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Berlin Gay Travel Guide

Stefan Arestis
Berlin Gay Travel Guide

Discover the best of what gay Berlin has to offer including queer spaces, bars, clubs, cafes, gay hotels, top things to do, and more…

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst!


Berlin is notorious for being the city of sin – a truly liberal and diverse hub where anything goes. The absolute wurst…and we live for it!

Schöneberg is considered to be the main gay area of Berlin, the traditional heart and soul of Berlin's LGBTQ gay community, where the bulk of its gay bars, clubs and hotels can be found. The city also has several other exciting gay neighbourhoods to check out, each with its own unique character, vibe and queer hangouts. The main ones are Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain.

We've been to Berlin several times and usually base ourselves somewhere in Schöneberg, which we love. For us, Schöneberg remains the best gay neighbourhood of Berlin – the true Queen of the Scene! We also love venturing out to the bars and parties happening in the other gay districts of Berlin such as Möbel Olfe in Kreuzberg, SchwuZ in Neukölln, Flax in Prenzlauer Berg, and the infamous Berghain in Friedrichshain. The Berghain super club is almost like an entire gay neighbourhood in its own right! This is reason alone why we rate Berlin as one of the top gay friendly vacation destinations in the world.

We've put all our notes and stories from our many travels to Berlin in this comprehensive gay guide to help inspire your own holiday to this crazy and super exciting city including the best of the gay scene, gay hotels, parties, events, things to do and more.

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The best way to get to know Berlin's gay neighbourhoods is on a queer walking tour with our buddy Finn!

Explore the main gay neighborhood of Berlin with a queer local

Whilst Berlin gay life is all about the ravaging parties and the naughty darkrooms, the LGBTQ community also has a rich historical fabric that we strongly advise you to learn more about. We did a gay walking tour with a queer local (called Finn!) who taught us all about the city's LGBTQ history, focusing on Schoeneberg and Kreuzberg. This tour is a great way to get introduced to gay Berlin.

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Where is the main gay area of Berlin?

The main gay area of Berlin is based in Schöneberg. It is the traditional heart and soul of Berlin's LGBTQ gay community, dating back to 1897 when the world's first-ever LGBTQ organization was founded right here: the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee. From this point on, the area blossomed, becoming the Gay Village capital of the world.

Schöneberg reached its zenith in the late 1920s when it had over 80 LGBTQ venues, with gender-attraction-fluid celebrities like Marlene Dietrich and Claire Waldoff calling it their home. This was also the time when British author Christopher Isherwood wrote about his adventures in the liberal gay Berlin scene of Schöneberg, which became the inspiration for one of our favorite musicals, the Liza Minnelli Cabaret!

Today, Schöneberg is still very much the thriving epicenter of Berlin's gay scene, containing the bulk of the city's best gay hangouts including the two Axel “heterofriendly” hotels.

Getting to Berlin's city centre from the airport…

So you've just touched down at Schönefeld Airport and need to negotiate your way to Berlin City Centre. Fear not, we've got you covered in our comprehensive guide on the best ways to get from Schönefeld Airport to Berlin City Centre. If you're arriving at Tegel Airport, then be sure to check our other guide on how to get from Tegel to Berlin City Centre.

Fritz & Co in Schoneberg the main gay area of Berlin
Nothing like a German sausage to start a brand new day in Berlin eh?

Gay Neighborhoods in Berlin

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991, the gay scene in Berlin has expanded massively beyond Schoenberg to include Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg, Neukölln, and Friedrichshain. We summarise our favorite ones below:

Schöneberg / Schoeneberg

Schoeneberg is the traditional gay heart of Berlin with some of the oldest gay bars in the city

As explained above, Schöneberg (sometimes spelled Schoeneberg) is the traditional beating heart of the gay scene in Berlin. It was the first gay neighborhood in the city and still retains its fabulous charm today. It has some of the oldest gay bars in Berlin like Prinzknecht, Heile Welt, and Hafen. The main gay hotels of Berlin are based here, like Axel Hotel Berlin, TWO Hotel Berlin by Axel, and the Gay Hostel. We use Wittenbergplatz and Nollendorfplatz as our point of reference for getting around Schoeneberg as most of the gay hangouts are located between these two major squares.


Kreuzberg is the other main gay area in Berlin, and one of our favourite parts of the city

Kreuzberg is the other main gay district of Berlin that in our opinion now rivals Schöneberg. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991, interest in Kreuzberg started to grow, quickly attracting all the cool, hip kids. Today, the area has a large LGBTQ community living here along with tons of gay hangouts like Möbel Olfe, BarbieBar, and even a gay museum: the Schwules Museum. Kreuzberg is located south-east of Checkpoint Charlie, north of Tempelhofer Feld and towards the Eastern edge of what used to be “West Berlin”. The main metro station for gay Kreuzberg is Kottbusser Tor. Our favourite thing about Kreuzberg is The East Side Gallery – what used to be the remains of the Berlin Wall now converted into one of the world's most famous open-air galleries of art murals.


Neukolln is a hipster kind of neighbourhood, which is also home to plenty of Berlin's fun gay hangouts

The popularity of Kreuzberg amongst the LGBTQ community got so big that the cool hipster kids moved further south into Neukölln with more “hipster” and local dive bars opening like Cafe Melitta Sundström and SilverFuture, as well as underground, alternative gay clubs like Cocktail d'Amore. One of our favourite (and oldest) gay clubs of Berlin is right here in Neukölln: SchwuZ. This is a club famous for its diverse nights, with dance floors for the pop queens (ahem – that would be us!) and another for the techno/indie crowd. Neukölln also has a large Middle Eastern community – so expect some of the best shawarmas, lots of hummus joint, baklava pastry shops and a famous Turkish Market towards the canal.

Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg is one of Berlin's nightlife hotspots with some trendy gay bars and cafes

Prenzlauer Berg used to form the heart of what used to be Soviet Berlin. It is located towards the northeast of the city centre and Kreuzberg, and west of Mitte. It was famous in the 1960s for being the hub of East Germany's gay scene, where the intellectuals, artists and students once lived. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1991, the area became a vibrant squatting scene, but subsequently experienced quite a rapid gentrification, today becoming one of the city's nightlife hotspots. We found the gay scene of Prenzlauer Berg to be generally a younger crowd in their 20s-40s, with trendy gay bars like Flax and popular gay brunch spots like Schall & Rauch.


Berghain gay club Berlin Kreuzburg

The is the more gritty, raw side of Berlin with a very punky, alternative and underground vibe. It used to be part of East Berlin before the Wall came down in 1991, located East from Kreuzberg and south of Prenzlauer Berg. It's undergoing massive gentrification become trendier and more hip by the minute, but despite this, this is where you'll find some of the best clubs of Berlin, particularly the king of them all: the Berghain! Also in Friedrichshain is the famous naughty club Lab, the Same Bitcհҽs and Polygon gay parties and the super hip Bar Zum Schmutzigen Hobby.

Getting around Berlin

To maximise your enjoyment and avoid queues at the ticketing machines, it's definitely worth investing in a Visit Berlin WelcomeCard before you arrive. It will give you unlimited access on the metro (from 2 to 6 days) and discounts on various attractions.

Gay hotels in Berlin

Berlin is one super gay city where we felt completely safe and welcome! There are very few places we feel comfortable walking the streets holding hands, and this is one of them, especially in gay hotspots like Schöneberg and Kreuzberg. The Berliners are one very open-minded bunch. Whether you're gay, lesbian, transgender, bi, dressed in leather or simply curious, people don't care. In Berlin, you can come just as you are. The same applies to the hotels in Berlin. We never had an issue getting a double bed in any of the places we stayed in Berlin.

This is our summary of some of our favorite gay hotels in Berlin, along with a few “hetero-friendly” options. If you're traveling on a budget, we recommend checking out some of these best party hostels in Berlin.

Heads up, the iconic My Gay Hostel sadly shut its doors for good in early 2024.


Axel Hotel


The Axel Hotel in Berlin is known as the 'grindr' hotel for its tolerant attitude to hanky panky and the fact it is a 'hetero-friendly' hotel!

Why we love it

  • Very cool gay “hetero friendly” hotel
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi with views over the city
  • Sauna, steam room, Turkish bath and gym
  • Restaurant and bar attached

Our favorite gay hotel in Berlin is the “hetero-friendly” Axel Hotel. It's located right in the heart of Schöneberg's lively gay area with gay bars like Heile Welt, Hafen, and WOOF just around the corner.

The rooms have a modern design with darkened lighting to give them that sensual atmosphere. Look out for the famous “DO DISTURB” signs you can put on the door if you want attention from other guests…!

With big comfy beds, flat-screen TVs, and soundproofing throughout, you know you can relax or even get a bit naughty and loud. We heard some guests refer to it as “a Grindr hotel” which made us giggle! The top floor is certainly a gay man's playground, complete with a gym, outdoor Jacuzzi, and an infamous sauna/steam room area for lots of hanky panky.

The hotel also has a restaurant and bar attached to it, which are both a great place to get a bite to eat or a few drinks before a gay night out in Schöneberg. On some evenings the lounge bar also features live music, stand-up comedy, and drag shows. When the big ITB Berlin travel show happens in March, this is where one of the best gay parties takes place.


Misterb&b is the Airbnb equivalent for the LGBTQ community. Unlike on Airbnb, you know your host is gay, voiding any nasty surprises when you check-in. It is also a great way to meet gay locals and discover the underground gay scene. Click below to get 10 € (or $10) off our first booking.


Hotel Palace Berlin


Berlin's Hotel Palace is a truly luxurious 5-star retreat that's perfect for when you want some pampering

Why we love it

  • Luxurious five-star hotel
  • Excellent gym and business facilities
  • Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and spa
  • Multiple cool bars and delicious restaurant

Hotel Palace Berlin is a 5-star luxury gay friendly option, based right in the heart of the main shopping area opposite the Zoological Garden and just minutes walk away from Schöneberg's gay scene. Also, OMG the cute footballers of the home team Hertha Bsc stay here when they play a home game!

This is the place to come and truly spoil yourself, and c'mon, with a name like Palace you know you're going to feel like a true Queen here…

The rooms are spacious and the beds super comfortable, with a choice of three pillow types to ensure a good night's sleep. The Hotel Palace has an excellent lounge area for business use as well as a small but well-equipped gym for getting a workout in. Next to the gym is a large indoor pool to relax and splash about in. We also loved the sauna complex which includes a Finnish sauna, tepidarium, ice cave and a relaxation room.

The dining options of the Hotel Palace Berlin are well-rated. There is a bountiful buffet breakfast at the Bon Dia restaurant, including a tea bar and a live cooking unit where you can get your eggs done in front of you. Carnivores will also love Restaurant Beef 45 which serves, you guessed it, premium meat cuts on a minimalist menu. The House of Gin is where gin lovers like our Seby need to head to, with over 150 gin varieties to try!


Michelberger Hotel


The Michelberger Hotel is a stylish spot to stay in the heart of Berlin's gay Kreuzberg neighbourhood

Why we love it

  • Cool and quirky hotel in Kreuzberg
  • On-site restaurant, cafe and wine bar
  • Artistic decor in the rooms
  • Lovely terrace area with sauna and table tennis

If you want to base yourself in Friedrichshain, close to the Berghain super-club, we recommend checking out the Michelberger Hotel. Everything about this spot is super hip, from the artistic decor in the rooms to the organic produce (with vegan/vegetarian options available FYI) served in the restaurant and cafe.

It's conveniently located close to both the Schlesisches Tor metro station and the Berlin Ostbahnhof. It's also minutes away from the East Side Gallery.

We love the communal terrace area of the Michelberger Hotel. It's the perfect place to hang out and connect with other travelers. You can also get food and drinks from their in-house restaurant and bar. They also have themed nights on Thursday to Sunday evenings to encourage guests to mingle. The “Table Tennis night” is one of the most popular and usually includes a live DJ.

Continuing with the hip theme so prevalent in this hotel are the rooms. They range from small and cozy to decadent suites each with a private sauna. There are split-level rooms for families or groups of friends while all the rooms feature cool design elements like loft beds, quirky layouts, and even yoga mats. So you can get your downward dog on before heading into the cafe for a hearty vegan breakfast and then a day of exploring Berlin's rampant gay scene!


ArtHotel Connection


The ArtHotel Connection Berlin is an intimate gay guesthouse that's heterofriendly, and staffed by the most lovely people in Berlin

Why we love it

  • Hetero-friendly gay hotel
  • Very unique rooms
  • LATE breakfast available!
  • Close to gay bars and clubs of Schöneberg

ArtHotel Connection is a super-gorgeous and super-cute “hetero-friendly” hotel, right in the heart of the Schöneberg's gay scene.

It's an excellent choice for a gay friendly hotel that's not going to break the bank but still feels like you're staying in a classy hotel. We like it 'cause it's homely. ArtHotel has more of a B&B feel. And they know they're audience well: breakfast is available until 4pm…Berghain party bunnies just sayin'!

All the rooms are designed in a kitschy art-nouveau style. The one we stayed in had purple/red walls, zebra print chairs, and colorful artwork on display! The creaking wooden stairway adds to the old-world charm of ArtHotel as does the super cool antique (fully operational!) elevator. It gave us Priscilla, Queen of the Desert vibes!

The ArtHotel Connection is located on a quiet tree-lined residential street in Schöneberg, right next door to Prinzknecht gay bar and down the road from WOOF and Connection Club. It's also well connected, close to 3 metro stations: Wittenbergplatz, Augsburger Strasse, and Viktoria-Luise-Platz.

Gay bars in Berlin

The first thing we noticed when researching where to go out in Berlin is that there are tons of gay bars sprawled around the city. Berlin really is one very gay place!

The bulk of the gay bars in Berlin are concentrated in Schöneberg and Kreuzberg with a sprinkling in Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, and a few underground ones in Friedrichshain. We've only selected what we think is a snippet of the best ones…otherwise, our list would go on forever! The main tip from us, look out for the evenings when the bars do 2-for-1 drink promotions as that's when they will be most busy.

Prinzknecht in Schöneberg

Prinzknecht is one of the best gay bars in the Schoneberg neighbourhood of Berlin

This unpronounceable gay bar is one of our favorites in Schöneberg. It's always been busy when we've come here, especially on Wednesdays when they have their 2-for-1 drinks promotion. On warm days, the atmosphere pours onto the terrace outside creating a fun street party vibe along the super gay Fuggerstrasse street. When we came here, the crowd was mainly locals, all men, of all ages. And in true Berlin fashion, obligatory darkroom located downstairs! Prinzknecht is open daily until 2am (3am on weekends). It is located at Fuggerstrasse 33, just around the corner from the main Axel Hotel.

Heile Welt in Schöneberg

Heile Welt one of the best gay bars of Schöneberg

Heile Welt is our favourite gay bar in Schöneberg for a normal sit down drink with friends – minus the sleazy fun! It's stylish, classy, feeling more like a lounge than a bar. There is always a mixed friendly crowd (both male and female), with zero judgment. Cocktails are yummy, especially their Pisco Sours – not has one like it since our travels in Lima. The most striking thing about Heile Welt is their pretty out-there wall decoration -literally made out of Chewbacca fluff!You'll see what we mean when you visit… Heile Welt is open daily until 1am (3am on weekends). It is located at Motzstrasse 19, which is minutes walking distance from Nollendorfplatz metro station.

Hafen in Schöneberg

Hafen is a cosy neighbourhood gay dive bar in the Schoneberg district of Berlin

Hafen felt to us like a cosy friendly neighbourhood dive bar, where everyone knows everyone. Every evening we came to this small unassuming bar it's always been busy, even on weekdays. We actually stumbled on Hafen by accident when looking for a gay bar open late on a Thursday – it closes at 4am on most nights. The crowd here is mixed – male and female, mainly locals, and super chilled. They have themed nights worth checking out like their Monday quiz nights and the occasional karaoke evenings. Hafen is open daily until around 4am. It is located at Motzstrasse 19, just a few doors down from Heile Welt.

Möbel Olfe in Kreuzberg

Mobel Olfe is a gay bar in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighbourhood which attracts lots of HOT guys!

Möbel Olfe was our introduction to Kreuzberg, the first place we came to when checking out the gay scene of this more hipster side of Berlin. And it was steaming here! Nothing sleazy, but a very packed (and handsome!) crowd of mostly men, in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The only downside is it gets a bit too packed here on weekend evenings, which makes going to the bar to get drinks a pain in the backside as everyone accidentally tramples on you. Also, smoking is allowed inside, so expect to leave this place smelling of an ashtray! Handy note: Tuesdays is their female-only night. Möbel Olfe is open daily until around 3am. It is located at Reichenberger Strasse 177, near the Kottbusser Tor metro station.

Roses in Kreuzberg

Roses is a super quirky and kitsch gay bar in Kreuzberg, Berlin

Roses is a super quirky and kitsch gay bar in Kreuzberg: as you enter, you're welcomed with a loud pink glitter decor that then transforms into the most unique collection figurines and pictures of the Virgin Mary that we've ever seen! The crowd here is a mix of male and female from the entire LGBTQ spectrum, mainly locals and some curious tourists. Despite being a small bar, it felt very reminiscent of the alternative hipster vibe of Kreuzberg. It's also super popular, always attracting a large crowd on every night of the week. Roses is open daily until around 6am the next day. It is located at Oranienstrasse 187, near the Kottbusser Tor metro station.

SilverFuture in Neukölln

Silver Future is an alternative gay bar in Berlin's Neukolln neighbourhood that attracts a diverse LGBTQI crowd

For Kings and Queens and Criminal Queers…the tagline was enough to pique our interest! Just when you thought you couldn't get more hipster, along comes this flamboyant queer gem with its fun, loud and super campy kitsch decor – countless pictures plastered across the wall! The crowd here is very alternative – a wonderful mix of everyone in our LGBTQ family. The later it got, we noticed the female-to-male ratio increasing considerably. SilverFuture is open daily (except Sundays) until 2am (3am on weekends). It is located at Weserstrasse 206, near the Hermannplatz metro station.

Flax in Prenzlauer Berg

Flax is where the Berliner twinks head and is one of the most popular gay bars in the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood

Flax is where the Berliner twinks head to. This is one of the most popular gay bars in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. We'll be honest, we felt a bit old hanging out here – the crowd was mainly young lads in their late teens and twenties. Their busiest nights are themed karaoke nights on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. Also, check out their other themed nights like “We Love Music”, Table Tennis, and Beer Pong. Flax is open daily (except Mondays) until 2/3 am (5 am on weekends). It is located at Chodowieckistraße 41, several blocks from the Greifswalder Strasse metro station.

Bar Zum Schmutzigen Hobby in Friedrichshain

Bar Zum is a really cool gay bar located in a former fire station in the Friedrichshain neighbourhood of Berlin

Another really cool (and totally unpronounceable!) gay bar in Berlin. Bar Zum is located in a former fire station in the Friedrichshain neighbourhood, where some of the city's best gay clubs are. It's super cosy here – think armchairs and sofas, like hanging out in your friend's apartment. We loved Thursday evenings because that's when they have their 90s party, allowing us to show off a few of our Ace of Base and Spice Girls moves… Bar Zum has become very trendy and popular in recent years, often attracting the odd celeb – like Rupert Everett and Tara Reid. Bar Zum is open daily until around 4am (6am on weekends). It is located at Revaler Strasse 99, near the Warschauer Strasse metro station.

Gay clubs in Berlin

Berlin is packed with tons of clubs! The general Berlin club theme we got used to seeing is smoky underground-type dancing venues, set in former industrial warehouses pumping out electro house – complete with obligatory darkroom. Boom-boom is in the air here- you can literally inhale the hot loving pheromones as you enter most places!

The Berghain is, of course, the mama of all gay clubs in Berlin. There are a bunch of other options available in case you're not allowed in – which is very likely given how exclusive it is!) As with the gay bars of Berlin, there are tons of clubs here, particularly in Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Neukölln, so we've only selected a handful of our favorites:

Berghain in Friedrichshain

Berghain gay club Berlin Kreuzburg

The Berghain is definitely the most unique club we've ever been to, the ultimate rave of your life! It's located in a huge former power plant in the middle of an industrial estate in Friedrichshain, where up to 1,500 come to rave all weekend long. Inside it felt completely euphoric to us – everyone high on something, in black (or wearing nothing at all!), partying away to the pumping techno beats. It's typical Berlin – dark, mysterious, underground, smokey, gritty and of course, plenty of darkrooms! Photography is strictly forbidden here. It's always full. Queues to get in can take hours! However, the Berghain's infamous reputation is due to the severe and secretive entry policy of its door staff. Put it this way, if they don't like you, you're not getting in, whoever you are or however long you queued. Even Britney and Macklemore have been famously turned away! Our tip, come on Sunday late morning when queues are shorter. Wear dark grungy colours and come solo or in twos, never in a large group. Also, do not smile when the door staff are scanning you and do not act drunk…Good luck! The Berghain is only open at weekends, starting on Friday midnight and going on throughout the weekend until midday on Monday! It is located at Am Wriezener Bahnhof, close to the Berlin Ostbahnhof railway station.

KitKatClub in Mitte

While it's not an official ‘gay' club, the KitKatClub is a hedonistic, natural, colourful, lively, musical & kinky space that is very popular with the queer community. There is a strict dress code here, with guests encouraged to go all out with naughty latex, high style or glamor outfits – no boring black outfits or underwear! But once you get inside it's all worth it, with three dance floors, a pool and fluorescent paintings illuminated by neon lights. They have a packed schedule of events every night of the week, although Saturday nights are of course the biggest. Most nights things start around 10pm but also occasionally a little earlier. KitKatClub is located at Köpenicker Straße 76, opposite the U Heinrich-Heine-Straße metro station.

SchwuZ in Neukölln

Schwuz is one of the oldest gay clubs in the whole of Germany and has three awesome dance rooms on the weekends

One of our favourite gay clubs in Berlin and certainly a more sober experience than the crazy Berghain! SchwuZ has become an institution for the gay scene of Berlin. It's one of the oldest gay clubs in the whole of Germany, starting as an alternative underground club for the LGBTQ community back in 1977. Today it's one of the hippest clubs in the cities, particularly on weekends when they have 3 dance rooms: one for 80s cheese (this is where you'll find us!), one for techno/indie another for modern pop. When we went on a Friday evening, the crowd was mixed LGBTQ, mainly in their 20s and 30s. Schwuz has parties on Thursday to Sunday evenings from around 11pm until around 5am the next day. It is located at Rollbergstrasse 26, near the Rathaus Neukölln metro station.

Buttons in Friedrichshain

About Blank is a wild and colourful all weekend rave and on the third Friday of each month, they have the popular Buttons party attracting a diverse queer crowd

Buttons is a wild and colorful all-weekend rave open to everyone, or as the promoters proudly put it: “Gay / Lesbo / Queers / Transgender / Freaks / Genderqueer / Gender Variant / Social bottoms / Polyamory / Genderfuck / Lacanian / Puppets / Colours…and ends with “Humans”! Taking place on the third Friday of each month, Buttons attracts a diverse queer crowd from cute twinks in their leather harness to androgynous girls in bright colors to muscle boys in their super tight football kits. Buttons is open from Friday evening and the parties go on through the weekend until around midday on Monday. It is located at Markgrafendamm 24c, very close to the Berlin Ostkreuz metro.

Cocktail d'Amore in Neukölln

Cocktail d'Amore is one of the best underground gay dance parties in Berlin for disco house fans

Cocktail d'Amore is one of the best underground gay dance parties in Berlin for disco house fans. Here it's all about pure hedonism and love of liberty. Some serious humping is in the air as soon as you enter. Note, it is not a 100% cruising club per se. You come here to dance, for the house beats. It just so happens that quite a lot of guys who are also appreciative of those disco beats will be vigorously making out openly around you. This is Berlin! The Cocktail d'Amore parties happen once a month on Saturdays and go on all through Sunday until Monday midday. It usually happens at Griessmuehle, which is a converted former factory. Check their Facebook page for details of the next event.

Pronceptual in Friedrichshain

At its core, Pronceptual describes itself as an art project aiming to de-contextualize ponrography to show that explicit content can be considered art. Sign us right up for that! Especially when their way of displaying said art form is with a large awesome queer party, pumping out techno/house music, along with body performances and art installations. Dress code? Well, the less you wear, the less cover charge you pay! Don't judge…this is Berlin! The Ponrceptual parties happen roughly once a month at “Alte Münze”, which is located at Molkenmarkt 2, north of Kreuzberg near Alexanderplatz in the Friedrichshain neighborhood. Check their Instagram for details of the next party and their Twitter for some of their best, erm, art!

Siucide Circus in Friedrichshain

Siucide Circus (yes, we spelt that incorrectly on purpose) is another excellent electro club in Berlin that regularly hosts gay nights like the iconic Chantals House of Shame. It's more an after-hours location, where the party boys come to continue the party in this dark, unassuming and smokey techno club. The music is a mix of techno, tribal house, hard house, acid techno, acid house…basically not the sort of place we'd be able to show off our Britney dance moves… The Same Bitcհҽs parties also usually take place at the Siucide Circus, which is located at Revaler Strasse 99, near the Warschauer metro.

Gay cruising in Berlin

There are many gay cruising places in Berlin, both indoor and outdoor. What's interesting is that whilst Grindr has almost destroyed the gay outdoor cruising in most other cities, in Berlin it's still going strong. This is one city where there is no shortage of spaces for good old fashioned anonymous encounters!

Oh and on the subject of gay apps? As well as Grindr and Scruff, we also recommend using Planet Romeo in Berlin – also referred to locally as “die blauen Seiten” (the blue pages). We've split this section into the best outdoor gay cruising areas and the indoor, which are essentially bars with a prominent darkroom area.

Outdoor gay cruising areas in Berlin

  • Tiergarten in Schöneberg: the oldest gay cruising ground in Berlin dating back to the late 1800s. The most popular gay cruising spot is at Tuntenwiese, located on the south side of the Victory Column.
  • Hasenheide Park in Neukölln: more private and discreet than Tiergarten. The forest is thick, so no problems finding a private spot here, which means it's busy night and day.
  • Friedrichshain Park: has a cruising area on the slope of the hill, especially behind the Spanienkämpfer-Denkmal (the memorial for the victims of the Spanish Civil War) on Friedenstrasse.
  • Ernst-Thälmann Park in Prenzlauer Berg: has a small cruising area alongside the S-Bahn rail tracks.

Indoor gay cruising areas in Berlin

Heads up, the iconic Tom's Bar closed its doors in February 2024. In its place, however, arose the Spanish cruising bar: Boyberry.

  • WOOF in Schöneberg: popular gay cruising bar for bears, otters, hairy daddies, and skinheads with a busy darkroom. Tuesday is one of the best nights to come when they have a 2-for-1 drinks promotion.
  • Boyberry Berlin in Schöneberg: formerly Tom's Bar now a two-storey cruising bar. It's the same as the Boyberry in Madrid and Barcelona.
  • Connection Club in Schöneberg: cruising leather-themed bar for men with a large cruising labyrinth and darkroom in the basement affectionately called “The Twilight Zone”!
  • Club Triebwerk in Kreuzberg: cozy male-only cruising club with a large basement darkroom. Look out for their popular themed party nights like “Underwear” or “Nude-Only”.

Gay saunas in Berlin

For a city that oozes hedonism so liberally, it's quite lacking in gay saunas, particularly when compared to somewhere like the gay scene of Bangkok (which has loads!). Despite this, Berlin is home to one of the most famous gay saunas in Europe – possibly the world – der Boiler! We've also included a unique gay Tคntrค experience worth checking out:

  • Boiler Berlin Sauna in Kreuzberg: famed for being one of the biggest and best gay saunas in Europe, if not the world! It is spread over 3 levels, attracting a huge mix of foreigners, locals of all ages.
  • Gay-Tคntrค Oasis: a company offering gay-Tคntrค massages. The service includes a full massage and a “shower ritual”! They only reveal their address once you've confirmed your appointment, so message them via their website to arrange.
Boiler is the best gay sauna in Berlin

Gay cafes in Berlin

Germans love their coffee as much as they like cheeky cuddles in bed… There's a cafe on almost every other street corner in Berlin along with several gay ones sprinkled around the city, particularly in Schoeneberg – Romeo & Romeo our personal favourite. We've set out the best gay cafes in Berlin below, but remember, as with the bars, there are loads: this list is not exclusive!

  • Romeo & Romeo in Schöneberg: our favourite gay cafe in Berlin. It's always busy. We recommend trying out their rainbow vegan cake! All those boys you met the night before in Heile Welt? They'll all be hanging out here during the day! Romeo & Romeo is open daily from 8am to 10pm and is located at Motzstrasse 20.
  • Cafe Berio in Schöneberg: one of the oldest gay hangouts in Schoeneberg, famous for their freshly baked cakes. Also, a useful spot to meet your Grindr hookup! Cafe Berio is open daily from 7am to 6pm and is located at Maassenstrasse 7.
  • Cafe Kalwil Kunde in Schöneberg: a super quirky gem with fancy Victorian-esque decor, perfect for a romantic brunch or coffee with a group of friends. We recommend their Breakfast Heinrich – it's so photogenic, like your having High Tea with Queen Victoria! Cafe Kalwil Kunde is open daily (except Tuesday) from 9am to 7pm and is located at Motzstrasse 30.
  • Südblock in Kreuzberg: one of the best gay cafe snack bars in Kreuzberg. They also have events and parties in the evening, particularly on weekends. Südblock is open daily from 11am to 1/2am and is located at Admiralstrasse 1-2.
  • Café K-Ŧetisch in Neukölln: a super cool hipster gay vegan cafe famous for its delicious pastries as well as its antipasti. Always a vibrant and busy atmosphere here. Cafe K-Ŧetisch is open daily (except on Mondays) from 10am to midnight and is located at Wildenbruchstrasse 86.
Romeo & Romeo gay cafe in Berlin
Rainbow vegan cake at the Romeo & Romeo gay cafe in Schöneberg

Gay restaurants in Berlin

German sausage jokes aside, the Currywurst is a must! There are many excellent restaurants to check out in Berlin where you can try the famous Currywurst along with many other yummy prizes. We checked out some of the best gay restaurants in Berlin and have summarised our favorites right here:


Sissi is a gay friendly Austrian restaurant serving yummy Austrian dishes

For a proper sit-down meal, we recommend the gay friendly Austrian restaurant in Schöneberg called Sissi. It's quite a small space that quickly gets busy so definitely make sure you call ahead to reserve a table. Once inside you'll be charmed by the pink walls, wooden furniture, and yummy Austrian dishes like the “wiener schnitzel” or “cheese spätzle”. I particularly loved it because they make delicious pastries – fellow sweet tooth travelers you'll empathize. Their Sissi Cake cake is a must (honestly, once you get beyond the comical name, it's so tasty!) Sissi also put on a decent inexpensive luncheon with a menu that changes daily.


If you like wine and tapas-style dishes, you must visit Facciola, an Italian restaurant/wine-bar in Kreuzberg

If you like wine and tapas-style dishes, you must visit Facciola, an Italian restaurant/wine bar in Kreuzberg. It's owned and run by Aurora Facciola, who really knows her stuff when it comes to Italian wine. Most of the wines available on the menu are from her home region of Piedmont, but other regions are also represented. There's a small food menu of rustic dishes that perfectly complement your tasting of the different wines, including some of the most incredible pasta we've ever had! Aurora and all the staff really make this place unforgettable, as they are so friendly towards every single patron.


Alaska is a gay vegan restaurant in Neukölln serving delicious Spanish tapas

Vegans and vegetarians in Berlin need not despair, as Alaska is a gay vegan restaurant in Neukölln serving delicious Spanish tapas. Yeah, we'll give you a second to wrap your head around a restaurant in Berlin named after an American state serving Spanish food! The tapas here are delectable. Even non-vegan/veggie diners will love it. Some of our favorites include the carrot crostini (which somehow tastes like smoked salmon!), as well as the patatas bravas with aioli. And you've got to leave room for some churros for dessert. Also, vegan cocktails! Yup – it's a thing…try it out here, trust us you'll love it!

Gay events in Berlin

When it comes to annual gay events, Berlin leads the way! It's like our European answer to San Francisco, from the Pig parties of Folsom to the քorɳ event of Hustlaball. Here's our summary of some of the best gay events in Berlin to look out for:

Easter Berlin Leather Week – March/April

Easter Berlin is one of the largest leather events in Europe. It is organized by the BLF group and also crowns the next Mr Leather Berlin on Easter Sunday. The focal point of the event is in Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg. This is one of the best festivals for all things leather, rubber, skin gear, and uniform. The festival includes lots of parties including a fabulous Cabaret.

The Lesbian and Gay City Stadtfest Festival – June/July

Stadtfest is the largest street festival for Berlin's LGBTQ community, taking place every June/July around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg. The festival is massive, attracting over 400,000 visitors each year! Events include films, celebrity talk shows, gay entertainers, and live DJs.

Berlin Gay Pride (Christopher Street Day) – July

This is the main Pride event of Berlin, often referred to as CSD or St Christopher's Street Day in Europe. The first one took place on 30th June 1979 as a protest rally of 450 people. Today this has grown into one of the largest gay Pride events in the world, attracting around 1 million people! The highlight is the Saturday parade which follows a route from the Kurfurstendamm to the Siegesäule (Berlin Victory Column).

Folsom Europe – September

This is the largest gay leather festival in Europe going strong since 2003. It's the cousin of San Francisco's equivalent, attracting around 20,000 guys who are into leather and more. The highlight is the popular outdoor Folsom Europe Street Fair, which takes place along Fuggerstrasse and Welserstrasse. Some of the best parties take place during Folsom Europe, in particular Pig and P*rverts.

Hustlaball Circuit Party Weekend – October

This is one of the largest p*rn parties in the world – an entire weekend fun, fantasy and dancing! This is where some of the top xrated actors gather and perform some pretty in-your-face live shows. The best event of Hustlaball takes place at the KitKatClub. To keep in the loop about their latest news, we recommend following them on Twitter.

Top things to do in Berlin

Whilst Berlin is synonymous with hedonism and sleaze, there is, of course, a very different and more sober side to this phenomenal city. The Brandenberg Gates stands as a symbol of pride and unity not only to Germans but to all Europeans. The Second World War, the Cold War era, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall each left their mark on Berlin. We've highlighted some of the best things to do and see in Berlin so you get a flavor of this city's rich, diverse history:

Go on a queer walking tour

Queer Walk gay things to do in Schoneberg

Berlin walks offers a queer walking tour to learn about the history of Schöneberg, the first gay district in the world which dates back to the 1920s. We did a tour with Finn McCool from Berlin Walks who we highly recommend. He's a fountain of knowledge about everything to do with queer Berlin and the city in general. We loved learning about Christopher Isherwood, the British writer whose novel Goodbye to Berlin inspired the famous gay musical Cabaret! Finn also offers his own private tours to places like the “gay concentration camps”: gay men were taken to the Sachsenhausen camp and the lesbians to the Ravensbrück camp!

Visit the Schwules gay museum

Learn about Berlin's gay history at the Schwules museum

This is an excellent museum in Schöneberg, dedicated to the history and culture of the LGBTQ community. It was founded in 1985 and is now the world's largest institution for the queer community. It's open every day (except Tuesdays) and features a variety of different exhibitions throughout the year. One of our favourite exhibitions is SuperQueeroes, which is all about the famous queer comic heroes and heroines. It holds over 50,000 objects showcasing gay culture with everything from postcards to clothing and vinyl records. They also display themes relating to drag, gender issues, AIDS and more. You could easily spend an entire day exploring – we sure did!

Prepare your wallet for some serious shopping

Gay guide to Berlin shopping in Schoneberg

If you like shopping, then Schöneberg is the place for you. The high-end shopping mall Kaufhaus des Westens (also, more simply referred to as “KaDeWe”), is based right outside Wittenbergplatz metro. It is the second-largest department store in Europe after Harrods in London. The Kurfürstendamm Boulevard is like the Champs Elysees of Berlin, with all the popular high street retailers like H&M, Zara, Lacoste and many more. Other shopping malls in the area include the Bikini Mall and the Karstadt shopping centre. Make sure you also check out some of the naughty gay shops, like the City Men Shop!

Discover Berlin on a Bike

Exploring Berlin on Bike

One of the best ways to embrace Berlin's rich cultural heritage is to explore it by bike, especially as the city is overall very flat. It's also a handy way to do sightseeing in Berlin because the main sites are quite spread out from each other. We did a private tour with Sascha of Berlin on Bike who showed us the main sites like the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the remains of the famous Berlin Wall, the Bundestag and more. Depending on where you're staying, you may also be able to rent bikes from your hotel (or use them for free). You can even join a bike tour specifically exploring Berlin's gay culture!

Explore the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Berlin is Checkpoint Charlie

A historic ‘must-see’ for us when we visited Berlin was the infamous Berlin Wall. Whilst most of the wall has been removed, parts of the original wall have been retained as a memory, particularly by the Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie – the most famous crossing of the wall during the height of the Cold War. This highly-rated Third Reich and Cold War walking tour is an excellent way to learn more about the fall of the Berlin Wall while exploring different sections of it. As well as visiting Checkpoint Charlie and different remaining sections of the wall you'll also learn more about the rise and fall of the totalitarian regime.

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery two men kissing Brezhnev kissing Honecker

The East Side Gallery is another part of the famous Berlin Wall that has been preserved. It is located on the East of Kreuzberg along the river. It has now been turned into an excellent outdoor museum with some of the best street art murals we've ever seen, all geared towards Peace! The most iconic street art mural to look out for is the Two Men Kissing picture. These particular men are Leonid Brezhnev, the General Secretary of the Soviet Union at the time, and Erich Honecker, the General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of the GDR. They are not actually kissing romantically. This is simply based on a photograph of them engaged in a quick smack on the lips, which was back then considered a kind of socialist greeting (a “Bruderkuss” in German).

Visit Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace dinner and concert romantic things to do in Berlin

This was our favourite date night in Berlin! Charlottenburg is the largest palace in the city, surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland. The interior is also stunning, with lavish baroque and rococo styles. We came for a three-course dinner and classical music concert performed by musicians from the Berlin Residence Orchestra in period costume! The food was traditional Prussian cuisine, served by candlelight. Then the musicians played classic pieces by Bach, Handel and Mozart. We definitely recommend this for gay couples looking for a romantic and alternative night out in Berlin – ie free from darkroom, swings and glory holes!

Dine at the Berlin TV Tower

Berlin TV Tower romantic things to do in gay Berlin

The Fernsehturm Berlin is a television tower that was constructed in the 60s. Originally it was meant to be Berlin's symbol of Communist Power. Today it is a popular tourist attraction and our favourite spot for some of the best views across the city. Towards the top is the revolving Sphere restaurant, which makes for another super romantic date night. We recommend booking a VIP-dinner at the Sphere restaurant, particularly at sunset. The restaurant slowly rotates during your meal, so you can gaze out over the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Museum Island while enjoying a lovely three-course meal.

The Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is a sobering place that should be experienced at least once

A sobering but must-visit spot in Berlin is the Memorial to the lost Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial. What's your first impression? Not every piece is the same right? This fascinating outdoor memorial was designed to confuse, showing a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason. Which is kind of what happened during the Holocaust. As well as being an important site to visit, we also found it very unique, like no other touristic site we've ever visited. Just please, don't be like some visitors who think it's an appropriate place to take silly selfies

Go on a free street art walking tour

See a different side of Berlin on an alternative or street art walking tour

We always seek out free tours in every new city we visit. We love them because they're usually run by local students, looking to make some cash from the tips given. A quick Google search and you'll find several companies offering a mix of various Berlin walking tours. It's one of the best ways to orientate yourself in a new place, from the eyes of a willing local. Just remember to tip generously! Only the “alternative Berlin” tour is actually free, but we still definitely recommend the street art tour for people who love graffiti art. It's the best backdrop for those selfies!

Plan your trip to Berlin

We've put together some handy hints and tips to help you plan your own trip to Berlin. Read on to find out everything the gay traveller should know before they go.

Travel insurance: No matter how well you plan and prepare, sometimes things just go wrong when you're travelling. We recommend all travellers to Berlin ensure they have travel insurance so you're protected in the case of accident, illness or even just lost luggage. We've been using Heymondo Travel Insurance for years and love them. They provide affordable and comprehensive cover, plus it's easy to make a claim online when you need to.

How to get there: There are excellent transport links to Berlin from throughout Europe. You can get there via car, bus, train or by flying into Schonefeld or Tegel Airport. We usually fly to Berlin and then get a private airport transfer with Welcome Pickups to our accommodation. They are reliable, always on time and you get a big car all to yourself with an English speaking local driver.

Visa requirements: If you're coming to Germany from many countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia then you won't need a visa to enter the country (and other countries in the Schengen Area) as a tourist. This means you can visit Berlin quite easily but make sure you check your personal visa requirements before you travel, especially if you are planning to visit other parts of Europe as well.

Getting around: Berlin is a huge city with an extensive public transport system made up of the U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (light rail), buses and trams. The city is divided into three different fare zones: A, B and C. We recommend you pre-purchase the Berlin Welcome Card as it gives you unlimited travel in the zones you choose for the whole duration of your stay as well as lots of discounts on popular attractions.

Vaccinations: Before travelling to Berlin, make sure you're up-to-date with routine vaccinations like measles, mumps, chickenpox, etc. Depending on what you are planning to do in other parts of Germany you may also need vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B as well as rabies. Check the most recent advice on the CDC website and talk to your doctor before you make any travel arrangements.

Currency: The currency used in Berlin is the Euro, just like the rest of Germany and 18 of the other countries that are part of the European Union. The symbol for the euro is € and $1 US converts to about 90 euro cents while £1 is worth around €1.17.

Tipping culture: Berlin does have a tipping culture, but only if the service warrants it so don't ever feel forced to tip. Usually, you can round up your bill to the nearest euro, or give a few euros to the housekeeper at a nice hotel. Here's some more detailed information on tipping in Berlin.

Internet access: There are many free public WiFi hotspots in Berlin, which don't require registration and provide unlimited access We recommend hiring a portable WiFi device.

Online privacy: Germany as a whole is very gay friendly, so you're unlikely to encounter anything in the way of internet censorship or difficulty accessing gay dating apps while you're in Berlin. If you just prefer to keep your online activities private then we recommend using a VPN like those from ExpressVPN. They provide very reliable and affordable online privacy for when you're travelling so you can maintain your anonymity.

Accommodation: For more accommodation options in Berlin make sure you check out which is our favourite place to find accommodation at the best prices. They have a huge selection of properties, many with free cancellation and provide excellent 24/7 online customer support.

Sightseeing and adventure: There are also lots more exciting things to see and do in Berlin beyond what we've mentioned in this guide. We like to use GetYourGuide to plan our adventures since they have many wonderful options, an easy to use online booking system and 24/7 online customer support.

When to visit: Berlin is an exciting city with things happening pretty much all throughout the year. When you visit will be based on specific events you may want to attend or your own personal weather preferences. It can get hot during summer which is from June-August in Germany. Spring and autumn are both mild, with pretty flowers or colourful changing leaves. While winter can be harsh it can also be magical, especially around Christmas!

Gay map of Berlin

Here's our gay map of Berlin to show you where everything we've mentioned in this article is located. Use it to find out where all the best gay hotels, bars clubs, restaurants and activities are for your own visit to Berlin!

Check out our gay map of Berlin with all the coolest gay hotels, gay bars, clubs, cafes and more!

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Check out our gay travel guide to Berlin with all the best gay hotels, bars, clubs and more!
Stefan Arestis

Hey everyone, I'm Stefan, the curly-haired Greek flavor behind the gay travel blog Nomadic Boys. Together with my other half, I have explored more than 90 countries across 5 continents. What I love most about traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, learning new cultures. I've written about LGBTQ travel in numerous online publications such as Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times and Pink News as well as for other non-gay-specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Check my full bio here.


Friday 24th of April 2020

Want to return to Berlin soon. Already been there for a couple of times... but i only know one gay bar AHAHAH

Stefan Arestis

Friday 24th of April 2020

And now thanks to our guide you know many more :)


Thursday 25th of April 2019

Hello designers and writers of this web page....I find the information very helpful. I just never realize how much Berlin and Germany in general have so much to offer for Gays, wow. I would like to visit the recommended sites in the future trip there. One problem is that I do not know how to speak German, let alone, that I have partial hearing loss. Are there Deaf and Hard of Hearing gays in Germany, specifically, if there are clubs, associations, or groups for Gays to hang out and meet? How about website for the Deaf Gays in Germany? Thank you so much for the wonderful works you do on your web page. Sincerely, Pedro

Nomadic boys

Thursday 25th of April 2019

Hi Pedro thanks for your message. We actually have no idea, however, check out the gay blog of our buddy Rex. He is not only deaf, but super handsome. He'll have the best tips:


Sunday 29th of July 2018

New post of wonderful way of writing , Amazing photos , I'm glad to be one of your follower , you are the best

Nomadic boys

Monday 30th of July 2018

Thanks for following us :)


Saturday 24th of February 2018

The HAFEN Quiz night is not more.

You might also want to check out the BLOND bar. International, mixed, relaxed gay crowd. On Tuesdays they have Karaoke.

Nomadic boys

Saturday 24th of February 2018

Thanks Carl :)


Friday 24th of February 2017

What a great job. Thanks for information.

Nomadic boys

Friday 24th of February 2017

Thank you :)