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Date: 20.07.2019

Hetero, homo, don't know – everyone is welcome in Leipzig


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Leipzig – open to all

Hetero, homo, don't know – everyone is welcome in Leipzig. The scene is young – and the city is tolerant.

CSD2015 Plakat vorm Alten Rathaus, Foto: Diana Freydank
Leipzig has long emerged from the shadow of Berlin and Dresden, with media worldwide heralding it as East Germany’s boomtown no. 1. In the city that started the Peaceful Revolution 1989, tolerance is written in capital letters. So is discretion – at venues such as Stargayte, Europe's biggest gay sauna which really is like a gateway to another world. Covering an area of around 2,600 square metres, its gay saunas, gay cinema and gay bar all stay open continuously from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. And, of course, lesbians and bisexuals are welcome, too. Right next to it, Cocks Bar – Saxony’s largest gay cruising bar – provides a wide provides a wide variety of specialised entertainment. 

For slightly more innocuous fun, KissKissBangBang is a popular queer party night at the TwentyOne club in the city centre – it starts at 10pm every second Friday, and offers a mixture of queer city spectacle and dragshow.

Instead of there being a dedicated gay area, Leipzig’s gay scene mostly happens directly in the city centre and its night life. Havanna Club in the heart of the city is one of the oldest gay bars in town – with a Happy Hour twice daily. Café Apart is another relaxed café for queers&friends. Every first and third Saturday of a month, there’s a nude night at XCLUB Bar & Lounge, with its cruising area, gay cinema and changing theme nights. When in Leipzig, consider a short trip to its neighbouring town Halle (30 mins by suburban train), notorious for its Gayschorre, the biggest und oldest regular gay party of Central Germany.

The annual Christopher Street Day celebrations in Leipzig in July end with the official Prideball closing party.

Last but not least Leipzig, the lively City of Music and former home to great composers like Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Wagner, also boasts a gay men’s chorus: The Tollkirschen.

Leipzig loves its guests – no matter their sexual orientation or origin!