Berlin Small-Group Half-Day Walking Tour: David Bowie And The End Of The World With A Historian Guide

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:00am, 2:00pm
  • Departure Details :
    Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Berlin, Germany
  • Return Details :
    Berlin, Germany
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover howthe Cold War of the 1970s inspired Bowie's classic Berlin albums. On this 3-hour tour, you'll explore Berlin, which he described as cut off from its world, art and culture, dying with no hope of retribution, with a specialist guide. Follow Bowie's trail to the buildinghe shared with Iggy Pop, and take a stroll by Hansa Studios, where Bowies music reached its creative peak. Plus, discover Bowie's strange inspirational attachment to his adopted dystopia of Cold War angst.

Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

When David Bowie moved to Berlin in 1976, he found an island of Cold War angst, cut off from its world, art and culture, dying with no hope of retribution. This tour takes you back to the decadent 1970s city that inspired Bowies classic Berlin albums Low, Heroes and Lodger. Starting at Cold War West Berlins decadent heart, Zoo Station, we follow Bowies trail to the flat he shared with Iggy Pop, the clubs they partied in and the legendary Hansa recording studios where Bowies music reached its creative peak.

Sites visited on this tour usually include:

  • Bahnhof Zoo
  • former Dschungel Club
  • KaDeWe
  • Potsdamer platz
  • Hansa Studios
  • Berlin Wall
  • Topographie of Terror
  • Bowies former home
  • Neues Ufer caf

Inclusions

Tour guide (historian, professor, doctoral student, journalist, or published author)

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Transportation to/from attractions: You will need to use public transport a few times, since the distances between some key sites would be too far to walk. If you will not have a few days visitor's transit pass to Berlin already, we suggest that you purchase the day metro pass. If you cannot purchase it in advance, your guide will help you purchase it at the first metro station on the tour

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

  • 30-Dec-2019

    A fascinating tour with an entertaining and charismatic guide. Not the normal paradigm. A trip to KaDaWe, the u-Bahn a hint of Cold War, the Wall and the highlight David’s apartment at the end. Must do tour. Thank you!

  • 30-Dec-2019

    A fascinating tour with an entertaining and charismatic guide. Not the normal paradigm. A trip to KaDaWe, the u-Bahn a hint of Cold War, the Wall and the highlight David’s apartment at the end. Must do tour. Thank you!

  • 09-Sep-2018

    We did the David Bowie tour with Peter who was an amazing guide and was full of enthusiasm and who had a font of knowledge about Bowie. We spent 3 wonderful hours travelling around Berlin and got a real feel of the city that inspired him to write and record his famous trilogy. We visited various landmarks including Hansa studios , Potsdamer Platz , and 155 Haupstrasse. When the tour was over we spent a couple of hours at Neues Ufer bar where we met a lovely bar man called David ! who was from Frankfurt. All in all a truly amazing and spiritual experience. This is a must for any Bowie fan .

  • 03-Aug-2018

    We had a fabulous time seeing all of Bowie’s haunts on this tour. Our guide, Darrell, was great and was as passionate about the man, his inspirations and music, as we were. He went out of his way to accommodate us after being waylaid in our original meeting due to the Berlin Gay Pride events. A fantastic experience which we highly recommend if you are a Bowie fan. Thank you!

  • 07-Aug-2017

    It was a very interesting tour. Another way of enjoying this amazing city!

  • 19-Sep-2016

    The Bowie tour was a exploration of the city and cultural influences that inspired Bowie's works. A must for any Bowie fan who wants to know more about the rich intertwining history of Berlin and Bowie.

  • 19-Sep-2016

    The Bowie tour was not just an insightful tour of Bowie's musical influences and important locations during his career in Berlin, but was told within the cultural and historical context of Berlin, Germany and the world at that time. This made it a really interesting tour and exploration of the city. Highly recommended even for those that aren't super fans.

  • 15-Sep-2016

    I’m a huge Bowie fan so I was really excited to take this tour — thankfully, it did not disappoint. Our guide Peter knew a ton about Bowie, his musical influences and the significance of the so-called Berlin years, and he did an incredible job of explaining Bowie’s music in the context of the Cold War. We saw the legendary Hansa Studios, Potsdamer Platz, sections of the Berlin Wall, the Topography of Terror, Zoo Station and other culturally significant sites. Peter had a little speaker with him so we could listen to songs at relevant points on the tour, and he had various other props — including Christopher Isherwood’s “Goodbye to Berlin” and an old map of divided Berlin — to help us better understand Cold War-era Berlin. My personal highlight has got to be standing in the entrance of the Schöneberg apartment building where Bowie and Iggy Pop both lived. I definitely recommend this tour to any Bowie or music fans visiting the city.