Berlin's History of Sex



Moabit, Berlin, Germany


2.5 h


10 spots


6.5 km


€ 9,99


Dive into the history of sexual science and sex life in Berlin. Start in the 19th Century and go through the Roaring 20s and the downfall of sexual freedom at the hand of the Nazis. Discover the resurrection after the war in a divided Berlin, as well as the current state today. Things you'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 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, Insomnia, and Lab.Oratory.

Dive into the history of sexual science and sex life in Berlin. Start in the 19th Century and go through the Roaring 20s and the downfall of sexual freedom at the hand of the Nazis. Discover the resurrection after the war in a divided Berlin, as well as the current state today. Things you'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 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, Insomnia, and Lab.Oratory.

Jeff Mannes

Jeff Mannes

Jeff (pronoun: he/him) is a social scientist, speaker, freelance writer, and tour guide. He turned his passion around Berlin and sexuality into a profession with BerlinGuide.de, over which he offers the critically acclaimed guided tours in Augmented Reality and online tours about “Berlin’s History of Sex” and "The Story of Berlin's Clubs".

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You'll visit selected and sometimes easy to overlook spots regarding Berlin's sexual history in the districts of Tiergarten and Schöneberg!

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