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Isherwood's Neighbourhood Walking Tour

Nollendorfplatz, 10777 Berlin, Germany
+49 1512 5220342
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Brendan makes history come alive!

We recently took this tour with Brendan. It was a bitterly cold and rainy day in Berlin, yet the... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Marcus L
Austin, Texas
A Deep Dive into a Multi-Faceted Period in Berlin's History

Brendan is a delightful guide that has deep knowledge about the locations and events of this period... read more

Reviewed 11 December 2017
Deborah C
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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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+49 1512 5220342

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We recently took this tour with Brendan. It was a bitterly cold and rainy day in Berlin, yet the tour was so interesting that it kept our attention off of the weather. Brendan had a lot of pictures of people and places involved in Isherwood's...More

Thank Marcus L
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Brendan is a delightful guide that has deep knowledge about the locations and events of this period in Berlin's history. He brings the characters to life and truly helps you understand how different Berlin was from other parts of Germany during this period. Don't miss...More

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Brendan around Berlin's Nollendorf neighbourhood. Brendan's passion for Christopher Isherwood's life in Berlin, and the historic times he witnessed, draw you in and bring a momentous part of history to life. A thoroughly researched but also entertaining way to...More

Thank Allan P
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Brendan provided a well-researched, fascinating history of Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s, charting the rise of Nazism as seen in this district of Berlin. He also knows the area is depth, and pointed out many other interesting aspects - the "Stolpersteine", for example, and...More

Thank Jane0054
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Brendan's research and beautifully honed talk is a lesson very well worth having. Given that Isherwood, Auden, Spender and others are a central part of English literature of their time, it is difficult to believe that this tour would not be the natural choice of...More

Thank Mary0206
Reviewed 10 October 2017

I went along to this walking trip with a friend and i hadn't any clue who Isherwood was other than the fact that there was a movie called Cabaret. It was a great fascinating insight into the rich history of Nollendorfplatz in the 1920's and...More

Thank danozard
Reviewed 9 October 2017

I've always been wary of walking tours as there can be a risk the tour guides charisma and passion may seem routine and bland. I had been recommended this tour by a friend and it did not disappoint. Brendan's passion and personality were perfectly pitched...More

Thank stevenr843
Reviewed 8 October 2017

This really is an excellent tour for anyone with an interest in Berlin's turbulent and hedonistic history. Brendan packs so much interesting information into the tour - about politics, the wild nightlife in the 20s and of course the life and times of Isherwood himself....More

Thank Highflyer6
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Highly recommendable walking tour that brings to life a fascinating and volatile period in the city's history. Great historical and social background and a sense of how what was happening then has relevance and resonance today. You feel like tour guide Brendan knows his material...More

Thank johnpip142
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Undoubtedly the best tour I have ever been on. Brendan brought to life Christopher Isherwood's time in Berlin: how his experiences and the people he interacted with became the characters we know through Isherwood's novels and "Cabaret" Even more fascinating is how Brendan recreates the...More

Thank PeterCDickie
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famously announce, "Ich bin ein Berliner." Times may
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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
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11 June 2016|
Response from Brendan N | Property representative |
Hello Martha I just got your enquiry. There is a tour on Tuesday at 11am, how is that for you? The meeting point is outside Nollendorfplatz U-Bahn station opposite the Goya building, by the red clock. Take the left exit... More
Garry S
19 July 2015|
Response from Brendan N | Property representative |
Hello Garry There is a tour on Saturday 25th at 11am, how is that for you? The meeting point is outside Nollendorfplatz U-Bahn station opposite the Goya building, by the clock. Take the left exit from the main ticket... More