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Vibrant, progressive and multicultural, Berlin has been a pioneer in the gay rights movements since the late-19th century. Delve into the city’s LGBTQ history on this 3.30-hour walking tour through the historical and culturally rich neighborhoods of Schöneberg and Kreuzberg. Visit one of the city’s oldest trans* bars; stroll through Tiergarten and learn about the LGBT figures who have shaped the city’s history; and visit the Gay Museum* (Schwules Museum*), the world’s first gay museum.

Highlights

  • 3.5-hour guided walking tour of Berlin's gay districts
  • Explore areas such as Schöneberg, Tiergarten and Kreuzberg with your expert guide
  • Retrace the history of the gay culture in Berlin from the 19th century to today
  • Learn about the gay community and its main personalities such as Marlene Dietrich and Mayor Klaus Wowereit
  • Visit the Gay Museum* (Schwules Museum*) for a deeper comprehension of LGBTQ history and culture
  • Discuss the treatment of Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism

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What You Can Expect

Walking Tour of Berlin's Gay and Lesbian Scene

Walking Tour of Berlin's Gay and Lesbian Scene

Explore the gay neighborhoods of Berlin on this 3.30-hour guided walking tour. Since the 19th century, Berlin has been a pioneer of gay and lesbian rights in Germany, creating Siegessaeule, the first lesbian magazine, and celebrating the annual Gay Pride event. Your professional guide will tell you everything about that time and how life has changed for the city's LGBTQ community.

Start your walking tour in the Schöneberg area and visit Eldorado, one of Berlin’s oldest and most famous trans* bars that once featured regular performances of openly bisexual Marlene Dietrich.

Find out how openly gay and transgendered people found assistance from the sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, whose Institute for Sexual Science was shut down in during World War II in 1933 and its library destroyed during the Nazi book burning. Then, visit the Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism.

Continue your tour walking through the Tiergarten, the city’s best-known gay meeting spot hidden behind the Berlin Wall. Find out how LGBTQ figures have shaped the history of Berlin from the Prussian King Friedrich the Great to today’s openly gay Mayor Klaus Wowereit.

Finish your walking tour with a tour of the Gay Museum* (Schwules Museum*) in the vibrant district of Kreuzberg, considered one of the world's first gay museums.

Customer Reviews

Krisane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great and interesting tour. Lorna was the perfect guide.

Robert P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Wow! This is one of the best walking tours I have ever taken! Finn really knows his stuff! We even got a bonus of this tour: by taking us on the bus, we drove by several different buildings that he discussed as well as several other "non-gay" sites. The gay part of the tour was amazing; taking us back through the gay history of Berlin all way to the mid 1700's - DO NOT miss this tour if you are in Berlin! I would give it 10 starts if I could!! Highly recommended!!

sfnca8

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

After reading the book Gay Berlin, I felt the tour was not worth the money. However, with that being said, anyone who hasn't read the book would definitely get a lot out of the tour. Our guide Finn, was very knowledgeable and carried around and iPad to show reference of persons or original places as we went along the tour.

Kaye H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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