Walking Tour of Berlin's Gay and Lesbian Scene

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4 hours
Departs from
Station Zoologischer Garten
Returns to
Concludes at Schwules Museum Berlin at approximately 5:30pm
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Discover another side of Berlin on this walking tour of the city’s gay and lesbian districts. With your expert guide, immerse yourself in Berlin’s culturally rich gay neighborhoods and learn about their history from the 19th century to today. Hear about main contributors to the development and recognition of these areas, including openly gay Mayor Klaus Wowereit, the lesbian magazine 'Siegessaeule', and the famous annual Gay Pride event. Passing some key places such as the Kreuzberg, Schöneberg and the Tiergarten, discover the gay community lifestyle across the years in the German capital. You will also visit the Gay Museum (Schwules Museum), offering some comprehensive archives.

Explore the gay neighborhoods of Berlin on this 4-hour guided walking tour. Since the 19th century, Berlin has been a pioneer of gay and lesbian rights in Germany, creating Siegessaeule, the first lesbian magazine, and celebrating the annual Gay Pride event. Your professional guide will tell you everything about that time and how life has changed for gay people.

Start your walking tour in the Schöneberg area and visit Eldorado, one of Berlin’s oldest transvestite bars that features regular performances of openly bisexual Marlene Dietrich. Learn how this hotspot is widely known as a meeting place for transvestites and transsexuals.

Find out how openly gay and transgendered people found assistance from the sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, whose Institute for Sexual Science was shut down in during World War 2 in 1933 and its library destroyed during the Nazi book burning. Then, visit the memorial for homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis.

Continue your tour walking through the Tiergarten, the city’s best-known gay meeting spot hidden behind the Berlin Wall. Find out how LGBT figures have shaped the history of Berlin from the Prussian King Friedrich the Great to today’s openly gay Mayor Klaus Wowereit.

Finish your walking tour with a tour of the Gay Museum (Schwules Museum) in the vibrant district of Kreuzberg, located above a gay night club and considered one of the world's first gay museums.

What's included

  • Professional guide

What isn't included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees to the gay museum