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Berlin's "History of Sex" Guided Tour with a Sociologist

Product ID: 266362
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Dive into the history of sexual science and sex in Berlin, from Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld's institute of sexual science, up until today.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Hear the story Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, one of the world's first sexual scientists
  • Learn about Berlin's sex and night life in the 20s
  • Discover the clubs where sexual liberty prospers, including the Kit Kat Club, Berghain, and Lab.oratory
Full description
Dive into the history of sexual science and sex life in Berlin. Start in the late 19th Century and go through the roaring 20s and the downfall of sexual freedom at the hand of the Nazis. Learn about the resurrection of sexuality after the war in a divided Berlin, as well as the current state of affairs today.

Hear the story of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, one of the world’s first sexual scientists and visit the location of the Institute of Sexual Science. Learn about the founding of the world’s first gay rights organization, and Berlin’s nightlife in the ’20s. See where the famous Eldorado club once stood, a club where even high Nazi officials visited. Visit the home of British Writer Christopher Isherwood, whose Berlin Stories were the basis of the world-famous Cabaret musical.

Learn about how the AIDS epidemic was dealt with differently in West and East Germany. Explore the districts of Nollendorfplatz and Kottbusser Tor, 2 centers of LGBTIQ culture. Discover how sexual continues at clubs such the Kit Kat, Berghain, and Lab.
Includes
  • Fact sheets
What’s Not Included
  • A ticket for Berlin's public transport system valid for at least 2 hours after the tour starts.
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Schloss Bellevue (Berlin), 10557 Berlin, Germany Meet at 1.30 pm in front of the palace "Schloss Bellevue". It is at Spreeweg 1, from the victory column "Siegessäule" (big roundabout) just walk into the street "Spreeweg" for about 300 meters (3-4 minutes) and you'll be right in front of the palace. Careful if you look it up on Google maps as it will show you Spreeweg 1 to be behind the palace instead of in front. There are two big trees in front of the palace, one on the left and one on the right side. Meet your guide under the tree on the right side (when facing the castle)– it's the one closer to the river. The tour will take roughly 3 hours. You will need a public transport ticket so please bring one as we will take a short bus and a short train trip in-between. We'll end by Nollendorfplatz.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Public transport ticket
Know before you go
• This tour is accessible by wheelchair.
• This tour is only for people 18+.
• Please bring an umbrella if the weather forecast predicts rain (in heavy weather conditions the tour will stay warm and cozy in a café in one of Berlin's most famous districts while exploring all the exciting history digitally).
• Sun protection if it's hot and sunny.