Today – Sunday 21st February – is International Tour Guide Day. This time last year, our members were out and about, leading some of Berlin’s best guided tours. This year, we’re reflecting on what it is about working as a professional guide in the German capital so special.
This International Tour Guide Day, we’d love to know: What’s the best thing about being a tour guide in Berlin?
Apart from the validation? Meeting people from everywhere, and occasionally hearing strange personal stories from guests about their own Berlin histories, adding colourful depth to the city‘s history you read in books.
Exploring the city on a daily basis, continuing to learn and study its history and meeting new people.
Being outside and meeting people.
Sharing my passion of history and love of the city, and getting to know people, whom I can help, entertain and learn from, and on the off chance – even bond with.
Being a tour guide, every day is different and new. It is exciting to show guests Berlin through my eyes and experiences.
As a tour guide I have the privilege of getting an immediate response to my work. If I do a good job/tour (and I do my best to tailor the tour to my audience), I see it right away. People laugh, cry, argue and get involved in the tour.
To see the recognition and understanding in visitor’s faces when they visit places and experience up-close stories they have read so much about.
In a city full of contradictions, there’s always an interesting story to be told. Nothing is “just” the way it is – you can always uncover and expose sides hidden to the eye, and use them when trying to understand our present.
“There’s no place like it” is a massive cliché, isn’t it? It’s true though! Berlin is legendary. The history is infamous and the contemporary is fascinating – but it’s complex and there are layers. So taking the time to unpack all that and make it accessible for a guest – through stories and exploration – is incredibly rewarding.
Wondering what to get the guide who that showed you everything this International Tour Guide Day?
A review- even long after your tour- is always a wonderful way to show appreciation.