Lesbian escapades: a weekend in Berlin, the city that never sleeps
A lesbian weekend in the German capital can be overwhelming. A thousand possibilities inundate the traveller, for example, meeting upwith old and new friends, parties, pubs, art, performances, museums, history, and much more. From fetish to classical, there is something for everyone. To make the choice a little easier, Place2be.Berlin author, Julia Vorkefeld, has designed a perfect lesbian weekend for you. Insider tips are included, because Julia is a true Berliner, who always keeps a close eye on the ever-changing city.
Saturday morning: Heading for hip Wedding!
When people think of cool, trendy Berlin, they usually have Neukölln in mind. However, Neukölln is only one of the twelve city districts. Lately, more and more hip events have located themselves in Wedding, in the north of the city. In addition to large green spaces like the Volkspark Rehberge or the Plötzensee, the traditional working-class district has a lot to offer lesbians – and more than anything, its relaxed vibe. To really get the most out of it, I recommend reserving a full day for Wedding. Start with a vegan breakfast at the queer Café Curly. Tasty pancakes feature on the menu in the morning. If you prefer to come in the evening, you can also enjoy small concerts, with beer on tap. Even the queer knitting club meets here on occasion!
Adolfstraße 17, 13347 Berlin-Wedding
U Nauener Platz
Saturday lunchtime: Enjoying Contemporary Art
Freshly fortified, we head to SAVVY Contemporary to enjoy some contemporary art. For twelve years, SAVVY Contemporary has been exhibiting cutting-edge art that engages with current discourses and has thus set new standards for the urban cultural scene. Besides art, I can also recommend the in-house record label, SAVVY Records!
Reinickendorfer Straße 17, 13347 Berlin-Wedding
SAVVY Contemporary's Website
Saturday afternoon: Relaxing at Plötzensee
After the cerebral hard work (or any other time) a trip to Plötzensee is worthwhile. Here, you can hang out on the shore of the lakeor visit the Lido in summer. There are always parties taking place, sometimes explicitly queer ones. Drifting on the ‘Plötze’ in a rowing boat is less lively, but just as pleasant. You can't miss the boat rental place, because the lake is quite visible. During the season, the rental shop is open until 7 pm. One hour's paddling costs 8 euros.
Nordufer 26, 13351 Berlin-Wedding
Strandbad Plötzensee's Website
Saturday evening: Visiting Rebels in Wedding
A day in the fresh air makes you hungry, and burgers are the perfect antidote. The Rebel Room caters for empty stomachs, with various vegan options. Meat-eaters also get their money's worth. The curly fries with vegan mayo come highly recommended. Afterwards, head to nearby Leopoldplatz. The area is home to a queer-feminist institution, namely Café Cralle. Since 1977, the feminist pub collective has been serving beer and other drinks. It’s an ideal place to stop for an aperitif or pre-drinks before heading out for a long Berlin night. During the week, Café Cralle also hosts lesbian film nights and on every last Thursday of the month a FLINT* regulars' table meets up.
Seestraße 93, 13347 Berlin-Wedding
Rebel Room's Website
Hochstädter Straße 10A, 13347 Berlin-Wedding
Café Cralle's Website
Saturday Night: Partying in Berlin
If you're not tired yet and you’re still in party mode, you'll have to leave cosy Wedding. As far as parties are concerned, there is still some catching up to do there. But those who like to party will find countless possibilities in the city, depending on their tastesand inclinations. The party series ‘Gegen’ in the notorious KitKatClub, or ‘Buttons’ in Club Ost, or the club ://about blank in Friedrichshain, as well as ever-popular SchwuZ in Neukölln are all noteworthy.
Party series at KitKatClub
Köpenicker Straße 76/Brückenstraße 1, 10179 Berlin-Mitte
Party series at Club Ost
Alt-Stralau 1-2, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
S Treptower Park
„Buttons“' Facebook page
Markgrafendamm 24c, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
://about blank' Website
Rollbergstraße 26, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln
U Rathaus Neukölln
Sunday morning: Starting the Day with a Visit to ‘Thai Park’
After a long night of partying, Sunday starts off quietly with a culinary hangover cure. Head to the ‘Thai Park’ in otherwise staid Wilmersdorf. Fehrbelliner Platz is home to the largest Thai street food market in the city (and perhaps the country). Up to 100 stalls offer every imaginable Asian cuisine delicacy. Digestion is aided by a nap on the lawn, where sunbathing is commonplace. Be sure to check the dates on the website first!
Thai Park in Preußenpark
OnBrandenburgischen Straße, 10707 Berlin-Wilmersdorf
U Konstanzer Straße
Sunday lunchtime: Sightseeing on Two Wheels
Afterwards, we recommend a short cruise through the city centre on an e-scooter. A tour like this on a Vespa is fun, romantic, and the blast of fresh air is invigorating. Take a spin around the Siegessäule for that ultimate Instagram photo. It may be a cliché, but it's still fabulous!
Information on the numerous hire firms
An overview of various firms is provided by berlin.de
Sunday afternoon: Lesbian Kreuzberg
From the Siegessäule column, the route heads across the city to Oya in Kreuzberg. This is a relatively new, queer-feminist pub collective on Mariannenstraße and practically a must, especially for queer PoC travellers. Apart from the excellent beer, Oya also offers political workshops for queer PoCs. Moreover, the café is located in the historically significant Schokofabrik. Here, 40 years ago, courageous women squatted the building to create a safe space tailored to their needs. Among other things, the building also houses a hamam - ideal for cold days in Berlin!
Mariannenstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Görlitzer Bahnhof
Oya's Facebook Page
Mariannenstraßen 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Görlitzer Bahnhof
Sunday evening: Ending the Weekend
From Oya, the evening can go two ways. Firstly, you can venture a little further south, to the Moviemento cinema. The annual porn film festival takes place there in autumn. The cinema also offers a diverse, alternative, and impressive programme. If you're in the mood for amorous adventures instead, you can walk from the Oya, straight to Görlitzer Park and end the weekend with a FLINT* sex party at Club Culture Houze.
Club Culture Houze
Görlitzer Straße 71, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Görlitzer Bahnhof
Club Culture Houze's Website
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