If you think you have seen all of the Berlin walls I would dare say that this only counts for the version of the 20th century. But long before that Berlin had walls around it even though in this case it was the whole city and it had a different function than the concrete monster of GDR times. Unbeknownst to even a lot of Berliners remains of this early wall are still standing in the city center in an area often overlooked by locals and visitors alike. Tucked away in between the train line and two six-lane streets next to Alexanderplatz it is one of my favorite places to show guests because it tells so many different tales from so many different times. From here the "singing clock" of Berlin enchanted the whole of Europe, the grey monks wandered through the halls of the very first monastery of Berlin and one of the city´s oldest restaurants on record is still open for business (in non pandemic times at least). In the 19th century, German obsession with administration and paperwork found its embodiment in the form of the gigantic townhouse built here and the justice system got a magnificent representation in the form of a huge courthouse. Come with me to find out which 20th-century dictator had to stand trial here and why Berlin is somehow the birth place of modern administration.
Welcome to Berlin, I'm Arja and I have been a full-time tour guide for 14 years now. 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 looking forward to showing you this amazingly intruiging city in the virtual world and maybe one day in person. And of course Lulu is always on my and your tail...
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