Those who visit Frankfurt will be reminded of an American city rather than a European City, as it is the only city characterised by its sky scrapers. This city of superlatives has the largest airport in continental Europe, the world famous fair and exhibition centre and all the most important German banks can be found here. Nevertheless only 650.000 people live here. This is noticable when one visits the local, small but welcoming gay scene. One always encounters many foreigners here, and in contrast to many other large European cities, it is easy to strike up a conversation over a beer or glass apple wine. The tourist attractions in this city, completed demolished during the war, include the R�mer, the opera house the Gothic Emperor’s Dome and the Paul’s Church – making Frankfurt one of Germany’s most historical cities. Other recommendations include the Kunsthalle Schirn, the Architecture Museum and the St�del. The large Christopher Street Parade and its parties take place from the 14th to 16th July 2017.
Gay Guide to FRANKFURT 2021
Europe’s most compact city, Frankfurt is an exciting mix of old and new, effortlessly combining style and culture to create a city well worth exploring beyond its famous airport terminals.
Frankfurt’s skyline is dominated by its skyscrapers leading locals to name it Main-hatten.
CSD Frankfurt , Frankfurt’s gay pride attracts more than 200,000 visitors annually.
About Frankfurt and its gay life
With a population of over 750,000, Frankfurt am Main is Germany’s fifth-largest city (well over 2 million people live in the Frankfurt metropolitan area) and can look back on an eventful history spanning more than 1200 years.Internationally, Frankfurt is known today primarily as one of the world’s most important financial centers.
Among the sights of the city are the historic city hall ›R�mer‹, the Frankfurt Cathedral (›Kaiserdom St. Bartholom�us‹, the coronation church of the emperors of the so-called Holy Roman Empire), the Goethe House in the Old Town and the botanical garden ›Palmengarten‹ in the Westend district.
Most of the venues of Frankfurt’s gay scene have been located for many yearsright in the city center, around Sch�fergasse and Alte Gasse. The small square at the intersection of the two streets has borne the name of the gay writer Klaus Mann since 1995.
Annual highlights and queer events in Frankfurt include the Frankfurt Gay Pride (CSD Frankfurt) in July, the Frankfurt Book Fair in October, and the international LGBT sports tournament FVV Xmas in December.
At the beginning of the 1950s, the city had still gained sad notoriety with the so-called Frankfurt Homosexual Trials. Around a hundred gay men were arrested in Frankfurt at that time, many of them accused and sentenced, some driven to suicide. One of the judges involved had already distinguished himself in Nazi times through particular zeal in the persecution of homosexuals.
To commemorate the persecution of homosexuals by the Nazis, the memorial Frankfurter Engel (›Angel of Frankfurt‹) was inaugurated in 1994 on the Klaus Mann Square mentioned above, the first memorial of its kind in Germany.
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City Layout & The Gay District
Gay Frankfurt is sophisticated and pleasant and all the same time. It has one of the most enviable collection of museums dotted along the banks of the river Main. Foodies will be spoiled with several Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from. Those who like to party will find an eclectic club scene with lots of themed parties from fetish to bears, indie to pop. Add to all of this some of the most stunning architecture in Germany together with the warm and gay friendly welcoming locals and you will find a city that more than merits a visit beyond the confines of its flight gates.
The Gay Scene in FRANKFURT
Compact and Cosmopolitan, Frankfurt makes for the perfect city break with an easy to navigate gay district nestled in the heart of the old town. Add in some great dining and high-end stores and you have all the ingredients for a trip to remember.
Frankfurt blends the old with the new. In fact even the old is new, with historic buildings rebuilt in the 1980s.
The Gay District in Frankfurt spans 3 blocks and is host to the biggest parties and events throughout the year.
CK Club is the only dedicated gay club in the city and gets busy at weekends.
Frankfurt’s old town houses some of the city’s finest restaurants and boutiques.
The gay scene is centred around the “Bermuda Triangle” area of Alte Gasse, Schafergasse and Bleichstrasse. The first stop for most visitors here is Zun Schwejk and old fashioned bar that is kitschy and typically German. Lucky’s LM 27 is nearby attracting crowds of all ages.
Those looking to dance should check out CK Studio, the one dedicated gay dance club in town. Several other themed parties take place on alternate saturdays. Check out the events section for details.
“The gay scene is centred around the Bermuda Triangle”
Central bar is one of the most popular venues in the city at the moment attracting the hip and the beautiful. Next door, Tangerine has a feeling of “Old Germany” with timbered ceilings and brick walls. The crowd are slightly older too. The entire “Bermuda Triangle” spans 3 blocks, approximately and so you can hig almost every bar in town in one night should you feel the need.
CSD Frankfurt & Other Popular Events
The biggest gay event of the season has to be “CSD Frankfurt”, Christopher Street Day, where the downtown area of Konstablerwache hosts a three-day pride festival featuring a huge parade, street festival and live music and acts, attracting more than 200,000 visitors. Other events include the delightful Christmas Markets when over 200 beautifully decorated stalls are placed throughout the city and Romerberg square is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with gigantic Christmas Trees and ferris wheels.
Finally, the Pink Monday during the Spring and Autumn Harvest Festival or “Dippodrom” is held in the fair’s premier party pavillion and is the fun highlight of the gay calendar.
Where to stay in FRANKFURT?
Frankfurt has some amazing hotels right in the city centre. Be aware however that prices can fluctuate during large trade fairs and bigger events such as the CSD and Christmas fairs. That said, many of the business hotels offer cheaper rates during the best two chain hotels in the city are the Westin Grand and the Hilton hotel. The westin is close to the gay centre of the city while the Hilton offers superb views and a great spa and swimming pool.
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Where to Stay
The Old Town is where you will find most of the gay bars and clubs, as well as the city’s best dining options. Frankfurt can be very busy during the week with conferences and events, so book in advance. The upside is, weekends are a little quieter and hotel rates are better!