Europe is forever. Especially with destinations that are heavy on the charm and eager to please: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Antwerp, and Germany. Our passport's getting woozy just thinking about it.
Already renowned for their commitment to LGBT equality in politics and policy, these select four are also at the height of the gay tourism game, offering up a choice of urban delights and culture-rich events to entice the traveler well into fall. But don't just take our word for it. We've polled notable gay locals, from a lauded fashion designer to expat chefs, on the hidden picks that make their city so imminently fit for a visit.
So is it the white-hot gastronomic delights in Copenhagen's cradle of modernist cuisine that call your name? The world's gayest museum in East Berlin? Fine fashion and even finer Belgium chocolate (but not too much)? Or the midnight sun, and the nude sunbathers that worship it, in downtown Stockholm? We've got the guides to make sure you do it right. But with these four, there's really no way to go wrong.
- ANTWERP, FLANDERS With a fired-up fashion scene and striking new developments, primely positioned Antwerp beats out Bruges and Brussels as the gay heart of Flanders, Belgium's Dutch speaking northern half.
- COPENHAGEN, DENMARK The gastronomic center of Scandinavia, with 15 Michelin-starred restaurants, Copenhagen is a foodie-lover's paradise. It's also a haven of LGBT history: Denmark, back in 1989, was the first country to legalize same-sex unions.”
- GERMANYStrategically placed at the heart of the continent, from Cologne to Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany is a gay traveler's Euro wunderland.
- STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN From divine denim to fanged heartthrobs, Swedish culture is a covetable import, but no hotter than its source: Stockholm, a trendsetting capital as accessible as ABBA.