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Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour

Nollendorfplatz, Berlin, Germany
+49 151 25 22 03 42
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Ranked #30 of 233 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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Bedford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We really enjoyed our tour of the area where Christopher Isherwood lived. Brendan brings to life the people, places, scandals and history. Highly recommended - Brendan was welcoming and great fun. Really enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

When I found out that the writer behind my favourite movie, A Single Man, had his own walking tour in Berlin, I thought it would make a nice extra activity during my holiday. Instead I got the best walking tour I ever did and gained the most fascinating insights into the life of one of the most interesting writers I've... More

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

Brilliant! Brendan Nash does an amazing job of condensing and personalizing a fascinating era. He's extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, and his passion for the material is contagious. Made me fall in even deeper love wight this fascinating city.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This tour was far more that I had hoped for. Brendan's knowledge of the city and its history, and particularly the "Isherwood era" really brought things to life. Having read a couple of novels in the days prior to the visit I felt I got more from the tour, and it certainly informed my night at Cabaret at the Tipi... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Brendan is the perfect host on an astonishingly good journey around Isherwood's Berlin. He is so knowledgeable of the whole period in which the writer created his seminal Berlin Stories and of the characters which played a part in this society. I agree with other reviewers that this tour is so much more than Cabaret and Sally Bowles. You really... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The 90 minutes of this fascinating walking tour around Isherwood's Berlin went all too quickly. Brendan has a way of bringing the period to life through his passion, scholarship and warm wit. It left me wanting to re-watch Cabaret, re-read Isherwood and find out more about some of the colourful characters who were his contemporaries. A genuine treat!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Brendan Nash does a fascinating tour of Isherwood's Berlin He obviously loves his subject and has so many amusing anecdotes and stories about the man and his contemporaries that you almost feel you were back in the 30s His tour is so much more than Cabaret and Sally Bowles as he talks about the architecture, the Jewish neighbours and all... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

On the tour, you are taken around Nollendorfplatz. You visit Isherwood's former residence, the establishments he frequented and get a wider sense of the Weimar Period and the impending rise of Nazism. The tour lasts roughly 90 minutes, and costs €12 (which is a fair price given the research required to deliver such an insightful tour). This tour is not... More

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Brendan is a great tour guide who really captures the feel of Berlin in the 1920s. Fascinating stories and seeing all the buildings and what went on then really immerses you in the whole era. Cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We did the Isherwood walk with Brendan and it was a great experience. Brendan took as around the area of Schoenburg telling us about the area and history during the years Isherwood lived there. It was utterly fascinating, standing outside the buildings and hearing stories of some of the other characters that lived there around that period. I would highly... More

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