The LGBT capital of Europe

Amsterdam is considered the gay capital of Europe and one of the main LGBT destinations in the world. In the Netherlands, homosexuality was decriminalized in 1811, and the first gay bar was opened in 1927, Café’t Mandje, still active today on 63 Zeedijk Street. The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize marriage between people. same sex, and since 1993 discrimination based on sexual orientation has been prohibited.

LGBT community

The LGBT community in the city is very strong. There are numerous hotels, nightclubs, bars and cafes aimed at this audience. Nowhere else on the planet will you find as many gay attractions per square meter as in the center of Amsterdam. The city is one of the most tolerant and relaxed capitals when it comes to sexuality. Click here to find out more about Amsterdam’s best gay bars and clubs.

What to visit

There are several important gay areas. Reguliersdwarsstraat (street name) is quite popular especially on weekends. Nearby, on Amstel Street, there are many traditional gay bars full of style and vibrancy. On (street) Kerkstraat, you will find several hotels aimed at the gay public, and on Warmoesstraat and several night clubs and specialty stores.
The LGBTQ + Pride Parade in Amsterdam always takes place in August.

In the city center, it is not difficult to find the Homomonument – a memorial dedicated to LGBT people killed during World War II. In Amsterdam, there is a tourist information center specifically for the gay public, Pink Point. There you will find all the tips and information to fully enjoy the gay scene in Amsterdam. The staff are super attentive and there is also a shop with exotic and unique souvenirs for you to take home.

See here more LGBTQ + attractions in Amsterdam.