There is really an awful lot to see and do in Cologne. The city is dominated by the towering twin spires of its famous Gothic Cathedral, which is Germany’s most loved and popular attraction. Cologne’s bustling streets are jam packed with great shops and the pedestrianised Rhine River promenades are fantastic, especially in the summer months. People from Cologne are famous for their liberalism and tolerance – and they love having a good time! Carnival here is a major event, attracting visitors from all over Europe and beyond. Those characters are the reason why the city is home to a huge gay & lesbian community; there are over 30 LGBT bars & venues, mostly concentrated in the centre and in the so-called ‘Bermuda Triangle’.
Germany has some of the best legal provisions when it comes to LGBT rights, though same-sex marriage has not arrived here yet (but civil unions give equivalent rights). But fear not: LGBT visitors are welcome without exceptions and will find a very established gay scene, with venues catering for all tastes.