Hamburg is SUCH a cosmopolitan city with a whopping 40 theatres, 60 museums, and over 100 live music venues. As one of the busiest port towns in Europe and known as Germany's "gateway to the world", it's no surprise they ended up having the Reeperbahn in St Pauli district for all those feisty seafarers.
The Reeperbahn is Hamburg's Red Light District and nightlife haven! It has plenty of gay-friendly bars but the main event for the LGBTQ+ community is the St Georg district, which coincidentally, also used to be a Red Light District. Combining luxury hotels with raunchy saunas, leather with all-night raves and upscale fashionistas with erotic art, it's no wonder Hamburg has such a buzz about it.
If you're in St Georg then Lange Reihe is the street for you, from coffee and cocktail bars like Generation Bar with outdoor areas to the basement & music lounge, Bellini, there's a whole host of options in St Georg. If you're over in St Pauli and the Reeperbahn area, then this is great for clubbing!
Wunderbar is a long-running gay club and is ALWAYS packed on the weekend! For a cabaret and comedy drag show, don't miss out on Olivia Jones Bar.
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. That’s until the Nazi’s came into power and extended the same laws as the German Empire, resulting 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This was revoked 5 years after the war ended.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 people of the same sex can now share the privilege of marriage, adoption, military service and gender reassignment with PRIDE. Hold on tight, we’re getting there… 🌈