A guided tour of Gay Berlin:
Berlin has long been one of Europe’s gay capitals – this guided tour explains you why.
When Christopher Isherwood settled in Berlin in 1929, he did so because of Berlin’s pervasive libertinage, its liberal, anything-goes, attitude. Of course the Nazis would swiftly do away with all that. But the spirit of the 1920s was eventually rekindled in the 1970s – after all, David Bowie moved here for a reason – and lives on to this day, albeit in an altered state, so to speak.
This tour traces gay life past and present, bearing in mind that due to the Internet and luckily, some progress in social acceptance, gay life is no longer that distinguishable from . . . the lives of others!
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Berlin: City of dogs
A walking tour through Tiergarten
Having lived in Paris, London and many other places, I know how trying it can be travelling with dogs as they tend to be forbidden everywhere – in trains, restaurants, bars, public transport, and in public parks they have to be put on a lead.
First of all, an estimated 200,000 dogs live in Berlin and luckily, grocery stores aside, dogs are allowed here pretty much everywhere, and trust me, being a dog owner myself, that’s one of the reasons why Berlin as a city is unbeatable. It does help, of course, that Berlin is full of parks and forests for dogs to roam in, and it is exactly to one of those – Tiergarten, Berlin’s equivalent to New York’s Central Park – that I intend to take you. Plus your dog(s), of course!
Unlike Central Park, though, Tiergarten changes its face depending which of it you’re in, which is already an indicator just how big it is. You don’t believe me? Just look at a Berlin map! At times, Tiergarten is more like a forest, almost jungle-like, and then again, it has its landscaped parts and other sections that are nothing but tree-dotted lawns. Those are the ones my dog, Lucas, is most crazy about.