Jim McDonough – Berlin Tour Guide

James McDonoughJim arrived from the University of Minnesota in 2005 to complete his degrees in German History and German Studies, and to use the research facilities at Berlin’s Freie Universität to write his thesis on the rise of Nazism after WWI. Upon finishing his studies, he decided to stay in Berlin and has been guiding full-time in Berlin, Potsdam and Dresden since 2007.

Over the years, he’s worked with several reputable companies from all around Europe – but mostly based in Berlin – leading various private tours for groups large and small.

He’s an official, licensed guide at the Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam where President Harry S. Truman, Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (and later Clement Attlee) attended the Potsdam Conference from July 17 – August 2, 1945. He regularly takes his guests on an exclusive tour in and around the palace, which many historians consider to be the site where the Cold War was ushered in after WWII.

Jim is a founding member of the Bündnis Berliner Stadtführer e.V. (Berlin Guides Association – BBS) and serves on its Board of Directors as the Outreach Coordinator, which is a position that works to strengthen and establish new partnerships with museums and institutions in and around Berlin.

His deep knowledge and easy going Midwest manner make all of his tours an enjoyable experience.


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