Frankfurt — or "Bankfurt," as it has sometimes been called — is the country's financial hub. Dating back to around the first century CE, Frankfurt is a city of ancient wonders and modern marvels. Its architecture is a brilliant blend of new and old; for instance, it is one of the only European cities that has a significant number of skyscrapers. Fortunately for Frankfurters, the gay scene is anything but buttoned-down. After leaving those sleek towers downtown, locals turn on the juice for an active and sophisticated gay nightlife.
Frankfurt am Main Airport is the busiest airport in Germany, and the third busiest in Europe. S-Bahn lines S8 and S9 and Regional Express (RE) numbers 59 and 75 will get you to and from the city. At the long-distance train station there is rail service to other German cities. See their English-language site To & From for other train, bus and shuttle connectons to the city center.
InterCity and EuroCity trains connect you to cities in Germany and the rest of Europe from the Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof - the main train station that also serves the network of S-Bahn commuter trains. See Deutsche Bahn for train info.
A network of buses, trams, and U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains are at your disposal in the public transport system. See the English language pages of RMV for details. Look for the Nachtbus (night bus) during later hours. With their Call a Bike service Deutsche Bahn offers 770 bicycles for rent throughout the city center and surrounding districts -- available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The gayborhood here is in what's called the "Bermuda Triangle" district around Alte Gasse, north of Konstablerwache train station, by the intersection of the Zeil pedestrian mall and Konrad Adenauer Strasse - located amid the areas of Konstablerwache, Bleichstrasse and Eschenheimer Turm, in the northeast corner of the city. Some of Frankfurt's most popular gay bars, cafes and nightclubs are here.
The nightlife scene gets very happening on weekends, but most large clubs remain closed during the week. Smaller bars and restaurants in the gay district stay open all week, and plenty of locals and tourists can be seen out and about.
The "Mahnmal Homosexuellenverfolgung" memorial to gay and lesbian victims of the Nazi years is at Klaus-Mann Square near Konrad Adenauer Strasse.
Currency and Money
Germany is part of the Euro Zone, so the euro is the accepted currency. There are plenty of ATMs in the downtown area. Some machines require credit cards with a pin number. Ask your bank before leaving home, and inform them of your travel plans.
Media & Resources
A good first stop is the information center and café called Switchboard (Alte Gasse 36).
For info on CSD (Christopher Street Day) Pride celebrations in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf in July each year, see their website.
Stadtleben.de is a good entertainment, nightlife, shopping and dining guide to Frankfurt, in German.
Das Kulturportal is an online guide to Frankfurt art, music, museums, stage productions, film, literature and more, in German and English.
For map locations and website links to the businesses below, and more, see our gay Frankfurt listings pages.
Also see events listings, and activities pages including: Frankfurt's Skyline/ Main Tower; Frankfurters/ Best Worscht in Town; Museums; Palmengarten, Botanical Garden & Grüneburgpark; Römerberg; plus Zeil shopping, Hauptwache and Konstablerwache.
Villa Orange (Hebelstraße 1; 49-69-40-5840) 38 bright spacious rooms, gay-friendly, reasonably-priced business hotel; short walk to the bars, ample organic breakfast buffets, WiFi, terrace.
For more hotels see our maps and listings pages.
Autographs (Elefantengaße 11), small gay music bar, games, mixed male crowd, theme nights. Formerly Tangerine.
Birmingham Pub (Zeil 92), British-style pub, late-night hangout, gayest after dark (rainbow flag displayed after sundown), sports on TV, stage performances; late food service until 5:30am -- rare in Frankfurt.
BlueBar (Alte Gaße 34), Techno/House/Electro, sometimes Latin music afterhours dancing every night from 10pm, mostly younger guy mix; former Babylon location.
Central (Elefantengaße 11) sleek, modern bar in blue and dark tones, young, urbane clientelle, good cocktails.
Comeback Bar (Alte Gaße 33), men's neighborhood cruise and party bar, all-kinds mix, Fri/Sat until 4am; Hip Hop, Asian, Balken and other theme nights.
Grande Opera (Christian-Pless-Strasse 11-13), general public/gay-friendly fetish and SM club.
Krawallschachtel (Alte Gaße 24), small locals' neighborhood men's bar, occasional shows.
Lucky's (Große Friedberger Straße 26), bar/cafe coffee or snacks, summer terrace at gay central, karaoke; chic, friendly bar and lounge, theme parties, daily specials.
Nachtleben (Kurt Schumacher Straße 45), cafe and dance club, home of the Atomic Party, plays New Wave, indie pop and rock, Alternative, Electro Clash & New Rave for alternative young crowd, most second Fridays.
Na-und Bierbar (Klapperfeldstraße 16), open daily 3pm to open-end hours, gay pub mixed crowd, men/women, smokers' area.
Stall (Stiftstrasße 22), most popular bar for leather and uniform men; TV sports, porn videos to heat up steamy back room, special darkroom parties.
Switchboard (Alte Gaße 36), the community non-commercial cafe of AIDS-Hilfe, diverse special event nights.
Zum Schwejk (Schfergaße 20), (Schäfergasse 20), unpretentious gay beer hall/party bar, men of all ages and inclinations, popular with bears, good times every night.
Zur Hex (Elefantengaße 11), new home bar of the old Freddie's crew, with local legend, Mother Charlotte.
Cologne, just to the northwest of Frankfurt, with a much bigger party scene, is where many locals go dancing on weekends.
CLOSED: Babylon (Alte Gaße 34), now BlueBar; Barcode (Homburger Straße 28), neighborhood gay bar; CK Studio (Alte Gaße 5), gay lounge/dance parties; Comeback Bar (Alte Gaße 33), now Bermuda; Halo (Alte Gaße 26), cafe/bar, video lounge, now Won Won Korean Bistro.
Dance Night Events
1001 Gay Oriental Night at Orange Peel (Kaiserstraße 39), an ongoing third Saturday of the month LGBTQ dance party of 5 years running; unique danceable mix of oriental, Turkish, Balkan, Arabic and Western Pop, House, R'n'B and chart music.
Restaurants & Cafes
Café Morcolade (Eichwaldstraße 2, Bornheim Mitte), 8am (10am weekends) breakfast, cakes, pastries, desserts, coffees, chocolate, and teas until 6:30pm.
Erbgut (Hans-Thoma-Straße 1), neighborhood restaurant and bar, Sunday buffet breakfast 9am-2pm, daily drinks until 1am plus Friday and Saturday 2am; summer terrace.
Frankfurter Hofgarten (Mercatorstraße 26), steaks, fish, pastas and veggie garden dining, sandwiches and cocktails; the former Exil location.
Grössenwahn (Lenaustraße 97) historic cafe and traditonal coffeeshop with long history, outdoor tables.
Harvey's (Bornheimer Landstraße 64), Harvey Milk tribute restaurant at heart of the arts and cultural scene. Sumptuous dining room, deluxe breakfasts, snacks, schnitzel, burgers, waffles, and flammkuchen (tartes flambées), 10am to 4pm daily.
Jesse James (Hanauer Landstraße 83), East End fine dining, burgers, cocktails; weekend brunch buffets, waffles and crepes.
Suvadee Thai (Baumweg 19 and Steinweg 7), authentic, award-winning Thai cuisine, a gastronomic orgy and quite gay-friendly. Thai interior decor and gracious service.
Zur Schönen Mullerin (Baumweg 12), one of Frankfurt's oldest apfelwein (apple wine) restaurants; gay-owned and popular. Hessen-style cuisine, leaning heavily to meaty treats (such as schnitzel). Reasonable prices, outdoor seating.
Club Sauna Amsterdam (Waidmannstraße 31), 10-minute subway ride from the Zeil, in large villa on residential block. Cabins, steam and sauna rooms, whirlpool, plus a restaurant and bar.
Metropol Sauna (Grosse Friedberger Strasße 7), dry and steam saunas, open to 4am or later, 24 hours on weekends, daily reduced rates for under 26, Centro Delfino massage therapists.
Saunawerk (Eschersheimer Landstrasße 88), complete with swimming pool and jacuzzi, and, in the center of the gay area.
German public swimming pools are often elaborate recreational complexes with saunas, fitness centers, and massage services, in addition to indoor and outdoor pools. See BBF for an overview of area facilities: Freibäder are outdoor facilities; Hallenbäder are indoors; and Erlebnisbäder are waterparks.
Langener Waldsee (Langen Lake). Take the S3 or S4 train for Darmstadt to Dreieich-Buchschlag stop. The path to the gay beach branches to the left of the one leading to "Badesee."
Rebstockbad (Zum Rebstockbad 7), general public waterpark, gay-popular on Thursdays, especially in the sauna section.
Oscar Wilde Bookshop (Alte Gaße 51) gay and lesbian bookstore in the thick of all things gay, book readings by prominent authors, nice gift items, online store too.
Skyline (An der Staufenmauer 5), helpful and knowledgeable staff, over 15,000 original DVD sex video titles for sale, also rentals, plus toys, accessories and magazines.