Hamburg is popular with Schwule (gay) and Lesbische (lesbian) travellers, with the rainbow flag flying especially proudly in St Georg, particularly along Lange Reihe and surrounding streets. It's fine to be openly gay in much of Hamburg, but public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention in areas with high immigrant populations; this includes the Steindamm and Hansaplatz areas of St Georg.

Throughout the year, Hein & Fiete is an excellent information centre devoted to Hamburg's gay scene. Lesbians can contact the Intervention for more information on Hamburg's lesbian scene.

Hamburg's pride shindig, Hamburg Pride, runs over a week in late July and/or early August, with plenty of musical events, parades and a festive sense of celebration in St Georg.

Homosexuality has been legal since the late 1960s. Same-sex marriage is legal.

Publications

Blu (www.blu.fm) Free print and online magazine with searchable, up-to-the-minute location and event listings.

L-Mag (www.l-mag.de) Bimonthly magazine for lesbians. Available at newsagents.

Spartacus International Gay Guide Annual English-language travel guide for men. Available online, in bookstores and as an app.

Websites

German National Tourist Office (http://www.germany.travel/en/ms/lgbt/home/home) Dedicated LGBT pages.

BGLAD (www.bglad.com) International online resource and directory with hundreds of links.

Hinnerk (www.hinnerk.de) Good for gay venues around the city.

Spartacus World (www.spartacusworld.com) Hip hotel, style and event guide.

Patroc Gay Travel Guide (www.patroc.com/hamburg) Travel information for 25 European destinations, including Hamburg.

Travel Gay Europe (www.travelgayeurope.com/destination/gay-germany/gay-hamburg) Decent gay guide for the city.