Amsterdam - City that can run for gay capital in Europe

Netherlands

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17 January 2021, 04:51:34

When I think about Amsterdam, actually when I think about the entire country of the Netherlands, there is only one thing in my mind: freedom! I have travelled around the country, seen gorgeous villages, towns, and cities, and the entire country is as open-minded as they say.


Previously, I worked on a cruise ship and had some overnight stays in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hoor, Haarlem, Groningen, and tons of other places. I can assure you that there are incredible opportunities for discovery. The Netherlands has an abundance of places to see, things to do, and I would, for sure, recommend it for a city-break or for a long gay trip around the country.


Amsterdam is listed as one of the top places for the LGBTQIA+ community. Its café shops are well-known and filled with life. It is completely legal as well. The city is a gay destination for those who are looking to travel with their partners for a romantic trip. Imagine holding your partners hand as you travel through the city’s canals on boats. Vey romantic!


When it comes to open-mindedness, I’m sure you have heard of the RED DISTRICT. The famous street is proof that Amsterdam is a one-of-a-kind city. If you take a walk through this street, you will see windowed shops filled with women who provide sexual services. You might even see men doing the same. You won’t find a society as open as this city. There are some interesting coffee shops known for getting “high and happy.” They are quite popular and you can find them around every corner.


Amsterdam is a city of luxury and quality. If you are the fashionista kind of gay man, you will feel right at home here. The streets are lined with branded shops, luxurious clothing, and local products for you to melt your heart in.


Moving around the city is fairly easy. You don’t even have to use the canals because the city is very “walking-friendly.” It gave me the chance to appreciate the architecture, view the wonderful sights, and take in the city. It is also, probably, the number one city when it comes to travelling by bike. Pay attention, though, the streets are filled with people on bicycles.


Finally, we’ve come to the part you’ve all been waiting for, the gay nightlife. Its eccentric vibes are filled with rainbow flags, plenty of gay clubs and gay bars, some of which are cruising bars. For the gay couples or the single gay men who love a little bit of romance, there is a special cruise that travels around town. It’s a fabulous opportunity to experience Amsterdam’s gay lifestyle.


Whether you are coming by yourself, with your partner, or your family, Amsterdam is a city you can feel comfortable. Same-sex couples can be seen holding hands or kissing in public because no one really cares what you do or who you are. It’s common to live your life as you see fit. So, don’t be scared to show your loved ones some emotions, Amsterdam is a very safe city for the gay community.


One thing to be warned of in Amsterdam, is the rain. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, you can expect some rain. So, bring your umbrellas.


Amsterdam is all about freedom. It’s about expressing your love the way you want to express it. It’s about being who you are without anyone telling you otherwise. It, truly, is one of the most visited gay destinations on the planet.


I wish you have a fabulous time there!

Recommendations

Hotels

Amsterdam, the Netherlands as a whole, has been so welcoming to the LGBTQIA+ community. You don’t need to worry about showing your true colours. Every hotel, Airbnb, hostel, or motel is automatically labelled as gay-friendly. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a gay hotel that caters to only gay men. 


The below link is one of my favourite gay-friendly hotels that you can stay at:

  1.  Amistad Hotel

You can find some more links below for some great websites to search and book your stays. The first link is one of the most popular gay accommodation platforms:


1. Misterbandb


2. Booking.com


3. Agoda


4. Hostelworld


5. Hotels.com


6. Expedia


7. Wotif


8. Hostelbookers


9. Lastminute


10. Kayak


If you need more help, please contact me!

Bars/Clubs/Saunas

The beauty of Amsterdam is the diversity of nightlife. The city has a little something for everyone. If you’re looking for a gay chill place, you can find it. If you’re looking for a gay, raging party, you can find that too. It’s important to remember that everything is gay-friendly, so be free and enjoy!


Look at the below links for some of the most popular places in Amsterdam:


1. Café 't Mandje


2. PRIK - Gay Bar


3. The Queen's Head


4. The Web - Cruising Bar 


5. Dirty Dicks - Cruising Bar


6. Eagle Amsterdam - Gay Club/Bar Cruising


7. Boysclub 21 - Escort club


All the bars you see above are in very close proximity to each other. You can bar-hop if you're up for a wild night!


8. Spijker Bar Amsterdam 


9. SOHO Amsterdam


10.  Café Montmartre 


11. Amstel Fifty Four (no website)


12. Taboo


13. Club Church - I've never, actually, been here, but the pictures look so amazing!


14. Nieuwezijds - Gay Sauna Amsterdam (Sauna NZ)


Bars number 8 to 14 are very close to each other. 


I told you, there are so many options! Have fun!

Transport

Amsterdam is one of the most visited gay cities in the world. So, you can imagine how popular tourism is there. Because of that, Amsterdam has some great flight networks that are connected to almost every part of the world. You can travel there through the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Amsterdam Centraal Station in West Europe.


Check out the links below to know more information about how to get from the airport to the center of the city:


- train

- bus

- bike – Yes, you can actually do that. Welcome to Amsterdam!

- taxi


Amsterdam has some great transportation networks with other European cities such as London, Brussels, Paris, and many others. You can travel from these cities to Amsterdam by train or bus.


Below are some of the best airlines which connect Europe to the world:


  1. British Airways - U.K National Airline


2. Lufthansa - National German Airline


3. Air France - National French Airline


4. KLM - National Dutch Airline


5. SWISS - National Swiss Airline


Some of the most useful sites to book flights are:


1. Skyscanner


2. Kayak


3. Lastminute


4. Momondo


5. Opodo


If you need more help, please contact me!


Have a safe and pleasant time in Amsterdam!