Gay nude beach Flaucher at the River Isar  (Source:Jill Gleeson)You’d think a land where leather pants are commonplace and a flamboyant king ensconced in fairytale castles while mooning over Wagner would be the undisputed champ of gay tourism. But Munich, Germany — despite its love for lederhosen and closeted 19th-century Bavarian monarch Ludwig II — often gets overlooked by LGBT travelers in favor of Berlin’s infamous decadence. That’s a shame because Munich has a throwback charm unique from its artsy brother to the north.

Munich’s hospitality has long extended to members of the gay community, according to Dietmar Holzapfel, uncrowned sovereign of the scene and with husband Josef Sattler, proprietor of Hotel Deutsche Eiche.

“Our former mayor Christian Ude was the patron of Pride 22 years ago, when other politicians didn’t dare do this,” he explains. “Munich was also the first city in Europe to host the IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Alliance) convention. Another good example…my husband and I recently celebrated our 37th anniversary with a garden party. Mayor Dieter Reiter and his wife were guests. The feeling here is live and let live!”

By Jill Gleeson – Full Story at Edge | Germany Gay Travel Resources

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