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Homolulu.Berlin - LGBTQ bicycle city tour "Berlin invents homosexuality - queer history from 1850-1935"

Duration: 3h
Languages: German, English
Guru: Rafael
Registered on April 07, 2023

I am Rafael, your guide, 44 years old and a Berliner since 2003. As a gay man I am very interested in queer history. Based on many books and articles I have worked out an exciting and entertaining tour about the eventful Berlin history of homosexuality.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

In a nutshell: the story before stonewall *** LGBTQ movement startet before in Berlin *** lots of 1st’s *** interesting queer stories *** we bike slow, no hills *** bikes are available for 9€ a day by app in Berlin *** everybody who did the tour loved it *** a guide with passion ***

The „Homolulu Berlin“ tour takes you by bike to historical places in Berlin and tells about homosexual history from 1850 to1935, like the world's first public outing, the world’s first gay activist group, the worlds first gay and lesbian magazine, the world's first sexological institute and we dive into the nightlife of the golden twenties. It also explains how Berlin became such a liberal place as it is today. 


We start Unter den Linden, we stop at Gendarmenmarkt pass by Brandenburg Gate and bike through Tiergarten, we pass Bundeskanzleramt on our way to Spreeufer, and finally discover in Schöneberg the queer areas of Nollendorfplatz and Motzstrasse.


The tour takes about 3 hours, ending in Schöneberg at Motzstrasse.


Please bring a bike or scooter.

Berlin is a city best experienced from a bicycle. The city is flat and cycling is not very strenuous. But then Berlin is sprawling, which makes it difficult to walk everything, so the bike is the perfect option. There are many bike providers that you can book via app, here are three options (prices may have changed).


-callabike: “starter” 9€/day
-Donkey Republic: bike price, 4h about 7,5€, day 13€.

-Lime: eScooter & bike price: changing offers

-Next Bike: bike price, 24h max 15€

If you want to make a tip/donation at the end of the tour, that’s much appreciated. Depending on what you can afford, 15-20€ is usually what people give.


See you on to have fun on the tour!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Unter den Linden 4, 10117 Berlin, Ger...
    Unter den Linden 4, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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    Please bring a bike or scooter. I'm wearing a rainbow adidas jacket. Start is Unter den Linden 4, in front of the Neue Wache, on the benches to the right of the building.

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    Outside visit
    Neue Wache
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    Memorial to the book burning on May 10, 1933
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    Outside visit
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Embassy of the Russian Federation
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Monument to homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism
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    Outside visit
    Monument to the first homosexual emancipation movement
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    Outside visit
    Magnus Hirschfeld shore
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    Commemorative plaque "Pink Angle"
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    Outside visit
    BULL Berlin
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Casa di Christopher Isherwood
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    Outside visit
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    Outside visit

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Juan 30 Oct 2023

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Travelled alone - Oct 2023
Amazing tour! You should go!! The bike ride was magical! Beautifully crafted tour!
Daniel 03 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Wir hatten eine tolle und sehr lustige Tour mit Rafa. Er ist wirklich kenntnisreich von Berlin LGBT Geschichte, auch sehr nett und süß. Die Fahrradroute war wirklich schön und deckte eine Menge ab, ohne zu ermüdend zu sein
Daniel 22 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Die Führung durch das queere und historische Berlin war wirklich toll. Ich habe Berlin auf dem Fahrrad erleben können, das noch in einer entspannten Gruppe und Rafael war gut vorbei und hat uns eine echt spannende Reise durch das queere Berlin gegeben. Eine absolute Empfehlung! Vielen Dank Rafael! #HomoluluBerlin
Anne 16 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Ein wunderbares Erlebnis in Berlin! Die Kombination aus Information, Bewegung und toller Gesellschaft ist sensationell und definitiv ein Highlight in Berlin! Danke Rafael! Absolut empfehlenswert!🙏
Phil 15 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Richtig guter Start in ein queres WE in Berlin! Erst Rafaels tolle, informative Tour genossen, dabei Gleichgesinnte getroffen und abends spontan noch essen/feiern gegangen. Rad fahren, Austausch und wirklich starke Recherche-Arbeit von Rafael sind eine tolle Trilogie. Es war wirklich verrückt, so lebhaft zu erfahren, dass Berlin vor 100 Jahren im LGBTIQ 🏳️‍🌈-Bereich noch wilder und offener drauf war! GÖNNT EUCH RAFAELS TOUR!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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