The Berlin of David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich

4 hours hours · Including: Private guide
Two of 20th century's most influential icons are closely connected to Berlin - one was born here and one made it his home in the 1970s for a number of years: Ladies and Gentlemen, Iet's trace the lives of David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich in Berlin!
You will experience:
  • Hansa Studios
  • Marlene Dietrich's birth place
  • Boulevard of the Stars, Berlin
  • Berlinale Palast
  • Titania Palast
  • Marlene Dietrich's final resting place
  • David Bowie's Berlin home
Host: Martin
Languages: English, German, French

You will meet here:

Potsdamer Platz, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Meeting point details: Outside the Film Museum Berlin

This is the plan:

  • Hansa Studios Check out the amazing GIF image of David Bowie outside Hansa Studios. The image can also be purchased inside.
  • Marlene Dietrich Collection On request (and with an extra charge), we'll visit the Marlene Dietrich Collection at the Film Museum where you'll see her gowns, personal items as well as her private correspondence with greats like Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles.
What you can expect
Berlin has long had a reputation for being funky, edgy, artsy, and where everyone can be what they want to be. Enter David Bowie - who, perhaps unsurprisingly, made West-Berlin his home in the 1970s, the decade when the city was just about to rediscover its heritage of decadence and debauchery.

But Berlin also is the birthplace of one of 20th century's most iconic actresses, Marlene Dietrich.

During our tour, we will explore all the sites of significance for these fascinating artists.

The tour starts at the Berlin Film Museum - which houses the Marlene Dietrich collection, including her gowns, letters, and memorabilia. If you'd like to visit the museum, let me know and I can create a personalized offer for you which includes the entrance tickets!

Did you know Berlin also had a Boulevard of the Stars? It is mainly, but not exclusively, dedicated to those film artists who had to flee Nazi-Germany. Therefore, you'll find the stars of Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Luise Rainer and Lilli Palmer there, but also those for Marlene Dietrich, Hildegard Knef and - Romy Schneider.
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After walking to Marlene Dietrich Square, where the Berlin Film Festival is held every year, we'll walk over to the fabled Hansa Studios, where Bowie recorded his famous Berlin Trilogy, "Heroes", "Low", and "Lodger" .

Just a short S-bahn ride away is the birthplace of Marlene Dietrich, in former West-Berlin. From here, we'll walk through this lovely neighborhood to the apartment David Bowie shared with his friend Iggy Pop during his Berlin years. I'll let you know why Bowie chose this neighborhood to call home while in Berlin!

Hang out like Bowie in a local gay bar, and hear more stories about his life here in the late 70s. Last but not least, we'll take a train ride to check out the location where Dietrich gave a most memorable Berlin concert in the early 1960s. Though still looking as it did when it was built, today the Titania Palast, sadly, is a multiplexx ... next, we'll conclude our tour by visiting Dietrich's final resting place and where she was later joined by yet another famous Berliner - the world famous photographer Helmut Newton, who is buried next to her!

This tour can be 100% customized according to your requirements, so feel free to let me know! Hope to see you soon!
€ 68.00 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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