Known for its nightlife and liberal attitude towards sex and partying, Amsterdam is a hot tourist destination for travelers looking to have a good time amongst one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Given its open-mindedness, it's no surprise that the city offers a number of unforgettable gay-friendly experiences, including the only gay pride parade on water. Gay Amsterdam is a not-to-be-missed destination with limitless opportunities for dancing, dining and more.
Gay Amsterdam has much to offer visitors looking for attractions catered to their interests. Reguliersdwarsstraat, located in the old city center, is a vibrant, gay-friendly street that serves as a center for gay clubs, restaurants and other gay-friendly venues. After a day of shopping and dining, visitors can let loose at clubs like FunHouse and ClubChurch, which hosts varying themed fetish parties. Visitors who left their leather and fetish gear at home can stroll down to the Warmoesstraat to stock up at one of the many fetish cafes. This open-minded city also offers a host of saunas like Sauna NZ and Thermos Sauna which cater to darker sexual fantasies.
During the warmer months, Amsterdam is host to a number of gay-centric events and parades, ideal for gay tourists looking for a unique experience on their Amsterdam vacation. The largest of these celebrations is Amsterdam Gay Pride, a weeklong celebration from late July through August which features the world's only gay pride parades on water. Those looking for particular lifestyle events can schedule trips around Amsterdam's Bear Pride in late March, Fetish Pride in mid-May and Leather Pride in late October. King's Day, officially April 27th, is a nationwide celebration in which the city streets of Amsterdam become open-air markets and a giant outdoor party; the city's gay-friendly attitude makes it a popular event among gay travelers.
Upon arrival, visitors can check out the PinkPoint, a kiosk where travelers can find all the information they need about parties, hotels and more in around the city. This helpful point, which has been up and serving the thriving gay tourist community since 1998's Gay Games, can be found at the HomoMonument in Westermarkt, is a great starting point for getting the most out of visits to gay Amsterdam.