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Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour

#34 of 370 Tours in Berlin
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Address: Nollendorfplatz, 10777 Berlin, Germany
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+49 1512 5220342

Starting and ending at Nollendorfplatz, this 90-minute tour visits the...

Starting and ending at Nollendorfplatz, this 90-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 & stage 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! Tours are usually on Saturday at 11am, but other times are available by arrangement.

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Time Travel to the Weimar Era

Brendan makes up for the lack of Weimar-oriented tours everywhere else in Berlin. Through his vast knowledge and skillful recitation of works by Isherwood and others, he succeeds... read more

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Brendan makes up for the lack of Weimar-oriented tours everywhere else in Berlin. Through his vast knowledge and skillful recitation of works by Isherwood and others, he succeeds in bringing back to life a city that is no longer there. By the time the tour ends, you’ll be walking the streets of a different neighbourhood—you can almost see the buildings... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found the link to Brendan's walking tour of Isherwood's Berlin and am glad I did. Partner and I joined the small group of seven in total and were given a wonderful wise and witty insight into the life and loves of the writer Christopher Isherwood when he was resident in the seamy wonderland of Weimar Berlin before the Nazi's put... More 

Thank Mark M
Paris, France
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I discovered Brendan Nash through his wonderfully evocative blog Cabaret Berlin. I took the tour with a French friend who has been living in the neighborhood (Schoneberg) for years. We were both riveted by Brendan's stories, and by his vivid, beautifully spoken recitations of excerpts from writings by Isherwood, Auden and others. It's always fascinating to experience the "ghost" city... More 

Thank Denyse B
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 9, 2017

We didn't really know what to expect with the Isherwood tour, having been recommended it by a friend of a friend. It was without a doubt, the most enjoyable few hours we had in Berlin, and that's saying something - as we love Berlin. Brendan was a delight. Funny, informative, adapting his style and the amount of information he gave... More 

Thank Alex H
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

Brendan is super well-informed about the life and work of Christopher Isherwood. He provides excellent historical and geographical context, bringing alive the Nollendorfplatz area through compelling narration and poignant quotes. Despite the changing neighborhood, Brendan recreates an authentic image of Berlin at the end of the Weimar Republic as World War II begins.

Thank Carlos R
London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed March 8, 2017

Brendan is a passionate guide, as keen to share as he is to inform. He brings Isherwood's world vividly to life and skilfully weaves in modern references and quirky detail.

Thank K6934USjanet
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Reviewed February 25, 2017

I really enjoyed the tour. Brendan brought Isherwood's Berlin back to life and his passion is infectious - can't wait to discover more about Isherwood and early 20thc. Berlin (especially gay Berlin and cabaret!)

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed February 12, 2017

I came to Berlin in search of Sally Bowles' world in Cabaret, unfortunately, there isn't much of it left as much of Berlin has been destroyed by the war. Glad I was able to catch this walking tour, it's a must for 'Cabaret' fans. Brendan is very knowledgeable on Christopher Isherwood, first stop of the tour would be his apartment,... More 

Thank Lucille C
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Reviewed January 11, 2017

Brendan provides a terrific tour of Christopher Isherwood's neighborhood. As a person who is fascinated by Isherwood's Berlin life, and friends with Isherwood's life partner (Don Bachardy), I can tell you that Brendan is very knowledgeable about the subject and area. Brendan provides many interesting details about the life and neighborhood of Christopher Isherwood and his associates in Weimar Berlin.... More 

Thank gjspring
Munich, Germany
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Reviewed November 12, 2016

The tour really brought that part of Berlin to life. It worked if you knew a lot about Isherwood - but it also worked if, like me, your knowledge was a bit sketchy. It was a fantastic tour.

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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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