Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour

Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour

Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour
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Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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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. As of 2023, tours now run March to November.
Berlin, Germany

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2023

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Laura S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A fantastic, informative, joyful and moving two hours. Brendan is a great tour guide and really good company. It's very inspiring to spend time with someone so in love with their subject. He brought the neighbourhood to life. Even if you're not an Isherwood nut, I'd heartily recommend it to anyone with an interest in 20th century history – or anyone with concerns about the way "things" are going today, as the parallels were uncannily haunting.

My one piece of advice to any winter tour-seekers is to wear 800 pairs of socks as you stand still a fair bit and my toes were protesting by the end. Fortunately you can make like Isherwood and seek refuge in Cafe Berio with some glühwein immediately afterwards.
Written November 20, 2022
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Zara K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Definitely one of our Berlin highlights and one of the best walking tours we've ever been on. Brendan is super knowledgeable and led us through the history of the neighbourhood in a really engaging, entertaining manner. Recommending it to all my friends!
Written October 26, 2021
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Chris C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
The tour with Brendan was brilliantly informative. Despite the sub-zero temperatures, the 2 hours of the tour seemed to pass very quickly as we saw the places that Isherwood frequented, heard excerpts from his work describing them as they were in the early 1930s, and then learnt about what had happened to them in the intervening years. The history of the El Dorado (inspiration for Cabaret's Kit Kat Club) was especially interesting.

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone with an interest in Isherwood, Cabaret, or the LGBT scene in pre-war Berlin. Brendan was a great guide, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with him.
Written November 19, 2022
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Elisha W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
I booked the tour as an Isherwood superfan and went with my brother, who didn't know a great deal about Isherwood or Cabaret. We both massively enjoyed the tour with Brendan and learned a great deal not only about Isherwood, but about the history of Weimar Berlin in general and the specific history of the Nollendorfplatz area. Brendan pointed out lots of features of the city (for example, the stumbling stones) that we'd never have found by ourselves and enhanced our trip overall. The tour is a really interesting and different way to experience Berlin, regardless of how much you know about Isherwood. Highly recommended!
Written April 15, 2022
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A P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
When someone is passionate about what they do, that enthusiasm becomes infectious. Brendan has spent years researching Christopher Isherwood and the Nollendorfplatz area of Berlin. He has wonderful stories that transport you through time and gave us so much context for not only what was happening in that very specific area, but the entire Weimar Republic. Our entire group was entertained and enlightened and we would not hesitate to recommend Brendan's tour for anyone who is considering it.
Written October 23, 2023
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Iona
Scotland, UK25 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Family
An absolutely fantastic tour! Brendan was a very engaging, informative and enthusiastic guide. We were guided around the streets of Nollendorf area, where Christopher Isherwood spent his infamous years in Berlin. Brendan expertly wove Isherwood’s personal experiences in Berlin with the historical context and stories of other prominent individuals of the Weimar era to make for an excellent story. It didn’t particularly feel just like a typical tour but a story telling experience and he brought us right back to the years of 1929-1933 Berlin. Some of us in the group were unfamiliar with Isherwood and the historical context and yet Brendan made everything so accessible for them and they enjoyed the tour equally as much as those with some existing knowledge. Brendan’s tour is an absolute must-do for anyone in Berlin!
Written August 21, 2022
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Mary S
Penarth, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Brendan is an excellent guide and has a fascinating story to tell. I had seen the film Cabaret many years ago and wanted to find out more about the era it portrays. Some friends recommended this tour and I'm so glad that we booked it. Brendan is passionate about his subject which means that he brings to life the characterful - sometimes outrageous - people who lived in those exciting and dangerous times.
Written January 4, 2023
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Julia K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The tour was absolutely fantastic and my personal highlight of the few days I spent in Berlin. I honestly went there with absolutely no expectation and only little information and thought it would be a classic tour around the neighborhood, since this tour was offered by my hotel.
But it turned out to be an incredibly fascinating tour with more than just surface level information.
Brendon's knowledge is absolutely incredible especially regarding the fact that he is completely self-thought, which he told me in a short conversation after the tour.
He manages to not only talk about the history of the place and era but also involve you in the personal stories of the people who used to live there which makes it even more impactful and he also manages to top it off with some humor which results in a perfect combination.
I would recommend this tour to everyone who is even in the slightest interested in history, the Weimar era or in queer culture and it's history.
It's very easy to follow along, even without any previous knowledge about the topic.
Written June 19, 2022
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Nigel K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Brendan is someone with a deep knowledge and passion for his subject. He brought to life the history of the period, and the characters that Christopher Isherwood knew & loved, with photos, artifacts and recitals.
We loved the tour and have been discussing what we learnt over the rest of out day.
We have also been looking out for those little brass plaques in the pavements and thinking of those poor people!
Thank you Brendan
Written March 5, 2023
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Daniel B
Berlin, Germany1 contribution
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May 2023 • Solo
Brendan's real talent is story-telling - he uses real-life anecdotes filled with drama, suspense and surprise to bring Christopher Isherwood and his Berlin to life. Hearing Isherwood's words on the street where they were written was a thrill. Perhaps most fascinating were Brendan's stories of the people he's met through the tour and how they've brought Isherwood's history up to the present.
Written May 21, 2023
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