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Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour

#18 of 670 Tours in Berlin
Berlin, Germany
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About Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour
Starting and ending at Nollendorfplatz, this two-hour 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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DavidwukLondon wrote a review Aug 2020
london30 contributions36 helpful votes
Highly recommended tour, well researched, great insight into the Weimar period and the tyranny of the Nazi era and its effect on the decadence experienced by Isherwood in Berlin. So many titbits of information that you’ll only pick up by joining the tour. Brendan is an encyclopaedia of knowledge on this period of time. From Eldorado to the Bull, you’ll get to understand the history of this unique District of Berlin.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Vittarrio wrote a review Nov 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom185 contributions27 helpful votes
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We met Brendan early Saturday morning and entered the chaotic, difficult, bleak yet tantalising and erotic world of author Christopher Isherwood as Brendan led us through the streets of Nollendorfstraße and Schoenberg highlighting his apartment, bars and venues he lived, frequented and enjoyed his time in Berlin during the turbulent times of the early thirties. Brendans knowledge is so extensive giving you a very personal and intimate glimpse into Isherwood’s life; the enthusiasm that emanates from Brendan is boundless. Dispute the cold, we thoroughly enjoyed the two hour tour and we were talking about it all day (including over lunch at the restaurant that he recommended- which was also great!) the first things I did when I got home was to order “Mr Banks changes trains and Goodbye to Berlin as well as your book “The Landlady” Thank you Brendan..
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Date of experience: November 2019
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iu_denden wrote a review Nov 2019
denver, co49 contributions22 helpful votes
Did this tour at the end of a week in Berlin. A friend who lives in Berlin recommended it and we were not disappointed. Brendan is an excellent story-teller and gives you an excellent walking tour that brings history, personalities, literature and places alive. I would say this was one of the highlights of my visit to Berlin!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Fiona S, Glasgow wrote a review Oct 2019
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Guide Brendan really knows his stuff, bringing to life Christopher Isherwood's west Berlin stomping ground, the street life, the people he based his characters on and the social and political scene of the day. Fascinating for Isherwood fans but no need to be familiar with his work to get something out of this leisurely walking tour.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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queridogideon wrote a review Sep 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing tour through the Berlin of the 20s and 30s. For all lovers of and folks interested in Berlin, literature, LGBTQ, sexuality, jazz and storytelling. The gyide is an absolute expert and is a great storyteller.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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