In less than a century, Germany has gone from a place of intolerance to one of the most progressive countries in all of Europe. Today, laws discriminating against sexual orientation are deemed unconstitutional and 87 percent of Germans believe homosexuality should be accepted by society. Around 300,000 Berliners identify as gay or lesbian, and the city is often cited as one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the world.
There are a number of gay neighborhoods spread around Berlin’s various districts. Schöneberg is the city’s main LGBT area, located in West Berlin with a variety of bars, restaurants and shops owned and operated by the LGBT community. Prenzlauer Berg, which used to have a reputation for its wild nightlife, has recently reemerged as a family-friendly LGBT community. Some of the other famous gay districts are Kreuzberg, Mitte and Friedrichshain.
Berlin is also host to many LGBT festivals, the most notable of which is Christopher Street Day, held all across Europe in memory of 1969’s Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village. Almost every German city holds a festival for CSD, one of the largest of which is the Berlin Pride Celebration. The city’s three other major gay festivals are the Lesbian and Gay City Festival, Folsom Europe and Easter in Berlin.
To learn more about LGBT tourism in Berlin, visit the official Berlin tourism site.
Rome is one of Europe’s most-visited destinations (if not the top-visited destination) and at no time is this more evident than in the summer. School tour groups, retirees and backpackers descend upon the ancient city in droves, making a leisurely walk through Trastevere a distant hope. But if you find yourself in Rome and face crowds of epic proportions, here are a few ways to get away from the masses and enjoy Rome as more of a vacation destination than a tourist trap.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
The more you travel, the more you learn about what works for you in terms of packing, preparing, lodging, locations and more, so it’s inevitable you’ll develop your own cache of travel tips likely to result in the most enjoyable experience for you. But when it comes to the broader travel community, there are some tips and tricks that can apply to any traveler. Here are a few that can help you progress toward expert travel status.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.