Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Cologne is one of Germany’s most happening and friendly out-and-proud cities. The rainbow flag flies especially proudly in the so-called ‘Bermuda Triangle’ around Rudolfplatz (especially Schaafenstrasse), which explodes into a non-stop party zone at weekends. Another major romping ground is in Altstadt around Heumarkt (especially Pipinstrasse), which draws older and more sedate folks. A good source for specific places is www.patroc.com/gay/cologne. Lesbians have fewer choices; Blue Lounge is a top pick.

Cologne Pride in June basically serves as a warm-up for the Christopher Street Day, which brings more than a million people to Cologne on the first weekend in July.