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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.

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Berlin: 2-Course Champagne Breakfast

2. Berlin: 2-Course Champagne Breakfast

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.

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Queer Berlin Walking Tour

3. 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.

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Berlin: Gay Culture Bike Tour

4. Berlin: Gay Culture Bike Tour

See sights that were important to prominent gay Berlin figures like Isherwood, Marlene Dietrich, David Bowie, Magnus Hirschfeld Ernst Rohm, and German king Frederick the Great. Ride through the gay area past both historic and present cruising bars and learn about the gay cultural fabric of the city. Then head into the center and check out the city's multiple gay monuments. Learn about the gay side of major historical events that would otherwise go unnoticed. Your gay bike tour will include highlights like the Schöneberg neighborhood, Siegesäule, Palace Belle Vue, the Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, site of the bookburning, and Hansa Tonstudio.

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Berlin: Third Reich Under the Swastika Tour in Spanish

5. Berlin: Third Reich Under the Swastika Tour in Spanish

The 12 years that the Nazis ruled Germany left an indelible mark on Berlin. On this tour you will discover the impact the Nazis had on the city as you head to different locations, including the dramatic Olympic Stadium, site of the controversial 1936 games. Starting at Potsdamer Platz we will go to the Bendlerblock, the memorial to the German Resistance, where we will talk about the various resistance groups, such as the one organized by Claus von Stauffenberg who was executed in the inner courtyard, after a failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. Visit the remains of an old war bunker in Schöneberg, and see the Volksgerichtshof (People’s Court) before heading into the Bavarian Quarter, formerly known as the “Jewish Switzerland,” where Albert Einstein once lived. You will learn about the Jewish persecution and continue to Track 17 in Grunewald, from where the Jewish population of Berlin was deported to the concentration camps. The tour ends in the impressive Olympic Stadium in the west of the city, where you will have time to explore, and learn about it's use throughout the subsequent years.

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Berlin: Potsdamer Street Art Gallery Tour

6. Berlin: Potsdamer Street Art Gallery Tour

Join this walking tour with a live guide and discover Berlin's thriving art scene. Visit up to 5 contemporary art galleries and learn about the hottest artists in town. 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. Visit 4 or 5 galleries and discover the area's most innovative artists. The day you book the tour depends on what galleries you visit.  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 152 reviews

Super nice experience, would definitely recommend! We got 2 courses of our own choice, welcome champagne and coffees. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was very enjoyable for brunch.

I highly recommend this tour - a combination of history and present day. Tobias is a wonderful guide. He is very knowledgeable and seems to really enjoy his job which is very refreshing.

We did the tour with our employees for the second time in six years. We would recommend her to anyone - she is entertaining and informative, and Tobias is a great tour guide.

Tobias was amazing knowledgeable guide, highly recomended if you interested in the gay history of the city!

A great tour by Finn. V knowledgeable and personable. A really enjoyable experience