When it comes to the gay scene in Berlin, it’s definitely come a long way since homosexuals were persecuted by the Nazi’s. It’s now a welcoming place which is jam packed with many gay friendly bars, clubs, accommodation and even museums! In fact one in ten residents of Berlin are in fact gay or bisexual. It really doesn’t matter what sexuality you are or what background you come from, there is something for everyone in the great city of Berlin. For example:
Perhaps the longest running gay club in Berlin, Hafen still remains to be ever so popular despite a rise in competition. With crazy leopard skin wallpaper, beautiful candle lit corners and of course a very friendly crowd, it is no surprise that this is one of the best meeting places for gay people in Berlin. Hafen has been around since communism took over Berlin which really says something about its reputation.
Primarily made up of young lesbians, Die Busche in Warschauer Platz is the place to go if you want a good time. Strobe lights, a huge dance floor and cheap drinks make this a very popular venue with young people.
Treibhaus Sauna in Prenzlauer Berg
This place is a nice relaxing sauna for gay people to hang and relax with some coffee and biscuits. You can be sitting in a jaccuzi one minute and talking to a nice hunky man the next minute. If things start hotting up you can always try out their dark play zones or if you prefer you can book yourself a nice relaxing massage. This place is definitely a favourite among the gay community.
The name is pretty much self explanatory, it is a place for gay people to crash after a hard nights partying. It is not too expensive and the rooms are actually quite nice! It is set in a perfect location with lots of different transport links, so it’s the perfect gay friendly place to stay that won’t make you feel uncomfortable if you are staying there with your partner.
Gay Museum in Kreuzberg
A fantastic museum which opens the eyes of the closed minded and shows the world the history of homosexuality and its evolution in Berlin. It even shows its visitors what happened to gay people during the 3rd Reich all those years ago. It’s definitely one that is worth checking out whilst you are in Berlin.
Memorial to Homosexuals persecuted under Nazism
Opened in 2008, it is basically a snazzy looking concrete cuboid with a small hole where you can watch a small clip of two men kissing each other. It commemorates all those who died during the Nazi rule and has a small signboard which tells its visitors all the information they need to know about what happened all those years back.
Of course no matter where you decide to venture to in Berlin, there will always be a strong gay community, especially if you decide to visit Tigergarten which is just west of Mitte.