Berlin is my playground as a studied historian, culture enthusiast and big city aficionada, and I am looking forward to sharing the stories of this great city with you. No matter if you are in Berlin for the first time and want to see all the most important sites or if you have been here before and are looking for stories and places off the beaten path, I will take you anywhere you want to go, because even the most remote corners of Berlin have a story to tell.
With my granddad and mum being from former Eastern Berlin I feel a strong connection to Berlin even though I grew up in a small town in Western Germany. But as I was always drawn to the bigger places I first left for university in Hamburg where I got my M. A. in History and American literature, then for a year away in New Zealand and then to work as a tour guide all over Europe showing young people the most exciting places of this continent. Berlin was a natural choice for me continuing the family story in this city which was interrupted by the Stasi, the wall and the separation of Germany in 1954.
I am happy to start 2018 with joining the team of ToursByLocals and I am looking forward to meeting you in Berlin!
And if you love dogs, bring your own or just miss your puppy I can bring along my little poodle lady Lulu who has accompanied me on many of my tours and would be delighted to share in our adventures.
A Recent Review of this guide
Arja is a delight. There are many young and enthusiastic tour guides in Berlin, but Arja's scholarly engagement distinguishes her from her peers. Her nuanced analysis and use of archival images on her IPad to connect with historical locations was totally engaging. Arja's candid discussion of the generational rift that characterized her own family's engagement with the Nazi years was informed by compassion, humor and moral clarity. Arja is a gifted communicator and teacher.
11 years guiding experience
Licensed guide for Sachsenhausen concentration camp
Licensed guide for Cecilienhof palace in Potsdam
Trained guide at the New Museum Berlin
Member and treasurer of Berlin Guide association Bündnis Berliner Stadtführer e.V.
History M.A. and American literature M.A. of the university of Hamburg
If you want to book a driving tour I will hire a driver with a vehicle because I don't drive myself