Isherwood’s Neighbourhood – A Walking Tour

Starting and ending at Nollendorfplatz, this  circular 90 minute tour visits the neighbourhood Christopher Isherwood lived in during his time in Berlin and where he wrote his famous Berlin Diaries, which were to become the film Cabaret. The walk includes readings from his novels and diaries, and takes in the sights he wrote about and the cafes, bars and clubs he frequented. Taste the city as he saw it in those uncertain times, where Cabaret was born, genders were blurred and a film caused riots!

The tour is on Saturdays at 11am, other dates are by prior arrangement, and is €15 per person. Book by email to , or by text to +4915125220342 . Discounts available for larger groups.

Nollendorfplatz is in the Schöneberg district of Berlin, and is on the U-Bahn lines U1, U2, U3, U4 and Metrobus M19.

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26 Responses to Isherwood’s Neighbourhood – A Walking Tour

  1. Brendan – This is so nice to know about. I haven’t been to Berlin for many years but when I do I’ll be sure to do this walking tour.


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  3. Mark & Stevie says:

    We took this tour on a very wet day in October 2011 and had a great time. We really enjoyed it, and found our host very friendly and informative. Highly recommended!

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  5. Penny says:

    Thank you, Brendan, for this brilliant cameo – fascinating insights into such a significant time in the city and the man who lived through and recorded it. Excellent commentary and locations, some of which would otherwise go unnoticed, and all the more illuminated with the photographic records. I’m very glad to have found this site and would recommend the walk to anyone interested in Isherwood and the period. Good luck with your future ventures!

  6. Barbara says:

    Hi Brendan
    I enjoyed reading Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Novels recently and wanted to visit the area in which he lived and described in his novels on my recent trip to Berlin. I was delighted to discover your website and to find that you gave a guided tour of the area. Your tour and readings from the novels brought to life vividly Isherwood’s terrain and also the remarkable era in which he lived and it enhanced my memories of his wonderful novels. Thank you and good luck with your tours.

  7. Christine choi says:


    We are two People and Would like to join to Isherwood walking tour. We are in Berlin in this week. Can you please let me know when you have the tour in this week?

    SOok Jung

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  9. Paul sheridan says:

    Can’t recommend this enough. Arrived very jaded after what was supposed to be an early night but when in Berlin do as Berliners so came straight to the tour. If you haven’t been to berlin before come to this early in your trip, you’ll appreciate the city better.
    Thanks Brendan

  10. Stratis Catacalos & Calvin Loman says:

    Hello, Brendan
    Just wanted to thank you for a great walking tour! You have great charisma and are a fantastic storyteller. You’ve sparked my interest in Mr. Isherwood and can’t wait to read more about him.
    Many thanks!
    Strat and Cal

  11. Susan says:

    Hi Brendan,

    I am interested in the Isherwood walking tour, and am in Berlin for the next three days, leaving Saturday. Can you please let me know if you will be leading a tour in the next few days? There will be 3 people, including myself. Please let me know.



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  15. Donald Steel says:

    This is the best walking tour I’ve been on. Your tour not only brings the streets of Isherwood alive, a learned SO much about the story of Berlin. Thanks very much. We’ll be back!

  16. Nick Coulton says:

    Just occasionally we discover an amazing experience that gives clarity to something that we thought we knew about, This is a a stunning walking tour and Brendon gives insight to Isherwood that was easy to understand yet complex in depth. Thanks to Brendan, I cannot recommend this tour highly enough.

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  18. Mark says:

    Hello Nash,
    I have finished the Berlin stories and watched Cabaret recently.
    Are you having a tour this Saturday?
    I would like to join.

  19. Susanne says:

    Hi Brendan,
    what a shame I discovered your interesting site only now. I am working on a crime novel part of which is set around Nollendorfplatz in 1927. I took a small tour on my own around the Kiez but I would have loved to join your tour. Maybe another time.
    Do you have any information and/or pictures of Bülow-Kasino or Nationalhof?

    Best wishes,

  20. Emma says:

    I very much enjoyed this tour in February this year – history is on top of history (on top of history) in Berlin and I found the information provided fascinating. Highly recommended.

  21. Joshua Chesterman says:

    Good Evening Brendan,

    I came on this incredible tour two years ago and returning to the city in January – is this tour still running?


  22. Delma davies says:

    Do you have a walking tour on Sunday or Monday 13th or 14th nov

  23. Mariam H says:

    Hi Brendan,

    Sent you an email but it bounced back. Will you be doing any tours between Oct 22-26? Thanks!

    Best wishes,

  24. Paul M says:

    Hello – id like to enquire about the walking tour as described in your

    We are (2 people) in Berlin from 27th-30th Oct and would very much like to join this walk.

    Can you let me know how I book this.
    Many thanks

  25. Mariann says:


    We are a group about 10 who are planning to visit Berlin 11th May. Is it possible to make an arrangement a thursday instead of a saturday? Our students are studiying Creative Writing and have, at that time,, read Chrisopher Isherwoods book goodbye to Berlin.

    Best regards,

  26. Christopher M. Hauseman says:

    Here is the link for the tours

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