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the Alsen villa colony

With its scenic beauty, the Wannsee region evokes associations with the atmosphere of northern Italian lakes. The tour goes on a journey of discovery through the unique cultural landscape of the Alsen villa colony, which was created from 1870 onwards.

Tour "Nischt wie raus nach Wannsee - die Villenkolonie Alsen"
Tour "Nischt wie raus nach Wannsee - die Villenkolonie Alsen" © David Varnhold

Around 1890, numerous wealthy Berliners moved with their children and their children in the moving van to the summer house on Wannsee in the Alsen colony. Among them were numerous business bosses such as Arnhold, Stinnes, Langenscheidt and Fassbender, but also the publishers Langenscheidt and Springer as well as the well-known painter Liebermann and the doctor Sauerbruch. Until 1933, Christian and Jewish families celebrated lavish and imaginative parties together in the Seglerhaus on Wannsee.

In the 3rd Reich many Jewish residents were expelled and Nazi organizations took over the vacant villas. On this guided tour the guests will find out how things continued here from 1945 until today.
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