Known for its nightlife and liberal attitude towards sex and partying, gay Amsterdam is a hot tourist destination for travelers looking to have a good time in one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Given its open-mindedness, it's no surprise that the city offers a number of unforgettable gay-friendly experiences, including the only Gay Pride parade on water. Amsterdam is a not-to-be-missed destination with limitless opportunities for dancing, dining and more.
Gay Amsterdam has much to offer visitors looking for attractions catered to their interests. Reguliersdwarsstraat, located in the old city center, is a vibrant, gay-friendly street that serves as a center for gay clubs, restaurants and other gay-friendly venues. After a day of shopping and dining, visitors can let loose at clubs like FunHouse and Club Church, which hosts varying themed fetish parties. Visitors who leave their leather and fetish gear at home can stroll down to the Warmoesstraat to stock up at one of the many fetish cafés. This open-minded city also offers a host of saunas like Sauna NZ, which caters to darker sexual fantasies.
Gay events in Amsterdam
During the warmer months, Amsterdam is host to a number of gay-centric events and parades, ideal for gay tourists looking for a unique experience on their Amsterdam vacation. The largest of these celebrations is Amsterdam Gay Pride, a week-long celebration from late July through August which features the world's only gay pride parades on water.
The city also hosts the super successful Milkshake festival, held every summer for two days in Westerpark. A joint venture between two clubs, Milkshake is a party with music, performance art, drag acts and loads more. It's an event with a clear message about respect, freedom, love and tolerance. Indeed, everyone is welcome, not just the LGBT community.
Those looking for specific gay events can schedule trips around Amsterdam's Bear Pride in late March, Fetish Pride in mid-May and Leather Pride in late October. King's Day, officially April 27th, is a nationwide celebration in which the city streets of Amsterdam become open-air markets and a giant outdoor party; the city's gay-friendly attitude makes it a popular event among gay travelers.
Upon arrival, visitors can check out the PinkPoint, a kiosk where travelers can find all the information they need about parties, hotels and more in around the city. This helpful point, which has been serving the thriving gay tourist community since 1998's Gay Games, can be found at the HomoMonument in Westermarkt. Indeed, it's a great starting point for getting the most out of visits to gay Amsterdam.