Berlin's Queer & Trans* History – Guided Augmented Reality Tour
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4 hours


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Delve into queer and trans history in Berlin on this walking tour, and learn where the LGBTQIA+ emancipation movement began. The origins of the world’s modern LGBTQIA+ identity movement lie in Berlin. Trace our city’s queer and trans history with your expert guide, to better understand where we’re coming from. Your walking tour is enhanced by a selection of augmented reality segments, using the camera on your guide’s iPad. Demonstrate alongside queer activists of times gone by, or see how the building in front of you looked 100 years ago!



  • Introduction

  • The "world's first gay man"

    Karl Heinrich Ulrichs as “the world’s first gay man” and the world’s first queer identities

  • The Persecution of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans People in Nazi Germany

    Adolf Brand and right-wing gaysErnst Röhm, gay Nazis and Hitler's attitude to homosexualityThe Night of the Long KnivesQueer and trans people in the concentration camps

  • Lesbian Life in the Roaring Twenties

    Lesbian life in Berlin in the 1920sThe lesbian club ToppkellerThe Lavender SongClaire WaldoffJosephine Baker, bisexuality and racism

  • Male Gay Life in the Roaring Twenties

    The homosexual department of the Berlin police forceMale gay life in Berlin in the 1920sChristopher IsherwoodFrom Isherwood's novels to the cabaret musicalIsherwood's escape with Heinz Neddermeyer

  • The World's First LGBTQIA+ Emancipation Movement

    Magnus Hirschfeld and the world's first organization for LGBTQIA+ rightsFeminism, Johanna Elberskirchen and Helene StöckerThe fight against §175: Berlin's third gender, petitions and the film "Different from the Others"Hirschfeld's theory of sexual intermediaries IntersexualityEarly trans identities & so-called "transvestite certificates"Dora Richter, Lili Elbe, Karl M. Baer and the world's first gender affirmation surgeriesAttacks on HirschfeldHirschfeld's partnersThe Institute for Sexual ScienceThe destruction of the Institute by the NazisHirschfeld's death, his legacy and post-colonial critique

  • Eldorado, Drag, and Trans People

    The Eldorado, drag and the so-called "Transvestites"Nazi Ernst Röhm at the Eldorado

  • LGBTQIA+ Movements in a Berlin Divided by the Wall

    The Homosexual Aktion West-Berlin, the SchwuZ club, and Siegessäule MagazineTrans woman Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, Sonntags-Club, and queer movements in East Berlin

  • Berlin's Nightclub Revolution and the LGBTQIA+ Community

    The trans community in West BerlinChez Romy Haag & the nightclub revolution

  • The AIDS Crisis

    The SchwuZ club and the AIDS crisisThe media and Rita Süssmuth versus Peter GauweilerAIDS in the GDRHIV & AIDS today

  • Queer & Trans Life in Berlin Today + Ending

    Metropol: The gay community & the techno precursorFolsom Europe: Europe's biggest fetish festivalSchwuZ club todaySO36 club: Black Gay Night, Gayhane, "Trümmertunten" and KiezbingoKreuzberg Pride & Dyke* MarchBerghain Bunker & early Snax partiesOstgutElon MuskThe no-photo policy of Berlin clubsSexism and HeteronormativitySexuality at BerghainJudith Butler, Gender Performance and Gender F*ckingQueer CritiqueThe Lab.Oratory, Snax Parties today and Lady Gaga

Meeting Point Map


At Nollendorfplatz in front of the Alnatura Super Natur Markt


4 hours

Start Times

11:00, 16:00


Else-Lasker-Schüler-Straße 18, 10783 Berlin, Germany

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  • Guided walking tour, with augmented reality


  • A valid public transport ticket as we will travel by underground or bus.
  • Depending on the weather: An umbrella or sun protector and water. (The tour will be cancelled in extreme weather conditions, like heavy rain or storm. Of course, in that case, you will be fully refunded.)
  • A curious mind and no reluctance to be entertained or shocked.

Guide Languages

  • English

Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will apply if you cancel more than 24 hours before the activity start time.

  • No refund is possible if you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity start time.