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Walking Tour of Gay Berlin

Berlin is the queer capital of Europe and has been a pioneer of gay and lesbian rights since the late 19th Century, despite the notorious “Section 175” of the German penal code, which continued to criminalise male homosexuality for decades after the end of the Second World War.

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Berlin is the queer capital of Europe and has been a pioneer of gay and lesbian rights since the late 19th Century, despite the notorious “Section 175” of the German penal code, which continued to criminalise male homosexuality for decades after the end of the Second World War.

Explore Berlin’s gay neighbourhood, Schöneberg, home of Marlene Dietrich and chronicled by Christopher Isherwood and Otto Dix. Visit the Eldorado, one of Berlin’s oldest gay and transvestite bars, and frequented by openly gay Nazi SA leader Ernst Röhm.

Visit the Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime and find out how openly homosexual and transgendered individuals found assistance from advocates such as Magnus Hirschfeld, whose Institute for Sexual Science was shut down in 1933, its library destroyed in the infamous Nazi book-burning.

Walk through the Tiergarten, the city’s best-known gay meeting spot in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Find out how queer figures from the Prussian King Frederick the Great to today’s openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit have shaped the history of Berlin, a city which still believes a “kiss-in” to be the best form of protest, and finish the tour at the Gay Museum in vibrant Kreuzberg.

Children 0 - 12 years old go FREE!

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Know Before You Go

Timings:

  • The Walking Tour of Gay Berlin starts at 10 AM on Fridays.

  • The tour is available from 1st April to 31st October.

  • Tour duration is approximately 3.5 hours.

General Information:

  • Tour starts from Hackescher Markt S-Bahn Station outside the Restaurant Weihenstephaner.

  • Tour finishes at the Gay Museum in Schöneberg.

  • This tour will make use of Public Transportation the costs of which are not inclusive. Please bring along a valid AB public transport ticket (approx. € 7.00 per person for a day pass, prices subject to change).

  • Tour runs in all weather.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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Where?

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 23A, 10178 Berlin, Germany, Berlin

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