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This month’s gay and lesbian travel destination: Hamburg

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Sunset over Hamburg Harbour

The Gay and Lesbian culture in Germany is almost legendary and should be discovered first hand in order to gain a true appreciation of its intensity. Thriving gay and lesbian culture can be found in all of Germany’s larger cities with the most prevalent being found in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, and Munich. The Gay and Lesbian culture dates back to the days of King Ludwig the II of Bavaria, evidenced by what an extraordinarily snappy dresser he was.Hamburg’s architecturally unique harbor, bridges, and waterways hold exceptional allure for many travelers as well as for gays and lesbians, but the city has become very trendy and is oftentimes referred to as “the place to shop and drop.” However, it isn’t just the beautifully displayed and presented products that are on sale here – indeed, the lifestyle is as well. The following attractions and events will give you an idea of the best places to frequent if you are looking to mingle with other gays and lesbians.

Gay and Lesbian district of St. Georg

You can attend the annual Ballissima, which is the autumn ball held in mid-November. There is also the conventional St.Pauli Discovery as well as Magnus Hirschfeld Center’s dance courses exclusively conducted for gays and lesbians. Additionally, you can enjoy the Café cum Bistro’s legendary Sunday brunch after enjoying a performance by the Schola Cantorosa – an entirely gay choir.

Christopher Street Day

Currently a huge part of Hamburg’s social make-up and has a wide array of bars, clubs, discos, and party-venues to experience while adventuring out into the city. Especially enjoyable to venture into are those venues that are situated on the banks of the Elbe, one of the most spectacular rivers in all of Germany.

In addition to the above, the club scene and nightlife have a lot to offer gay and lesbian culture in Hamburg. The following is a listing of the #1 and #2 top-rated gay and lesbian clubs and discos (according to Qype.com) that you won’t want to miss while visiting the city:

Tom’s Dancehall

This is the #1 personal favorite of local homosexual men, friends, and girlfriends in Hamburg. It features a gigantic dance floor with excellent JBL sound and a separate smoking lounge where you can relax in more intimate surroundings.

DARE

The 80s Gay Club – rated #2 right behind Tom’s Dancehall as a gay and lesbian favorite nightlife venue. A throwback to the music and pop culture of the 1980’s, the club features excellent dining in an affordable fancy atmosphere.

Photo of sunset over Hamburg, Germany by eriwst

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