Vienna can look back at a diverse gay and lesbian history: the gay general Prince Eugene, the beautiful Empress Sisi and the gay brother of Emperor Franz Joseph encounter visitors here. The city has also evolved into an important community hotspot in Central Europe, which not only impresses with imperial flair and world-famous art, but also with cool parties and excellent establishments for gay and lesbian people. Gay and lesbian life is concentrated around the Naschmarkt in the fifth and sixth districts. At its center is the Rosa Lila Villa: institutions supporting the rights of gay and lesbian people have been housed here for the past 30 years. Café Willendorf inside the villa is always worth a visit. Numerous gay bars, such as the Village, Felixx, the Mango Bar and the Red Carpet have opened nearby. A classic is the beautiful and historic Café Savoy at Naschmarkt, which practices Viennese coffee house culture in a cozy atmosphere to this day. Café Berg, near Sigmund Freud's former practice, is also a good place to relax in. Talking of relaxation: the most famous gay sauna in Vienna is the Kaiserbründl. "Luziwuzi", the gay brother of Emperor Franz Joseph, was once given a dressing down here for inappropriately touching an officer. Lesbians get their money's worth at Marea Alta or in Labr!s.
In 2019, Vienna will be proud host city of EuroPride with numerous events and parties from June 1 to 16, 2019. More information can be found on www.europride.at and lgbt.vienna.info
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