A cultural-historical stroll through Wedding & Gesundbrunnen
The historic neighbourhood of Wedding has always been a place apart, as the saying goes. From a health resort and spa town on the edge of the city it grew with Berlin’s industrialisation to become “Red Wedding”, a working class neighbourhood of tenement blocks, infamous for its militant left-wing politics and one of the few districts of the city never to vote for the Nazis.
After the war Wedding found itself in West Berlin – hemmed in on two sides by the Berlin Wall, and home to a diverse mix of people who came to the city from around the world. “Red Wedding” became “Buntes (colourful) Wedding”. The industry that had brought the workers to Wedding collapsed, and the effect of 50-odd years of economic stagnation can be seen on the streets to this day.
Since the start of the 21st Century, Wedding has picked itself off the floor, and has become home to numerous artistic, cultural and creative projects, making use of the old industrial buildings and reflecting the diverse nature of the local community.
Der Kiez ist anders is a tour through the heart of Wedding and Gesundbrunnen, carefully researched to bring you the story of a neighbourhood through its history, architecture and empty spaces.
Including tales of anti-Nazi streetfighters immortalised in novels and life in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, green spaces and tenement blocks, old print works and bathhouses that host th area’s grass-roots cultural revival, micro-brewers and traditional corner Kneipen, the birth of Berlin’s biggest football team, and flak towers that have become climbing walls…
…the old saying – that Wedding is different - is as true now as it ever was.
Der Kiez ist Anders has been featured on Mädels with a Microphone
About The Tour Leader
Paul Scraton is the author of The Idea of a River – a creative non-fiction essay exploring the length of the Panke river in north Berlin, including a stretch through Wedding and Gesundbrunnen – and Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail for Slow Travel Berlin. Both books inform this walk, along with many other stories, that developed over five years living in the district. Paul is also the editor in chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place, and his personal website can be found at Under a Grey Sky.
€20 per person for two hours. Private tours and groups can be arranged in advance.
Reviews of “Der Kiez ist Anders” From Gidsy:
5 stars | philipp
Really great tour through Wedding with lots of interesting stuff to learn. Would definitely book again!
5 stars | lara bianciardi
Great tour, I strongly recommend it!
5 stars | NotMs P.
A great and very informative tour – despite living in Berlin for exactly 10 years, I never really visited Wedding before. It´s amazing what an interesting place it is. And Paul does a great job of explaining just why it is so. Thanks!
4 stars | Ingebjørg F.
Very friendly and competent guide, interesting walk through a part of Berlin that you probably wouldn’t get to know otherwise. Very nice little anecdotes and odd facts. The trip does not include any rest- or refreshment stops, though… be prepared.
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