Charlottenburg - Flavour of the Old West Berlin



Breitscheidplatz, Berlin, Germany
50 mins

About the tour

Few Berlin districts manage to encapsulate the flavour and the essence of the "old West Berlin". It's not so much that Charlottenburg hasn't changed -because it has - but it's about the many things and institutions that haven't, and which have remained an integral part of the city, among them the Delphi Theatre, the theatre formerly known as the Theatre of the West, the world famous Paris Bar and, of course, the Emperor William Memorial Church. But on top of these Berlin mainstays, there are quite a few interesting additions, such as the Helmut Newton Foundation, the C/O Gallery, or the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Come and join me on this 50min trip which takes you back in time and straight into the present!

Meet your local guide


Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010, in London, Paris, Bath, and Birmingham. Going back to studying late in his life, he then gained an MA with Distinction from Bath University and a PhD from the prestigious University of Warwick, writing his dissertation on German-Jewish exile organisations 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”, organised by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. And so, Martin was back in Berlin, re-discovering the city he had left so long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over since he left some 16 years earlier, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. He has since obtained his official certificate that classifies him as a fully licenced Berlin Tour Guide.

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 amazing guide.

The tour will last about 50 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

Phyl T.

21 January 2021

Martin is so knowledgeable but trip spoilt by screen freezing and photographs taking 5 minutes to load.

Mark T.

21 January 2021

Excellent! Enjoyed the historical presentation.

Linda T.

21 January 2021

Always amazing, thanks

Carol F.

20 January 2021

Another great tour with Martin:) His knowledge of Berlin is remarkable and he shows us fascinating places. Sometimes, though, he points out places that have a great deal of sadness associated with them. Today it was the site of the terrorist attack on the Christmas market in 2015 (I think this is correct). I remember this. It is a wonderful way the victims have been remembered. Martin pointed out another place today that really grabbed my attention: a building that serves as both living quarters and studio spaces for artists and their families. What a unique idea. As someone who loves the arts, I really enjoyed hearing about it.

Melina H.

20 January 2021

Martin is awesome! He is not only very well educated but also a very friendly tour guide. His tours are unique and I would strongly recommend them to everyone who wants to discover Berlin.

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