starts at Gendarmenmarkt and ends at Monbijoubrücke, near to the station Oranienburger Straße (S1, S2, S25, S26, M1, M5).
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English
Place: Berlin-Mitte
Reduced barriers: Yes

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