Weimar Germany produced many of cinema's masterpieces and this tour traces those who contributed to it
Weimar Cinema is synonymous with not just all kinds of masterpieces in film history, but also all sorts of inventions that revolutionized cinema and the way films were made. Films like "Metropolis", "The Blue Angel", "Nosferatu", "Fräulein Else" are all part of our collective memory and have left their mark on the cinematic landscape. However, most of its contributors had to flee Germany after 1933 once the Nazis had risen to power because they were Jewish.
So - this tour shows you were some of those directors, writers, and actors lived before their emigration. In actual fact, this tour is as much about cinema history as it is about the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Moreover, it highlights what German cinema has lost. And never regained. To this day.
Just to be clear: This tour is first, for movie buffs and then one for those who are interested in hearing the various stories of flight, exile and expulsion during the Nazi era. It is a tour that is a little on the strenuous side as it involves criss-crossing the city by various means of transport.
That said, trust me, it is worth it! For you will not only see some fabulous buildings and houses, but also neighborhoods a casual tourist simply never goes to, because they don't they even exist.
The tour starts at Nollendorf Platz. From there, we will visit the erstwhile homes (sometimes even the birthplaces) of the following people (in this order): Christopher Isherwood, Billy Wilder, Asta Nielsen, Tilla Durieux, Lilian Harvey, Elisabeth Bergner, Vicki Baum, F. W. Murnau, Lilli Palmer, Ernst Lubitsch, Marlene Dietrich.
Movie buffs know, of course, about the importance of some of these names for the history of cinema. But the stories behind the names are just as interesting, and sometimes even tragic.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Nollendorfplatz (opposite the Goya Theatre)
End location: Julius Leber Bridge (S-Bahn Station)
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
As this tour involves a great deal of public transport, it does depend to some degree on its reliability. And although Berlin's public transport system is quite reliable, occasionally, there is the odd signal failure or line closure which then might delay things. However, I will let you know in advance or at least, as soon as I hear about it.
walking, public transport (bus, subway, S-Bahn) or, if requested, a hired car plus driver (at additional cost).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 EUR - tea, coffee, lunch (if desired)
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
I am only able to guide groups up to four people through historical monuments and museums.