In short, the gay-sexiest of all cities.
It took 80 or so years, but the sexual liberation and so-called decadence and depravity that define the mythology surrounding Berlin in the 1920s returned with a vengeance, and no more so than in the city’s vast, diverse and all-embracing gay world. West Berlin in the 1970s and 80s was marked by undeniable gay riches, struggles and advances, but the fall of the Wall in 1989 has seen the two halves of the city reunited in what has evolved into one very excited whole. Inspired and off-the-grid ventures pump life into the German capital, co-existing and overlapping with a modern mainstream culture whose institutions include myriad mixed bars and clubs, a gay museum and archive, and a memorial to homosexuals who died in the Holocaust. And it is perhaps no coincidence that the city’s renewed emergence as a gay mecca coincided with the sustained office term of openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit between 2001 and 2014. […]