Jurassica Parka's tips for Schöneberg
Jurassica Parka was born in Berlin and knows queer Schöneberg inside out. The presenter, entertainer, and Youtuber headed the demo as "Miss CSD" in 2014. Naturally, she has a few tips to share for your visit to Schöneberg!
Discover gay Schöneberg in Nollendorfkiez (the Nollendorf neighbourhood)
The Nollendorfkiez is bursting with queer history. Homosexual life has always existed here in its quintessentially queer way. There were queer nightclubs here as early as the 1920s. Famous among them was the Eldorado, where Marlene Dietrich performed with Claire Waldoff. And in the building that is now home to Club Connection, Romy Haag celebrated many a late party night in the 1970s. She is also said to have dated David Bowie, who lived nearby during his Berlin heyday. This neighbourhood is still a queer hotspot, albeit more gay than lesbian. The culinary scene is also diverse. From coffee and cake to German home cooking and Asian fusion cuisine, there is everything your heart could desire.
Fuggerstraße 33, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
Indulge your kinky side in queer sex toy shops
You can stock up on the latest sex accoutrement in the Kiez without any problems. If you love a little kink, you should definitely check out the gay fetish shops. To name but one, at Mister B’s you can choose from a whole array of exciting toys - from leather to rubber –, as well as numerous other accessories, and all kinds of clothes. It‘s a real paradise.
Motzstraße 22, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
Brush up on everything there is to know at the Eisenherz Bookshop
Eisenherz, across the street from Mister B, is an incredibly important queer bookstore. Besides books, it also has all kinds of magazines on offer. If you are looking for information with a queer focus, or want to learn something new, you must pay a visit. The Eisenherz team is highly competent and incredibly nice. When I'm in the neighbourhood, I always pop in to say hello, because the shop means a great deal to me.
Motzstraße 23, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
Revel in the hormones at Tom's Bar
Tom's is a classic darkroom bar. On the ground floor you can have a beer or a shot and see who else you might want to get to know. Then you can go down to the basement and fuck in the darkroom. For anyone who has never had this experience, I still think it's incredibly exciting. Venues like this are simply integral to this neighbourhood. If they were ever to be forced out, for example because of rent increases, I would consider that a huge loss.
Motzstraße 19, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
People-Watching in Maaßenstraße
Maaßenstraße connects Nollendorfplatz with Winterfeldplatz. It is a bit like Schöneberg's queer Ku'damm, because there is a lot of retail and gastronomy in the area. A few years ago, the street was rebuilt and now offers many places to sit and relax. At the beginning, I was sceptical about the conversion. Now however, I think the concept and execution have indeed been successful. In my opinion, the street has gained a lot from it. When I go for a walk with my husband, we often end up in Maaßenstraße with a bottle of wine, sitting there and people-watching. I love that. Café Berio Berlin is also on Maaßenstraße. I'm not much of a coffee and cake person myself, but Berio’s is an iconic place. They always have fresh, homemade cakes and tarts. Berio's is also a great place to soak up all the excitement. See and be seen!
Maaßenstraße 7, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg
Sleep well at Hotel Sachsenhof
The Sachsenhof has been around for a very long time. I don't know exactly how many years, but definitely for more than 100. For a few years now, a gay couple has been running this charming and not-so-small private hotel. They have more than 60 rooms and I always recommend it to everyone. If you're a guest in this gay neighbourhood, the Hotel Sachsenhof is perfectly located, as everything is within walking distance. And if you want to leave the neighbourhood, there's an underground station right outside the door.
Motzstraße 7, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg