Berlin - The Red Island - Welcome to my Neighbourhood

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The Red Island - Welcome to my Neighbourhood

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(21 reviews)
Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
45 mins

About the tour

A triangle between three train lines, the red island has a unique character and with its 19th century buildings it forms a very charming neighbourhood. The quiet streets with its cafés, restaurants and small boutique shops have always attracted the middle class Berliners (and quite a few celebrities) since the time this neighbourhood was built as part of the independent city of Schöneberg. Around the corner from military baracks and industry the residents of the island could reach either their work place or the city of Berlin relatively easily particularly since the trains from the South stopped here from the end of the 19th century on. Like all old housing areas of Berlin with a closeness to jobs and the city, the red island is becoming more attractive, more international and more expensive since green tech has moved here. A new Sbahn station was built in 2009 and upper middle class families with kids have discovered this place. That makes the island way more crowded then when I moved here 9 years ago but also more fun, colorful and interesting. Let me take you on a walk through my neighbourhood and give you an insight into the everyday life of Berliners. But of course as all of Berlin is buzzing with history you will hear a lot of great stories about Schöneberg and the red island as well. I am looking forward to showing you my home.

Meet Arja & Lulu

Arja & Lulu

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...

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Lee(Amsterdam) ..

26 April 2021

Another fascinating tour by Arja! Full of interesting facts about a neighbourhood many visitors would just never think to visit. It's so interesting to learn about local life in the area, and how generous to let us all take a peak into her house! Lulu is always a great sidekick on the tours too!

Janet G.

25 April 2021

Not for me, but thank you to a good guide

🐈‍⬛ Carol 🐈‍⬛🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 ..

25 April 2021

A lovely walk around Arja’s local area. Great to see the real Berlin and apartment

Julia (Dallas TX) K.

24 April 2021

I loved seeing a part of Berlin that tourists might not go to. Thanks for bringing us to your neighborhood and into your home!

karin h.

24 April 2021

What a lovely tour of your neighborhood

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