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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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Evokes Berlin's nightlife at end of Weimar Republic

This tour by Brendan Nash was one of the highlights of our Berlin stay. I've read a number of Isherwood's novels in the past. However, this tour led me to buy two I had read... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This tour by Brendan Nash was one of the highlights of our Berlin stay. I've read a number of Isherwood's novels in the past. However, this tour led me to buy two I had read years ago as soon as we arrived in Amsterdam a week later and could go to an English language bookstore. We took this tour several... More 

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Redwood City, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Returning home after 3 weeks in Europe, people ask about our trip. We find ourselves always telling a few anecdotes we learned from the Isherwood walking tour. The information was fascinating and Brendan clearly loves his subject matter. Shirley and Jeff from California

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Midlands, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Thanks Brendan, my husband and I really enjoyed your tour. You know your stuff about Isherwood, but what was also great was the context about the Weimar Republic, and a whole stream on anecdotes and photos about the time. We were worried that the tour might be too much for my husbands walking, but although it lasted 1.5 hours, we... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Did this walking tour of Christopher Isherwood's Berlin and was amazing. Brendan was so thorough, and really knew his stuff about Christopher Isherwood. Learnt new things about Berlin and you really got a sense what it was like from 1929 to 1933 when Christopher lived in Berlin. Highly recommend this tour for anyone who is a fan of literature/Christopher Isherwood... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

A friend and I took Brendan's Isherwood/Cabaret tour yesterday. I live in the area, she was visiting from London. We had a wonderful time. Brendan is clearly passionate, informed and well-read about Isherwood, Schöneberg and the Weimar Republic and has a talent for bringing the world to life. He uses quotes from Isherwood and his contemporaries; photographs and historical sites... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Thank you Brendan for the brilliant tour. You balanced all elements of a walking tour skillfully and beautifully; it was well-timed, your use of visuals, the quotes from Isherwood, Spender etc all brought to life the Berlin of the late 20s/early 30s. The details of Schoeneberg's great characters were so well researched and you explained everything in just enough detail... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I really enjoyed Brendan's tour and learnt so much. He led us through the streets of the Schoeneberg neighbourhood where Isherwood lived in the early 1930s and really evoked the atmosphere in Berlin before and during the rise to power of the Nazis.He illustrated his tour with fascinating pre-war photographs and quoted by heart from Isherwood's diaries. Fantastic knowledge, great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

three generartions of my family went on this tour and we all loved it. Granddaughter who has been living in Berlin for a year now wants to study its history. Brendan is charming and friendly and quotes Isherwood. thank you Brendan

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

A chance encounter the day before we travelled led us to Brendan's door. What a find! We came to hear about Isherwood and his circle but left with a powerful sense of what it was like to be a Berliner during the Weimar period. Brendan is witty, erudite and a natural entertainer. This was the highlight of our 3 days... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I had wanted to do this tour for ages, and finally did it with a group of friends last weekend. It is the best 12.00 Euros I have spent this year. Brendan is entertaining, knowledgeable and a true story teller. He brought Isherwood's Berlin to life again. You feel his steps on the streets as you walk! So entertaining and... More 

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Address: Nollendorfplatz, Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: +49 151 25 22 03 42
Location: Europe  >  Germany  >  Berlin>  > Schoneberg

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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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