Walking tours

You can sign up for the tours at the ALMS conference Information Desk during the conference. Payment will be in cash directly to the tour guide. One of our volunteers will chaperone you to the starting point and bring you back.

with Traude Bührmann

‘Wir sind die homosexuellen Frauen …’ (‘We are the homosexual women’ – from a song by the Flying Lesbians, 1975)

From the Flying Lesbians to the lesbian ‘Grab-WG’ – shared lesbian graveyard – join Traude for a lesbian feminist walk through the Schöneberg district of Berlin, where the post-war German gay and lesbian movement began.
During the walk, we will journey through a colourful metamorphosis from the violet 1970s, golden 1980s and queer 1990s, visiting past places and actual project sites.
The walk will begin at Café BEGiNE (women’s cultural centre) and end at Café Finovo near the so-called ‘queer cemetery’.

Traude Bührmann has been a writer, activist and tour guide since the 1970s, engaged especially in lesbian feminist, national and international culture and artistic movements. She is the author of Lesbisches Berlin (Lesbian Berlin) and, together with Suzette Robichon, Lesbisches Paris (Lesbian Paris).

Walking tour with Traude Bührmann: Begine-traude-buehrmann
Treffpunkt und Kultur für Frauen
Foto by Andreas Pretzel

Tour details
Time: 13:00–15:30
Dates: Friday 28 June (English), Saturday 29 June (English)
Cost: 15 € full/10 € concession
Maximum number of people per tour: 20–25
Start: U: Bülowstr., Bus M85, M48, Potsdamerstr.139, Schöneberg


On this walking tour we’ll walk together for approximately 2 hours through the neighbourhood of Schöneberg, exploring Queer Berlin history from the Middle Ages to the present day, with a special focus on the Weimar
era. We’ll see the home of Christopher Isherwood and the locations of some of the earliest gay bars in the world, and we will discuss the situation for LGBTIQ Berliners during the Nazi regime and thereafter. The tour
will finish near Nollendorfplatz, with many transport connections available [so it will be easy for you to get back to the ALMS Conference at HKW in time for the dinner break and evening podium].

About Finn: I’m a Queer transgender man and historian who has been guiding tours in Berlin for over a decade. I have a PhD in film and cultural studies. I teach Gender and Sexuality Studies at CIEE [a Berlin-based college], and work at the Schwules Museum, as a contributor to ‘Siegessäule’ magazine, and as a co-host and organiser of the monthly event ‘Queerstories’.

Queer Berlin Walking Tour with Finn Ballard
Queer Berlin Walking Tour with Finn Ballard

Tour details:
Time: 15:30–17:30
Dates: Saturday 29.6.2019
Cost: 15 Euro full/10 Euro concession
Maximum number of people per tour: 25
Start: U Wittenbergplatz [at the western exit facing the KaDeWe department store]
End: U Nollendorfplatz
Contact: finn@finn-ballard-tours.com