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Welcome to gay Cologne, the 2,000-year-old cultural hub of western Germany. As you drive over the Rhine River on the Hohenzollern Bridge, the twin spires of the Cologne Cathedral can be seen rising ominously above the lush green surroundings. If you’re willing to climb the 533 steps to the top of this High-Gothic monument, you’ll be treated to a magnificent panoramic view of the Rhine and the city.
For something a little more sinful, and just a step away from the Cathedral on the Rhine, stop by the Cologne Chocolate Museum. Here you can learn about the history of chocolate spanning its Aztec origins to the finest European chocolates of today. After you’ve taste-tested chocolates from all over the world and found your new flavor, it’s time for some fun down in the rowdiest gay bars Cologne has to offer.
According to the official Cologne website, one out of ten Cologne residents are homosexual. The gay scene here is diverse and well-integrated into mainstream culture, which is why Cologne has some of the best gay bars in Europe. Located in the city center, the Schaafenstrasse is the hub for Cologne’s gay community, and the part of town where you’re arguably going to have the most fun. Alternatively, gay hipsters unite in the Ehrenfeld district, where quirky boutiques and bohemian cafes are common fair for multicultural queens and artistic gays and lesbians.
Station 2B is the place to be if you’re on a dude cruise. Lube and condoms are provided upon entering the club. Upstairs is a massive dance floor packed with sweaty men dancing to house, electronica and reggaeton, and a full bar serving up the best in German Kolsch and Vodka with Club-Mate. The downstairs play area is where things get a little friskier. Grab ahold of your new best friend and explore the treasures of the downstairs play area, which features private cabins, slings, glory holes and a large maze. What more could a man want?
Die Mumu is where you’ll find gay men under thirty getting down…and boy do they party hard. Located in the heart of Schaafenstrasse, Die Mumu is easy to find but harder to forget. This is where you’ll discover your next boy lover, while dancing to German pop and slugging Kolsch on the tiny dance floor. Be warned: Die Mumu gets packed on the weekends, with the young boy crowd sometimes spilling out into the streets. If that’s not your scene, it might be time to head over to Pullerman’s on Mathiasstrasse for a more relaxed time. Pullerman’s offers cheap drinks and a small area for cruising in the back, complete with a bathtub.
With a city as gay as Cologne, it comes as no surprise that the gay accommodation scene is popping. For a personal experience, lock in a stay with a local misterb&b host who will be able to show you the ropes of this cool and gay German city. Travelling with friends? Book your own apartment and create a home-away-from-home to bring your new German friends back to.
For something a little different, the gay hotel scene in Cologne is also varied, with plenty of options catered to different tastes and budgets. Steigenberger Hotel Koln is the best gay hotel Cologne has to offer. Located in the city center, and just minutes away from the hottest bathhouses and gay bars, the Steigenberger Hotel Koln is a stylish gay stay in the center of the action. Whichever option you go for, you’ll be sure to leave Cologne with a satisfying flavor that won’t dilute any time soon.