What’s New in Gay Berlin?

Published Date Author: , December 29th, 2014

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If ever a city knew how to do new, it’s gay Berlin. Sometimes by circumstance and sometimes by design, the German capital has weathered a steady stream of profound changes over the last century. In the past quarter of it alone, Berlin has gone from tensely divided Cold War ground zero to euphorically reunited mass construction zone, only to overextend itself into turn-of-the-millennium bankruptcy, only to be reborn as a global creative hotspot and hipster haven. Berlin’s next chapter is still to be written, but given that the city is now also sitting at the helm of Europe’s most booming economy, its future is looking pretty bright.

In the historical scheme of things, 2014 is a fairly momentous year for Berlin, marking both the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. November 9 will be a big day for the Wall (festivities will include a 7-1/2 mile strip of illuminated helium-filled balloons lining the path where it once stood), and throughout the entire year special events and exhibitions will take place at venues around town dedicated to the Wall’s memory. Foremost among these is the Berlin Wall Memorial (Bernauer Strasse, Mitte. Tel: 030-467-986-666. www.berliner-mauer-gedenkstaette.de) that features the last remaining section of the Wall with pre-1989 buffer grounds still preserved behind it.

Nearly just as popular is the East Side Gallery (Mhlenstrasse, Friedrichshain. Tel: 030-251-7159. www.eastsidegallery-berlin.de), the longest remaining stretch of the Wall thats now also an outdoor art gallery. It found its way into world headlines last year when real estate developers (who want to remove it, at least partially) were met with loud public outcries and protestors, including none other than David Hasselhoff. For a deeper understanding of how life once was on the Wall’s eastern side, check out the DDR Museum (Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 1, Mitte. Tel: 030-8471-2373. www.ddr-museum.de) that offers a hands-on look at daily life in East Germany; and the Stasi Museum (Ruschestrasse 103, Building 1, Lichtenberg. Tel: 030-553-6854. www.stasimuseum.de) located in the former headquarters of the East German intelligence organization.

By Dan Allen – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Germany Gay Travel Resources

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