See Berlin through the eyes of a refugee: A guided tour

Published August 29th, 2016 - 05:11 GMT
Syrian refugees light candles to place them outside the French embassy to Germany in Berlin on November 15, 2015 for victims of the November 13 attacks in Paris. (AFP Photo/Tobias Schwarz)
Syrian refugees light candles to place them outside the French embassy to Germany in Berlin on November 15, 2015 for victims of the November 13 attacks in Paris. (AFP Photo/Tobias Schwarz)

A new Berlin tour offers visitors the chance to see city life as a refugee would, with personal stories from people who have joined the great recent wave fleeing zones of conflict to live in the German capital.

The first two guides are husband and wife Samer and Arij Serawan, who fled Syria six months ago.

The tours in the Neukoelln district pass along general information about fleeing and seeking asylum in Germany.

The tours are organized by the a non-profit, Stadtsichten (City views), with the goal of promoting mutual knowledge.

Its project, Querstadtein, started in June 2013 with city tours guided by homeless people, and those tours of the homeless underworld that occupies the same streets as the more famous side of Berlin are still being offered.

If the idea is widely accepted, Querstadtein would like to offer further walking tours guided by refugees from Syria, Iran and Palestine, whose experience of the city is quite different from that of tourists seeking out art museums or trendy nightclubs.

The organizers said a lot of people have expressed their interest in experiencing the refugee tours.


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