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Gay Berlin Tour: Out in Schöneberg

1. Gay Berlin Tour: Out in Schöneberg

Since the early 1920s, the area round Nollendorfplatz has been one of the most famous gay neighborhoods in the world. Nowhere else in Berlin was there a greater density of simple pubs and dance halls, sophisticated bars and clubs exclusive to the gay community. Come along to tour the remaining traces of this historic world in the north of Schöneberg and learn about the people that thronged this multifaceted gay and lesbian district between the end of World War I and the accession of the Nazi Party. The quarter began to bloom again as West Berlin's only gay district from the end of the 1960s, up to the present day. Schöneberg is still known for its particularly tolerant attitude and its variety, characteristics which, 100 years ago, contributed to the area's fame, notoriety, and attractiveness for the local and international community. Join in with this fascinating tour on a trip through time, and discover the Queer history of Berlin.

Queer Berlin Walking Tour

2. Queer Berlin Walking Tour

Berlin is the queer capital of Europe and on this fascinating and fun tour, you will explore Schöneberg, the city’s gay neighborhood, and walk through the Tiergarten, it’s best-known gay meeting spot. The city has been a pioneer of gay and lesbian rights since the late 19th-Century, despite the notorious “Section 175” of the German penal code, which criminalized male homosexuality for decades after World War 2. In Schöneberg, see where Marlene Dietrich lived and worked and where Christopher Isherwood and Otto Dix chronicled the city’s fantastic cabaret and nightlife scene. Visit the Eldorado, one of Berlin’s oldest gay and transvestite bars, and stop at the poignant memorial to all the homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis and sent to the concentration camps. Find out how openly queer and transgendered individuals found assistance and support from Magnus Hirschfeld, whose ground-breaking Institute for Sexual Science was shut down in 1933, and had its library destroyed during the notorious Nazi book-burnings. Walk through the Tiergarten, the city’s best-known gay meeting spot, located in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Find out how queer figures, from the Prussian King Friedrich the Great to today’s openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit, have shaped the history of Berlin.

Berlin: 2-Course Champagne Breakfast

3. Berlin: 2-Course Champagne Breakfast

Make the most of your trip to Berlin and celebrate the most important meal of the day. Head to one of the city’s most popular breakfast bars in the heart of Schoenberg, and start your day with a luxurious two-course breakfast. The breakfast includes two dishes of your choice from the menu (excluding caviar, lobster, and oyster dishes, which are subject to an additional fee). Highlights of the menu include all the breakfast classics and some surprising new favorites. While you eat, enjoy champagne and coffee, which is hand-roasted in trendy Kreuzberg.

Berlin: Self-Guided David Bowie-Themed Audiovisual Tour

4. Berlin: Self-Guided David Bowie-Themed Audiovisual Tour

Discover Berlin through the eyes of David Bowie and one of his longest-standing companions, the legendary musician Lou Reed, on a self-guided audiovisual tour using your smartphone. See the places where David lived, loved, partied, shopped, and simply hung out. See the places where he wrote and recorded songs, and played concerts all while discovering Berlin. Walk past striking facades on buildings as well as dark and narrow backyards on this tour. At each location, stop to complete entertaining tasks and answer questions and puzzles — a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends or family. Best of all, stop and start your tour whenever suits you, pausing to enjoy a beer or coffee before starting up again. Feel like you're a part of Bowie's life in Berlin every step of the way.

Berlin: Third Reich Under the Swastika Tour in Spanish

5. Berlin: Third Reich Under the Swastika Tour in Spanish

The 12 years that the Nazis ruled Germany left an indelible mark on Berlin. On this tour you will discover the impact the Nazis had on the city as you head to different locations, including the dramatic Olympic Stadium, site of the controversial 1936 games. Starting at Potsdamer Platz we will go to the Bendlerblock, the memorial to the German Resistance, where we will talk about the various resistance groups, such as the one organized by Claus von Stauffenberg who was executed in the inner courtyard, after a failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. Visit the remains of an old war bunker in Schöneberg, and see the Volksgerichtshof (People’s Court) before heading into the Bavarian Quarter, formerly known as the “Jewish Switzerland,” where Albert Einstein once lived. You will learn about the Jewish persecution and continue to Track 17 in Grunewald, from where the Jewish population of Berlin was deported to the concentration camps. The tour ends in the impressive Olympic Stadium in the west of the city, where you will have time to explore, and learn about it's use throughout the subsequent years.

Berlin: Potsdamer Street Art Gallery Walking Tour

6. Berlin: Potsdamer Street Art Gallery Walking Tour

Join this guided walking tour to discover Berlin's thriving art scene. Visit contemporary art galleries and learn about the hottest artists in town. The art galleries are selected exclusively by the editorial staff of ART magazine each month, covering everything from paintings to sculptures. Meet your guide in Potsdamer to begin your tour. Walk around this vibrant neighborhood and learn the history behind one of the most creative cities in the world. What galleries you visit will depend on the day of your tour. Enjoy a day out that you won't forget exploring Berlin's art scene like an insider. See high-end masterpieces, experimental paintings, and unique sculptures. If you love art and anything creative, this tour is for you.

Berlin: LGBTIQ History & Culture Private Walking or Car Tour

7. Berlin: LGBTIQ History & Culture Private Walking or Car Tour

Learn about the history and current dynamics of Berlin’s LGBTIQ community on a guided private walking tour. Visit the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism, the districts of Schöneberg and Kreuzberg, a historic gay and trans bar, and the outside of the Gay Museum with a local guide. Meet your guide at either your hotel or a pre-arranged meeting point. Starting in the city center, first visit the Memorial for the Homosexuals persecuted Under Nazism, addressing the violent repression of homosexuality in Nazi Germany and gay personalities within the Nazi Party itself. Learn about Frederick the Great, the 18th-century Prussian King who is widely believed to have been gay. Hear about the influence of sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, who pioneered advocacy for homosexual and transgender rights in the early 20th century. Next, explore Schöneberg, Berlin’s ‘Rainbow District’, to see where Christopher Isherwood lived during his time in the city. Visit one of the city’s oldest gay and trans bars, the former Eldorado, and hear about the queer scene at the height of the hedonistic 1920s. Cross into the district of Kreuzberg to discover more about the burgeoning techno and club scenes that flourished when the Berlin Wall fell. Finally, you will finish the tour at the Gay Museum, which you can visit at your own discretion after the tour.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 165 reviews

Tobias was fantastic as a tour guide; super knowledgeable of Berlin's LGBTQ+ community development pre- and post-war. He brought these era's to life through walks to relevant places/landmarks, comparing to historical photographs/references, as well as historical, fun, and intriguing anecdotes. The tour ended on a high note as he brought us to the most charming cafe, Café Kalwil Berlin.

Super informative tour with the lovely Tobias, who just emits passion for the topic. Learned so much about the queer history of Berlin in such a short space of time and it’s helped me appreciate it so much more. 10/10!

Super nice experience, would definitely recommend! We got 2 courses of our own choice, welcome champagne and coffees. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was very enjoyable for brunch.

I highly recommend this tour - a combination of history and present day. Tobias is a wonderful guide. He is very knowledgeable and seems to really enjoy his job which is very refreshing.

had a good time, the tour guide had a lovely energy and was able to answer lots of questions