BERLIN HAS BEEN AN LGBTQ cultural and social hub for decades — or even centuries, if you consider Magnus Hirschfeld founded what’s described as the world’s first “homosexual advocacy group,” the Scientific Humanitarian Committee, in Berlin in 1897.
In more recent years, Germany’s capital has continued to carve out a decidedly queer-positive identity and today is one of the top destinations for LGBTQ travelers in Europe.
The reasons for the city’s appeal with LGBTQ travelers are many, according to Christian Tanzler, spokesperson, visitBerlin, the city’s tourism organization. “It’s the special ‘Berlin spirit’ you can feel in our city: the spirit of freedom and creativity, adrenaline and ‘chill out,’” he said. “The second reason that makes Berlin so interesting are the special offerings for the LGBT traveler, which are perfectly shown in the Pink Pillow initiative.”
Indeed, the Pink Pillow Berlin Collection proves an excellent example of the city’s LGBTQ-friendliness. Organized by visitBerlin, the program showcases nearly 60 hotels that welcome all travelers. The collection includes a variety of hotel types and price points, including international brands like the Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre, Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade, InterContinental Berlin and Best Western Hotel Kantstrasse.
Tanzler’s advice for first-time visitors: “Come in the summer and enjoy life outside in the city, especially in the Schöneberg neighborhood.” Schöneberg, in fact, has been a mecca for gay life since the 1920s. Gay-owned businesses here include boutiques, restaurants and bookstores, and classic gay bars and pubs abound — including Café Berio, featuring tables on the sidewalk, and HarDie’s Kneipe, boasting a popular happy hour.
The younger set often heads to Kreuzberg, home to the eclectic Bergmannkiez, and Neuokölln, a countercultural hot spot where cafés and bars are among the draws. But LGBTQ residents and visitors alike can easily find plenty of activities in many neighborhoods, depending on their style and taste.
July is the biggest month on the LGBTQ calendar in Berlin. The city’s Pride Weeks span the entire month, with more than 200 cultural, political and sporting events including the Christopher Street Day Parade, Gay Night at the Zoo and the Lesbian and Gay City Festival.
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Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool will open in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah. One of the region’s most anticipated attractions, AURA SKYPOOL will begin welcoming guests in mid-November.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
United Airlines is making international travel more accessible. United announced the largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history, including 10 new flights and five new destinations including Amman (AMM), Jordan; Bergen (BGO), Norway; Azores (PDL), Portugal; Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain; and Tenerife (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands. All new routes, set to begin in spring 2022, are not served by any other North American carrier.
San Francisco’s The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel has a new offer honoring the history of Frederick C. Clift, the visionary behind the property. The Live Like Frederick offer includes fine amenities for four people, beginning with a two-night stay in the hotel’s Private Apartment and the connecting junior suite for quad occupancy.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Walker Hotel Tribeca is blushing pink with an exclusive offer benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month, guests can book an all-pink guestroom, among additional amenities.