From a small back building workshop in Berlin to a global firm - there are few industrial corporations that can look back on such a long history of success as we can. Through this website, we invite you to take a fascinating trip through nearly 170 years of Siemens history.
1881 – Inauguration of the first electric streetcar in the world
Siemens & Halske built the world’s first electric streetcar at its own expense. The 2.5-kilometer route which was inaugurated on May 16, 1881, connected the Anhalt Railway’s Lichterfelde Station (today Lichterfelde Ost station) with the Military Academy on Zehlendorfer Straße (today Finckensteinallee). In the first three month alone, the tram line carried 12,000 passengers. more
The Siemens Historical Institute is moving to Siemensstadt-Berlin. Due to the preparations for the move, we can no longer respond to inquiries addressed to Corporate Archives. In addition, the archives will be closed until January 2017. Until then, neither visits nor research will be possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.