Berlin: Queer History Walking Tour

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Discover Berlin's queer pioneers, scientists, activists, and artists on an expert-led walking tour. Explore the world's first gay ghetto, Schöneberg, and see the former El Dorado.

Highlights

  • Learn about Berlin's queer pioneers, scientists, activists, on this walking tour
  • Discover the world's first gay ghetto, Schöneberg, and see the former El Dorado
  • See the colorful monument to the Gay Emancipation Movement in the Tiergarten
  • Visit the site of the Institute for Sexual Science founded by Magnus Hirschfeld
  • Stroll through Schöneberg and see the former flat of Christopher Isherwood

Description

Discover Berlin's queer pioneers, scientists, activists, and artists on a 3-hour walking tour. Stroll through Schöneberg, the world's first gay ghetto, and learn about why the city is the birthplace of LGBTQ+ movements. At the colorful monument to the Gay Emancipation Movement, you'll learn about the Institute for Sexual Science founded on this spot by Magnus Hirschfeld, who coined the term transsexualism and pioneered the gay rights movement. Hirschfeld also co-authored the first pro-gay film in the world in 1919, Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others). Nazis closed the Institute in 1933 and burned its library. Explore the world's first gay ghetto, Schöneberg, a neighborhood that featured legendary lesbian bars. See Christopher Isherwood's former flat and learn how his Weimar-era adventures inspired the musical Cabaret. Pass by nightclubs he frequented and see a rent-boy dive that remains gay-run to this day. Outside the infamous former El Dorado Cabaret where Marlene Dietrich performed, learn of notable regulars like Ernst Röhm, the openly gay head of the Sturmabteilung (aka, the Nazi Brown Shirts). Röhm was later executed in the 'moral purge' of 1934, or Night of the Long Knives (Nacht der langen Messer). Discover sites connected to the post-WWII rebirth of Schöneberg as the gay-heart of the city. Pay particular homage to the city's most iconic nightclub of the 70s, Chez Romy Haag, where transgendered actress, singer, and dancer, Romy Haag, met and began an affair with David Bowie, a tragic relationship that inspired Bowie's iconic song Heroes. On the historic boulevard Unter den Linden, meet early gay Berliners such as the Prussian King Frederick the Great and explorer Alexander von Humboldt and find out how they disguised their sexuality. Finally, travel to Alexanderplatz, the heart of Cold War East Berlin, and hear about the suffering endured by gays and lesbians behind the Iron Curtain. By the tour's conclusion, get to know today's Queer Berlin.

Includes

3-hour guided walking tour Insights into Berlin's LGBTQ+ history and culture Visit to key historical sites related to the LGBTQ+ community Stories of queer pioneers, scientists, activists, and artists Exploration of Schöneberg, the world's first gay ghetto Visit to the colorful monument to the Gay Emancipation Movement Insights into the life and work of Magnus Hirschfeld Visit to Christopher Isherwood's former flat Visit to the former El Dorado Cabaret Stories of post-WWII rebirth of Schöneberg as the gay-heart of the city Visit to iconic nightclubs of the 70s Insights into the lives of notable figures like Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie

Important Information

  • This is a walking tour, please contact us if you have any mobility issues or concerns.

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