Introducing Gay Berlin
With approximately 300,000 homosexuals living in Berlin, the German capital ranks as the third largest gay metropolis in all of Europe, with only London and Amsterdam boasting greater numbers. Long gone are the days when gay and lesbian life was tucked away in the catacombs of Berlin’s subculture. For many years now, this thriving, dynamic and diverse scene has greatly contributed to and enriched the city’s vitality.There is a plethora of activities, services and institutions in Berlin specifically designed by and for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, drag queens and drag kings. This includes 150 gay bars as well as a gay bar owners’ union, two free city magazines, a broad spectrum of publishing houses and bookstores, pharmacies, sports clubs, same sex dance lessons and studios, language courses, specialty clothing boutiques, even a gay French fries kiosk, radio broadcasts focusing on gay related topics, the TEDDY film award as well as countless organizations, meeting places, counseling services, associations and other resources.
Please follow the link below to find out about all these community hotspots.
Visitors also shouldn’t miss Berlin’s main attractions such as Brandenburg Gate, the TV tower on Alexanderplatz Square with a rotating restaurant on top, the Memorial Church on Kurfürstendamm, Gendarmenmarkt Square, the dome of the Reichstag, Museum Island – an UNESCO World Heritage Site. A new landmark gay travelers to Berlin should not miss is the Memorial to Gays Persecuted by the Nazis. Just inaugurated in May 2008, it is located at the southern edge of the Tiergarten in the heart of the city.