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Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour

Nollendorfplatz, Berlin, Germany
+49 151 25 22 03 42
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Ranked #33 of 212 activities in Berlin
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Owner description: Starting and ending at Nollendorfplatz, this 75-minute tour visits the neighbourhood British writer Christopher Isherwood lived in during his time in... more » Owner description: Starting and ending at Nollendorfplatz, this 75-minute tour visits the neighbourhood British writer Christopher Isherwood lived in during his time in Berlin in the last years of the Weimar Republic and where he wrote his famous Berlin diaries, which were to become the iconic film musical, Cabaret. The walk includes readings from his novels and diaries and takes in the sights he wrote about and the cafes, bars and clubs he frequented. Taste the city as he saw it in those uncertain times, where Cabaret was born, genders were blurred and a film premiere caused riots! The tour costs 12 Euro per person. Booking are by arrangement. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Brendan's walking tour is superlative throughout, his knowledge & enthusiasm for Isherwood and the city just amazing. He brought the area and the history to life. What a lovely man. His knowledge and contacts are incredible, his love of the 1930s really shone through. And it keeps on getting better... While discussing the tour over the internet (where I found... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Having read about the tour before visiting Berlin, I was sure to get a visit before I left. Having never been to Berlin before, this was a perfect way to spend my final day. Not only did it take me out of the centre but it gave me a new insight into what Berlin would have been like in the... More

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Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We both enjoyed this 90 minute walk around the Nollendorf area, Brenden brought the subject alive with his anecdotes, pictures, readings and exuberant enthusiasm for the Berlin of the 1930's. We learnt about how the area had been a social melting pot for people from all parts of society and how briefly boundaries had been broken and unlikely friendships forged.... More

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I joined Brendan's tour quite last-minute, not knowing what to expect: Truly delightful and a real treat. Whether you are a cabaret aficionado, a history buff of the weimar era or simply looking to expand your historical knowledge of the Nollendorf area neighbourhood in Berlin Schöneberg -- Brendan is an excellent guide and storyteller, complete with historical texts, photos and... More

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Berlin, Germany
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Nearly the last thing I did before I left Berlin and so pleased I fitted this in -- Brendan is witty, knowledgeable and welcoming as a guide and the tour is a fantastic round up of a neighbourhood you might never learn about otherwise. Highlights include seeing the exterior of Berlin's oldest gay bar, learning about the incorrigible Anita Berber... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Brendan's tour is must if you are fascinated by Berlin's cabaret past. You don't need to be a reader of Isherwood to enjoy this excellent journey through 1920s and early 1930s Berlin which comes alive through Brendan's storytelling, old photographs and passion. Highly recommended!

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I can't recommend this strongly enough. Brendan brings the history of his own neighbourhood to life with passion, real knowledge, and great wit. Our group of friends were a mix of those who had and hadn't read Isherwood, but it really didn't matter. It's as much a tour about social history, architecture, cabaret, and how this wonderful city processes its... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Brendan's tour was fabulous; informative, funny and moving. His breadth of knowledge is astounding. Book it now!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Brendan's tour was one of the highlights of a week in Berlin. Even if you have only a passing knowledge of Isherwood or an interest in the cabaret scene of the 20s and 30s, you should put this tour at the top of your list. Brendan really uses Isherwood as a base to explore a whole host of fascinating characters,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I stumbled on this tour by googling Berlin Cabaret history. How lucky was I? I was just finishing reading Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin on the day that Brendan took me on a personal tour around Nollendorfplatz, showing me where Isherwood lived and the cabarets and his various haunts. What made the tour so illuminating was Brendan's keen grasp on the... More

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