From "Busy Berlin" to Tech Corridor: Industry Clusters Then and Now


Back in Spring/Summer 2023!
By private group request 

Price: $30/person (+ booking fee $1.80)

Duration: 90 minutes

Meeting Location: Francis Green, corner of King St. West & Francis Street

Distance Covered: 2.1 km
The walk ends at King & Breithaupt, at the Google building

Led by: Mary Sehl

Accessibility: Route follows paved surfaces on city sidewaalks. Accessible for scooters & wheelchairs.

We think of business or industry “clusters” as a modern phenomenon, with Waterloo Region’s technology cluster as a prime example. Yet, as we walk through Downtown Kitchener’s Innovation District, we follow the footsteps of the people of “Busy Berlin,” a largely German 19th century community that worked in equally successful clusters for their time.

They left a legacy of yellow-brick buildings transformed from the factories of yesterday to meet the needs of today’s tech sector. They also left us a culture of innovation and community building. We will explore those early clusters and the sometimes forgotten but often fascinating people and stories behind them.

Busy Berlin Walking Tour Details

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance
  • Maximum 20 people per walk
  • This walk begins at Francis Green on King Street West. It ends at King St & Breithaupt, two blocks away.
  • We walk rain or shine or snow so dress for the weather! If it looks like rain, bring an umbrella. If it’s cold, wear a few extra layers.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes (i.e. no flip flops!)
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes in advance to check in. If you arrive exactly when the walk starts, you’re already late!
  • Our walking tours are face mask friendly – even though our walking tours are entirely outdoors, some guests may feel most comfortable wearing a mask – and we respect that!
    A wonderful experience. A great way to connect with friends while learning fascinating history. Just the right amount of walking. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and very open to conversation/digression, but still kept on track. We would definitely do this again.
    A Happy Stroller

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