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Berlin Gay Districts
The scene in Schoeneberg, around Nollendorfplatz, first came to fame in the 1920s. Still today, it is the most known gay and lesbian district where the community sets the flag. Not only coffee shops, bars and shops, but also the take-away fast food restaurants are decorated with rainbow flags. Most people meet in the Fuggerstraße, Eisenacherstraße and Motzstraße.
The district Prenzlauer Berg is one of the most popular districts among Berlin' s visitors and new residents. It is a district full of fashion stores and a place where parties always last all night long. Especially in the area between the underground stations Senefelderplatz and Schönhauser Allee many gay and lesbian pubs, bars and coffee bars do exist which are very en vogue.
Kreuzberg and its Viktoria Park was famous for a long time for being Berlin's most colorful and whimsical district. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the new won role as an inner city district, a period of reorientation lies behind Kreuzberg. Fortunately, it did not loose its unique character during that process. The gay and lesbian scene is primarily centred around Oranienstraße (colloquial: O-Straße) and a part of the Mehringdamm.
The district of Friedrichshain is the youngest of the popular meeting places of the Berlin gay and lesbian community. Also it is very popular by students. The main centres are the area around Simon-Dach-Straße and the famous East Side Gallery.
Mitte and Tiergarten
Next to the "Tiergarten" (district and largest Park of the German Capital) with the new Central Station, the trendy district of Mitte is an ideal place to dance the night away in various dance clubs. And not just that, there are also strictly lesbian or gay parties, that are taking place more or less regularly in various locations.
The Gay Museum (Schwules Museum) in Kreuzberg is the only one of its kind worldwide. Established in 1985 it gives detailed insights into the changeful history and present culture of gay living by its various exhibitions, collections and lectures.
200 Years of Gay History - Permanent Exhibition
The permanent exhibition is a insightful documentation of gay history between 1790 and 1990. Many pictures, paintings or sculptures illustrate the struggling development of a gay consciousness and a gay pride.
Every Saturday at 4 p.m. guided tours in English
Daily except Tue:
Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin
Mercure Hotel Munich City Center