David Bowie, New Wave, And The Fall of The Berlin Wall

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Simon
Quality Verified Registered on June 02, 2023

I'm an Irish musician living in Berlin. I've been all over the world but am delighted to call this city home. As well as a passion for music, I have a keen interest in history holding a BA in history from UCD.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

In the decades before the fall of the wall, West Berlin was home to one of the most vibrant alternative music scenes of all time. Despite being isolated from the rest of Western Europe, the city was home to artists and musicians from Germany and the rest of the world, all of them eager to submerge themselves in the intoxicating disorder and creativity that Berlin was home to.

Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, U2, and Lou Reed were all part of this scene at one time or another, each of them contributing to the outburst of musical inspiration that occurred here. Most notable of all though, was David Bowie. The location of some of his most inspired recordings, it is impossible to imagine Bowie's career without Berlin or Berlin's musical heritage without Bowie.

But Berlin's music scene is inexorably entangled with the story of Berlin in the 70s and 80s. Learn how the spirit of Berlin's alt-scene reflected the spirit of this unique city and how it contributed to the arrival of the its most joyous day, November 9th 1989.

This tour will tell the story of Berlin's incredible recent history through the lens of the time's most weird and wonderful music scene. It will take you through Schöneberg, West Berlin's alternative neighbourhood where Bowie and Iggy Pop shared an apartment and home to some of the most important spots in the Berlin alt-scene. 

We then move towards central Berlin to take in Hansa studio, where Bowie, Iggy, U2, Lou Reed, and many more have all been patrons. Next. we'll pass Brandenburg Gate, before ending at the mighty Bundestag, all places steeped in history (both musical and otherwise). There'll even be a quick visit to the scene of one of pop music's more infamous moments.

  • Kleistpark (start of the tour)
  • 155 Hauptstrasse (Bowie and Iggy Pop's home)
  • Dodo Beach Record Store
  • Slumberland Bar
  • Metropol Music Venue
  • Hansa Studios
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Bundestag (end of the tour)

Approximate time: 2 hours

There will be a short ride on the U-Bahn between Metropol and Hansa Studios and travelers will need a ticket for the trip.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Hauptstraße 162, 10827 Berlin, Germany
    Hauptstraße 162, 10827 Berlin, Germany
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    Kleistpark U-Bahn Station - beside Train Cocktailbar (which is an old red train carriage and easily visible)

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    Kleistpark U-Bahn
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Hauptstraße 155
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Cafe M
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    Outside visit
  • 5
    Outside visit
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Hansa Studios
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Brandenburg Gate
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Reichstag/Bundestag (Berlin)

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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Simon 28 Nov 2023

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Travelled alone - Nov 2023
Simon was a superb guide who delivered his extensive knowledge in an easy manner. He’s clearly passionate about being a guide and this comes across in his delivery.
Greg 18 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Had a laugh and learned about the man himself, excellent way to see the West!
Bill 16 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Great anecdotes, interesting story overall and a very enjoyable tour!
Paulina 16 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Informative, super fun and well balanced tour.
Julian 16 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Excellent for any music history fan.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires 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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