While Berlin is unquestionably one of Europe’s leading gay destinations, with its many inclusive gay bars, friendly LGBTQ+ clubs, open-mindedness and cultural richness, it would not be fair to limit ourselves to the German capital. Hamburg, also known as the Venice of the North, is an iconic German city for its canal architecture and for its LGBTQ+ district, the St. Georg district. Known worldwide for its Oktoberfest, Munich is also a favorite destination and opens the doors to Bavaria, one of the most touristic regions in Germany. In the same vein, the city of Cologne, a major LGBTQ + place in Germany, goes with the flow of the party and is particularly known for its gay pride. A country with a strong folkloric accent, Germany is rich in tradition and oscillates between medieval cities, lush green landscapes and a frenetic life that you can also experience in its big cities.
Today, Germany is Europe‘s leading economic power as well as the most densely populated country on the continent with almost 83 million inhabitants. It is one of the countries that have shaped the history of Europe through the ages and therefore enjoys a millenary culture in terms of architecture, philosophy, literature, music and cinema. Geographically, Germany is made up of varied landscapes between coastal areas, mountain ranges and large plains in the North.
The condition of the LGBTQ+ community in Germany can be seen as positive. Discrimination is punishable by law, same-sex marriage is possible since 2017 and gender reassignment is allowed since 2011. While Germany can be considered a safe country for gays, improvements still need to be made in the area of blood donation (currently banned) as well as in conversion therapies which are still tolerated to this day. For more information: Equaldex.
The Euro is the currency of Germany. All major credit cards are accepted.
For citizens of the European Union, Switzerland or a member country of the European Economic Area, your national identity card or passport is sufficient as proof of identity, as Spain is part of the EU and the Schengen Area (free movement of persons).
For travellers from Canada, the United States and Australia, an agreement with the EU allows you to be exempt from visa requirements for stays up to 90 days. However, please note that in 2022, it will be necessary to obtain your ETIAS before any departure. This is an electronic travel authorization that must be done online before your trip for a fee of 7€. This authorisation will give you access to all member countries of the Schengen Area.
For more information: ETIAS