Nicknamed Bankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany has long held a reputation as a center of finance — and not much else. Lately, though, this surprisingly sophisticated city of 700,000 has been enticing increasing numbers of tourists with an ever-expanding array of world-class shopping, culinary and cultural offerings. With an LGBT population of 50,000, Frankfurt offers gay travelers in particular much to love, including a notoriously lively, liberal outlook. Notes city guide Soeren Appuhn, “The thing is, people can do whatever they want and we respect them. As long as you’re not hurting anyone, almost anything goes.”
Loud and proud
Frankfurt’s version of Pride, Christopher Street Day — which actually takes place over an entire weekend — will be held from July 18th to the 20th. Backed by the municipal government and the city’s mayor, who will officially open the event on the 19th, CSD draws more than 200,000 people to Konstablerwache, the city’s central square. Events include open-air concerts, sets from internationally renowned DJs, panel discussions and plenty of all-night parties at gay hotspots around the city center. The famed CSD parade, with dozens of floats and hundreds of participants, will kick off on July 19 at noon.
Located just north of the Konstablerwache train station and off the retail-laden Zeil pedestrian mall, the Bermuda Triangle boasts more than enough diversions. The city’s LGBT district offers a diverse assortment of clubs and bars, including Zum Schwejk, still going strong after a quarter century, and CK Studio, featuring not only top DJs from around the globe but Frankfurt’s hottest gay clientele. For a relaxed atmosphere, hit up Switchboard, a cafe run by and benefiting the local AIDS charity; naughtier pleasures await a few blocks west of the Triangle at The Stall, a fabled fetish bar with a darkroom and cages.
This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog. Image via Tourismus+Congress GmbH Frankfurt