thursday 15:30 – 17:30
why we're here
In 2015 an estimated one million people arrived in Europe seeking refuge, many of whom came from Syria. The media focuses intensely on the so-called ‚refugee crisis‘ but often fails to mention why people have been forced to flee their countries. This tour, led by a Syrian refugee, provides an opportunity to understand the situation in Syria first-hand and why it became too dangerous for many people to stay. By visiting places of historical significance in Berlin, the walking tour seeks to draw parallels between what has happened in the history of Berlin and what is currently happening in Syria. The tour makes tangible that no one is immune to turbulent times, that the refugees of today are escaping real danger and that there are means to offer them a safe place in Europe. By understanding the situation in Syria, it is possible to change attitudes about those fleeing to Europe. The tour named ‚Why we‘re here‘ begins at the Mohrenstraße U-Bahn station. Exit the station in the direction of Wilhelmstraße to find the starting point. The tour will last around two hours, leading through Platz des Volksaufstandes von 1953, Topography of Terror and Checkpoint Charlie before ending at Gendarmenmarkt.
The registration for the walking tour is closed.