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Berlin - Vanished World - the Story of Berlin's long gone Garment District

Vanished World - the Story of Berlin's long gone Garment District

(17 reviews)
Hausvogteiplatz, Berlin, Germany
40 mins

About the tour

There once was a garment quarter in Berlin, similar to the "Sentier" in Paris. Rather than Haute Couture, Berlin's garment quarter was dominated by ready-to-wear companies, many of them Jewish-owned, some of them going back to the early 19th century. Join me on this tour, and find out where these companies were and what became of them and their owners. Furthermore, learn about the memorial in the centre of this erstwhile garment district, a memorial dedicated to the Jewish families whose dreams and livelihoods were destroyed and who ended up having to emigrate or, worse, were deported to the camps in the East.

Meet your local guide


Berlin’s stunning landscape can stupefy you. Home to over 200 parks, forests and green spaces, and over a hundred lakes - replete with beautiful lidos and sandy beaches - it’s one of the greenest cities in the world. Martin helps you discover all this, and more! Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010 and experienced a potpourri of different cultures. At university, he explored German history and studied German-Jewish exile organizations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis. Following his graduation, he was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organized by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. This led Martin back to Berlin, and he re-discovered the city he had left long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. Since then, his tours have been peppered with adventures and exciting stories, ranging from European cultures to celebrities like Marlene Dietrich. “I once gate-crashed the building where David Bowie used to live in Berlin with a customer who was a huge David Bowie fan and ‘bumped’ into a resident who promptly invited us to have coffee!” he says.

Martin has been guiding since May 2011

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 guide.

The tour will last about 40 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide 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 guide 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 book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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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


14 April 2021


Tish W.

14 April 2021

Lots of important and interesting information on yet another aspect of the fallout from Nazi domination. Lessons to be learned and remembered.

Ann R.

14 April 2021

Martin is so well prepared for his tours. I always learn tons. He also draws an interesting group. It's a joy to take part.

Nancy D.

14 April 2021

Oh, what a kind soul! Each tour Martin gives is educational, filled with information & a great sense of helping his travelers understand the horrors of an era that must not be forgotten. He takes his role seriously, and and it does not fall on deaf ears. Excellent!

Gail K.

14 April 2021

Lot lot of interesting details. I enjoyed that tour!

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