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Salzburg for Gays and Friends

The picturesque historical district, the baroque architecture and the entire Mozart story make Salzburg a unique setting for everyone – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Known as the “Stage of the World”, it is perhaps no wonder that Salzburg is as cosmopolitan and liberally minded as it is.

A City for All

In Salzburg, you will encounter a cosmopolitan, liberally minded atmosphere, and a lifestyle that is, perhaps surprisingly, very modern. Logically, wherever you have so many visitors, you are also going to encounter lots of gay men and lesbian women. The opportunities, then, are equally diverse: from the social- and party scene, to activities organized by HOSI, guided city tours especially for gays and lesbians, and even opportunities to enter into a civil partnership.

Gay Bars and Cafés

Aside from the bars of the gay scene itself, most cafés and bars in the city are completely open to gays and lesbians. Popular choices include the Mexxx and the Zweistein. In general, they are open until 4 in the morning, though even longer at weekends. Also at the Daimlers, gays and friends are always welcome guests.

Getting Married in Salzburg

There’s good reason why lovers from around the world choose to exchange vows in the magical City of Mozart. In this regard, too, the city is just as open as in other areas, with the magnificent Marble Hall of Schloss Mirabell also available for ceremonies for couples entering into a civil partnership. This location is generally regarded as the most beautiful wedding hall in Central Europe. Though the story about the palace itself is perhaps even more beautiful: It was actually built as a token of prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau’s affection for his beloved Salome.

A hint of that love is still in the air here. This glorious setting turns every celebration into an unforgettable experience, seemingly created for perfect photo opportunities. The hall, the world-famous baroque marble staircase, Mirabell Gardens with the Rose Garden and Pegasus Fountain – the kind of backdrop couples dream of. Also obligatory: Giving the chubby cherubs lining the banister a quick slap on the bottom – which is said to bring added luck and happiness to a marriage.

Additional Links and Information

  • Current information about Salzburg for gays and lesbians can be found on Facebook under GayfriendlySalzburg.
  • GayGuide Salzburg presents the tourism attractions of Salzburg from a gay and lesbian perspective in two languages (German and English). Take a look online or order at
  • Homosexual Initiative (HOSI) Salzburg is a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to promoting openness and acceptance for 30 years. A diverse slate of events gives lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people the opportunity to get together in an open atmosphere.

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