Gay hotels Berlin – a gay guide to the city
Gay and gay-friendly hotels and accommodation
There are a few gay hotels in Berlin, including the Axel and Tom’s. Our Accommodation Search Map is a great place to find gay and gay-friendly hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and even apartments for rent in the city. It shows where they all are on a map, and also marks the main gay areas of the city, so you can be sure to stay somewhere that’s not too far from the ‘action’.
Berlin – an introduction
Berlin will impress you, regardless of whether you’re visiting the German capital for the first time or if you’re catching up with a city that has re-invented itself after the fall of the wall in 1989. It is both modern and old, warm and cold, green and industrial, local and international. Because the city was divided in two for almost 30 years, which you will still notice today, Berlin has developed very distinctively.
You will find three different gay areas: two in what was formerly West Berlin (Schoeneberg and Kreuzberg) and Prenzlauer Berg in what was once the capital of East Germany. All these three areas are close to the city centre. Most recently the area called Friedrichshain, by Kreuzberg, has also started developing an interesting gay scene. The gay areas are marked clearly on our gay accommodation map – so you should be able to find a gay-friendly or gay hotel in Berlin very easily.
Schoeneberg was already famous in the 1920’s for its gay life and is still today the main gay area in the city. It hosts Europe’s largest Gay & Lesbian street festival called Strassenfest (around Nollendorfplatz) in mid June.
Kreuzberg, formerly a fairly run down area has become a hub of avant guard galleries and a mix of gay bars and low price restaurant.
PrenzlauerBerg, is where east Berlin’s gays gathered, both socially and politically. It is now a thriving gay area, although less concentrated than those of the west.
The city’s first gay magazine, Der Eigene was published by Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld in 1896 and in the 1920’s you would find a larger selection of gay press sold in newsstands alongside the mainstream press. The Eldorado night club, in Schoeneberg, was one of the most famous gay venues of the golden 20‘s. The city has a gay museum (Schwules Museum) with very interesting exhibitions and is well worth a visit.
Berlin is very liberal and is known for its very diverse gay scene: from gay cafes to leather festivals, it has a lot to offer to the gay traveller. The city hosts famous gay festivals such as Folsom Europe, the Hustlaball and central Europe’s largest Gay Pride.
Best for meeting locals
Gay Romeo – one of Europe’s largest gay ‘meet’ websites is a great place to start. The Grindr app is also quite popular.
Best gay local magazine for listings
The Siegessaeule.de (Queer Berlin) website.
Best tourist information site
The huge Visit Berlin website.
Best “what’s going on” site
The ‘Culture Calendar’ at the Berlin List website.
Best restaurant guide
The ‘Good Food in Berlin‘ website. Worth a visit, as Berlin is currently thought of as one of the ‘hottest’ cities for innovation in food.
Best shopping guide
The shopping section of the ‘Berlin.de‘ website.
Top 10 things to do:
- Museum Island – Some of the most impressive collections
- Berlin Wall
- Unter den Linden Boulevard – Walk from the Brandenburg Gate to Alexander Square visiting some of the most historical buildings in the city, including a view from the top of the TV tower
- Bundestag German Parliament
- Tiergarten & Victory Tower (Siegessaeule). Berlin’s largest park
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
- Berlin Zoo – The largest range of species in the world
- Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Kufuerstendamm
- Boat Trip – an interesting way to see many of Berlin’s landmarks -
- Potsdam – a great day trip to the capital city of Brandenburg State. The Sanssousci Park and Palace is a must see. Get there by S-Banh S-7 and then by bus
In the former West, the Ku’Damm and Tauentzienstrasse are the main shopping areas. KaDeWe (Ku’Damm) is an impressive department store.
Friedrichstrasse, in former East Berlin is elegant and upmarket, with Galleries Lafayette and Quartiers. In Schoeneberg gay shops are around Eisenacher Strasse and Motzstrasse. Most large shops are open until 9 or 10PM.
Berlin has three airports, Tegel, Schoenefeld and the new Berlin Brandenburg. They all offer easy and inexpensive access by public transport. If you are arriving by train, the new Hauptbahnhof connects easily with the all public transports, the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn. Inter-city buses – Berlin is connected to over 350 cities in Europe – arrive at the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof in Charlottenburg, from there you can access any part of town by S-Bahn or bus. If you decide to drive, you will need to display a “Low Emission” sticker, in order to enter the city centre, for more information, please click here >
Berlin has an impressive transport systems with a very efficient underground “U-Bahn” and overground “S-Bahn”. Buses are also an excellent way of moving around Berlin as they are inexpensive and punctual. Plan how to move around by clicking here > For further information on travel passes and other important hints, please visit Berlin Tourism’s website. You may wish to pedal your way around Berlin – or explore it by scooter.
With over 3.5 million inhabitants, Berlin has a rich history that dates back from the late 12th century. It has been the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and is now again the capital of the re-unified Germany. Its diverse history reflects in its architectural legacy, with representatives of almost every architectural style. Post war reconstruction and development following unification and its reinstallation as the German capital has led to a boom in modern construction. The reconstruction of areas such as the Potsdamer Platz and the new government buildings are in strong contrast to old buildings such those seen on the boulevard Unter den Linden.
Berlin has three opera houses, a very lively cultural scene with worldwide famous musicals and is of course the seat of the world famous Berliner Philarmoniker. It hosts famous festivals, such as the Berlin Film Festival in February which includes the Queer Film Award Teddy and ITB, the world’s largest tourism trade show in March. For more on Berlin’s calendar of Events, please click here >
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