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

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

(15 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 your local guide


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.

Martin has been guiding since May 2011

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 guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide 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 guide 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 book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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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

Orlean M.

21 March 2021

Martin is very passionate about his tours. He is very good at holding for postcards, though sometimes we could have less sky in the shots. Martin is also very aware of traffic, when crossing intersections. Take care, Martin! Stay safe!

Marta R.

21 March 2021

Very interesting tour. Martin is an excellent tour guide .

Anna L.

21 March 2021

A very interesting culmination of the exploration if Bowie in Berlin.

Dozy S.

21 March 2021

There are never enough stars for Martin whose tours are always fabulous. He has so much knowledge about Berlin and shares it with you with such passion. I love travelling with Martin as he takes us to so many fascinating places

Jenny W.

20 March 2021

Brilliant thanks

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