THE PRIDE OF VI­ENNA

Euro­pride 2019 is headed for the gor­geous and su­per-gay-friendly Aus­trian cap­i­tal.

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THE THEME OF 2019’s Euro­pride is Vi­sions Of Pride and, with a two-week fes­ti­val planned and over one mil­lion vis­i­tors ex­pected, there’ll be plenty to see and do.

About 100,000 peo­ple usu­ally at­tend the an­nual pride event, Rain­bow Pa­rade that cir­cles cen­tral Vi­enna’s Ringstrasse, end­ing at Town Hall Square with a huge out­door party.

Vi­enna has a vi­brant LGBTIQ com­mu­nity that’s em­bed­ded into the life and cul­ture of the city, es­pe­cially the hip cafés and bars around the Naschmarkt like Café Savoy and Café Berg.

For gay nightlife there’s plenty to choose from: the reg­u­lars in­clude Heaven Vi­enna, Why Not, Porn­trash, OMG So­ci­ety and Kib­butz Klub, plus the monthly club night, Ken Club, and the ma­jor party event Cir­cus with spec­tac­u­lar shows and in­ter­na­tional DJs, usu­ally held in Oc­to­ber.

But the up-com­ing cal­en­dar also in­cludes uniquely Vi­en­nese events. There’s the Vi­enna Dance Con­test in Oc­to­ber for same-sex cou­ples in the Ball­room, Latin and Vi­en­nese cat­e­gories; the Rain­bow Ball in Jan­uary 2019 for LGBT peo­ple and friends; the Boy­lesque Fes­ti­val in May; and the amaz­ing Life Ball (date to be con­firmed). Life Ball is a ma­jor HIV/AIDS fundrais­ing event, founded by El­ton John that at­tracts vis­i­tors from around the world. It’s also a cos­tume ball so get­ting in re­quires putting a de­cent amount of time and en­ergy into your out­fit.

For a city of just 1.5 mil­lion, Vi­enna has a lot of sex-on-premises: Sport­sauna, Rom­er­sauna, Apollo City Sauna and the most fa­mous, Kais­er­brundl. Do your re­search to find out which one best suits you. Even if saunas aren’t your thing, you may want to check out Kais­er­brundl. It’s a ram­bling, ram­shackle venue over three lev­els that could do with a ma­jor re­fit, but in the base­ment is a his­toric, Turk­ish-themed pool that dates back to Vi­enna’s im­pe­rial his­tory, still used to­day.

Away from the LGBT scene, Vi­enna has much to of­fer. Mu­seum Quar­ter houses four ma­jor art gal­leries in one city square, plus there are gal­leries new and old, palaces and mu­se­ums full of jaw­drop­ping an­tiq­ui­ties.

MORE: www.wien.info/gay or www.pa­troc.com or eu­ro­pride2019.at

WHAT: Euro­pride WHERE: Vi­enna, Aus­tria WHEN: June 1 to 16. 2019. Rain­bow Pa­rade, June 15

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