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A blind date with Berlin

Written by 8 October 2011 2 Comments

A while ago, we wrote about the Unseen Tours where you are guided to places you wouldn’t normally see as a tourist. In Berlin, you can go on a guided tour where you don’t see anything at all. The project “The heard city” (Gehörte Stadt) invites curious visitors to see hear the city with their own ears. With a sleeping mask covering your eyes, a lot of confidence, curiosity and open ears you’re invited to a real unseen tour.

To make sure you can enjoy the sounds and complex tones of the city, you get your own personal guide that makes sure you get safe and blind though the streets of Berlin. Without your eyes, everything seems different and you are forced to become aware of the sounds around you. Will you even be able to hear which city you’re in (or can you recognize your own area if you’re from Berlin)?

With four different routes through the districts of Berlin-Mitte, Charlottenburg, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg are offered on different dates. The tour costs 5 euros and can be booked here.

If you’re interested in trying out your senses and know more about how it feels like to be blind in other cities, check out the international Dialogue in the Dark project.

Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.

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  • Will - Gap Daemon said:

    Interesting concept! Was totally expecting something else from the post title but got a more than pleasant enough surprise.

    Exploring a city by sound, touch and smell? There’s a weird one.

    Did you get an opportunity to taste?

    Is there anything like this up and running in London? I think it would go over quite well.

  • kathrine said:

    for tasting you should rather check out http://www.dialogue-in-the-dark.com/taste-of-darkness/. or go to http://unsichtbarberlin-px.rtrk.de/ if you’re coming to germany. unfortunately i don’t know if there are any similar concepts in london, but we would be interested to hear about it if you find something!

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