Gays & friends
Salzburg through rose-tinted spectacles...
Salzburg’s a great place for gay and lesbian couples and for singles – whether you’re here to visit Fortress Hohensalzburg, the baroque Salzburg’s ‘Dom’ cathedral and walk around some of the many churches at the foot of Mönchsberg hill, or to dance the evening away and enjoy the verve of the city’s nightlife?
Salzburg has something for everyone, and that’s also true for all homosexuals. Although the picturesque lanes of the old town look like typical haunts for heterosexual fans of baroque architecture and Mozart – that’s simply not the case; not at all.
A closer look out on the streets and squares, in the parks, cafés and bars, reveals plenty of gay life within the city with 150,000 inhabitants. There’s Café Mozartwinkel with, in my own humble opinion, the best ‘Nussschnecke’ Danish pastries in the world; the stylish ‘Carpe Diem’ cafe, or the rooftop patio of the art-deco Hotel Stein with a fantastic view across to the other bank of the River Salzach. Homosexuals are a part of everyday life in Salzburg and a part of every seemingly hetero crowd.
Gay Bars and Parties
Those seeking like-minded all-night bars can choose from a number of establishments in and around Linzergasse; bars such as Mexxx, 3Stein and the Princess Bar, and as a rule they all stay open until at least 4am – even longer at the weekends. Be-Five and Daimlers are also very gay and lesbian-friendly bars.
Visitors looking for a larger gay and lesbian evening event during their stay in Salzburg should check out the ‘Hosi’ fest schedule. These events are held four times a year at the ARGEKultur culture centre and allow the entire Salzburg gay community to party on through until the early morning – and enjoy after hours gatherings. Furthermore, every 3rd Friday in the month is reserved for the HOSI leather and fetish get-together for all those so inclined.
For more information about Salzburg for gays, lesbians and their friends – go to Facebook at GayfriendlySalzburg!
Salzburg is a perfect place for fairy-tale weddings
It’s no coincidence that lovers come from all over the world to enjoy the magic of the city of Mozart as they take their wedding vows. This open-minded city has made the magnificent marble hall at Schloss Mirabell palace available for couples celebrating same-sex civil union ceremonies. It is considered the most beautiful wedding hall in the whole of central Europe, and it’s no surprise that Mozart also played there. The story behind the building of the palace is enchanting in itself, since it was an elaborate token of the love felt by Prince-Bishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau for his beloved Salome.
Here there’s always a hint of ‘amour’ in the air. The venue ensures every wedding is an unforgettable experience, providing ideal backdrops for the perfect photo. There are so many dream locations – the marble hall, the world famous marble staircase, Mirabell gardens featuring the rose garden and Pegasus fountain. One tradition is the obligatory slap on bottom for one of the chunky-bottomed cherubs on the balustrade, which is said to guarantee a happy marriage.
Salzburg Gay Guide
The 68-page booklet presents Salzburg's key tourist attractions from a gay and lesbian point of view in two languages (German and English). The cultural, historic and tourist highlights such as the Salzburg Festival, Hohensalzburg Fortress or sports events are complemented by a detailed description of the gay/lesbian scene: from the nightlife and party circuit, the events held by HOSI (Salzburg's homosexual initiative), guided city tours for gays and lesbians or the opportunity to enter into a registered partnership in a palace.
The booklet also covers important events and contains a hotel and city guide incl. city map.
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