Berlin Schöneberg - Germania, Resistance and David Bowie

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Activity Level



Museums / Culture, Local Experience, Hiking and Walking, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), German (fluent)

Let me take you to my neighbourhood

The district of Schöneberg has a colorful and vibrant past but it is best known for the famous speech John F. Kennedy gave in front of the town hall of western Berlin in Schöneberg, where he exclaimed: „Ich bin ein Berliner!" But Schöneberg is more than that - it is Marlene Dietrich, David Bowie, Albert Einstein and the „Red Island", a little nest of resistance against the Nazis.

I moved here six years ago without any previous knowledge about the area and I was amazed to find out about what has happened here throughout the decades. We will explore the beginnings of the small settlement on the "beautiful hill" as the name says, see the places where Nazi Germany unfolded its power and locked away its enemies, where the resistance gathered and Western Berlin built its centre during Cold War times.

You will also get a good feel for local life by walking the bustling shopping streets and cafés of my neighbourhood which has been spared large tourist crowds so far.


Old Schöneberg
Former royal botanical garden
Court house and Allied court
Kennedy's town hall
Red Island
David Bowie's residence (outside only)
SA prison
Former royal barracks
Heavy weight body (April-October)

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will pick you up at your hotel, hostel or aparment in Berlin.

If you are here for a day only I can also pick you up at Tegel/Schönefeld airport, the train or the bus station.

If you are at a museum or restaurant before the tour and want me to pick you up there just let me.

End location: I will drop you off at your hotel, hostel or appartment. I can also leave you at a place of your choice like a restaurant or museum.

Duration: 5 hours


Walking tour including public transport to get to Schöneberg

What’s Included

Other: My private guiding service along with my tablet to show you lots of photos
Entrance SA prison
Entrance heavy load body (April-October)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 EUR - You might want to get a coffee or a snack along the way

What’s Extra

Other: Public transport ticket: 7.00€ for a single day pass, 18.50€ for a group day pass


If you want to book a driving tour I will hire a driver with a vehicle because I don't drive myself

Private tour guide Arja

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