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  • Queer Berlin Walking Tour

    1. 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-breakin...

    The tour was very informative and fun. I would appreciate a description of the day in advance, as it eventually took almost 6 hours (instead of 4) and also lunch was part of the experience. I needed to adjust my plans after that.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 20 reviews

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.

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.

The tour was very informative and fun. I would appreciate a description of the day in advance, as it eventually took almost 6 hours (instead of 4) and also lunch was part of the experience. I needed to adjust my plans after that.

I had guide who was very well-informed on Berlin's queer history - Jared (pronouns: they/ them). Even though I was the only one booked on that tour, Jared was generous with sharing.

The tour and Kyle were great. Recommended to everyone who wants to learn about the history and culture of the queer community, in bad and good times.