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11 Tips for the Pride Week in Berlin

As colourful as the rainbow

rainbow-coloured flags at Potsdamer Platz
rainbow-coloured flags at Potsdamer Platz © Getty Images, Foto: alexander_h_Schulz

July in Berlin will be colourful. As colourful as the rainbow. Even though this year we can’t show our pride on street festivals and parades, there is still a lot to discover. We collected eleven special LGBTI*-Highlights for an unforgettable Pride-month.

Tip 1: CSD Berlin – like every year but still different

People with rainbow flags at the Pride Parade in Berlin
Pride Parade in Berlin © Fabian Böttcher

„Don´t hide your pride“ – ist he motto of this year’s CSD. This year you can join completly free of stress from 2 pm on the live stream. Following the motto, we will simply hang the rainbow flag and posters out the window this year. Various musicians will also be creating a great atmosphere at home via live stream.

When: Saturday, July 25, 2 pm

Where: Live Stream on the CSD Website

More about the CSD in Berlin

Tip 2: For greater visibility and publicity – Dyke* March

Lesbian couple takes a picture in front of the Brandenburger Tor
Leasbian couple in front of the Brandenburger Tor © Getty Images, Foto: Hinterhaus Productions

Since 2013, Dyke*March has been taking place as a demonstration for more lesbian visibility as a supplement to the CSD. On Saturday, July 25th at 15 o'clock it starts at the Neptune Fountain at Alexanderplatz this year. Of course the current regulations apply and there is no big fuss about it, but you can take the chance to publicly stand up for lesbian visibility together.

When: Saturday, July 25, 3 pm

Where: Neptun fountain at Alexanderplatz, Mitte

Mehr Informationen über den Dyke*March

Tip 3: Colourful exhibitions and readings

© Getty Images, Foto: FG Trade

The LGBTI* community has shaped the city image of Berlin for many years. The photo exhibition Queens by Nihad Nino Pušija gives you unique insights into the nightlife of the queer scene in Berlin. The literature fads will bring controversial discussions directly into your living room. Moving texts from the queer life are the focus here. Often the fun is not to be missed out either.

When: daily, 7:20 pm

Where: Online Meeting-Room, Link is on the Website

More Information about the event

Tip 4: Silent remembrance of the homosexual victims of National Socialism

memorial for the homosexuals persecuted under the Nazi regime in Berlin
memorial for the homosexuals persecuted under the Nazi regime © Stiftung Denkmal, Foto: Marko Priske

Do you know the memorial for the homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism in the Tiergarten? You are invited to lay flowers there all Saturday. This is also part of our Pride Weeks: we remember our history, are grateful for today and together we stand up for a better tomorrow. Afterwards, why don't you just continue strolling through the zoo or have a little picnic.

When: Saturday July 25, all day long

Where: Memorial for the homosexual victims of National Socialism, Eberstraße  / Höhe Anna-Arendt-Straße, Tiergarten

More information about the memorial

Tip 5: More than just an amen in church

Marienkirche bei Nacht
© iStock.com, Foto: Christian Mueller

The St. Marien Church will be your multi-religious meeting place again this year on the eve of the CSD Berlin. The special service will be celebrated this year with the motto "Love does the soul good". So put on the colorful nose-mouthguard and support with your collection the SchwuZ, Germany's biggest and oldest queer club.

When: Friday, July 24, 6 pm

Where: St. Marien Kirche, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 8, Mitte

More about the multi cultural CSD service

Tip 6: LGBTi* - Summer books

© Getty Images, Foto: Luciano Marques

Whether on the balcony, in the café or in one of the many cozy parks - we need great reading food. The Berlin Central & State Library offers all kinds of literary highlights during Pride Weeks: Browse the queer zines and experience the literary queens with their program #allabendlichqueer online. There's also something for younger ears with the reading "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo". Now all you need is the right reading corner.

More information about this

Tip 7: Queer Open Air cinema

NUR für https://cms.visitberlin.de/de/queer-cinema /Teaser zu MonGay im Kino International
© York Kinogruppe, Foto: Daniel Horn

Now that the cinemas are finally open again, you can enjoy the queer movies on the big screen again. Whether it's the open-air cinema, the MonGay at the Kino International or the special Pride programme at the Yorck cinemas - the popcorn tastes good everywhere.

More information about the queer cinema

Tip 8: On the trail of LGBTi* culture

Schwules Museum* Berlin
Two men in the Schwules Museum* © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

Take advantage of this summer to inform yourself about Berlin's LGBTI* history and culture. A visit to the Gründerzeit Centre on the Mahlsdorf estate will take you back in time. In 17 exhibition rooms you will get to know Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, born as Lothar Berfelde, and her world. You can also visit the current exhibitions in the Gay Museum. We especially like the "100 Objects - An Archive of Feelings" and dive into the emotions of joy, care, desire, anger and fear. What this is all about, you can find out for yourself.

More information about the Gay museum

Tip 9: Wry, loud and cheerful

Berlin: Party in a club
Party in a club © iStock.com, Foto: Photolyric Stock Productions (Klöpper & Eisenschmidt GbR)

It's always the same procedure: when we take the karaoke mic in our hands for the first time in the evening, we are excited and shy. But after the first uncertain lines we quickly turn into the pop stars whose songs we play to the fullest. You prefer to shout "Bingo"? You can find the classics of evening entertainment in great LGBTI* bars like Blond  or Rauschgold. And also for the drink without evening program you can choose from many great bars.

More LBGTi* Bars in Berlin

Tip 10: Rainbow neighbourhood Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg
Prenzlauer Berg © iStock.com, Foto: elxeneize

Prenzlauer Berg has more to offer than Mauerpark and great curry sausage. You can let yourself drift here from morning to night. Start with an extensive breakfast at Schall & Rauch. Afterwards you walk through the former workers' district, marvel at the great stucco facades of the houses and browse through the many small shops around Helmholtz- or Kollwitzplatz. And then you watch the hustle and bustle in one of the many nice cafés and eat delicious cake at the Sowohl als Auch. Oh, life is beautiful.

More about the LGBTi* Scene in Prenzlauer Berg

Tip 11: Berlin – very exclusive

Lesbian-Gay City Festival in Berlin
Lesbian-Gay City Festival © visitBerlin, Foto: Pedro Becerra/STAGEVIEW.de

You don't want to explore Berlin yourself and treat yourself to a little exclusivity? No problem. You can experience exciting stories, insider tips and a friendly guide on the Queer Berlin Tour. The three hours of the tour will fly by. All you have to do is choose a date and put on comfortable shoes.

More information about the Queer Berlin Tour

 

 

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