Berlin's Sex History with a Sociologist

Berlin, Germany

Experience hosted by Jeff

3 hours, Hosted in English and German
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Together we'll dive into the history of sexual science and sex life in Berlin. We'll start in the late 19th Century and go through the roaring 20s and the downfall of sexual freedom at the hand of the Nazis. We'll cover the resurrection after the war in a divided Berlin, as well as the current state today. Things we'll explore include Dr Magnus Hirschfeld's story – one of the world's first sexual scientists; the foundation of the world's first gay rights organization; Berlin's sex and night life in the 20s; world famous Eldorado clubs, that even saw high Nazi officials as visitors; the home of British writer Christopher Isherwood, whose Berlin stories led to a world famous musical; the former location of sexologist Dr. Hirschfeld's institute of sexual science; the eradication of sexual freedom by Nazi Germany and its resurrection after WWII; the emergence of the AIDS epidemic and how differently West and East Germany/Berlin dealt with it; the districts of Nollendorfplatz and Kottbusser Tor, some of the world's biggest LGBTQ centers; and the history of current clubs of sexual liberty, including the Kit Kat, Berghain, and Lab.
Other things to note
Please bring a public transit ticket.
This tour is wheelchair-accessible.
Contact me if you can't find an available date, I'll try to arrange.
Together we'll dive into the history of sexual science and sex life in Berlin. We'll start in the late 19th Century and go through the roaring 20s and the downfall of sexual freedom at the hand of the Nazis. We'll cover the resurrection after the war in a divided Berlin, as well as the current state today. Things we'll explore include Dr Magnus Hirschfeld's story – one of the world's first sexual scientists; the foundation of the world's first ga…

Accessibility

No stairs or steps
Mainly flat or leveled ground

Meet your host, Jeff

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I am a social scientist, speaker, tour guide, & freelance writer living in Berlin since 2014. I studied sociology & gender studies & focussed my studies on sexualities, queer theories, postcolonial studies, and human-animal-relationships.

In 2018, I launched ORJIZMIC, my website promoting my services around human sexualities. ORGYSMIC’s mission is (1) to educate about sexualities, (2) promote sexual health, and (3) fight discrimination and stigmatization based on sexuality. ORJIZMIC started as a blog, but quickly grew to become the umbrella term for all of my work, including my talks and workshops about sex as well as my critically acclaimed guided tour “Berlin’s History of Sex” (supported by the Federal Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld).

I also write/work for magazines or for non-profits such as the German Aids Service organization
I am a social scientist, speaker, tour guide, & freelance writer living in Berlin since 2014. I studied sociology & gender studies & focussed my studies on sexualities, queer theories, postcolonial studies, and human-animal-relationships.

In 2018, I launched ORJIZMIC, my website promoting my services around human sexualities. ORGYSMIC’s mission is (1) to educate about sexualities, (2) promote sexual health, and (3) fight discrimination and stigmatization based on sexuality. ORJIZMIC s…
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Where you'll be

We will explore a number of landmarks in the history of sexuality in Berlin, including important stops around Nollendorfplatz, the former location of the institute of sexual science, and the memorial for gays and lesbians murdered by Nazi Germany.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 14 reviews.

Dimitri
July 2021
C'était une expérience très intéressante qui couvrait à la fois les années 1920 et la période plus contemporaine. Il s'agit de parler à la fois des minorités sexuelles, mais aussi un peu de la sexualité et de son commerce. Jeff est très passionné et connait très bien son sujet. Très recommandé
Lara
July 2021
The tour with Jeff was enlightening and facinating. We greatly appreciated his knowledge, friendliness, and willingness to openly and honestly discuss thoughts and questions throughout. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in Berlin's history of sexuality. Thank you for a great experience!
Marguerite
July 2021
I'm new in Berlin and I loved to discover more about its history with Jeff ! I would recommend this experience if you want to learn more about Berlin's history of sex, nightclubs, sexworkers, and a focus on the story of LGBTQ+ communities in Berlin. Jeff studied sociology and made the narrative very interesting.
Natalie
October 2020
Jeff is a great and caring host and a big expert of the topic. He had showed us Berlin in the different perspective and the experience is highly recommended even for locals. He has big knowledge about the subject and he has also made some activities throughout the experience. My friends and I have spend incredibly great afternoon, learnt new things about the city and enjoyed a lot being hosted by Jeff. Thank you very much!
Simone
August 2020
Amazing and one-of-a-kind tour, Jeff is a very knowledgeable and approachable guide. His additional personal anecdotes made this day absolutely fabulous! Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone :)
Sophia
August 2020
Jeff is a cool and fun guy. The tour was very interesting and he was able to answer all our questions. We really enjoyed it, thank you! :-)

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

A ticket for Berlin's public transport system valid for at least 2 hours after the tour starts

Umbrella if it is going to rain (in heavy weather conditions we'll keep warm and cosy in a café in one of Berlin's most famous districts while exploring all the exciting history digitally)