Berlin's History of Sex with a Sociologist
Explore Sex & Sex Science from 19th Century to Present Berlin
In this guided tour we'll dive together into the history of sexual science and sex life in Berlin, from Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld's institute of sexual science, through past-Berlin's infamous Eldorado to present-day Berlin's Kit Kat Club. We'll start in the late 19th Century and go through the roaring twenties and the downfall of sexual freedom at the hand of the Nazis. We'll cover the resurrection after the war in a divided Berlin, as well as the current state today.
Things we'll explore include:
Dr Magnus Hirschfeld's story – one of the world's first sexual scientists;
the foundation of the world's first gay rights organization;
Berlin's sex and night life in the 20s;
world famous Eldorado clubs, that even saw high Nazi officials as visitors;
the home of British-American writer Christopher Isherwood, whose Berlin stories led to a world famous musical;
the former location of sexologist Dr. Hirschfeld's institute of sexual science;
the eradication of sexual freedom by Nazi Germany and its resurrection after WWII;
the emergence of the AIDS epidemic and how differently West and East Germany/Berlin dealt with it;
the districts of Nollendorfplatz and Kottbusser Tor, some of the world's biggest LGBTQ centers;
and the history of current clubs of sexual liberty, including the Kit Kat Club, Berghain, and Lab.oratory.
Where we will meet: In front of Schloss Bellevue, Spreeweg 1, 10557 Berlin
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English; German on request.
(Bitte kontaktieren Sie mich unter für eine deutschsprachige Tour. Bei weniger als 4 Buchungen beträgt der Standardpreis für die gesamt Tour für 1-3 Personen jedoch 100€.)
Students: 19€ (please choose "pay in cash" and bring a valid student card to the tour)
People in possession of a berlinpass: 5€ (please choose "pay in cash" and bring your berlinpass to the tour)
People working or volunteering in sex activism: 19€
People eligible for the latter price include:
- people working in sexual health (e.g. AIDS service organizations, STI preventions, etc.)
- people working in sexual education (e.g. sexological institute, universities, self-employed speakers, kink educators, etc.)
- people working in human rights connected to gender/sexuality (e.g. feminism, LGBTIQ, etc.)
- sex workers
To apply please send an email to email@example.com using your email address affiliated with your work/activism. Your email address must clearly show that it belongs to an organization active in sex activism/education/health. So for example "firstname.lastname@example.org" or "email@example.com" does not work while for example "firstname.lastname@example.org" or "email@example.com" is accepted. Alternatively, if your organization doesn't provide you with your own email address, please send me an email with other proof of your work (e.g. volunteering certificate, letter, etc.).
After you sent me your email, please book and choose "pay in cash".
Please make sure you have a valid public transport ticket as we will travel by underground and/or bus.
Accessible by wheelchair.
Please bring an umbrella or sun protector and water depending on weather conditions. (In extreme weather conditions we'll make it a nice a warm coffee shop visit in one of Berlin's most famous districts and we'll explore the history digitally.)
This tour is only for people 18+.
Unique tour in Berlin: Also makes a great gift for loved ones!
About your guide:
I am a sociologist and I focussed my studies on gender, queer theory, social justice, and sexualities. Currently I am studying sexual sciences and I run this blog on the sociology and social psychology of sexualities and societies. I have been working and volunteering for several sexual health and human rights NGOs, including Germany's national HIV/AIDS healthcare organization. I have been living in Berlin since 2014 and I have been fascinated by sex since more than 10 years – so with me you'll surely get the facts about sex you never knew before.
This tour is kindly supported by the
Federal Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld
(Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld)
in light of the 150th birthday of Magnus Hirschfeld.