Germany is one of the most socially liberal places in the world with the opportunity to engage in a wide range of scenes, interests, fetishes and entertainment – very openly. Berlin wears the gay crown in Germany, after all it was the liveliest and most advanced gay subculture in Europe during the 1920’s, even today there is no official closing hour for bars and clubs.

There is also no doubt that Germany has many other cities that have vibrant and strong gay scenes. Cologne, Dusseldorf, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg all have thriving gay communities. The most famous gay events include the Hustlaball, Easter Fetish Weekend (including Leather), Christopher Street Day, Oktoberfest, Gay Rubber Weekend, Bear Pride, Snow Pride among many, many others.

In Berlin you can visit the dedicated memorial to the 15,000 gay and lesbians who were killed in Nazi concentration camps and the 55,000 gay men deemed criminals. Throughout the city you will see the marks made by the World Wars with an array of traditional buildings rebuilt through modern architecture. Outside Berlin, visit the Bavarian Beer festival in Munich – the home of Oktoberfest, the Black Forest in Southwestern Germany, Cologne Cathedral, Neuschwanstein Castle – the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castles in Disneyland Parks, or the Christmas Market in Nuremberg, or the oldest city in Germany – Trier where you’ll find the most vivid remains of Roman times.

The gay districts are often incredibly easy to find in Germany with rainbow flags displayed on nearly all occasions. The locals are likely to be warm and welcoming and enjoy a conversation in English over a beer.