Behind the scene ‐ discover industrial heritage

Industrial culture in the Berlin district of Oberschöneweide

We will show you Berlin from an unusual perspective. Industrialization changed people's lives from the ground up. Berlin overtook cities like Paris or London almost overnight and became the most modern metropolis on the European continent. You will go on a search for traces at various locations in the city: What does industrial history have to do with us and our lives today?

HTW Berlin

You live in the southeast of the city in the district of Oberschöneweide. At the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW Berlin), restorers will show you how technical cultural assets can be preserved. In small exercises, you can try your hand under supervision, like machining and engraving of copper for example. At the German Museum of Technology, you can look behind the scenes of museum work and get an insight into the work of museum educators. An important part of industrial history is the topic of forced labor. At the Documentation Center Nazi Forced Labor Berlin, you will learn about the biographies of men, women, and children who kept production in the factories running as forced laborers under the Nazi regime. Here you will work with objects, research, write and present your objects to the team in the exhibition. On a second day, a work assignment is planned here. You will help with the cleaning of a historical accommodation barrack. Other excursions, such as a visit to the International Jugendbauhütte (JBH Berlin), round off the program.

City walk Gleisdreieck

Together with a graphic designer you will have the opportunity to creatively implement your knowledge and experiences from the camp. Maybe at the end of the camp you arrange a small exhibition together.

This camp is a "Study and Work Camp" in cooperation with the Berlin Center for Industrial Heritage (bzi), the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) and the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (HTW Berlin). The camp is sponsored by the International Youth Community Services (ijgd) in Berlin.

All the facts

  • Where: Berlin, Germany
  • When: 07th till 22nd of August 2021
  • Who: 15 participants aged 18‐26 years old
  • Meals: You will cook together. The ijgd will provide you with food.
  • Accommodation: In shared rooms in bungalows on the grounds of the FEZ Berlin.
  • Train: S‐Bahn station Wuhlheide (Berlin)
  • Airport: BER
  • ijgd‐Camp number: ijgd 71102

Free time: Berlin offers an enormous cultural diversity and you have endless possibilities to spend your free time in an exciting way. In order to be able to pursue the diverse interests of your team, you will be provided with a city ticket for the duration of the camp, with which you can use public transportation throughout the city.

Total participation fee (including city‐ticket):

  • For international participants: 220 €
  • For participants from Germany: 170 €

For participants from the ERIH network 8 places are reserved until 8th of June 2021. If there are free places, you can still register afterwards. Please enter the camp number "ijgd 71102". If you come from an ERIH‐Site, write "ERIH" and the name of your site as a code word in the field "Why do you wish to take part in a workcamp?" and why you are interested in this workcamp.

Special Requirements
We strive to make the Study and Work Camp as international as possible and stick to a guideline of about four participants from each country.


We reserve the right to make changes to the program if the current pandemic situation makes it impossible to implement the program at individual locations as planned. In addition, all participants are obliged to comply with current travel and hygiene regulations.