The growth of gay Berlin is evident throughout this large and inviting city. You can see it in the museums, memorials, party scene and the lengthy tenure of openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit. Indeed, Berlin is a major hub of gay life and culture in the heart of Europe.
This city is gay all-over, but since the 1920s, Schöneberg has been the center of gay Berlin life. There’s a strong community feeling in this gayborhood, with its LGBT cafés, bars, restaurants and lifestyle stores. There's so much to do and see in this vibrant historical district that it should be on every gay explorer's bucket list.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Berlin, Kreuzberg and Neukölln cater for the more alternative and queer LGBT scene, with the area around the rough and ready Kottbusser Tor being home to some of Berlin’s best gay bars.
Berlin: capital of kink!
The German capital is a mecca for music and partying, especially house and techno. Berlin is party central: many clubs having a polysexual, mixed crowd with few boundaries in terms of sex and gender. It’s also home to Berghain, often voted the best nightclub in the world. It really has to be tried to be believed. Twice a year, the club puts on the Snax event, a gay fetish and sex party like no other.
In fact, when it comes to fetish and cruise bars and clubs, this city is Europe’s capital of kink (up there with Amsterdam!). Even the craziest of fetishes are catered for in gay Berlin and openly celebrated.
No more so than with Folsom Europe, the yearly party for the global fetish community which attracts fans of leather to its Schöneberg street fairs and parties. It’s quickly followed by HustlaBall, a gay porn and clubbing event that people from all over the world travel to Berlin for.
Pride in Berlin
On a calmer note, every June Berlin hosts Christopher Street Day (CSD). While officially a time to speak up against discrimination, CSD Berlin is also a time of celebration and combines with Gay Pride as a two-week-long celebration.
Berlin really has one of the greatest gay cultures in Europe and must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Though winters can be harsh, whatever time of the year you visit, this city will be in full flow.