You don’t speak a word of German?! Not to worry about the language barrier—as they don’t exist in Berlin! The city is a gay paradise, where morals are left behind and you can be as free for as long as you want. The first Gay and Lesbian human rights organization was founded in 1897, and paved the way to make the city a gay capital since the 20’s. Suffice to say there is something for everyone: traditional to trashy, offbeat, chic, and extravagant. We told you: PARADISE.
With its reputation, of course, Berlin can be home to 4 gay neighborhoods, each with its own identity: Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, and lastly Schöneberg. The latter being more central, the oldest, and most well known, and is referenced by most. It is focused around Motzstraße (pronounced “Motzestrasse”) and the squares Nollendorfplatz and Winterfeldtplatz and continues to Fuggerstraße and Maaßenstraße. Closest subway stops: U Viktoria-Luise-Platz, U Bülowstr, U Nollendorfplatz).
The party is in full swing 24/7, and completely normal to regroup and rest at anytime of the day. Certain restaurants serve late night, but try to have lunch at Café Berio ( Maaßenstraße, 7), especially in the summer, with its large terrace, it is ideal for boy watching.
Berlin can also be labeled as the birthplace of gay culture. The Eisenherz is one of the oldest and prestigious gay bookstores in the world. Another unique place is Schwules Museum, which is the only museum in the world dedicated to gay life in all its forms.
Some unusual places worth visiting are the Jaxx, a gay cinema with private cabins, a darkroom, and an extensive shop. Or Bruno’s, a sort of gay supermarket where you might something to tickle your fancy, and perhaps even a souvenir. If you’re looking for the leather scene, check out Mister B. There are also a lot of gay bars Berlin.
For the nightlife, check out the popular Tom’s bar, an institution once known for its leather scene, now attracts a diverse crowd. Happy hour all night on Monday. For the more experienced, the New Action Bar is one of the Schnonenberg’s most visited—everynight has a theme. Tuesday for example is Bick Dick Nite, and if you’re dressed in gear and show your cock, you get a free drink. Strict Dress Code—no cologne and no fancy shoes. The Connexion Club Berlin is the most popular club of the area with a legendary darkroom. Recently remodeled, and has showers for the gogo boys.
If you want to go and relax, head to the Apollo Splash Club which offers 2000m2 of water fun in a very modern and sleek décor, with a solarium and even has a foam party. Otherwise the Boiler offers different types of saunas such as Finnish or the BioSauna depending on your needs. Open everyday of the year, non-stop from Friday to Sunday. The massages can be very relaxing (around 50€ for one hour). More importantly, Berlin is one of the cheapest capitals in Europe, it will be hard to leave!