The Top Ten Gay Friendly Travel Destinations Worldwide

Published Date Author: , October 22nd, 2014

In an extract from Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2015’, Chris Zeiher makes his selection.

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, DenmarkCopenhagen, Denmark

Denmark may be the home of Lego and at the forefront of New Nordic Cuisine, but importantly it made history in 1998 by becoming the first nation in the world to recognise registered same-sex partnerships. And at Denmark’s heart is the relaxed beauty of its compact cobblestoned capital, Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is home to Europe’s oldest openly gay bar, Centralhjornet, whose origins date back to the 1950s; as well as the hip and super-cool district of Vesterbro, which also happens to be the city’s red-light district. One of the most tolerant and open communities in Europe, Copenhagen’s functional yet edgy fashion scene, brilliant array of cocktail bars, excellent range of gay-friendly boutique accommodation and packed calendar of queer events make it the gay-friendliest place on Earth.

At 105.6m, City Hall Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen and provides some of the best views of the cobblestoned city. In 2014, the adjoining square was named the “Rainbow Square” in recognition of the quest for equal rights (

By Chris Zeiher – Full Story at The Independent

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