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Vienna is well known for its music and culture, the coffee houses, opera and its Imperial history, showcased across the city. Vienna’s cultural appeal is, in fact, what draws an ever larger number of gay and lesbian travellers to the city.

Both the State Opera and the Volks Opera offer some of the world’s best opera performances. The MuseumsQuarter (MQ for short) is on the must-see list, and the Kunst Haus Wien often showcases major gay-themed exhibits and artists such as Mapplethorpe and Pierre & Gilles.

While Vienna does not have a single predominantly gay and lesbian neighborhood, it does have a lively and diverse gay and lesbian scene. Don’t expect a large number of “gay only” places in Vienna, but rather an abundance of “gay friendly” and mixed places throughout town. Though many historic figures that have helped shape the city in centuries past are left in a historical closet, Vienna’s young gay couples can be seen walking hand-in-hand along the Ringstrasse.

Some of the most fun gay spots in town are located around the Naschmarkt area. The Naschmarkt, a vast open-air food market, is any chef’s dream, connecting the 4th with the 6th district of the city. Here one can find the G&L Community center with the popular Café Willendorf, the ornate Café Savoy and the twentysomethings’ hangouts Chameleon and Mango Bar, among other places.

In recent years, several gay events have taken center stage in the city's cultural landscape. The spectacular Life Ball HIV charity event in May continues Vienna's Ball Season in a truly colourful form. The “Wien ist Andersrum” (Vienna is different) festival in early June offers a smorgasbord of off-beat cultural performances with G&L sensibilities. And the Rainbow Parade (late June) is one of the fastest growing Pride events worldwide.

The Vienna Tourist Board openly welcomes gay and lesbian visitors, and has developed comprehensive gay travel information. Email us at holiday@austria.info and request the Vienna Gay Guide with tons of useful information. Whatever your heart desires, Vienna offers an abundance of fun and entertaining options.

For further information, please visit: www.wien.info

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