Munich Gay Pride 2016 - Christopher Street Day Munchen 2016

Marienplatz Munich
••• Munich's festive Marienplatz is the site of the Munich Gay Pride festival. By Jon Agüera. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Richly historic and immensely charming, the largest city in southern Germany, the Bavarian metropolis of Munich (population 1.4 million) is known to travelers for many attributes - a wealth of leafy parks (and proximity to the Alps), acclaimed museums and galleries, great food and beer (celebrated with particularly gusto during Oktoberfest), and world-famous markets. Among western Europe's cultural centers, Munich may not be regarded quite as prominently as other German cities like Berlin, Hamburg, and Cologne as a major LGBT destination, but this city within a few hours' train ride or drive of Vienna, Zurich, and Innsbruck does have a huge and quite visible gay and lesbian population.

And in early to mid-July each year, with more than 10 days of events leading up to the big weekend, it is the site of Munich Pride, aka the Christopher Street Day (CSD) München - the date this year is July 9 and 10, 2016.

Events related to Gay Pride kick off on July 2 and include a number of parties, rallies, and other events. You can flip virtually through an online (German-language) version on the Pride website.

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During the main Pride weekend, the festivities commence on Saturday at noon with the Munich Gay Pride Parade, which begins at Marienplatz and moves in a counter-clockwise direction around the city center, passing by Karlsplatz, Sendlinger Tor, Gartnerplatz, and Viktualienmarkt, to end near Jakobsplatz at Rindermarkt. The march is followed by the Munich CSD Street Festival, with stages both in Marienplatz and Rindermarkt, taking place until midnight.

There is dancing to DJs at Rindermarkt and a stage with live performances, family activities, and an art exhibit at Marienplatz. In the evening, several Pride parties take place throughout the city. You can find more details here.

The following day, Sunday, the Munich CSD Street Festival continues at both of the aforementioned locations from 11 am until 10 pm, with still more music, dancing, partying, and fun.

 Here's a look at the Munich Pride Map for details on the parade route as well as listings and locations of gay bars, restaurants, and other businesses around the city.

Munich Gay Resources

Discovering the gay scene in Munich is relatively easy - check out useful English-language sites like the Patroc.com Munich Gay Guide and the similarly helpful Nighttours Munich Gay Guide.

The Munich Office of Tourism also produces a terrific site that offers plenty of tips and assistance with vacation planning, and the German Office of Tourism's site on GLBT travel has a great section on Munich and Southern Germany.