Welcome to the extraordinary world of Weimar-Era Berlin. Ever wondered what went on in the bars, clubs, cabarets, theatres and dancehalls of the German capital between 1919 and 1933? Look no further! Here you can explore the amazing people, venues, places and songs that made this one of the most vibrant cities on earth.

Buckle up, it’s a wild ride!

You can also find out how to book a walking tour, buy The Landlady, a novel set in 1920s Schöneberg and check out our exclusive merchandise.

Anita Berber

Anita Berber

Anita Berber was born in Dresden on June 10th 1899 to Felix and Lucie Berber. Felix was First Violinist with the Municipal Orchestra and Lucie, an aspiring actress and singer. She was mostly raised by her grandmother in her early years and then exclusively so after her parents divorced in 1901. Four years later, her …

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Oskar ‘Ossy’ Gades

Oskar ‘Ossy’ Gades

Oskar ‘Ossy’ Gades was a stalwart of Berlin’s Nollendorfplatz bar and nightclub scene. From 1929 to 1932 he was a regular transvestite door-host and ‘taxi-dancer’ at the famous Eldorado club on Motzstrasse. Customers could buy tokens at the bar to exchange for dances and at the end of the evening the proceeds were divided between …

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Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood was 24 years old when he first arrived in Berlin in March 1929. Initially, it was for a week-long visit to catch-up with his old school friend WH Auden, who had been there for 8 months already. Auden had been writing to Isherwood about what he was seeing and doing in the city …

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Claire Waldoff

Claire Waldoff

Clara Wortmann was born in 1884, the eleventh child of a family of sixteen, and grew up in Gelsenkirchen. She attended a girls’ High School in Hanover, from where it was expected she would graduate and go on to study medicine. But her father leaving the family made this financially impossible and allowed her to …

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Discover Life in Weimar Berlin

When people don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,
they don’t care how they behave today.

A novel about a disparate group of people living in Schöneberg in 1920s Berlin, their lives, loves and challenges.

Isherwood’s Neighbourhood:
The Cabaret Walking Tour

Discover the origins of the Oscar-winning film on this walking tour exploring author Christopher Isherwood’s life in decadent 1920s Berlin.