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Vienna may be best known as the cultural, political and economic center of Austria, but it’s also a liberal party town offering some fantastic accommodation for gay men. From the State Opera, to the bumping nightlife at Felix, Village Bar and The Mango - and everything else in between - gay Vienna will be sure to delight for your next Austrian getaway.
Follow the rainbow to the Naschmarkt area, Vienna’s gay district. Here you’ll discover plenty of great places to eat, drink and shop with other gay revelers. Naschmarkt is a massive outdoor food market that boasts 120 stalls of fresh produce, spices and charcuterie from all over the world. Bitten by the shopping bug? From garments, to rare antiques, you’ll also find plenty of treasures at the Naschmarkt flea market - or Floahmarkt - which has a wide range of artisanal products in the streets of Naschmarkt, every Saturday since 1977.
When the sun sets and the shopping is done, cruise over to these hotspots and soak up the gay Vienna nightlife. If you want to hang with the young party crowd, The Mango is the place to find 20-somethings dancing the night away. Eagle Club offers a little bit of everything, with separate areas for cruising and chilling. But be warned, smoking is allowed inside the Eagle Club. The hardcore cruising and party crowd can be found at Sling Bar, a sweaty watering hole with a shower in the restroom! For something a little more light-hearted and hip, head down to gay-friendly Marea Alta, where you can enjoy a playful cabaret with a Schremser Bier.
As Vienna’s political and economic center, the Ringstrasse is where you'll discover the finest in Viennese historic architecture. Home to the Austrian Parliament Building, Vienna State Opera, Wiener Borse (Vienna’s stock exchange) and a plethora of other palaces of importance, this is your one-stop destination for taking in Vienna’s rich history. But it's not all politics and commerce here. Gay Pride Vienna takes over in the last weekend of June, and includes Vienna's most vibrant annual queer party, the Rainbow Parade.
To make the most of your time in Austria’s capital, you are obviously going to need somewhere fabulous to stay, so why not check in at the best gay hotels Vienna has to offer? If you’re looking to splurge, the Hotel Sans Souci Wien is a gorgeous stay for the luxurious guest. Located in Museums Quarter (Vienna’s artistic and cultural center), and just a little over half a mile from the Naschmarkt, everything you could want to experience in gay Vienna is just a short walk from your room. This hotel charges a premium fee for a top-notch experience, so be prepared to spend if you want to stay at this hotel.
If you’re a no-frills lodger, you can stay at Vienna’s gay-only Hotel-Pension Wild. Also located within a 15-minute walk of Naschmarkt, Hotel-Pension Wild is home to Sportsauna, a popular gay sauna. Within close proximity to the premium gay accommodation Vienna boasts, at a quarter of the price of the Hotel Sans Souci, Hotel-Pension Wild will treat you to a good time without breaking the bank. These are just two selections of the many gay hotels Vienna is home to, so start here and do your research!
Alternatively, if you like the idea of connecting with a gay local host in Vienna, why not try a misterb&b? Enjoy a private room, and be treated to gay hospitality by one of our fantastic hosts in the city. If you are traveling with friends or family, there is also the option to book an entire apartment, with many featuring private bedrooms and fully-equipped kitchens. Anyway you decide, you really can't go wrong in Austria's cultural hub.