Guided tour

Gay Berlin Tour: Out in Schöneberg

Activity provider: Sonderweg-Berlin

Gay Berlin Tour: Out in Schöneberg

Activity provider: Sonderweg-Berlin
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Experience an exciting tour of the historical traces of Berlin's oldest gay neighborhood, the rainbow quarter of north Schöneberg, between Dennewitzstraße and Nollendorfplatz. Learn about how the district became what it is today and what the future holds.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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German, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the location of the famous Hollandais club, where the famous balls took place each season between 1923 and 1933
  • Visit the location of the Nationalhof, the gay rights movement's ballroom between 1924 and 1932
  • Discover the lesbian quarter along the Schwerin Straße
  • See the Motzstraße scene, and the Eldorado, a famous Cabaret
  • Get the feel for the swinging Berlin of the 1920s
  • Visit Christopher Isherwood's house on Nollendorfstraße
  • See the place where the famous Kleist Casino was to be found in the 1920s
  • Wander down Eisenacher Straße, which still today reflects the varied life of the gay neighborhood
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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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  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)

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I really enjoyed my walking tour with Tobias. It was clear that he's an expert in this field as well as being an experienced tour guide. He was easy to find by the station This tour went more in-depth than I expected, and explored areas I would have never stopped to look. Tobias was professional, approachable and friendly, and I'd recommend this tour if you're interested in the history of queer Berlin.

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June 10, 2022

Tobias was fantastic as a tour guide; super knowledgeable of Berlin's LGBTQ+ community development pre- and post-war. He brought these era's to life through walks to relevant places/landmarks, comparing to historical photographs/references, as well as historical, fun, and intriguing anecdotes. The tour ended on a high note as he brought us to the most charming cafe, Café Kalwil Berlin.

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March 13, 2022

Awesome lesson on LGBT history in Berlin!

A quite thorough walk covering quite a bit of material. There's opportunity to sit, stand, walk, ask questions, stand around and experience the area, and learn about what went on there. The guide is excellently prepared and knowledgable and the allotted time didn't seem as long as it was. Well worth participating!

September 18, 2019

Product ID: 26721