– Written by Victoria Philpott
1 June – 23 June 2013
In Germany’s LGBT capital you’ll find one of the best Gay Pride’s in Europe, known locally as Christopher Street Day. Since 1979 the Day has expanded from a demonstration of a few hundred to an incredible parade of hundreds of thousands. And this year they’re expecting more than 700,000.
For more Pride events, see our pick of the best prides around the world
Berlin Gay Pride Parade
The parade takes place on Saturday, 22 June and will start at 12:30pm on the corner of Kurfurstendamn and Knesebeckstrasse, then parading east past Wittenbergplatz and Nollendorfplatz. It’ll then turn through leafy Tiergarten park to the towering Victory Column (Siegessaule), before turning east through the park to end at Brandenburg Gate. It lasts for four hours when it ends at the Pride Rally near Brandenburg Gate.
There’ll be a disco corner, chill-out lounge and awards presented. For full festival information click here.
Berlin’s huge lesbian and gay street fair takes place during the last week of Gay Pride. Demonstrating for ‘Equal Rights for the Unequal’ the festival is held in the traditional gay area of Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg. The best in food, music, politics, film, travel, street entertainers and DJs will be there and it goes on late into the night.
Christopher Street Day on the Spree is a huge boat party on the banks of the Spree River. All the boats have sold out but you can join all the other latecomers on the banks to party all night. If you haven’t had enough by Sunday head to the Transgeniale CSD in Kreuzberg.
Stay at the Gay Hostel and you’ll get a Hostel-Pass, giving you access to exclusive offers in the bars and restaurants on the gay scene. You’ll get a spotlessly clean hostel and a comfortable common area, with a kitchen too. Privates start at €22.
The Circus Hostel is one of HostelBookers’ top-rated – they giveaway a crazy amount of stuff for free every day including beer and food and the hostel has a great communal atmosphere. It’s also in a great location in Mitte. Just watch out for the Hasselhoff shrine. Dorms start at €19 pppn.
Other European Gay Pride Parades…
- Dublin 29 June
- Oslo 29 June
- Paris 29 June
- London 29 June
- Budapest 6 July
- Frankfurt 21 July
- Stuttgart 27 July
- Stockholm 3 August
- Reykjavik 11 August