Cologne becomes Germany's LGBT stronghold several times a year and attracts visitors and guests from all over the world. Here are our tips for the Gay Pride and for the popular queer mega events in Cologne.
Around the Pride - CSD in Cologne
Legendary Cologne Pride is the city´s biggest gay event and one of the best Pride Events in the world. At the end of June, there are many funny events and happenings that are visited by hundreds of thousands each year. The highlight, of course, is the spectacular Pride Parade across the city center. All of Cologne is transformed into one big street party on this day.
The Main-Party at the Gay Pride
Just in time for the Pride, a party of superlatives takes place with the Sexy Pride Land. The official main party of the Cologne Pride is an absolute must for every Pride visitor. Here, gays and lesbians from all over the world celebrate the together at Bootshaus in the city center, turning night into day. Amazing DJs and great show acts will blow your mind away.
Gay Street Festival
For three days in July, Cologne is also in a very gay spirit. The Cologne Street Festival is a great open air event that’s takes place just a few days before Pride. In the city center, various stages invite you to dance and get together with friends and new people every evening. Many of the city squares are then full of Cologne residents and international guests, who drink, celebrate and have fun together.
Typical Cologne - Queer Carnival
At the beginning of March the carnival season is at its peak and of course, the LGBT Community in Cologne is celebrating a lot. As part of the queer Carnival Festival, gay and lesbian carnival friends from all over the world are drawn to the city. For three days there are various queer parties and happenings. With the Sexy Carnival Edition, the spectacle finds its deserved highlight.
Cologne in winter - gay Christmas market
Even in winter time Cologne convinces as a LGBT Hot Spot. Just in time for the Christmas season, the Heavenue Cologne in the city center, not far from Rudolfplatz, is a great gay Christmas market. Here you can drink excellent mulled wine, watch great live performances and of course, flirt around.