Cologne Gay Travel Guide & Map 2022

Upcoming Events in Cologne

|  15 – 26 March 2022
lit.COLOGNE 2022: annual international literature festival with readings, theatre and panels.
|  2 May 2022
Werq The World 2022: the stars from RuPaul's Drag Race on tour in Cologne with their new show.
@ Lanxess Arena (Willy-Brandt-Platz 3)
|  26 May 2022
Come Together Cup 2022: annual charity football tournament with over 70 amateur teams from many different groups in Cologne and around.
@ Vorwiesen RheinEnergieStadion
|  17 September 2022
Run of Colours 2022: annual charity-run in support of Aidshilfe Köln.
5 km and 10 km
@ Harry-Blum-Platz (Rheinauhafen Köln)

Accommodation Tip

Hotel. ****, from 100 €
Designer hotel in a 19th-century historic building, centrally located next to a small quiet park in the northern old town of Cologne.
@ Gereonskloster 12
Cologne 50670
U: Christophstr./Mediapark

About Cologne and its gay life

Although situated in Western Germany, Cologne is sometimes called the ›most southern city of Germany‹. That is partly because the people in Cologne tend to be more easy-going and approachable than in other German cities. And they love to imitate the Southern European lifestyle – as soon as two rays of sunshine hit the city you will see some tables outside in front of many cafes and bars.

Cologne had been extensively destroyed during World War II. And the paradigm of the first after-war and ›Wirtschaftswunder‹ decades to replace everything old by something new unfortunately did the rest to prevent Cologne from becoming one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Germany. For the sight-seeing traveller it hasn't much to offer besides the Cathedral, an UNESCO World Heritage site, a wide range of high quality art galleries and museums, and a few other attractions.

But Cologne more than compensates for this with its more friendly and easy-going atmosphere. As one result Cologne became the gay capital of the western part of Germany. Its big rival in the East, Berlin, is bigger, more dynamic and vibrant, which makes the Cologne gay scene look more provincial – but Cologne is also more familiar and warmer.

Our Cologne Gay Map shows the two major gay areas in Cologne: Many of the cafes, bars and clubs around Rudolfplatz have started during the last twenty years and have a rather modern style. Traditional pubs and bars for mixed ages are located mainly in the Old Town.

If you like your travel destinations crowded and with a million people partying on the streets and in the pubs, then the Carnival in winter and the Cologne Gay Pride in summer are made for you.

Other popular annual queer events and highlights in Cologne are the Fetish Pride week in May or June and the Bear Pride weekend in November.