Rediscover Your Family History in Berlin
Do you have a link to Berlin through your family history that you would like to explore? For various political, economic and cultural reasons, people around the world have family history that goes back to Germany, and to Berlin.
If that’s you, visiting your ancestral home is more than just a vacation. Tracing your roots is a deeply rewarding and grounding process which can give you a greater understanding of key events in your family history. It can also be an emotional journey – we may come across truths about our own back-story that we never expected to uncover.
Humboldt Tours’ mission is to bring our guests on a personal journey through time. For some, this simply means exploring Berlin with a private itinerary that follows their interests and passions. For others, it’s directly connected to the experiences of real people in their lives.
Expert Local Guides
If you would like to bring Berlin to life through the lens of your own roots, let us be your guide on this eye opening experience. Our guides are trained historians by profession, and through access to historical archives, libraries and personal contacts, they can help you discover the events in our city that shaped you and your family.
Together we will delve into your past, aiming to shed light on family members who lived in Berlin, what they did and the cultural and political context that may have contributed to their choices. We’ll visit relevant sights and key locations, and learn more about the historical landscape of Berlin and its citizens through time – helping you to strengthen your personal connection to your past.
Testimonial (from Tripadvisor): “I wanted to find out about the Berlin my mother grew up in, from 1930 to 1947. I sent Humboldt the few details I had found on Ancestry.com and that my mother had told me about. My guide was Nadin. She arrived punctually and was carrying a folder of 25 pages she had photocopied from a number of sources, such as the city directory, press clippings, personal memoirs and photographs of places in the first half of the 20th century. We then took a six-hour tour of the neighborhoods in Friedrichshain and Karlshorst. I was enormously impressed by her archival efforts, the deep sympathy for her subject matter and the way in which she tried to imagine the sort of subjects I would be interested in. She is an accomplished historian by training, so she can provide as much context and color as you need. It was such a pleasure to accompany her and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Also, Humboldt Tours is a good organization, and my interactions with Bjoern, the manager, were excellent, before my trip and afterwards.”