Berlin’s History of Sex – online from the comfort of your home!

In the Berlin online tour Berlin’s History of Sex, we’ll dive together into the History of Sex in Berlin.
This is a one-of-a-kind Berlin history online tour that you can enjoy fully from the comfort of your home!

What is this Berlin online tour about?

In the Berlin online tour Berlin’s History of Sex, we’ll discover Berlin history and the History of Sex as you’ve never seen it before!

Sexuality from the 1850s to 2020s

The History of Sex in Berlin is unique, exciting, shocking, sad, and at times absolutely unbelievable. You’ll discover recent history from the mid of the 19th century until today – with a heavy focus on the Roaring Twenties and the events that led to Nazi Germany!

A unique view of the city of Berlin

Are you tired of always the same historical experiences? Berlin’s History of Sex gives you a glimpse into the history of Berlin like you’ve never seen it before – while still being closely linked to the specific historical facts you know! Get to know the Roaring Twenties, the Nazi era, and the Berlin Wall from an entirely new perspective!

Discover it all from the comfort of your home

No need to come to Berlin or even leave your home. Via Zoom, on your couch or at your desk, you’ll be able to experience the sex museum in the world’s first institute of sexual science, discover the origins of the modern LGBTIQ movement, explore the beginnings of German nudist culture, learn all about sex work, kinks, and sexual fetishes in the Roaring Twenties, enter the notorious Eldorado club and see what made it the world’s most famous club, understand the long-forgotten persecution of queer people under Nazi Germany, relive the AIDS crisis in a divided Berlin, and get a glimpse into sex in Berlin today! The interactive quiz will make this an exciting couple of hours while getting to know people from around the world.

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What will I leave this Berlin online tour with?

You will leave Berlin’s History of Sex not only with a better knowledge of the history of sexual science and sex in Berlin but also with a deep understanding of the struggles of marginalized communities based on their sexual and gender identities, as well as how it all ties into their global movement and the broader German and Berlin history.

An understanding of the interconnections between pre- and post-Nazi-German history, sexual politics, and sex culture 

Why is Berlin “the most sexual city on Earth” – both today as well as 100 years ago? How many people were sex workers in the 1920s, and what unusual kinks and fetishes were they offering? Why is Berlin the birthplace of modern sexual science? Many of the debates around sex and gender that we have today were already held 100 years ago – but were almost entirely destroyed by the Nazis, setting not only Germany but many parts of the world back for several decades!

An appreciation for the struggles of marginalized sexual and gender communities

Berlin is also the birthplace of the modern LGBTIQ emancipation movement. You’ll discover “the world’s first gay man“, the foundation of the world’s first LGBTIQ rights organization, the coining and popularization of the terms “homosexuality” and “transvestite”, one of the world’s first gender affirmation surgeries, the world’s first song and movie about homosexuality, the significant impact of 1920s Berlin’s lesbian culture on worldwide fashion, gender diversity in the Roaring Twenties most infamous club, gay Nazis and the destruction of everything by Hitler and Nazi Germany, as well as the slow resurrection in a divided Berlin

A fun experience with an interactive online tour – from the comfort of your home!

No need to even leave your home. All you need is a computer with Zoom installed and your phone. You’ll participate in a live online experience via Zoom while learning about the History of Sex in Berlin from your host. Countless pictures and videos will bring this experience to life! Additionally, you’ll be getting to know people from all around the world with which you’ll compete in an interactive quiz for the most points on your phone.

What do I need to bring?

  1. A computer with stable internet access and Zoom (You can download Zoom here.)
    Webcam is optional.
  2. Your smartphone with internet access and an internet browser of your choice.
  3. A curious mind and no reluctance to be entertained or shocked.

How does this online experience work, and how long does it take?

Berlin’s History of Sex is completely online. To participate, please book one of the dates proposed in the booking calendar or send me an email to service@berlinguide.de with your booking request (including the number of people attending and requested date(s) and time(s) with timezone.) After confirmation, you’ll be sent a link to a Zoom conference call. Click on that link when the date of the experience has arrived or open Zoom on your computer or phone and enter the login details provided after booking.

For times, please check the schedule calendar when booking your tickets. The Berlin online tour lasts about 2.5 hours.

What does it cost, and what else do I need to know? 

Pricing

The Berlin online tour costs 39.00€ per person.

There is a 50% discount for students. After booking, please send a copy of your valid student ID to service@berlinguide.de to confirm you are a student. Only then will the booking become valid.

There is also a 50% discount for people working or volunteering in sex education, sex work, or sex/gender activism.

People eligible include:

  • people working in sexual health (e.g. AIDS service organizations, STI prevention, etc.)
  • people working in sexual education (e.g. sexological institutes, universities, self-employed speakers, kink educators, etc.)
  • people working in human rights connected to gender/sexuality (e.g. feminism, LGBTIQ, etc.)
  • sex workers

IMPORTANT: This booking only becomes valid when you email service@berlinguide.de 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.

Language

The Berlin online tour is in English. However, German tours can be offered as private experiences for 200€ (no matter how many participants) on request. For German tours, please send me an email to service@berlinguide.de.

Other info

  • This is a unique online experience that also makes an excellent gift for loved ones!
  • Ideal also for university classes!
  • You can also book a private tour for a fixed price of 200€. To request, please send an email to service@berlinguide.de!
  • This Berlin online 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 specific chapters of this Berlin online tour?

  1. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs – “the world’s first gay man”
  2. The history of german nudism
  3. Sex work
    1. Sex work in the Roaring Twenties
    2. Kinks and fetishes
  4. Lesbian life
    1. Before and during the Roaring Twenties
    2. The lesbian bar “Toppkeller”
    3. German singer Claire Waldoff
  5. Male gay life
    1. Before and during the Roaring Twenties
    2. Police director Leopold von Meerscheidt-Hüllessem & psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing
    3. English novelist Christopher Isherwood & Cabaret
  6. Eldorado clubs
    1. Gender diversity, drag, “transvestites”, and early trans* identities
    2. Ernst Röhm at Eldorado
    3. Vogue magazine’s search for the 1920s “Berlin’s most beautiful woman”
  7. Magnus Hirschfeld and the world’s first institute of sexual science
    1. “Sexual intermediairies”
    2. The foundation of the world’s first LGBTIQ rights organization
    3. The foundation of the world’s first institute of sexual science
    4. Intersex trans* woman Lili Elbe and one of the world’s first gender affirmation surgeries
    5. The sex museum
    6. The destruction of Hirschfeld’s work by the Nazis
  8. The mass murder of queer people under National Socialism
    1. Ernst Röhm, chief of the NS “Sturmabteilung” & Adolf Hitler
    2. The mass murder of LGBTIQs in the Nazi concentration camps
  9. Sex in a divided Berlin
    1. The sexual revolution in West Germany and the GDR
    2. The LGBTIQ rights movement in Berlin divided by the Wall
    3. The GDR’s most famous trans* woman Charlotte von Mahlsdorf
    4. Nudism and sex work in East and West
    5. Rita Süssmuth & the AIDS pandemic in West and East
  10. Berlin today
    1. Fetish Event Folsom Europe
    2. Prides in Berlin today
    3. Current clubbing culture & sex in Berlin before, during and after COVID-19, including Berghain, Kit Kat, and Lab-Oratory