Berlin’s Queer & Trans History – in Augmented Reality!
What will I get from the tour?
Go Back to Where It All Began
The origins of the world’s modern LGBTQIA+ identity movement lie in Berlin. Traceback our history to better understand where we are coming from.
Reconnect With Your History
Discover “the World’s First Gay Man”
Explore the World’s First Trans Identities & Gender Affirmation Surgeries
Learn About the Science Behind Intersex & Non-Binary
Understand the Impact of 1920s Berlin’s Lesbian Life on the World
Find Out What Happened in Nazi Germany
Grasp the Trauma of the AIDS Crisis
Discover How Berlin’s LGBTQIA+ Community Shaped the City’s World-Renowned Nightlife
Join a Queer Activist, Certified Social Scientist, and Sex Educator Tour Guide
Enjoy a Fun Day with Augmented Reality
What do I need to bring?
- A valid public transport ticket as we will travel by underground or bus.
- An umbrella or sun protector and water depending on weather conditions. (Please be aware that the tour will be cancelled in extreme weather conditions, like heavy rain or storm, and you will be fully refunded.)
- A curious mind and no reluctance to be entertained or shocked.
When and where does the tour happen, and how long does it take?
The guided Berlin tour lasts about 3.5 hours and ends at Wittenbergplatz. From there you get excellent public transport connections to anywhere in the city.
What does it cost, and what else do I need to know?
The guided Berlin tour costs 49.00€ per person.
There is a 50% discount for students. Please bring a valid student ID to the tour to confirm you are a student.
There is also a 50% discount for people working or volunteering in LGBTIQ activism. IMPORTANT: This booking only becomes valid when you email [email protected] AFTER the booking process with a link to your work that proves you’re eligible for this price.
Finally, there are discounts for group bookings:
- 3-4 people get a 20% discount.
- 5 or more people get a 30% discount.
The guided Berlin tour is in English. However, German tours can be offered as private tours on request for 250€ (up to 9 participants), 300€ (10-14 participants), 350€ (15-19 participants), or 400€ (20+ participants). For German tours, please send me an email to [email protected]
- This entire guided Berlin tour is accessible by wheelchair.
- This is a unique guided tour in Berlin that also makes an excellent gift for loved ones!
- You can also book a private tour. To request, please send an email to [email protected]! Prices are:
- up to 9 participants: 250€
- 10-14 participants: 300€
- 15-19 participants: 350€
- 20+ participants: 400€
- This guided Berlin tour is only suitable for people who are at least 18 years of age.
- Please be aware of the trigger/content warnings, which include: animal cruelty, antisemitism, BDSM/kinks/fetishes, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, human trafficking, (mass) murder, Nazi Germany, poverty, racism, sex, sexism, sexual abuse, (sexualized) violence against and abuse of children, sex work/prostitution, transphobia, and violence (physical, psychological, sexualized).
What are the exact stops of this guided Berlin tour?
- Meeting at Palace Bellevue
- Karl Heinrich Ulrichs as “the world’s first gay man” and the world’s first queer identities
- Magnus Hirschfeld and the world’s first organization for LGBTQIA+ rights
- Feminism, Johanna Elberskirchen and Helene Stöcker
- The fight against §175: Berlin’s third gender, petitions and the film “Different from the Others”
- Hirschfeld’s theory of sexual intermediaries
- Early trans identities & so-called “transvestite certificates”
- Dora Richter, Lili Elbe, Karl M. Baer and the world’s first gender affirmation surgeries
- Attacks on Hirschfeld
- Hirschfeld’s partners
- The Institute for Sexual Science
- The destruction of the Institute by the Nazis
- Hirschfeld’s death, his legacy and post-colonial critique
- Memorial to the Persecuted Queers under National Socialism
- Adolf Brand and right-wing gays
- Ernst Röhm, gay Nazis and Hitler’s attitude to homosexuality
- The Night of the Long Knives
- Queer and trans people in the concentration camps
- Lesbian life in Berlin in the 1920s
- The lesbian club Toppkeller
- The Lavender Song
- Claire Waldoff
- Josephine Baker, bisexuality and racism
- The homosexual department of the Berlin police force
- Male gay life in Berlin in the 1920s
- Christopher Isherwood
- From Isherwood’s novels to the cabaret musical
- Isherwood’s escape with Heinz Neddermeyer
- Speisekammer im Eldorado
- The Eldorado, drag and the so-called “Transvestites”
- Nazi Ernst Röhm at the Eldorado
- Eisenherz Bookstore
- The Homosexual Aktion West-Berlin and the SchwuZ club
- Trans woman Charlotte von Mahlsdorf and queer movements in East Berlin
- International Stele Always Remember
- The SchwuZ club and the AIDS crisis
- The media and Rita Süssmuth versus Peter Gauweiler
- AIDS in the GDR
- HIV & AIDS today
- Connection Club
- Chez Romy Haag: The trans community & the nightclub revolution
- Metropol: The gay community & the techno precursor
- Folsom Europe: Europe’s biggest fetish festival
- SchwuZ club today
- SO36 club: Black Gay Night, Gayhane, “Trümmertunten” and Kiezbingo
- Kreuzberg Pride & Dyke* March
- Bunker & early Snax parties
- Elon Musk
- The no-photo policy of Berlin clubs
- Sexism and Heteronormativity
- Sexuality at Berghain
- Judith Butler, Gender Performance and Gender Fucking
- Queer Critique
- The Lab.Oratory, Snax Parties today and Lady Gaga