The Netherlands demonstrates its tolerant and progressive character when it comes down to homosexuality. In 2001, the Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages. Until this day, a vast majority of Dutch society supports tolerance and equal rights for homosexuals.
- Amsterdam has one of the largest gay scenes in Europe.
- The Dutch are generally open-minded.
- Visit Amsterdam Gay Pride with the world-famous Canal Parade.
Gay Clubs & Bars
The gay scene in Amsterdam is one of the largest in Europe and boasts well over 100 gay and lesbian bars, clubs, saunas, shops, and hotels. The most popular gay places in Amsterdam are along the Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amstel and Kerkstraat. The more risqué establishments are located in the Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk in the Red Light District.
Gay Events Amsterdam
The biggest gay event of the year is the annual Gay Pride Amsterdam. It’s a week of gay culture, sports, street parties and club nights. The absolute highlight of the event is the famous Canal Parade, which attracts over 500.000 people.
Next to the ‘Westerkerk’, a church in the historical heart of Amsterdam, you’ll find the Homomonument. The monument consists of three pink triangles and is a memorial for all homosexual men and women who have struggled for freedom and the rights of people with sexual orientations that deviate from what was and is considered the norm.
Spending the night in Amsterdam: Gay friendly hotels
Though no hotel can refuse service to couples of any sexual orientation, the following hotels focus their efforts and services on catering to gay clientele. Amsterdam has numerous gay-friend hotels, but these are open exclusively to gay travelers.
Orfeo is a hotel and hostel located near the very active Leidseplein. Targeting the budget traveler and backpacker.
Gay Hotel the Golden Bear is located in 2 historic buildings and is the oldest gay hotel in Amsterdam, having been founded shortly after WWII. The hotel is only minutes away from the famous Club Church and Reguliersdwarsstraat's gay bars and clubs.
Small hotel offering servicable rooms to budget conscious travelers.
This friendly hotel is located on the corner of the Leidseplein and very close to the main attractions and places of interest.
Hotels near the Gay Areas in Amsterdam
The following stylish hotels lie within walking distance of Reguliersdwarsstraat and the Amstel river.
Hampshire Hotel – Rembrandt Square is situated in the centre of Amsterdam, with museums, shops and restaurants around the corner.
This hotel is located on top of the entrance of the Reguliersdwarsstraat. You can see all the gay bars from your hotel room!
Located around the corner from the Rembrandt Plein and a 10 minute walk away from the Reguliersdwarsstraat, one of the main gay streets in Amsterdam, this is a perfect location to start exploring Amsterdam.
Sofitel The Grand Amsterdam
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197
This luxury 5 star hotel offers a quiet but central base in Amsterdam. The Royal Palace, Hermitage museum and popular shopping streets are just around the corner.
Though Amsterdam is considered to be the gay capital of the Netherlands, there are plenty of gay establishments in other Dutch cities. Just keep in mind that the smaller the city or town, the slighter the chances are of finding one.