Amsterdam is famous for its commitment to diversity, inclusion and tolerance, which is celebrated in glorious fashion every summer during Amsterdam Pride. The event begins on the last Saturday in July and runs until the first Sunday in August when it culminates in a magnificent parade of decorated boats that floats its way through the city’s storied canals. If you’re planning a pilgrimage to Pride, all you really need is a comfortable place to stay and an adventurous spirit.
Amsterdam is famous for its commitment to diversity, inclusion and tolerance, which is celebrated in glorious fashion every summer during Amsterdam Pride.
Relive Amsterdam’s LGBTQ+ history
The Dutch are no strangers to pioneering equality and societal emancipation. Before Stonewall, there were the Binnenhof demonstrations against discriminatory legislation that targeted the gay community. The city is full of monuments and locations that were the backdrop for influential human rights events. Set about exploring historical spots with our selection of the best places to learn about the LGBTQ+ history of Amsterdam.
Represent at these events
Amsterdam Pride has been celebrating the freedom to be who you are and love who you want for a quarter of a century. No matter where you begin your Pride experience in the city, you’ll uncover neighbourhood LGBTQ+ events by simply walking around. To get you started on your journey, we’ve compiled a list of official and unofficial events that should be on your itinerary.
Queer culture galore
Visit Amsterdam, and it won’t take you long to notice the plethora of galleries dotted throughout its streets. In fact, the city has more museums per square kilometre than any other in the world, many of those with events tailored to queer experiences – especially during Pride. There is so much to see here that focuses on making art accessible and fun, such as exhibitions, gigs and even stand-up comedy. It can be hard to know where to begin, so starting at the Pink Point information kiosk to plan your itinerary is your best bet. From there, let yourself be inspired by the myriad of LGBTQ+ culture to uncover – we’ve collected our favourites to get you started.
Travel Proud accommodations
Amsterdam Pride is one of the most vibrant LGBTQ+ celebrations on the planet, which means it’s going to be crowded. But fear not, because this city is used to hosting travellers. If you’re searching for the perfect place to stay, consider these Pride Certified accommodations. Each one has gone through Booking.com’s Travel Proud training programme, which means they’re dedicated to removing barriers for LGBTQ+ travellers.
In good company – LGBTQ+ businesses
You’ll find plenty of unique, off-the-wall and welcoming businesses in Amsterdam, from sex shops to lunchrooms and dog sitters to costume designers. Some entrepreneurs cater specifically to the needs of their community, but they all have one thing in common – the door is always open to anyone and everyone. While on your visit to the Dutch capital, consider stopping by these LGBTQ+ friendly businesses.
Unleash your dancing queen
The European capital of sin has a nightlife scene that could easily leave Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and revelry, partied out. Though the Reguliersdwarsstraat and Zeedijk are crowd favourites, you'll find plenty of spots to paint the town red. You could, for example, start the night with a humble lager at Café ‘t Mandje, the oldest gay bar in the world, and end it with a racy drag show at a cabaret club in Zeedijk. In between, you might delve into Leidseplein's infamous cruising spots or take things easy at an artsy cocktail bar in Albert Cuypmarkt. Check out our top picks for LGBTQ+ bars and clubs in Amsterdam.