Hello and welcome! My name is Yoav Sapir and I'm a professional, authorized tour guide in Berlin, as well as a journalist, lecturer and translator. If you want to know more about my background, take a look here.
I'm guiding with my local wife Natalie, whom I owe much of my understanding of this country. Our tours cover German History and the Cold War, Architecture and Art, as well as Berlin’s new minorities and its multicultural neighborhoods.
Because of my heritage, my main focus lies naturally on Berlin's Jewish history. To a great extent, Berlin's Jewish history has to do with the Holocaust. In Germany, particularly in Berlin, this dark chapter took place in very different ways than what most people know about the Holocaust in general. During my studies and researches in Berlin, I was surprised to learn how different the specific Berlin Holocaust was than the "usual", namely Eastern-European manifestations of Nazi persecution. My journeys in Berlin really changed my perception of this chapter in our history, and in my humble opinion, we shouldn't really speak about "the" Holocaust, but perhaps more about different "Holocausts" (in plural). One of them took place here, in the very capital of the German Reich, in its streets and allies, and did so quite often very differently than what we usually learned in schools.
For your convenience, I wrote an overview of my repertoire, describing the special aspects of each tour; you'll find here various Tour Suggestions, which we can accommodate to suit your needs. The favorite of all is my Jewish Berlin Tour, and you can find further information on this particular tour on the dedicated Jewish Berlin Tour page. If you're coming with a cruise ship and have only one day in Berlin, you'll find the relevant information on the Berlin for Cruise Guests page.
In addition to my academic diplomas and official tour-guiding permit, I also hold guiding licenses issued by the German Resistance Memorial Center and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial.
I'd be happy to help you design your trip to Berlin and make the most out of your time in this fascinating, yet complex city. On this website, you'll also find tourist information regarding Kosher food in Berlin and Berlin's synagogues as well as many other suggestions and ideas for you stay in Berlin.
Guiding tours in Berlin is my profession, but not just. To me, professionalism means having a philosophy behind what you're doing and knowing what you're doing it for. You can read about my guiding philosophy here.
Last but not least, you'll also find here concise answers to frequently asked questions about my tours, an abbreviated history of Berlin in the 20th century as well as some interesting facts and figures about contemporary Berlin, to help you understand better the city you're planning to visit.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me - I'm happy to assist.
Imprint: German law requires me to publish here a postal address, though not necessarily my private address. Because of my public profile in Germany, and after having received numerous anti-Semitic phone calls, I cannot take the risk of exposing my private residence. Therefore, I hereby declare that anyone, specifically foes, can reach me via mail by addressing their hate letters, bombs etc. to Yoav Sapir, c/o Patzek, Wilhelmshöher Str. 21, 12161 Berlin. Friends can contact me directly. German law also requires me to put a disclaimer saying that I am not responsible for the contents of external links, which I hereby do. This sounds funny, I know, but German law isn't funny. Trust me on that (I could actually get sued if I wouldn't put this imprint here). So there it is. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions about it, feel free to write me an e-mail.