Looking for some travel inspiration for your next queer mini-break?
If you’re thinking European destinations, it’s hard to beat Cologne.
Why visit Cologne?
Germany’s fourth-largest city, Cologne is compact and easy to navigate.
It’s long been one of the most-liberal cities in Germany, with a vibrant and visible LGBTQ community.
One of the main reasons to spend some time in Cologne is its queer nightlife. If you’re looking to let loose and have some fun, then Cologne is the place to do it.
How to get there
Cologne is a transport hub. You can easily fly in, and the city is well served by trains from across the continent.
Where’s the gay area in Cologne?
There’s two queer hubs for Cologne’s LGBTQ community – there’s Old Town, and there’s Rudolfplatz.
Old Town – close to the iconic cathedral that defines Colognes skyline – has a reputation as being for older guys. Most of the busy bars are all near Rudolfplatz.
Where to stay
Cologne’s transport network is comprehensive and easy to use, but ideally you want to stay within walking distance of Rudolfplatz.
Which are the gay hotels in Cologne?
Steigenberger Hotel Köln – A contemporary hotel ideally located for all the action at Rudolfplataz.
Novum Hotel Leonet – Competitive pricing and walking distance to everything you need.
Boutique Hotel 026 – It’s got the feel of a boutique hotel without the high-end prices.