This city is infectious -- there's an incredible energy and atmosphere here that's hard to describe.
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Hi Adam, thanks for helping us out with a locals perspective on Berlin's Gay scene... Berlin is often touted as the Gay Capital of Europe. Is that true?
Adam: Berlin's LGBT scene is certainly a big part of day-to-day life in Berlin and I think because of the city's friendly spirit, Berlin makes for a great gay destination. The city is so much more than just the historical "gayborhood" of SchÃ¶neberg - gay bars, clubs and events are everywhere here!
MyDBerlin: Is it worth coming for Berlin's gay pride festivals like Christopher St Day etc?
Adam: Berlin's annual CSD is a big event and it's always a lot of fun. Plus it's so much more than just the parade. The weekend before there's a big "Strassenfest" with DJs and live music in the streets of Schoneberg plus local organizations put up booths and sell all sorts of things along the street. It feels much more like you're a part of the community at the CSD events like that, rather than the often big, loud and crazy parade! If you do plan to visit for CSD, make sure you book a place to stay earlier rather than later - the city fills up with tourists from all over the world!
MyDBerlin: Why did you love living in Berlin?
Adam: If you ask many other Berlin expats, you'll hear the same kind of story. This city is infectious â there's an incredible energy and atmosphere that's hard to describe. Berlin is a changing city and, unlike many other big cities, it still feels like anyone can do anything in Berlin. There is so much happening just about every day of the week, it's never boring. The city just has an incredible energy to it and you feel as if you can achieve almost anything.
MyDBerlin: Is there another city that comes close to Berlinâs fabulousness?
Adam: Oh, tough question! I love cities like London and NYC because they've both got great gay scenes (probably the world's best), but they're also just such big cities they can be overwhelming. Smaller cities that are equally fun and interesting are sometimes a better comparison. I think Tel Aviv has a lot of what Berlin offers and it's another favorite city of mine!
MyDBerlin: Youâve been blogging for 8 years now, What is the best thing about being a travel blogger?
Adam: I love the freedom and flexibility of owning my own publication - everything from the initial set-up and day-to-day social media (I'm probably addicted to Twitter and Instagram!) to exciting marketing promotions. I worked in the publishing industry (as a graphic designer) for three years right out of university, but being able to control every step of the process is exciting and scary - that's why I love blogging. The thrill of doing my own thing!
MyDBerlin: So weâve got your top 5 spots listed below, any other hot tips for gay travel in Berlin?
Adam: Berlin has a lot of great events throughout the year for LGBT tourists. One of my favorite things to do in Berlin during the winter is attending film screenings during the Berlinale Film Festival. But what most people don't know is that the Berlinale runs a LGBT-themed film festival as part of the greater Berlinale festival - the Teddy Awards. It's really great to see LGBT-themed cinema and a lot of the films are top-notch!
Adam has some great information on his blog so make sure you head to Travels of Adam to check it out, especially his Berlin Guide and a pretty impressive Queer map of Berlin.
You can also find him on twitter, facebook or instagram.
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Adam's Top 5 Gay Berlin Locations
Silver FutureSilver Future is a really fun queer bar in NeukÃ¶lln. It's not only a great bar to have a drink and meet others, it also runs lots of activist projects and fantastic regular drag shows, including ones for LGBTQ syrian refugees. Plus, the bar has shots called Pink Brain!
Memorial to the Homosexuals persecuted under Nazism. Image supplied by travelsofadam.com
Memorial to the Homosexuals persecuted under Nazism
Another Country bookshop
Bruno's Gay Lifestyle Shop
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