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Berlin: David Bowie History Tour

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Berlin: David Bowie History Tour

From US$ 85 per person

Head back to the days of the Cold War on a tour of the Berlin of the 1970s that inspired David Bowie’s classic albums Low, Heroes, and Lodger. See where the artist lived, the clubs he frequented, and the studios where he recorded his music.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the Cold War days of the 1970s that inspired Bowie's classic Berlin albums, Low, Heroes, and Lodger
  • Follow Bowie's trail to the flat he shared with Iggy Pop
  • Take a stroll by the Hansa recording studios
  • Visit Bowie's favorite Berlin clubs and cafes
Full description

When David Bowie moved to Berlin in 1976, he found an island of Cold War angst. This 3-hour tour takes you back to the decadent 1970s in the city that inspired Bowie’s classic Berlin albums Low, Heroes, and Lodger. Starting at the decadent heart of Cold War West Berlin, at Zoo Station, you’ll follow the artist’s trail to the flat he shared with Iggy Pop, to the clubs where they partied, and to the legendary Hansa recording studios, where Bowie’s music reached its creative peak in Berlin. Your tour takes in a variety of sites, including Bahnhof Zoo, the former Dschungel Club, KaDeWe, Potsdamer Platz, Hansa Studios, the Berlin Wall, Topographie of Terror, Bowie’s former home, and the Neues Ufer Café.

Includes
  • 3-hour tour with a historian guide
  • Public transport ticket
  • Tips (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Ständige Vertretung, a memorabilia-filled cafe. Address: Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Berlin.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, and published authors act as guides on this tour
  • You will need to use public transport a few times since the distances between some key sites will be too far to walk. If you do not have a visitor's transit pass for Berlin already, it is advised to purchase the day metro pass. If you cannot purchase it in advance then your guide will help you to purchase it at the first metro station on the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
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  • Service
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  • Organization
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Really informative tour that showed us many interesting places visited by David Bowie during his time in Berlin and about the general history of the city in general. We covered a lot of ground by walking, bus and subway which stood us in good stead for having confidence to travel on our own in the days after the tour. Martin was friendly, professional and interesting and made our tour one of our highlights in Berlin.

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March 14, 2020

Great tour with very knowledgeable and nice guide Martin. Highly recommended.

October 9, 2021

September 6, 2021

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