What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music playyy! Berlin's gay scene has been booming for over a century, and though there is something for everyone here, it certainly is a walk on the wild side and makes almost everywhere else look tame! A lot of the LGBTQ bars in the Schöneberg district don't even advertise closing times, so you really can party until the sunrise if you choose to.
While Berlin's scene is notorious for having some of the best gay massage and saunas in Europe, there's so much more to do there. Berlin is steeped in so much of our recent history, so there's a lot to see, including remnants of the Berlin Wall, numerous Museums and incredible architecture.
What's really interesting about the historic side of Berlin is that they have the Schwules Museum, founded in 1985 it was a World First for a Museum on the LGBTQ culture and history and still is one of the largest.
Though there are a few different areas you can find LGBTQ+ bars, the main hub is Schöneberg, just as wild as the zoo it's by, but you can also find friendly venues in Kreuzberg / Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg / Berlin Mitte. Bars not to miss out on include Heile Welt, Dreizehn and Silver Future for your laid back venues. For later into the night you should try Berghain & Panorama Bar and Connection Club. There are loads of different parties to look out for that are held in different venues every time too! Begine is a lesbian bar filled with an incredible past of pushing boundaries and paving the way for LGBTQ+ rights we have today. Well worth a visit to support the women behind it!
Homosexual activity was illegal in the late 19th century but the LGBT community saw brighter days not long after. In fact, Germany had a thriving gay scene prior to WWII. It was in Berlin, then referred to as The Gay Capital of Europe, that the world's first gay magazine was born!
Unfortunately, the Nazi's extended the same laws as the German Empire which resulted in the deaths of thousands of homosexuals during the Holocaust. This was revoked 5 years after the war ended.
It’s been a very long, windy road for the LGBT community in Germany, so we couldn’t be happier that same sex couples now share the privilege of marriage, adoption, military service and gender reassignment with PRIDE. Hold on tight, we’re getting there… 🌈