David Bowie & the End of the World

3-Hour Tour

Discover West Berlin’s Cold War Decadence

Gain Insight into Bowie’s Creative Peak

When David Bowie moved to Berlin in 1976, he found an island of Cold War angst, “Cut off from its world, art, and culture, dying with no hope of retribution.” This Bowie in Berlin tour takes you back to the decadent 1970’s city that inspired Bowie’s classic Berlin trilogy albums: Low, Heroes, and Lodger. Bowie’s Berlin was a kaleidoscope of creativity and a break from the public eye that he had grown tired of in Los Angeles, while also undergoing various legal battles with his management. 

Starting at West Berlin’s Cold War opulent heart, Zoo Station, we follow Bowie’s trail including the flat he shared with Iggy Pop in Schöneberg, a neighborhood once known for its acceptance of outsiders and minorities. Then we’ll pass by the clubs the duo partied in. Despite seeking stability from his own party habits, Bowie was inspired by Berlin’s underground electronic music scene. Discover how this all contributed to what many consider to be Bowie’s creative peak at the legendary Hansa recording studios overlooking the Berlin Wall. 

Sites Include:

Bahnhof Zoo

Former Dschungel Club

KaDeWe, Potsdamer Platz

Hansa Studios, Berlin Wall

Bowie’s former home

Neues Ufer Café

Topographie des Terrors (Topography of Terrors)

Tour Details

Price

Private tours – $330 USD (1-10 persons)
*your guide all to yourself

 

Small groups – $85 USD per person
*still intimate with 8 persons or less


Departure time

Private tours daily at 10 AM and 2 PM

 

Small groups

  • Monday 2 PM
  • Wednesday 5 PM
  • Friday 2 PM
  • Saturday 5 PM

Meeting point

Private tours include a pick-up at your central hotel or flat

 

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


Availability

Year-round


Duration

3 hours


Group size

Private tours: 1-10 persons
Groups of over 10 should contact us at info@insightcities.com in order to get a special rate for their party.

 

Small groups: 2-8 persons


Participation requirements

As this is a walking tour, please contact us if you have any mobility issues or concerns


Not included

Metro fare: You will need to use public transport a few times since the distances between some key sites are too far to walk. If you do not have a multi-day visitor’s transit pass to Berlin already, we suggest that you purchase the day metro pass. If you cannot purchase it in advance, your guide will help you purchase it at the first metro station on the tour.


What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Cash or credit card for the metro fare

About your guide

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Cancellation policy

For cancellations 72 hours prior to your scheduled tour, Insight Cities offers a full refund. We cannot refund cancellations within 72 hours of a scheduled tour as we need to pay our guide.

Candles at a David Bowie Memorial.

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