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Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour

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Address: Nollendorfplatz, 10777 Berlin, Germany
Phone Number: +49 151 25 22 03 42
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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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My partner and I went on the Isherwood walking tour following a recommendation from a friend and we weren't disappointed! I was familiar with Isherwood from Cabaret and A Single... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I went on the Isherwood walking tour following a recommendation from a friend and we weren't disappointed! I was familiar with Isherwood from Cabaret and A Single Man. Brendan brought Isherwood's world to life - he was very knowledgeable and his passion for the subject shone through. There were lots of anecdotes and stories and other characters... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I booked on this tour expecting it to be a literary tour of Isherwood's books - it indeed did this but also much more. Brendan, the guide, gave us a full and fascinating insight into Berlin during the early c20th prior to the second world war, and I learnt loads despite having read Isherwood's works. Brendan's love of the city... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This extremely well researched tour takes you around the neighborhood where Isherwood lived and worked in the late 1920s. Brendan does a great job of conjuring up the social and political background of the Berlin that formed the setting for Isherwood's writings and "Cabaret." His very articulate commentary is enlivened by liberal use of photographs (comparing now and then) and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Coming to the tour, I had misgivings--my main exposure to the history around Cabaret and the decadent/experimental/sexually liberated Berlin of the 1920s had come through WH Auden. I wasn't sure therefore how much I'd understand of the tour or even how interested I'd be. My experience couldn't have been further from these worries--it was absolutely brilliant! Though Auden wasn't quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Participated in this walk on my first morning - turned out to be a really good move. Brendan Nash really knows his stuff (whole paragraphs of quotations by heart) and it covers literature, history, Architecture - the whole gamut. Brendan is an engaging guide and the whole walk is paced beautifully - good value too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brendan was a really informative and friendly guide and although I was glad I had read the books before taking the tour, it wasn't necessary to have done because he explained it all so well. He gave us lots of interesting information about connections between Isherwood and other famous people - even some non-Berliners! - and threw in plenty of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

This was a really enjoyable tour that covered not only Isherwood's time in Berlin (1929-1933) but also talked about life in Berlin during that time, and then how that changed when the Nazis took over. Brendan makes a lot of nice recommendations for books and movies, and also introduces some other interesting personalities from that same era. As a result... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

You don't have to be an Isherwood scholar to enjoy Brendan's tour. He takes you back in time as you stroll through the streets where Isherwood once trod (even revealing doors to secret clubs that once existed) and tells the story of the author's days in Berlin quoting word-perfectly from his famous books. Brendan is a funny, hugely knowledgeable and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

I was only in Berlin for a couple of days, and didn't even find out about this tour until the night before I decided to go. Booking my place was super easy - via Twitter! - and it was really simple to locate the meeting place. Brendan knows the history of the area and the context of Isherwood's time there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

I went on this tour with a friend living in Berlin. The tour guide, Brendan, was very knowledgeable, friendly and great at storytelling. He doesn't just know a lot about Isherwood but also about the context of locations, history, etc. Although the tour doesn't cover a very large area, it was very satisfying nonetheless because of all the information we... More 

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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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