Berlin has always been one of the world's Gay Capitals and this tour shows you why
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 moved here for a reason - and lives on to this day, albeit in an altered state, so to speak.
This tour traces 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!
Starting at the heart of the Gay Village, we'll first walk over to the building where Christopher Isherwood used to live, which pretty much 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.
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 groundbreaking 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 back to Brandenburg Gate, we'll take the S-Bahn to Alexanderplatz and then change to the subway line 8 to Rosenthaler Platz, from where it is but a short walk to the Studio 54 Building.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Nollendorf Platz, next to the Pink Triangle (Memorial to the Persecuted Gays under Nazi rule)
End location: Studio 54 Building/ Brunnen Strasse (next to Rosenthaler Platz, subway line 8)
Duration: 4 hours
walking plus public transport (bus, subway) or, if requested, a hired car plus driver (at additional cost)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 EUR - If desired, to stop for lunch, a drink, a cup of tea or coffee along the way
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.