Gay Berlin

4 hours hours · Including: Private guide
When Christopher Isherwood settled in Berlin in 1929, he did so because of Berlin’s pervasive libertinage, its liberal, anything-goes-attitude. Of course the Nazis would swiftly do away with all that. But the spirit of the 1920s was eventually rekindled in the 1970s – after all, David Bowie and Iggy Pop moved here for a reason – and lives on to this day, albeit in an altered state, so to speak.

This walking tour (which does involve some use of public transport) traces Berlin gay life past and present, bearing in mind that due to the Internet and luckily, some progress in social acceptance, gay life is no longer that distinguishable from . . . the lives of others!
You will experience:
  • Gay Museum
Host: Martin
Languages: English, German, French

You will meet here:

10777 Berlin, Germany
Meeting point details: Nollendorfplatz, Berlin, in front of the pink triangle

This is the plan:

  • Visiting the Memorial to the Murdered Gays under NS-Rule This memorial, designed by the Berlin-based Scandinavian gay couple Dragset
  • El-Dorado Nightclub Though nothing but a neon remains of this former hot-spot of Weimar-Berlin debauchery, it was one of many such places which cemented Berlin's reputation as a party-town, a reputation which lives on to this day!
  • Christopher Isherwood's former home If it wasn't for his books, "Goodbye to Berlin" and "Mr. Norris Changes Trains" to this day probably few people in the world would be aware about Berlin's infamous "B-Side", not to mention Isherwood's perceptive eye on how the Nazis rose to power.
What you can expect
The tour starts at Nollendorfplatz, where the first memorial for the persecution of gays and lesbians was inaugurated back in the 1980s. It is also the heart of the Gay Village and it is in this neckof the woods, that Christopher Isherwood used to stay between 1929 and 1933. The building he lived in survived the war unscathed. From there, we zig-zag through the Village while I point out certain places, bars, clubs, etc. whose history has had some relevance to gay life in Berlin, like, for instance, the notoriously sleazy El Dorado nightclub, one of Berlin’s hottest tickets back in the 1920s, attracting Berliners and foreigners alike, among them Marlene Dietrich, no less! Then we’ll board the bus 100 to take us to the Spree-Ufer, where I’ll show you the newly inaugurated memorial to the first Gay Emancipation Movement while also pointing out where exactly Magnus Hirschfeld’s ground-breaking Institute for Sexual Research used to be located (its building no longer exists). Then we’ll walk back to the bus stop, taking the bus 100 to Brandenburg Gate, from where we’ll walk to the Official Memorial for the Murdered Gays and Lesbians, designed by Dragset and Elmgreen. Walking over to Potsdamer Platz, we’ll take the bus to Lützow Strasse, where our tour finishes at the world’s only Gay Museum, a museum dedicated to the Gay Movement in Berlin, but which also offers glimpses in gay life and gay movements around the globe and often showcases topics related to the gay community.
€ 75.00 Per person
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Hey! I'm Martin
Age: 58
Location: Berlin, DE
Languages: English, German, French
Curious by nature and wild at heart ...
I am a professional, qualified and certified tour guide and have made it my mission to show visitors to Berlin sights, sites, and places which they may otherwise miss since Berlin, in my opinion, is the most misunderstood city in the world. I've been working as a tour-guide ever since I returned from having lived abroad (UK, France) for close to 16 years. Following my return, I had to rediscover this city as so much of it had changed. However, the constant changes Berlin undergoes make it a fascinating place to visit. But it is exactly that which also make it a challenge to the casual tourist, not to mention tour operators and travel book publishers as they have to edit their Berlin edition every couple of years, with new museums, sights, and monuments being built on a constant basis!

The tours I offer will take you around Berlin - by underground - in just under four hours, introducing you to the many faces and facets you never knew Berlin had. ... ... Curious? Join me!

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