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Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour

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Address: Nollendorfplatz, Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: +49 151 25 22 03 42
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Description: Starting and ending at Nollendorfplatz, this 75-minute tour visits the...
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.
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Entertaining and Informative

Brendan Nash did an excellent job of bringing the transition from the Weimar Republic to National Socialism to life. His obvious enthusiasm for and knowledge of Isherwood and his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Brendan Nash did an excellent job of bringing the transition from the Weimar Republic to National Socialism to life. His obvious enthusiasm for and knowledge of Isherwood and his writings and his ability to relate Isherwood's work and life to the larger society made for a very quick 90 minutes. It was my first walking tour however, I was with... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I took Brendan's Isherwood tour today and enjoyed it as much as I had hoped I would. Not only is he thoroughly at home with his subject (and quotes large chunks of Isherwood by heart ) but also effortlessly places you in late Weimar Berlin and its spectacular cabaret life. He does all this with a friendly aplomb which makes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

The charismatic and kind guide Brendan tells a nerve-chilling true story about Isherwood and his kind, in a dekadent Berlin that will never be the same again. We are glad we got a glimpse of it on this tour. Recommended! Thanks Brendan. /Maria, Max and little Ole

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Deventer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Great walk in a very interesting neighourhood. Brendan nash will take you back in time and is very enthousiastic about it. You will like the walk!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A friend recommended the tour to us - she'd done it when she was visiting Berlin, and as we're all fans of Isherwood and Auden we wanted to have a peer at the bits of the city they'd lived in. We got far more than that! Brendan brilliantly evokes a way of life decimated by WWII, with this great guide... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

What can I add to 50 perfect scores? Five more stars! I've joined Brendan on his tour twice, and both times it gave me fascinating insight into 1920s/30s Berlin, and the quirky characters that ingabited this district and those times. It's nice to see how Brendan's tour has evolved with new facts/encounters, and he cleverly tells the story of Isherwood... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Such an entertaining and informative tour around the area of Berlin where Isherwood lived and socialised. Brendan was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable, he really brought to life the history of a fascinating time and place. Lots of wonderful stories about the decadent 1930s and the rise of the Nazis, and snippets of Spender and Isherwood's writing. Highly recommended!

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Brendan is the perfect host, and a talented narrator. A fascinating 90 minutes, we were charmed. Don't hesitate to book this original tour, you wont be disappointed. Many thanks Brendan, you were a holiday highlight!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We had a marvelous time. We loved all the stories and historical insights Brendan had to offer. Truly a different kind of Berlin. The tour was engaging for both people familiar with Isherwood's work, as well as those not familiar at all. We strongly recommend this tour to anyone interested in exploring the history of Berlin's Weimar culture scene.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Having missed this tour a year ago we got in touch with Brendan again to finally make this tour Brendan was excellent with his knowledge enthusiasm and I was delighted with the history of bygone age I thought rock stars were debauched ! Some tales were told about a bygone age that will never happen again the tour is excellent... More 

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Schoneberg
In 1963, Schöneberg was the center of the political west, inspiring John F. Kennedy to choose this area to famously announce, "Ich bin ein Berliner." Times may have changed, but modern-day Schöneberg still pays tribute to its historical legacies. Once the richest city outside of Berlin proper, the area's affluent past is still visible in ornate housing facades dating back to the Gründerzeit of the 19th century, while residents in fur coats walking their dogs or shopping in high-end KaDeWe continue the tradition with a modern flair. Schöneberg was also once the center of the decadent and burlesque nightlife of the 1920s. It was here that Marlene Dietrich partied with Christopher Isherwood and the first gay bar in Germany was founded. Today, the gay community still revolves around Nollendorfplatz. The overground Ubahn station is even illuminated in rainbow colors, paying tribute to Schöneberg's progressive past.
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