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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...more
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Brendan's tour of Isherwood's Berlin was a highlight of our trip to the city. We were blown away not only by the depth & breadth of knowledge he brings to the subject, but the passion and love for this history as well. It becomes real...More
One of the best city tours ever. At times it felt like I was listening to Christopher Isherwood himself! Brendan knows his subject and loves Berlin. If you can only do one city tour in Berlin do this one!
To actually walk the streets and visit the places, whilst learning the history of the people who did so many years before was truly fascinating. Brendan brought to life the colourful past of this part of Berlin. An excellent tour. Thank you Brendan.
Loved loved loved this tour. Brendan is a very knowledgeable guide and really brings the Berlin of the Weimar Republic to life. Not only does he tell us about Isherwood and his friends, he also introduces another cast of characters, such as Anita Berber.
One needs not to have read anything by Christopher Isherwood or to have seen Cabaret to appreciate this tour, though it will help. Brenden Nash has put together a must-take tour to help us make sense of the Weimar Era and even our own time...More
There is something special about learning about history whilst pounding the pavement and actually breathing in the places and people. Brendan's tour was great - he's been doing the tour for several years and has so many stories and detailed background information. He also lives...More
Being late as usual to a guided tour, I at first hesitated but then decided the only risk was a total wash so I requested an ‘arranged’ tour of Isherwood’s Berlin hangouts and abode. I am very glad I did this and Brendan gave a...More
Brendan is a natural story teller who brings to life Weimar Berlin seen through the eyes of Christopher Isherwood, he uses a combination of quotes, anecdotes, facts and old photos plus stops at historic sites, to make it a memorable tour.
The tour was a fascinating introduction to the Berlin of Isherwood's time. Brendan was incredibly knowledgeable about Isherwood and his contemporaries but also about the social and political events of pre-second world war Germany that really helped set the wider context. I would certainly recommend...More
A great tour taking in Isherwood's main haunts during his time in Berlin, with additional focus on some of the key people he met and who shaped his experiences and subsequent writing. Brendan brought such knowledgeable enthusiasm to the experience with carefully chosen recitals and...More
In 1963, Schöneberg was the centre 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 centre 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.