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Queer Berlin Walking Tour

4.5 / 5

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Queer Berlin Walking Tour

From US$ 22.63 per person

Explore Berlin’s gay and lesbian history on a unique Queer Berlin tour of its gay neighborhoods and locations. See the poignant Holocaust memorial, visit one of the city’s oldest gay and transvestite bars.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Schoeneberg, Berlin's gay neighborhood
  • Visit the Eldorado, one of Berlin's oldest queer bars
  • Hear stories of gay heroes, past and present
  • Learn about the unique work of Magnus Hirschfeld
Full description
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.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Public transport
  • Entrance fees
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Outside Starbucks opposite Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station.

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  • This tour will make use of public transportation, the costs of which are not included in the tour price.
  • Please bring along a valid AB public transport ticket (EUR 7.00 per person for a day pass; prices correct as of January 2016; prices subject to change).
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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This tour was fantastic! Jared was our guide and they were great and full of knowledge, information, and funny stories. We went all over the city, covering its long history in a very thorough way. We covered everything from the recent gentrification of the East German gaybourhood to the days of Christopher Isherwood and Magnus Hirschfield. We stopped for a lunch break at a fantastic and important spot - food was great along with the cultural significance. My only complaint is that I didn't take this tour sooner! 100% a must-do if you are interested in Queer Berlin History.

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November 24, 2019

Kyle was an outstanding tour guide. She really did an amazing job of combining the highs and lows of gay life in Berlin. The tour had lots of interesting facts about gay history that has been conveniently removed from the history books. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about the gay side of Berlin.

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October 30, 2019

absolutely AMAZING tour with such knowledgeable guides! definitely lots of walking so pack light but have some snacks and definitely a cool drink! this org was v kind and simple to check in with in front of the starbucks. great experience all around and i hope to do another tour w them.

July 27, 2019

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