I'm a twentysomething considering a year in Berlin. I'm wondering if anyone can comment on the experience of assimilating in Berlin? I'm not looking for a "scene" for hookups, but it would be nice to know if it's possible or likely for a foreigner to be able to find a more substantial relationship. How open is the gay comunity to English speakers? Jesus, is this your very first move in considering the place?
Have you heard of Google? Have you seen the little box up there to the right with the word "Search" beside it? Berlin is one of the most gay friendly places in Europe. It is quite normal to see male couples holding hands or kissing, at least in around the centre of Berlin. It is possible that there might be some prejudice around the edges in areas like Hellersdorf or Marzahn but they arent areas you would go by mistake they are out in the sticks.senjouin-kikishiro.com/images/tegymyh/3722.php
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Im not gay, but even I know of at least one gay club night, Propaganda at Goya http: I have no idea how easy it is to find a gay relationship here, as one one gay friend has approached me, but I would imagine its no harder than anywhere else. Most Berliners I have met fall over themselves to speak with English speakers and Id image many gay men would be the same.
No, it's not. I searched this forum and obviously more widely on Google. Posted 2 Aug In Berlin you've got lots and lots of queer people who have moved to be in Germany's biggest city. There are loads of bars, cafes and clubs here, many of them centered in Schoeneberg, the traditional gay neighbourhood, but many also in Kreuzberg, Prenzlauerberg and Mitte.
Those in Schoeneberg tend to be a bit more German and a bit more older than say in the more international and trendy areas like Kreuzberg, Prenzlauerberg or Mitte, but of course there are exceptions. English is almost never a problem in the gay scene anywhere in Berlin. Queer Beer on Thursday evenings as mentioned above is a great place to meet people and chat in English. It is normally held at Perlebar in Prenzlauerberg and is a predominantly English native speaker crowd, but there are also lots of English speaking Germans and people from other places that go there too.
Some nights are pretty busy, and the place tends to be a friendly crowd, with most people in their 20's's, many of them students, artists, or others just working and living in Berlin. In other words, even if you didn't speak a word of German, you could get by pretty well in Berlin and there certainly are plenty of fish in the sea. I am gay, English, 24, and been living here for almost 2 years now. Berlin is a great place to be gay.
There is a wealth of gay bars and clubs, with partying amongst gays possible every night of the year. I have found that many German men or even foreigners who have spent too much time in Berlin simply do not know what they want. So then you have contact again a week later, and meet for a drink. From experience, no matter how fast or slow, it is always too fast. Maybe it is something about me that scares men off, but speaking to other friends, I think it is something about German or Berlin men in general.
Create a profile on gayromeo. Every gay man in Europe has a profile there. As far as finding a relationship, I'd say it's about the same here as anywhere else you'll be living.
A lot depends on who you are, what you want and what your expectations are. Despite what's been written above, not everyone is a slut here. Again, it's just like almost anywhere else, your experiences will be influenced by where you go, what you do and who you choose to hang out with.
Believe me, there are plenty of nice, grounded guys here but you probably won't find them partying at Berghain at 6am Sunday morning. Join a gay swimming team, the square dancing club or participate in one of the many other options.
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The desire to "assimilate" here seems a bit extreme, particularly within a year. Just come to enjoy yourself and experience Berlin, whatever it may bring. There's no telling what the future holds.
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Good luck. Not gay either, but gay German friends of mine were most helpful in getting me set up here in Berlin with timely advice and practical help regarding pretty much everything - Health Insurance, Anmeldung , finding a place to live, Estate Agents, checking that I'd got things right when signing contracts, blah blah blah. Very kind, cultured, generous, open-minded and thoughtful people, who are also at the centre of a multinational, multicultural milieu with friends and contacts from all over the world, gay or otherwise. Posted 3 Aug I'd agree with mikebenda I wouldn't say love is dead here I only started having meaningful relationships once I left the superficial Brummy scene and came over here.
I can agree to what Harrow said about the scene though, it is very I'm not the most fashionable person on the planet so I found it really rather hard to fit in. I don't like Neubaugebiete so I usually try and avoid them anyway, because I find it an assault on my eyes: If your German skills are as bad as you say they are..
When I got here, way back in , I was lucky enough to only meet people from the former East who couldn't speak English If you need any help in getting health insurance, or any of the paper work just ask I love filling forms out: I didn't say everyone is a slut.
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And I actually met a really nice guy at Berghain one of the few times I went OK it was more like 3am! Love is possible here sure, but trying in a city of so many gays can quickly get you down. And I'm not particularly fussy ;. I know that feeling well I do know the "I don't do ONS" then they have sex with you and that's that I was just annoyed that they couldn't be honest with me I haven't said that anyone here doesn't speak German or doesn't want to I realise that doesn't say he was advocating not learning the language or indeed not using, but as someone who loves other languages I have a problem with that attitude, I think if people go to a foriegn country learning the native language should be rather high on the list of things to do, but that's another thread: Even though the traditional gay cruising is still a thing in the German capital.
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