The famous Munich Oktoberfest

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The main city of Bavaria is a lot more than Lederhosen and Oktoberfest – though the latter is a great chance to attend one of the most amazing parties on Earth with six millions of visitors attending each year. But outside this period, Munich is a green, stylish, liveable city with a huge wealth of museums and culture to share. Whether you decide to walk around town, or enjoy a ride on its 750 Kms of tree-lined bike lanes, Munich will captivate you with its subdued charm. But if after your power walk or ride you fancy a bit of fun, there is actually a lot to do! Most of the LGBT venues are in the centre, just south of the Marienplatz.

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). Munich and Bavaria as a whole are often considered slightly more conservative than the rest of Germany, but fear not: LGBT visitors are welcome without exceptions and will find a very established gay scene, with venues catering for all tastes.

Gaytway Guide to Munich

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  • Deutsche Eiche München Hotel

    An historical gay hotel in Munich that has attracted LGBT people since the 1950s. Stunning roof terrace.

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    • Churches, fabulous churches
    • Munich boasts some really beautiful churches. At the top of the list are the St Peter’s Church, which is the oldest parish church in the city, and is known affectionately by the locals as Alter Peter and the Frauenkirsche, with its distinctive onion-shaped domes. Both churches offer amazing views of the city from their towers.

    • The unique Marienplatz
    • The beautiful Marienplatz has been the centre of the city for almost a thousand years. Throughout this time markets and events have been held here. Today it is still the heart of Munich and in the surrounding area you will find all sorts of shops and restaurants. This is also where Munich’s famous Christmas Market is held.

    • Residenz for a King
    • – The enormous Residenz Palace was home to Bavaria's Wittelsbach rulers from 1508 until WWI. Most of the building was reconstructed after WWII but it’s a great insight on the lifestyle and the artistic treasures amassed by the former rulers of this land.

    • And Summer Palaces
    • An enormous residence was not enough for the Wittelsbachs. The Schloss Nyphenburg was their not-so-modest summer abode. This commanding palace and its lavish gardens sprawl around 5km northwest of the Altstadt and was started in 1664.

    • Ancient & New Masters
    • Munich's main repository of Old European Masters is crammed with all the major players that decorated canvases between the 14th and 18th centuries. The Alte Pinakothek is housed in a rather imposing neoclassical building. If you prefer modern art you must head to the Pinakothek der Moderne, which is Germany’s largest modern art museum.

    • Oktoberfest
    • Munich is generally a very relaxed city, except when Oktoberfest is on, attracting a record 5.5m visitors each year in the four weeks it is held, from around mid-September. The event is a lot more than just rivers of beer and lederhosen and requires careful planning as hotels get busy very early in the year.
  • Café NiL

    Going back to our roots! The legendary NiL, one of the first and premier gay venues in Munich’s pink community is re-opening after a complete make over.


    BAU Munich is Bavaria's largest gay bar on 2 floors with varied events and an international audience.


    A very small local bar, friendly and popular with more mature guys and some bears.

    Jennifer Parks

    Right in the heart of the gay ghetto, Jennifer Parks is a friendly local bar with music spanning the past 6 decades.


    A great cafe/bistro which is a popular meeting place for the LGBT community in the city.

    Prosecco Bar

    Shamelessly kitsch-heavy bar with lots of fun and camp tunes. Friendly local crowd.

    Zur Feuerwache

    A small local bar with a 1980s old-fashioned feel but with a friendly crowd. 

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