Since the founding of Berlin Postkolonial in 2007, we have been offering critical city tours through postcolonial Berlin to interested groups. As a rule, the speakers* cooperating with us are descendants of colonized people whose historical experiences and positions differ fundamentally from the prevailing view on colonialism in the West.

Tanzanian activist Mnyaka Sururu Mboro leads a group to the Petersallee in the explains the role of Governor Carl Peters in the colonisation of East Africa by the German Empire (Photo: M. Bieniok)

Tour through the “African quarter”

Our tour through the so-called African Quarter in Wedding (Berlin-Mitte) offers a first overview of German colonialism in Africa. The tour through Germany’s largest colonial (propaganda) quarter focuses on Brandenburg-Prussia’s enslavement trade in the late 17th century, the violent colonisation of today’s Togo, Cameroon, Tanzania and Namibia as well as the anti-colonial resistance. It tells of the genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama in 1904-08 and of the devastating Maji-Maji war in 1905-07 in present-day Tanzania. The tour reports on the struggle for independence and deals in particular with the cultural debates of the present (renaming streets, restitutions and reparations).

Start: U-Bahn station Afrikanische Straße, exit Swakopmunder Straße
Duration: approx. 1 ½ -2 ½ hours

Tour through the historic centre of Berlin

Our educational tour through the historical centre of Berlin focuses on the colonial history of the city of Berlin. It tells of Berlin’s active participation in the transatlantic enslavement trade and of the abduction of minors of African origin to the Brandenburg-Prussian court. She points to traces of the city’s centuries-long integration into the world economy based on colonialism and slavery. It deals with the infamous Berlin Africa Conference of 1884/85 and the first joint political activities of the Black and African communities in Berlin. Another focus is on the exchange of views on current debates, be it on renaming the M*straße or on erecting a central memorial for the victims of colonialism.

Start: U-Bahn station Märkisches Museum, exit Inselstraße
Duration: approx. 1 ½ -2 ½ hours
End: U-Bahn station Möhrenstraße, exit Wilhelmstraße