Berlin has had gay neighborhoods in the districts of Schöneberg and Kreuzberg (both in the western part of Berlin) as well as in Prenzlauer Berg (eastern part) since the 1920’s. Here you will find most of the gay hotels, bars, cafes and shops!
Berlin is home to a vibrant queer community that doesn’t shy away from talking about sex. Berlin Pride, or Christopher Street Day as they call it in Germany, is a dream. The Berlin International Film Festival attracts queer cinema from around the globe and gives out the Gay Teddy for the best queer film of the year. The city is unabashedly proud of its gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans communities and its celebration of this history and culture makes it an incredible city to visit.
Schoneberg is the historic gay district. The city thinks of itself as “poor but sexy” and it is just this vibe that makes it such a fun place to go out. Kreuzberg offers a slightly grungier vibe. The diversity of bars, restaurants and clubs in Kreuzberg makes it easy to get around and a tourist-friendly area. The über-hip Neukolln neighborhood has become Berlin’s hotspot with an alternative hipster scene.
Berlin is gay all year long. However, weather isn’t always so friendly in Berlin. For those who enjoy the amazing freedom of the naked body,the summer months are best with sexy guys on bikes, in shorts, reading on a bench or lying naked on the grass mostly in Tiergarten park.However, winter has its own secrets, and the gay scene thrives in Berlin’s gay saunas, clubs and bars.Nightlife is as good as ever. Clubs like Berghain keep their cool, with the famous Saturday night queue often just as long as in summer. Regular gay parties are a part of going out in winter—coat checks are just more popular.
The cool thing about Berlin’s gay scene is how big and diverse it really is. Berlin’s nightlife and cultural offerings are so diverse that there’s really something for every type of tourist, from Karaoke to Naked Nights and everything inbetween.