Folsom Europe Guide

Folsom Europe is one of the biggest fetish events in Europe and is Gay Berlin’s biggest end of Summer party attracting thousands of guys to the streets of Schöneberg every September. Berlin is a huge city with a diverse gay nightlife spread across many different neighbourhoods including Kreuzberg and Neukölln.  We highlight the best gay bars, clubs, restaurants and parties not to be missed!

What are the dates for Folsom Europe?

Folsom Europe takes place from every year in September. The dates for Folsom Europe 2018 are September 5th to 9th. Hotels tend to book out early for this event, especially in the Schöneberg district.

What are the not to be missed events during Folsom Europe?

Folsom Street Fair

Don’t miss the Folsom Berlin Street Fair, a day long event that attracts fetish enthusiasts of all persuasions.  Dress to impress.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Street Fair on 8 September at 12pm followed by the PIG party. Other events include:

Other fun events include the Folsom Boat Cruise and the rather different Classic meets fetish event.

Where is the gay neighborhood in Berlin?


Schöneberg has stood the test of time as one of Berlin’s busiest gay neighborhoods and is home to the best Folsom events.

Berlin is a large city with several gay districts, but since the 1920s, Schöneberg has been the center of gay Berlin life. The gayborhood is home to some of the best gay cafés, bars, restaurants and lifestyle stores. Schöneberg is also the home of the Folsom street fairs and parties.

Over the past decade, the gay scene has expanded across the city with Kreuzberg and Neukölln catering to the more alternative gay scene, with the area around the yet-to-be gentrified, Kottbusser Tor being home to some of Berlin’s best gay bars.

Check out our detailed guide to Gay Berlin’s different neighbourhoods.

What’s not to miss in Gay Berlin?

Mitte Gay Berlin

Mitte is one of our top places to visit in Berlin. Great for a day of shopping, coffee and cocktails.

Connect to Berlin’s past by walking along the remains of the Berlin Wall. Visit the Museum Island to soak up Berlin culture. Shopaholics should head to the Mitte district and to get under the skin of the city with a visit to Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Schwules Museum, which is a museum dedicated to LGBTQ history and queer artwork is also worth a visit.

Check out our detailed guide to the top 10 things to do in Gay Berlin!

Where to begin and end your night in Berlin?

The coven Berlin

The Coven is cool and trendy without trying too hard! Great cocktails and friendly bar-staff.

Start your night at Bar St. Jean, great drink prices and a friendly mix of locals and tourists. For a classy cocktail don’t miss The Coven with great music, seductive lighting and excellent service. Wednesday in Prinzknecht is a fixed date in the Berlin party calendar… This bar is an institution, and indeed the most popular and busy in the Schöneberger. It gets hectic during weekends but even on Wednesday for happy hour. Unlike many places in Berlin, it opens pretty early and can get busy from 6pm.

Check out our guide to the top gay bars in Berlin!

For those who like to party late, currently the top 3 favourites with our readers are homopatik, CockTail D’Amore and Berghain.

Check out the upcoming gay events in Berlin.

The best place for brunch or dinner?

Romeo and Romeo Berlin

Romeo and Romeo offer a delicious brunch menu… the waiters are also easy on the eye!

Berlin is a great place for food lovers. And dining out is inexpensive. From street side currywurst to fine dining, the city has one of the greatest varieties of cuisine in a European capital.

Romeo & Romeo in Schöneberg offers a great brunch menu. Fleischerei at Schönhauser Allee is great for lovers of all things meaty! Sissi is a big restaurant that offers typical Austrian cuisine with impeccable service. Elefant offers a vast choice of German specialties such as schnitzel.

Check out our insider guide to dining in Berlin for more.

Where to stay in Gay Berlin?

Hotel RIU Plaza makes the perfect base to explore Gay Berlin’s party districts.

RIU Plaza Berlin is one of our top choices when staying in Berlin. It offers 4 star accommodation and all rooms and suites feature luxury furnishings, a flat-screen satellite TV, a safe, fridge, air conditioning.

Other hotels in the Schöneberg district include

Events in gay Berlin fill up fast so book your hotel early to get the best rate and location.

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