Berlin - Hauptstrasse 155: Where the Thin White Duke mutated into David Bowie

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Hauptstrasse 155: Where the Thin White Duke mutated into David Bowie

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(21 reviews)
Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
30 mins

About the tour

Due to popular demand, this short trip will take you to the Berlin-home of David Bowie, undoubtedly, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Besides the building he lived in, which, by the way, is prominently featured in the video to "Where Are We Now", you'll also get to see the gay bar he used to hangout in a lot (though it is only a shadow of it's former self ...),and a number of buildings relevant to the Cold War which, after all, was the political backdrop of Bowie's years in Berlin, a crucial time in his life in which he once more reinvented himself. Join me, and see a few of the places around which Bowie's Berlin years revolved!

Meet 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 30 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

Fran A.

02 May 2021

To get the full benefit, I would recommend doing this tour only if you attended part 1 of David Bowie's Berlin earlier in the day - Martin's tour was my first with Virtual several months ago, it was great, and this adds to the experience

Jo L.

02 May 2021

A very enjoyable and informative tour. Martin is friendly, approachable and really knows his stuff. I am looking forward to another of his tours. Thank you Martin!

Joan F.

02 May 2021

Was a bit disappointed as concentrated on one building and really wanted to see more of the area...thank you ...

Lorna C.

02 May 2021

Only Martin could make a short tour to view an entrance to Bowie’s former residence so interesting, and spread it out for so long. A brief walk from Kleist Park past some astounding yet neglected colonnades gave him an opportunity to give his stimulating opinions on them, and share their history. This walk along streets mentioned in Bowie’s “Where are we now”, which Martin had asked us to listen to before his tour, helped us to understand why Bowie settled here in Berlin at no 155: he was inspired by them. Our route took us past Bowie’s former gay pub, and then the streets leading back to the metro to return home. This side of Berlin was certainly not the expected touristy version, but fascinating for its ordinariness and shabbiness in contrast to the famous sites. Martin’s dialogue and humour, as always, lifted this tour up out of the ordinary into an excellent tour, as was confirmed by everyone in the chat.

QueenV in Seattle S.

01 May 2021

What a great guide! He really knew his music and history and ties the two together in a way that made it even more interactive!

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