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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.

Berlin: Champagne Fine Dining Breakfast Experience

2. Berlin: Champagne Fine Dining Breakfast Experience

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: LGBTIQ History & Culture Private Walking or Car Tour

3. 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.

Babelsberg Film Studio 5-Hour Bus Tour from Berlin

4. Babelsberg Film Studio 5-Hour Bus Tour from Berlin

Climb aboard the comfortable VW bus and visit the Babelsberg Film Studio, where classic movies such as The Blue Angel with Marlene Dietrich and Metropolis by Fritz Lang were created. Other movies that were made here include Der kleine Muck, German box-office hits such as Leander Haußmann’s Sonnenallee, and international cinema productions such as Inglorious Basterds, The Pianist, and Cloud Atlas. You’ll pass by the former film quarter of Friedrichstraße/Chausseestraße as well as the movie set of Valkyrie to reach Potsdamer Platz. At the Sony Center you can see the “Boulevard of Stars” and the venue for the Berlinale film festival. You’ll then walk to the magnificent villas in Neu-Babelsberg, where the stars have turned their dream villas into reality. Many other affluent people from business and politics also live in this exclusive area.

Berlin: David Bowie's Berlin Life Tour with Soundtrack

5. Berlin: David Bowie's Berlin Life Tour with Soundtrack

Discover Berlin through the eyes of David Bowie and one of his longest-standing companions, the legendary musician Lou Reed, on a self-guided tour with 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. And hear his music at each stop. 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.

Queer Berlin Walking Tour

6. 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: Schöneberg Street-Art and Graffiti Self-Guided Tour

7. Berlin: Schöneberg Street-Art and Graffiti Self-Guided Tour

Dive into the vibrant culture of Berlin with a self-guided adventure to discover Berlins street art. Stroll through the Schöneberg district following an insightful guide. See the most iconic pieces of urban graffiti in the area and learn about the techniques used by local artists. Explore one of the biggest street art and graffiti scenes in the world, right in the heart of Berlin. Discover the biggest highlights and the smallest details in the streets around the Urban Nation Street Art Museum in Schöneberg. Get a glimpse into the meaning and history behind each piece. Start, pause, and resume your tour at any time. Enjoy unique stops at spots you probably wouldn't notice on your own. Pay attention and look carefully, to begin recognizing the differences between the various graffiti techniques at each of your tour stops.

Berlin Schöneberg: Outdoor Crime Mystery Tour

8. Berlin Schöneberg: Outdoor Crime Mystery Tour

In this fictional case, the task is to uncover the theft of a secret object. The sacred chest containing the talisman of the nightclub owner Ursula Brandneu was stolen. She would only get the chest back for a ransom. Can you find out who stole the chest and where it is hidden? The game management is at your side with advice and action from a distance, but the successful resolution of the case is entirely in your hands. On the way past well-known and unfamiliar places in the district, you will come closer and closer to the solution. But don't make it too easy. The tracks are not so easy to decipher! You have to ask yourself, for example: What does an old newspaper article have to do with the case and how can a box of matches help you solve it? Can you find the goal and crack the final code?

Berlin: Potsdamer Street Art Gallery Walking Tour

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Schöneberg

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 212 reviews

This tour was part of my Dutch queer association's trip to Berlin. Our tour guide Tobias was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgable and had a definite knack for telling stories. I had a bit of trouble finding an available time slot because we were with a group of 24 but both GetYourGuide and Tobias himself were very helpful and accomodating and made sure everything worked out okay.

Tobias was a great guide! We loved the tour of Schöneberg and learning about the gay history of the area! Thank you for giving the tour on such a cold day!

Amazing delicious food, great coffee and excellent attentive service! The perfect way to start a weekend! Thanks so much!!

Tobias was a fantastic tour guide. He was funny and shared a well researched history of the area.

Great service and delicious food! Highly recommend