The Netherlands was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage (in 2001), so it's no surprise that Amsterdam's gay scene is among the world's largest.
Five hubs of the queer scene party hardest: Warmoesstraat, Zeedijk, Rembrandtplein, Leidseplein and Reguliersdwarsstraat.
Top festivals include the music-rocking Milkshake Festival (www.milkshakefestival.com) in late July, Amsterdam Gay Pride in late July/early August and Hartjesdagen Zeedijk on the third weekend of August.
- Gay Amsterdam (www.gayamsterdam.com) Lists hotels, shops and clubs, and provides maps.
- Pink Point Located behind the Westerkerk, Pink Point is part LGBT information kiosk, part souvenir shop. It's a good place to pick up news about parties, events and social groups.
- Reguliers (www.reguliers.net) Info on the Reguliersdwarsstraat scene, including current club openings and closings.
- Gay & Lesbian Information and News Center (www.gaylinc.nl) Lists hotels, restaurants, nightlife and 'sexciting' events around town.