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Berlin - A Brief History of Gay Berlin

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A Brief History of Gay Berlin

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(79 reviews)
Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Explore the rich history of gay Berlin! Berlin, which was home to the first gay liberation movement, and where gay life flourished amidst the libertinage of Weimar Germany. See the house where Christopher Isherwood lived for four years, and where he experienced what later would become the basis of the world famous musical "Cabaret". Join me to check out where all the sleazy dives used to be (and where they are now!) and one bar full of Helmut Newton originals! See the spectacular building where Depeche mode gave their first Berlin concert and find out about one of the naughtiest haunts of the early 1930s, which after the Nazi takeover was closed. For good. Thanks must go to the "Kultur-Ring Berlin" (Mr Bernd Grünheid) who greatly contributed to the extensive research on this tour


Meet Martin

Martin

Berlin’s stunning landscape can stupefy you. Home to over 200 parks, forests and green spaces, and over a hundred lakes - replete with beautiful lidos and sandy beaches - it’s one of the greenest cities in the world. Martin helps you discover all this, and more! Having experienced the fall of The Wall first hand, Martin lived abroad between 1994 and 2010 and experienced a potpourri of different cultures. At university, he explored German history and studied German-Jewish exile organizations that emerged as a result of the rise to power by the Nazis. Following his graduation, he was then offered to contribute to the exhibition “Eichmann on Trial”, organized by Berlin’s Topography of Terror. This led Martin back to Berlin, and he re-discovered the city he had left long ago. Fascinated by Berlin’s total make-over, he decided to turn his rekindled fascination with Berlin into his profession. Since then, his tours have been peppered with adventures and exciting stories, ranging from European cultures to celebrities like Marlene Dietrich. “I once gate-crashed the building where David Bowie used to live in Berlin with a customer who was a huge David Bowie fan and ‘bumped’ into a resident who promptly invited us to have coffee!” he says.


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Sheila 🇬🇧 O.

26 June 2021

Loved it

Nancy (Rochester, NY) S.

24 June 2021

I'm sure it was excellent, but I only saw about 5 minutes of the tour near the very end. Hope to catch another of Martin's tours soon.

Marian C.

24 June 2021

Martin’s tours are always fun and informative! It really feels like I am walking around Berlin with him (and of course Lucas)

Lorna C.

23 June 2021

Each time you take us on your Gay tour Berlin is totally different, or is it your astounding voice, knowledge and what you show us? The chat was very active today, joining in the fun, which made your tour even more pleasurable. As for the buildings…no not dismissed as just lovely, but described as Belle époque, and you making us work as hard as you do, by also looking at the ornamentation in detail. It was a shame that there were streaming issues at the beginning, but nobody wanted you to go home, such is your reputation, or was it Lucas’s reputation? You must always bring him with you, even when he runs off! Despite the topic of this tour, you tactfully avoided any mention of sleaze, yet we still ended up with an incredible amount of fascinating information. An hour passed in ten minutes it seemed, so we were all shocked when you announced that you were leaving us. This was an enchanting tour for many of us so, as the light faded, cafes lit up and with a theatrical effect whisked us away to Cabaret land. Thank you, Martin.

🇬🇧 Wendy B.

23 June 2021

Poor Martin. He was plagued with technical issues for a few minutes but perseverance prevailed and we were off! This was a somewhat lighter tour than most which handle Jewish topics, for example. However, still important to know about and very informative too, with a few giggles along the way (yes, I’d had a glass of wine, but I sometimes wonder if Martin realises how comedic he can be - in a good way!). As a linguist myself, I’m totally in awe of his linguistic capabilities. He delivers his tours with intellect and passion and is one of the best. Some of the topics covered by Martin can be of a sensitive nature, but the clue is in the tour name, so there are no surprises. I’ve loved all of his tours and can’t wait for the next one! I’m not alone in saying I love Lukas too!


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