Berlin is super gay. Gayness is so well accepted in every aspect of society that you’ll find sprinkles of it everywhere.
Schöneberg is the heart of the gay community and has been since the 1920s when it became the first ever gay village – in the world.
Although it was all heavily repressed during the Nazi era, it was reborn after the Berlin Wall was erected in the 1960s and has continued to thrive ever since.
Alternative gay scenes have started to spring up in the East over the past 20 years since the Wall came down, particularly in Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichshain.
But Schöneberg nonetheless remains the Queen of the Berlin Scene.
#1 WHERE IS SCHÖNEBERG?
Schöneberg is located in the centre west of Berlin, close to the Zoological Garden and Tiergarden Park. It has everything you need: shopping centers, restaurants, high end hotels, transport links and of course, the bulk of the gay scene is right here.
The gay action happens around Fuggerstrasse and Mostrasse, where the majority of the bars, clubs and cafes are based.
#2 WHERE TO STAY IN SCHÖNEBERG
Whether you’re gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, dressed in leather or simply curious, people don’t care. In Berlin, you can come just as you are.
There are many excellent gay friendly hotels in Schöneberg, which will welcome you with open arms. Here’s a few of our favourites:
GAY HOTEL: AXEL HOTEL BERLIN
- Axel is a very cool gay “hetero friendly” hotel.
- The rooms have a modern design with darkened lighting to give it that sensual atmosphere. Look out for the famous “PLEASE DISTURB” signs you can put on the door if you want someattention!
- Axel Hotel Berlin is located right in the heart of Schöneberg’s lively gay area and also has a popular Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
- Juniper is the fabulous restaurant linked to Axel, which is a great place to get a bite to eat and a few drinks before a night out in Schöneberg. On some evenings it features live music, stand up comedy and drag shows.
#3 GAY BARS AND CLUBS OF SCHÖNEBERG
Schöneberg has a whole bunch of bars and clubs to choose from. Whatever you are into, you will probably find it in Schöneberg. One tip is to look out for the bars offering 2 for 1 drinks promotions because these will be the most happening places on that particular evening.
Source: Nomadic Boys