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David Bowie in Berlin - Small Group 3-hour tour

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Travel back to 1970s Berlin — a time when the city was split in two and West Berlin was “cut off from its world, art and culture, dying with no hope of retribution” — on this 3-hour tour. Together with a specialist guide, you’ll navigate the city on foot and by public transport, in search of the Berlin that inspired David Bowie’s seminal Berlin Trilogy. See Hansa Studios, where ‘Heroes’ and ‘Low’ were recorded, as well as 155 Hauptstrasse, once home to Bowie and Iggy Pop. You’ll also visit Potsdamer Platz, Zoo Station, Neues Ufer Café, and other culturally significant sites.
  • Small-group, 3-hour tour of David Bowie’s Berlin
  • Discover sites associated with Bowie during the ‘Berlin years’
  • Learn about Cold War-era Berlin and its influence on Bowie’s music
  • Stop by Hansa Studios where Heroes and some of Low, two of the heralded ‘Berlin Trilogy’ albums, were recorded
  • Visit sections of the Berlin Wall and other culturally significant sites in former East and West Berlin
  • See the building where Bowie and Iggy Pop once lived
  • This tour is limited to 10 participants and led by a historian, professor, doctoral student, journalist or published author
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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
Schiffbauerdamm 8 , Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Please meet your guide in front of Ständige Vertretung, a memorabilia-filled cafe. Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Berlin.

Berlin , Berlin, Germany
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then make your way to the Berliner Ensemble theater near Friedrichstraße station. Here, meet your guide by the statue of Bertolt Brecht, a German playwright whose play Baal was adapted by the BBC in 1982, starring Bowie in the title role.

Over the next three hours, you’ll travel around Berlin, visiting sites associated with Bowie and learning about Cold War-era Berlin. Pass by crumbling sections of the Berlin Wall and buildings studded with bullet holes, and gain insight into life in the divided city during the late 1970s.

Hear about Bowie’s attachment to his adopted dystopia of Cold War angst, and discover how it influenced his music. Stroll by the legendary Hansa Studios, where many fans believe Bowie’s music reached its creative peak, and visit Zoo Station, Potsdamer Platz, and other places of cultural significance.

Your final stop of the tour is 155 Hauptstrasse, the apartment building in Schöneberg where Bowie and Iggy Pop once lived. See the plaque dedicated to Bowie, and then perhaps finish with a drink (own expense) at Neues Ufer, a nearby café once frequented by Bowie.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Insight Cities
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-4
Great insight both locationally and intellectually
Craig_S
, Jun 2022
Apart from the obvious places of interest, Lee’s insight into Bowie’s motivation for choosing Berlin as a location in which to recover from the excesses of LA, as well as the art and aesthetics, were also very interesting
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for the positive review. We hope to see you again on Insight Cities tour in Berlin or in our other cities, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Salzburg. Have a great summer.
star-5
A great tour encompassing more than just Bowie
Geoffrey_L
, Jun 2022
Dan was amazing, great knowledge with a good sense of humour. We discovered a lot about Berlin as well as Bowie. It was a memorable afternoon!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're so pleased you enjoyed it. It's always felt important that this tour is about a great artist and a great city, and how they impacted each other! Hope to see you on our other Insight Cities tours in Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Salzburg. Have a great summer.
star-5
A Different Perspective of Berlin in the mid 1970s
Suzanne_J
, May 2022
This tour was great! Our tour guide, Ronan, was able to weave together the history, art and music of David Bowie with events happening in Berlin during the mid 1970s. It provided an entirely different perspective of Berlin - and of David Bowie. I highly recommend this tour, even though I am really only a moderate David Bowie fan.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We're so glad that you enjoyed it and that even folks who aren't diehard Bowie fans can get a new appreciation of cold war history and Berlin culture from our excellent guides! Hope to see you again on Insight Cities tours if you make it to Berlin again, or Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Salzburg. Travel safe!
star-5
Great Tour - Top Guide - Highly Recommended
Chris_E
, Apr 2022
Why did Bowie come to Berlin? That's the central premise of this immersive tour. Our guide was Dan, a talented storyteller and communicator. By weaving together the facets of this complex artist's life, Dan drew together a narrative that was thought-provoking and engaging, using particular music to illustrate places and points in time. You dart about the city, going station to station, (so you will need a travel pass in advance) visiting the locales that had significance to DB and his cohorts. We learned about the Weimar Republic, the impact of the division of the Wall, and the scenes and cultures in the 70's which still persist now. This is a tour suitable for people who have a casual interest in the man, right through to hard-core fans. Dan is kind, generous and personable. We can't recommend this tour highly enough
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful, detailed review. We're really proud to work with great people like Dan, to have a guide team full of personable and knowlegeable people. Glad you enjoyed it! We'll hope to see you on Insight Cities tours again in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Salzburg. Travel safe and have a great spring!
star-4
A few years of Bowie
Gordon_S
, Mar 2022
Well thought out tour. Guide knowledgeable and insightful. Interesting facts and places. for Bowie fans or not, this is a good 3 hour tour.
star-5
Outstanding.
David_F
, Feb 2022
Really liked how Ronen linked the history and stories of the city through to Bowie’s story and how his life move on during his Berlin years. I learnt a load about Berlin and about Bowie and a huge amount about the connections between the top.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks for the loveley review. Glad you enjoyed the tour. We hope to see you on other Insight Cities tours with excellent local historians in Berlin or in our other cities, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Budapest. Thanks again!
star-5
Very good
matsjacobsoncatase
, Nov 2021
Vett good David Bowie insights and connections with the historic Times in Berlin. And not too long Walks.
star-5
Do this tour
Barbara_D
, Oct 2021
Dan was just brilliant . He brought Bowie and Berlin to life . We learned loads and the time just flew by with him
star-5
An evening with David Bowie
Claire C
, 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!
star-5
Great choice to experience Bowie's and Berlin history
adriana_g
, Oct 2018
Darrell, our guide was great. Throughout the tour, you can really experience Bowie's life in this amazing city. We had a great time!
star-5
We did the David Bowie tour with Peter...
Mr d j Spiers S
, 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 .
star-5
Bowie in Berlin
cleowoman
, 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!
star-4
It was a very interesting tour. Another...
Adolfo A
, Aug 2017
It was a very interesting tour. Another way of enjoying this amazing city!
star-5
The Bowie tour was a exploration of the...
Freddie
, 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.
star-5
The Bowie tour was not just an...
n.vickerman
, 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.
star-5
I’m a huge Bowie fan so I was really...
emmaknock
, 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.
star-4
Het andere Berlijn
Lea_O
, Jul 2020
De wandeling neemt je mee naar meer onbekende delen van Berlijn, terwijl het verhaal van Bowie wordt verteld aan de hand van anekdotes en muziek. De gids was aangenaam en well-informed.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
We are so glad that your enjoyed the tour. We'll hope to see you on Insight Cities tours with our team of friendly experts in other cities. Thanks for keeping us in mind when you visit Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg and Munich. Travel safe!

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