Berlin International Women’s Club

The Berlin International Women’s Club (BIWC) unites women from different cultures and strives to foster mutual understanding and tolerance through cultural and social exchange, friendship and support.

We currently have about 30 activity groups organised by volunteers, catering for every interest and taste. You can learn more about the Club under About Us. To find out about our activity groups, take a look at the Activities section.

Long-time residents and new Berliners alike are welcome to become members: How to Join will guide you through the process. Our monthly morning and evening Meet & Greet meetings are your first point of contact.

Activity Highlights in June:

  • Be inspired by a visit to the headquarters of the Berliner Tafel, which has grown from a group of 15 women in 1993 to hundreds of volunteers now, feeding about 125,000 needy persons a month. 
  • In the presentation: 3% horse!! Who cares? learn about the DNA-based molecular tests that identify animal species, as well as dangerous bacteria and viruses, in the food we buy.
  • For a little shiver down the spine, come on a tour of the Museum of Medical History’s exhibition, “Apparent Death,” recalling 19th-century hysteria about the possibility of being buried alive, and scientific innovations designed to calm these anxieties. 
  • Learn more about the foundations of scientific life in Berlin with a guided tour in the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt in central Berlin. Or try an architectural tour in the Tegel district that includes a walk in the park of the Humboldt family home, as well as a number of interesting modern buildings. 
  • The Biographies book group will be discussing the life of Maria Sibylla Merian, who made a successful career as a naturalist and scientific illustrator in the 17th century.

Not in a mood for science this month? Other June activities include a visit to the Stolperstein workshop and a walk to the historic village of Französisch Buchholz; a discussion of the novel Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf; a chance to sample wines from the Rheingau in Berlin’s “Rheingau neighbourhood,” or Middle Eastern food at a restaurant run by Syrian refugees, or a pizza and pasta evening–all with good friends and good talk and (we hope!) good summer weather.  

Members should check the June Newsletter for details of these and the Club’s other regular activities: conversation groups in four languages, sports, Mah Jong … enjoy the activities your Club offers!